Is BIOS Update required for W7 installation?

May 1, 2011 at 06:09:21
Specs: Windows Vista, Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz
In order to install Windows 7 on my Dell Vostro 400, I have been told i need to update the BIOS, as it will not boot from DVD the Windows 7 32-Home.
I read around the forums, including this one, and everyone says to go look for it on the manufacturer's page. Only one problem: on (my motherboard's producer) there is a happy link "BIOS Update" which links directly to some Which would SELL me the update... Is it possible?? No other way to update my bios??

BIOS Type: Phoenix-Award
BIOS Date: January 31st 2008
BIOS ID: 01/31/2008-1.0.11-6A79O009C-00-None
Chipset: Intel 29C0 rev 2
SuperIO: Unknown
Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
Motherboard: Vostro 400


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May 1, 2011 at 06:47:56
Who told you that you needed a BIOS update? Your computer came with Vista and you have an optical drive that can read DVD media. I can't see why you need a BIOS update.

What happens when you try to boot to the Windows 7 DVD?

Your boot order must be set to have the CD drive set before the hard drive. You also may need to hit any key when that message appears in order to boot from the Windows 7 DVD.

Is the Windows 7 DVD you have a full version or what?

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May 1, 2011 at 07:25:52
Take your computer to someone who knows what they're doing. Your motherboard is NOT made by Phoenix, it's made by Foxconn for Dell. However, any BIOS updates must come from Dell, not from Foxconn, not from Phoenix.

As OtheHill stated, all you need to do is correct the boot order setting. You do NOT need a BIOS update. If you insist on having it done, here's the BIOS you're going to need:

Dell Vostro Desktop 400 BIOS version 1.0.15

Here's some BIOS info for you:

What is a BIOS ?

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May 9, 2011 at 20:06:04
Having a wrong BIOS flashed on to your main board is the kiss of death for your computer. Its like playing Russian Roulette.

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May 9, 2011 at 21:17:14
In order to set the boot order so that your machine boots from the dvd this is normally done by entering the bios and making a change to the boot order. The person that told you to update may have ment to do this and just misspoke in saying "update". On some machines you can tap F8 repeatedly when the bios screen comes up during a boot to bring up a popup menue with an option to boot from the dvd drive. I am not sure if your Dell does this or not.

At any rate like the others have said you DO NOT NEED a bios update just to install windows 7. If you have other problems and the dell site has a fix for them included in a bios update then I would think of doing it. If you have no problems though I suggest against doing it.


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