Should I update my Bios?

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Cymri
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Should I update my Bios?

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I bought a re-furbed Dell Optiplex 7010 and blew out the Win 10 install for Mint 19. Everything seems to be functioning flawlessly. After playing with it a few weeks, I noticed my bios version is A16 while the latest version is A29. According to Dell's site the intervening versions had several updates marked "Urgent." Do I need to update? I'm still a noob and want to be sure before I try anything that might brick my system. I looked at several video's on how to update the bios, but they either didn't seem to apply, or just left me more confused. Currently I boot in Legacy mode. Do I need to enable UEFI?
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Re: Should I update my Bios?

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If it works why fix it?
However. The BIOS update may contain new microcode for your CPU, fixing known vulnerabilities. But then again, you can choose to load new microcode from your OS instead.
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Re: Should I update my Bios?

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Cymri wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:30 pm
I bought a re-furbed Dell Optiplex 7010 and blew out the Win 10 install for Mint 19. Everything seems to be functioning flawlessly. After playing with it a few weeks, I noticed my bios version is A16 while the latest version is A29. According to Dell's site the intervening versions had several updates marked "Urgent." Do I need to update? I'm still a noob and want to be sure before I try anything that might brick my system. I looked at several video's on how to update the bios, but they either didn't seem to apply, or just left me more confused. Currently I boot in Legacy mode. Do I need to enable UEFI?
I am a total believer in "Don't fix what ain't broke"....

if you make one tiny miscue while updating the BIOS, it is bricked forever.

my laptop BIOS is now 5 years old, and ASUS does not even have an update for it.

my Gateway Desktop is now 12 years old, and runs just fine thank you, the way it is.
don't go messing with stuff that is NOT broken.
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Re: Should I update my Bios?

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Bricked forever is a little harsh. One can always invest a little in soldering equipment and a simple USB flasher costs around $10 from eBay. Plus all the thrills you get. 8)
And as always, you get to keep the tools and experience.
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Re: Should I update my Bios?

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Cymri wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:30 pm
Currently I boot in Legacy mode. Do I need to enable UEFI?
Legacy is fine.
"Tune for maximum Smoke and then read the Instructions".
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Re: Should I update my Bios?

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Cymri wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:30 pm
I bought a re-furbed Dell Optiplex 7010 and blew out the Win 10 install for Mint 19. Everything seems to be functioning flawlessly. After playing with it a few weeks, I noticed my bios version is A16 while the latest version is A29. According to Dell's site the intervening versions had several updates marked "Urgent." Do I need to update? I'm still a noob and want to be sure before I try anything that might brick my system. I looked at several video's on how to update the bios, but they either didn't seem to apply, or just left me more confused. Currently I boot in Legacy mode. Do I need to enable UEFI?
Legacy mode is quite OK. With upgrading the BIOS, I recommend it, even though you haven't noticed any issues. My machines are all kept up to date.
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Re: Should I update my Bios?

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AZgl1500 wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:22 pm
if you make one tiny miscue while updating the BIOS, it is bricked forever.
Oh, come on. That's mere unfounded opinion, not technical support.
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Re: Should I update my Bios?

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My view in regards to BIOS updating...=> viewtopic.php?p=1503478#p1503478

My view - reloaded™ in regards to BIOS updating in this day & age...=> viewtopic.php?p=1509029#p1509029

Plus...as AscLinux very nicely put it... you get to keep the tools and experience :mrgreen:
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