|Please note that on manufactured systems you need to get your BIOS updates (like your drivers) only from the manufacture of your system. Gateway like Hp & Dell use hardware specially made for them so the BIOS from the nearest over the counter motherboard will not work properly on it. Some changes from stock may be cost savings, some may be hardware compatibility, others durability or special requirements that they have for their systems only. They may even have a more basic model made with a single feature from a higher level model added because it was popular or needed for a special series 'entertainment' or 'gaming' system. |
To summarize, getting the listed model will not help you, going to Gateway will get you the only optional BIOS upgrades that are sure to work. If you flash with an incorrect BIOS and it is off enough that the system will not start at all, you will not be able to update it again to fix it.
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