Upgrade Computer BIOS

Upgrading Computer BIOS

The complete name of BIOS is “Basic Input-Output System”, which is a computer program that is found in the ROM memory within the motherboard. The major task of BIOS is to supply the information, which is necessary for the hardware compatibility with the computer. It consists the programming, which help the computer to boot. The BIOS does not have the capability of physical functioning, although, you are able to “Flash” BIOS if you feel it’s necessary.

Flashing the BIOS of PC could be dangerous, in case you are not cautious. There are chances of BIOS corruption if while updating power outage happens even for couple of seconds. In such circumstances, the only solution is to change your BIOS chip or even motherboard. When you prepare for upgrading BIOS, it is recommended to have UPS with the backup of at least 10 minutes as a preventive measure.

  • One of the common purposes of upgrading BIOS is to make Windows XP compatible with recent adware for resolving a system obstacle. Undoubtedly, BIOS upgrading could boost up the system performance and might allow you to utilize few computer hardware. However, it does not ensure solution for all system problems.
  • Next question that arises is how to find the appropriate update for your BIOS. If you are aware of the manufacturer of your desktop or Laptop such as DELL, HP, LENOVO then you can find the BIOS update from their website. For the self-assembled computers you will have to go to the website of motherboard manufacturer.
  • Next step pertains to the model no. of the motherboard or computer, for this you should note down the model no. of the motherboard or your computer to find out the appropriate update. You can find the motherboard model number from the memory test. You will have to put this model number in search box for update.
  • After downloading the upgrade, copy it on bootable CD or floppy. Now read the READ ME file instructions to install updates. Before proceeding further, take the back up of your OLD BIOS on CD.
  • BIOS manufacturers have numerous instructions for installing the update. The most popular is boot with the floppy or CD drive. Insert CD restart you PC and follow the instructions, after installation remove the disk.

Upgradation of BIOS is a very effective way to make your Windows compatible with the new amendments, and for resolving the hardware problems. We recommend you to upgrade your BIOS frequently with the proper care.

Home asdfjkl; Keys Not Working – Dell, HP, Sony, Compaq, Toshiba

asdf jkl; keys are not working in my desktop / laptop

I recently gave solution for a similar problem. In the previous case the keys: qweruiop were not working.

The solution for asdfjkl; keys not working is just the same.

The problem once again seems to be with dirt settled in your keyboard and mostly has nothing to do with a faulty keyboard.

Please check this post on how to clean your keyboard and solve the problem.

Keys qwer uiop Not Working, Rest Other keys Are Working Fine – Laptop, Desktop

Keys q,w,e,r,u,i,o,p / 1,2,3,4,7,8,9,0 / a,s,d,f,j,k,l,; Not Working, Rest Other keys Are Working Fine  in Laptops And Desktops

Finally, found a solution to get the keyboard working!!

This seemed to be a very common problem with laptops and desktops. Compaq, HP, MAC, Sony, Dell, name a brand and they would have had this problem at some point or other!

Specific keys not working has nothing to do with virus or hardware failure and the fix is very simple.

While searching a solution for the Keyboard problem where the keys would all of a sudden stop working, I found out that the following / similar combination of keys stop working :

1234 7890
qwer uiop
asdf jkl;
zxcv m,./
ujm
rfv
edc
ik,

Many more such combination of keys stop working! What was strange was, I ran all possible anti-spyware, anti-malware, anti-virus software, but nothing seemed to work.

If you notice, all these set of keys have a pattern. They are placed in a line on the keyboard, either vertical or horizontal.

Searching further I found out, when the keys are pressed and depressed, there will be electrical contacts between some underlying sheets, which results in proper functioning of the keyboard.

And in our case, the circuit pattern has some sort of a problem, which is causing this type of an issue.

Solution for Desktop Computers Keyboard:

If your desktop is having this problem, then it must be quite easy to fix it.

I removed all individual keys of the affected row, got hold of a new painting brush / tooth brush and used it to remove off the dust / crumbs / dirt that had settled on my keyboard. Fixed the keys back in their respective places and this fixed the problem.

This video on How to Clean your desktop computer’s keyboard should help you, however it’s a bit more complex than what I did with my keyboard:) :

Solution for Laptop Keyboard:

You should attempt cleaning a laptop keyboard only if you have prior experience, else you risk spoiling your laptop which can cost you quite a bomb.

My serious suggestion is, take your laptop to the nearest laptop repair store and get the keyboard cleaned by an expert. It should not cost you more than $20 – $25 or something similar depending on which country you are from.

However, if you search you surely will find videos which will show how to clean your laptops keyboards. You should attempt it only if you are an expert.

Here’s one such video from YouTube:

Other temporary solutions are that you can use an USB keyboard (if you travel often, then this is not for you) or if you are on Windows, then you can use the On Screen Keyboard which can be found at: Start–> All Programs –> Accessories –> Accessibility –> On-Screen Keyboard (working on this keyboard will be extremely slow).

Dells Ultra Protable PC – Inspiron Mini 9 for just $399

The world’s second largest personal computer maker, Dell Inc, introduced an ultra-portable PC. The Dell Inspiron Mini 9 ($399 with Mircrosoft Corp.’s Windows operating system ), which weighs about 1 kg and has an 8.9 inch screen that can present most webpages fully, without scrolling from left to right.

It has a built in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a webcam, and is bundled with Dell Video Chat. The ultra-portable comes in Alpine White and Obsidian Black. Dell’s product debuted five months after the HP Mini-Note, whose starting price is almost $150 more than the Dell device. Dell is aiming its products at travellers and social-network users.

Source: bloomberg as sent by Aswin