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Old 09-18-2012, 11:44 AM   #1
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Want to update my Motherboard BIOS

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM2Plus/M3A78CM/

Now I just don't know which one to update it to.
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:13 PM   #2
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Are you running into troubles with your PC? (i.e hardware not working, etc). If not, there isn't a need to update the BIOS.

You need to know which BIOS version your board is currently using. Use CPU-Z to find out.
http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

Run the small program. Under the "Motherboard" tab, it will give you what BIOS version you are using.
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:22 PM   #3
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Install the Asus suite 2 and it has a BIOS update tool it will tell you your current version and download. And install the newest one
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Old 09-18-2012, 01:36 PM   #4
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Install the Asus suite 2 and it has a BIOS update tool it will tell you your current version and download. And install the newest one


Or this.
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Old 09-18-2012, 02:56 PM   #5
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Yeah I am having HUGE issues with my PC...Figured trying to update the BIOS would be the next step.
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Old 09-18-2012, 02:57 PM   #6
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Install the Asus suite 2 and it has a BIOS update tool it will tell you your current version and download. And install the newest one
^This

And if for some reason you have trouble getting the ASUS software (aka ASUS UPDATE) to actually connect to server & download the latest BIOS update. You can do it another way, as I usually have troubles connecting. Simply go to ASUS.com, in the search type in the model# of your motherboard, find the one that you have. Ensure the model# and revision of board are exact before downloading/installing any files!

Go to Download > BIOS and download the latest BIOS release version that is NOT A BETA release. Once you've downloaded the file, simply extract the included .ROM file to C:\

Then open ASUS Update and click update bios, then click Browse and point the software to the .ROM file on C:\

It helps to close all other software (including background apps and security, anti-virus softwares) before attempting the actual BIOS update.


EDIT:
Based on the model you have (http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM2Plus/M3A78CM)
This is the BIOS you want > M3A78-CM BIOS 2801
As the later update will contain all previously released updates.

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Old 09-18-2012, 03:04 PM   #7
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^This

And if for some reason you have trouble getting the ASUS software (aka ASUS UPDATE) to actually connect to server & download the latest BIOS update. You can do it another way, as I usually have troubles connecting. Simply go to ASUS.com, in the search type in the model# of your motherboard, find the one that you have. Ensure the model# and revision of board are exact before downloading/installing any files!

Go to Download > BIOS and download the latest BIOS release version that is NOT A BETA release. Once you've downloaded the file, simply extract the included .ROM file to C:\

Then open ASUS Update and click update bios, then click Browse and point the software to the .ROM file on C:\

It helps to close all other software (including background apps and security, anti-virus softwares) before attempting the actual BIOS update.


EDIT:
Based on the model you have (http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM2Plus/M3A78CM)
This is the BIOS you want > M3A78-CM BIOS 2801
As the later update will contain all previously released updates.
yes, Thats the one....Never updated the BIOS ever...Where do I put the file after downloading it also that program didn work Said my model wasn't supported.
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:11 PM   #8
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Then you're doing something wrong or don't have the right model of board.

***Make sure you are running on your system's Admin account, or account that has full admin privileges.***
> Open ASUS UPDATE.
> Select Check BIOS Information from drop-down menu and click Next.
> Tell us what all says on that screen.
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:16 PM   #9
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Then you're doing something wrong or don't have the right model of board.

***Make sure you are running on your system's Admin account, or account that has full admin privileges.***
> Open ASUS UPDATE.
> Select Check BIOS Information from drop-down menu and click Next.
> Tell us what all says on that screen.
Wasn't doing it as Admin. Thank you Bad_Motha
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:23 PM   #10
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So it's updating now???
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:32 PM   #11
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So it's updating now???
Just did....Seems to be faster. Hopefully it fixes my hardware issues
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:38 PM   #12
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after updating bios did it reboot?
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:06 PM   #13
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Make sure you re-enter the BIOS anytime you update (after the initial reboot) to ensure your settings are correct. Things like boot orders and SATA modes (IDE, AHCI, RAID, etc.) and whatever else you might need setup.
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