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Eeyore
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Should bios upgrades always be done

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Hello,

 

    Noticed that support assistant indicated a new bios (f25) was available for my laptop.  Install seemed to go fine.  Only thing I noticed is Adobe reader sometimes freezes machine for a couple of seconds on first start up after reboot.  I could easily be convinced that is not related to update.

 

    However, in looking around in the communities, I've noticed these updates are somewhat "dangerous", as an error can toast your machine.  Hp pushes them out with an important status, making you think you really should update.

 

    What I was wondering is what is the consensus about installing these.  Stay current, or stick with the if it isn't broke don't fix it tact?

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Hi,

 

My personal opinion would be to only update the bios if it corrects an issue you're already experiencing, or if it adds functionality that you require.  As you quite rightly mention, a failed 'update' can effectively 'brick' a machine, often requiring an expensive repair if out of warranty ( or simply retiring an older machine where the cost of repair is impractical ).  As you can imagine, for every bios release, there will always be a number of failures.

 

Certainly, it's sometimes necessary to update, but when it's not I'd rather not take the risk :generic:

 

Regards,

 

DP-K

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Eeyore
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Thanks, you echo what I thought. Wonder why hp ships with such a high priority. Was one scary moment, when after reboot it did its' thing and then shut back down. I for some reason thought it would stay on. All seems well, so I dodged a bullet. However sticking where I am at.

Thanks again.
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Hi,

 

You're welcome :generic:

 

All the best,

 

DP-K

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