Computer Automatically Updated BIOS

March 10, 2012 at 15:48:24
Specs: Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Intel Pentium CPU P6200 @2.13GHz
I was just looking around online looking for "automatic" BIOS updates, and all I can find is that they don't happen. Well, a few hours ago, my computers fan kicked on and I thought "that's weird", it has never happened. I have only had my laptop for about 4 months. A messge came up and said it was going to log off in 30 seconds. It did, and immediately turned back on and the BIOS update screen came up. It ran through it's thing and then shut off again and came back on with a black screen and a few flashing lights. Now it's back to normal again. Anyone else had this happen? Any ideas why it would happen?

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#1
March 10, 2012 at 18:53:35
BIOS' cannot automatically update themselves AND you would (or should) NOT want them to. A BIOS should ONLY be updated to solve a particular problem and then only if the solution to that particular problem is listed in the update's description or in order to use newer hardware (like a CPU) that is only supported with the newer BIOS.
Updating a BIOS can be hazardous and once it starts it must complete. If it is interrupted then you may not ever be able to complete it or use the machine ever again (sometimes they can be started over, but do not count on it).
That said, the other problem sounds like you had a shut down/restart possibly due to overheating (the increase in the fan speed is the clue here). Blow dust out of your vents with a can of compressed air to maintain the cooling efficiency of your system and NEVER use the laptop on a soft surface (bed,couch, lap, etc.) since it blocks the air flow through the bottom vents. Install Speedfan or HWMonitor to monitor your internal temperatures and see if you are having a problem.

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#2
March 11, 2012 at 15:54:06
Fingers.

Although I agree with you, isn't it ironic that you shouldn't use a laptop on your lap?

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#3
March 11, 2012 at 20:45:23
Of course. Someone's brilliant marketing scheme. Find him and shoot him...... Well, maybe with a paint ball.

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#4
March 12, 2012 at 12:36:19
It is also possible that a virus has made changes.

Are you running a strong security suite?

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