Can I flash a bios on new system before installing OS?
Hi ... I just acquired all the components for a new system ... except the processor. I am waiting for the AMD 64 X2 this July.
I got a Gigabyte 939 socket mobo ... since I heard that the dual core would operate in existing mobos with a bios flash. Downloaded the 'beta' bios from the Gigabyte website.
Then ... "duh!" ... I realized that since the bios was not yet updated, how was I going to install the OS with the new processor?
I will be running XP Pro. I read somewhere that you can flash bios from 'dos' ... according to the article the preferred method ... and you do so by booting with a 'win boot' disc. The article mentioned 'win98 boot' ... which I have if needed, though I of course also have the 'winxp boot disk.' (albeit on a a cd since I won't be using a 3.5 floppy on my new system).
So, here is my question. Will I be able to boot this way on a new system running my new processor with the old bios without OS and still be able to flash the bios before installing the OS?
... or, should I simply install the OS with the bios on the mobo with the new processor ... and then flash the bios from dos?
The 'sinking feeling' I've gotten is that I am either going to have to return the mobo and exchange it for a bios ready one when they are available or get another 939 cpu ... like the 'cheapest' one ... to get up and running and then flash the bios.