Unlike Windows and Anti-Virus program updates which are usually automatic, BIOS has to be updated manually.
Dell provides an easy to use self installing update package that allows this task to be performed relatively easily.
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(Figure 2) Figure 2: One Time Boot Menu Caution: Be careful when altering BIOS settings.
The BIOS interface is designed for advanced users, you can change a setting that could prevent your computer from starting correctly and you could suffer potential loss of data.
"Flashing" the BIOS is synonymous with updating the motherboard's BIOS to the latest version.
It is important to keep the components on your motherboard in good working order, not just for playing games but for general system performance.
Please visit your motherboard manufacturer's website for instructions on how to check your BIOS version and for tools you can use to safely update your BIOS.
Chipset drivers are responsible for controlling communication between various components in your system: the processor, the video card, the hard drives, PCI devices and system memory.
lang=en-us While installing these drivers, you may be prompted to install the Nvidia Network Access Manager.
We do not recommend installing that component because the Nvidia Network Access Manager has been known to cause issues with Steam.
This is called the ESCD (Extended System Configuration Data) and this is usually stored in additional non-volatile memory also referred to as NVRAM (Non-Volatile Random Access Memory) Over the years as technology has changed people still refer to the BIOS as both CMOS and NVRAM, however they are subtly different.