It is the process of writing (burning) a firmware (aka image) to a reprogrammable chip such as an EEPROM.

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What is “flashing the BIOS”?

What does "Flashing the BIOS" mean? Are there benefits to flashing it? Is it safe? Should it be done inside or outside of an OS, for example my current Windows 7 installation?
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How can I re-program/flash a backup of the bios?

I have some computers that have a particular bios setting that keeps everything running smoothly. The setting is not the default setting for the motherboard. So, when the CMOS battery dies, the ...
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Is it possible to update BIOS to UEFI?

I just ran the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant on an older machine (just for fun) and was informed that due to lack of UEFI firmware, Secure Boot would not be supported. Is it possible for motherboard ...
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Software flashes just a split second in taskbar. How to find out what software it is?

I've started to notice a strange program that just flashes about every minute in my taskbar. I've uninstalled any strange software trough Windows Add or Remove Programs. It's quite annoying. And my ...
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ASUS RT-AC66R hard reset

Have an ASUS RT-AC66R - we had set it up for our church and was working flawlessly. I was approached last sunday to say it was not connecting (2014-01-19). We had set it with the 2.5 and 5 Ghz ...
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Screen flashes when iTunes is open

Has anyone had an issue with your computer screen flashing when iTunes is open? This started about one week ago. This only happens in iTunes and I am on version 12.3.2.35. iI so, is there a fix?
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what does it mean to hard-brick a device?

I read people complaining that certain EFI-enabled Samsung laptops can be accidentally 'bricked' when trying to install an OS or when using certain programs in them, which doesn't happen with BIOS ...
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Third party firmware for WPN824?

My router recently developed some sort of DHCP malfunction so I decided to flash the firmware. And being the geek that I am I figured, while I'm flashing it, why not upgrade it? However, finding a ...
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Stop windows from activating themselves

I play poker online. When a decision is required, the relevant window activates and brings itself in front of all other windows, so that I can act in time. However, I can pay attention to all opened ...
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Is the N600, C3700 cable of running an alternative firmware?

I've been exploring WW-DRT and openwrt.org. I can find information on how to Flash WNDR3700 but nothing much appears to come up on this particular module N600, C3700. Question: To flash a open ...
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Install H87M-PRO BIOS on M51AC (different model names, same motherboard)

I currently own an Asus M51AC-FR034S that has an Asus M51AC motherboard. When I updated the BIOS some time ago I noticed that the BIOS file name was H87M-PRO-ASUS-M51AC-1002.CAP Whereas H87M-PRO's ...
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Laptop screen flashing white

I bought my little sister an Asus x551 laptop from microcenter. It was not even a week old when she called me about a problem it was having. The screen was flashing white occasionally. Since I live ...
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Update BIOS Z87X-OC Q-flash

I'm trying to fix some issues with my PC namely, the erratic CPU performance, power issues and graphics card malfunctions. I've been advised by the manufacturer of my PC to update the BIOS on my ...
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Flashing bios on an HP Machine with no hard drive

I have an HP Elitebook 2530p http://h20565.www2.hp.com/portal/site/hpsc/public/psi/home/?sp4ts.oid=3782222 There is a common bios problem (I know I am not the only one who had this problem) that asks ...
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Port mapper table not found

I just got a new acer revocenter, with intel atom d525 in it. When i boot it up there was no options to get to the bios setting. So I am trying to flash the bios. I created a bootable disk with ...
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HP pavilion dv5 doesn't start with AC adapter

I'm experiencing a problem with my HP Pavilion DV5 laptop. It will not power on with the charger only. It did so before. It powers on with the battery, but the charger light on the side next to the ...
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CPU fan twitching phase leds blinking - computer won't boot

I have a big problem that I got today. Yesterday computer was "on" normally, I went to sleep without shutting it down. When I woke up, I heard a strange sound and was unable to bring it up from ...
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Why is it called flash for phones / tablets and install for PCs

Lets say that you want to change your device's operating system.For a phone or tablet we would say "today I am flashing cyanogenmod" but for PCs "today I am installing Ubuntu" although flash is used ...
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What options do I have for flashing an UEFI BIOS chip on an Asus mobo?

I have a bizarrely borked ASUS board (M5A97 LE R2.0) that is stuck in a half way state between two BIOS versions. I cannot enter the BIOS settings page (the system locks up after drawing half of it). ...
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Flash .rom file to BIOS chip

I have got a .rom file from my BIOS chip using this tool (it really isn't a virus). I extracted the Packard Bell boot logo from it using CBROM, edited it and put it back into the .rom, which ...
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Is it possible to revert a DD-WRT firmware flashing on a router?

DD-WRT firmware is a generic fully-featured firmware intended to replace the original firmware that a router bears when unboxed. There is a DD-WRT version for many router models, but not for all. ...
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Can you install UEFI? [duplicate]

From what I've read the UEFI replaces the BIOS. BIOSs can be flashed though, so is it possible to install UEFI on a computer using a BIOS? If it's possible, how to do it? I'm guessing this'd be ...
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Flash BIOS on a HP Mini from Linux

I have a HP Mini 210 that was installed with Ubuntu 12.04 last year. I'm lending it out to someone, and need to re-install XP. There is no internal CD drive, and BIOS won't boot from USB. I'm trying ...
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Taskbar/Desktop icon flashing on launch, but not opening

My computer is a normal Windows 7 - Ultimate box, 64-bit version. Nothing too fancy, but not too shabby either. I use it for browsing the net and a daily portion (of healthy!) gaming. Nothing more, ...
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Flashing an IP Camera and Add a new Linux distro [closed]

