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Thread: Video Card BIOS Upgrade

  1. #1
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    Jan 2009

    Video Card BIOS Upgrade

    What benefits of updating the BIOS on video card?i have update my motherboard bios.that was very easy.just downloaded s/w from intel website and then run setup from operating system. I know that updating drivers can bring about some improvement,is this the same with a BIOS update?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2005

    Re: Video Card BIOS Upgrade

    Before an Operating system like Windows XP loads and the software drivers take control of your video card's functions, the video BIOS initializes the card. As soon as it receives power from the motherboard, the BIOS activates the card and identifies itself to the motherboard BIOS.

    At this point, the graphic processor and video memory clock speeds are also set by the BIOS, though these may be overridden by the drivers or other utilities once the operating system has loaded.

    In short, the video BIOS starts and identifies the card, and provides its initial crop of settings.

    In the current age of the unified video driver, where manufacturers like ATI and Nvidia provide a single set of drivers for all their video products, the way the video drivers interact with a card also depends on how the card is identified by the BIOS. Thus, 'new' features can be activated by using a different BIOS on the same Graphics processor.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2008

    Re: Video Card BIOS Upgrade

    Not necessarily. Video BIOSes can be upgraded for many different reasons: to increase stability, to add extra functionality (eg: HDCP), etc.he BIOS would be modified. However, it wouldn't be permanent. You can use your VBIOS update utility to "rollback" to an older BIOS.

  4. #4
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    May 2006

    Re: Video Card BIOS Upgrade

    The video is BIOS is a small piece of code (typically <64 KB), which is stored inside a small chip on your video card. When the VGA card receives power, the BIOS is loaded into system memory and immediately executed by the CPU.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2008

    Re: Video Card BIOS Upgrade

    On startup, the BIOS initializes the video card:
    Initialize the GPU
    Detect number of memory chips, chip size, access mode
    Enable memory access and set proper timings
    Detect if external devices (analog VGA, DVI, TV-out) are connected and enable them
    Set core and memory clock
    Enable power management
    Set fan speed (if supported by the board)
    After these tasks are completed, the display will turn on and display what's happening next - usually the motherboard's POST screen.Once you boot into Windows, the display driver takes over all video functions and the BIOS is no longer used. However, it remains accessible for execution.

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