I have a foscam IP camera, it has no USB etc, just wireless and cabled network connections. How would you flash a device like this? And how would you install your own Liunx distro on it ? Could ...
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DELL Studio 14 Battery LED flashing

My laptop DELL Studio 14's Battery LED suddenly flashes in orange-orange-orange-white-blank sequence. Anybody tried before? Exact model number is DELL Studio 1435.
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VIA VT6410 BIOS update utility? Gigabyte GA-8I915PL-G motherboard integrated RAID controller

I have a Gigabyte GA-8I915PL-G motherboard with a VIA VT6410 RAID controller onboard. I recently purchased a new hard drive that apparently needs the VT6410's BIOS updated in order to have it ...
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Acer laptop possibly wrong bios flash, what now?

the title says it all, can this be repaired? I was allways learnt that a mis flashed bios is a lost case, but that was 12 years ago, is there something changed?
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lenovo z50-70 screen flashing

Since 1 and a half years I've used my laptop (a Lenovo z50-70) daily with no issues whatsoever. That is since a few weeks. I was using my laptop to study and had a PDF open in mozilla firefox. Thin, ...
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Fix a bricked bios after failed flash (Alienware m17xR2 laptop)

I wanted to flash my bios last night from A09 to A10 on my m17xR2. I downloaded the bios from dell drivers & download and extracted it. Then, I executed the executable inside it that had a similar ...
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How to Flash Asus N550jk bios?

I have an ASUS N550JK-DB74T Which is presenting the ASUS Splash logo then a blank screen (My other question explains this) Now I believe my last effort maybe to flash the BIOS chip. So I need roughly ...
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UEFI firmware corrupt? Neither ethernet nor wireless controller detected anymore

The problem My computer is a 64-bit Acer Apsire V5-572G currently running with Arch Linux. I wanted to use some programs that dont run with Wine. So i set up a Windows-To-Go on an external hdd. Upon ...
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New HP Pavillion 550 flashing monitor

I bought a new HP Pavillion 550 in October and within a day of setting it up my monitor, Samsung Series 5 550, started flashing to black, changing the resolution, flashing to black and then changing ...
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Mavericks Login Screen Gone, Black screen with white dash upper left corner

Two weeks ago I was cleaning my system from old and unused drivers and leftovers and it looks like that I deleted something that was crucial. Using UninstallPKG I removed unused Printer drivers, Old ...
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Smart Phone Flash Tool Remain 0 percent

I have a Lenovo A3000 tablet and I want to flash it (Reinstalling firmware?). So I download my tablet driver and MT65XX Preloader drivers for Windows. After installing all of them, when I click on ...
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Downgrading sony xperia Z sgp321 to kitkat using flashtool - “wait for flashtool” stuck

I m trying to downgrade from lollipop 5.1.1 to kitkat 4.2.2 because of overall performance issues with lollipop. I follow the instruction, install flashtool, install drivers - fastboot, flashmode, ...
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System No Boot no video after failed BIOS update

I have a HCL Me Series M54 Laptop. I downloaded the .NRG BIOS update file from here, and tried to flash the BIOS. The update stuck at 48%: ..and then when I restarted, there is no display, the ...
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Lenovo P780 running VibeUI2 Android 4.4.2 Can't install Google services?

I was running VibeUI1.5 android 4.2.x originally. I then updated to VibeUI2 Android 4.4.2 only to notice that the new version doesn't have google services. So I started trying to install them... No ...
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Screen flashing when certain programs are focused

My laptop screen is sometime flashing when it is battery powered. While I can live with it, what puzzles me is that it flashes under certain conditions (and not always): When on battery and Firefox ...
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flashing vbios on my MSI machine

Just tried to flash my vbios on my gs70 pro using freedos, but the bios bat file on the usb stick that I need to execute is not listed when I do a "dir". I only see the freedos system files. I guess ...
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How to do a factory reset on a SanDisk Cruzer Blade flash drive?

I have a 8 GB Sandisk USB flash drive. Recently it became write protected somehow. So I searched in Google and I tried to remove the write protection through almost all the methods I found. ...
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Flickering/flashing screen on laptop when using HDMI-splitter

I have a new laptop and I've connected it to a HDMI-splitter because I want to mirror the laptop screen on to two separate tv's. Both are connected through 15 m HDMI-Cables but goes together in a ...
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How do I flash DIR-615 from the recovery console?

I have installed dd-wrt on my DIR-615, but I now want to flash the stock firmware on it. However, while I can get into the recovery console (hold reset button and power on until power light flashes), ...
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BIOS flash can load grub but not an OS

I have a Gigabyte motherboard with Award BIOS. After flashing the BIOS to the next revision, I noticed that GRUB 2 loads perfectly fine, but starting an OS (Windows 7, Arch Linux) fails to startup ...
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A-Data firmware remains old after update

I'm running A-Data S599 SSD on my Apple Mac Pro running Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate in Apple BootCamp. The flasher is updating the drive ok, but when it finish I got BSOD. After rebooting the system I ...
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Need advice on flashing BIOS on crippled laptop

I have a laptop (Amilo A16676) that I recently got as a present from a friend. The Laptop has an American Megatrends BIOS (Amibios): v1.06c (BIOS) and v1.06 (EC). Now, I'd like to upgrade the BIOS ...
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Flashing Monitor with 2 monitors plugged in

I'm having trouble with one of my monitors turning on and off for a few seconds and lines flashing on the screen. This only happens on my main monitor. When I unplug my second monitor, the main ...
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BIOS backup does not match the original

I have an MSI K9A2 CF-F mainboard that its BIOS is so strange (AMI). I cannot flash the BIOS because every time after flashing it, it went to black screen after a reboot even the flash util said ...