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kslay
07-12-2012, 03:00 AM
Hello all,
I have a G74Sx-rh71 and the current BIOS is 201. I'm also using Throttle Stop 4.0.
I will be (in the next 2 days) adding a Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe 240gb SSD as the main drive. So I thought that this would be a good time to update the BIOS as well.

I installed the Asus Live Update utility from their website and it shows that I have to update to 202. However on their website 203 is available as well. So I'm confused. Which one do I update to. Or is the Asus live update doing it so that I have to install 202 before I install 203????

Next I wanted to also check whether or not I still needed Throttle Stop and revisited this topic: http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?2329-ATTENTION-G73-53SW-Owners-CPU-Throttling-to-798mhz-and-how-to-fix-it&country=&status= There apparently is a permanent fix with a patched bios. I downloaded it and I believe it's the 203 which has been modified. So my question is can I go straight from 201 to modified 203 or do I need to get vanilla 202 first?

Last question when I format the usb drive for the easy flash do I use FAT or FAT32?

Thanks in advance.
PS There's a nice sale at newegg for the mushkin enhanced chronos deluxe 240gb http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226226 $199.99. Note: I don't work for newegg just wanted to let people know.

zsld0423
07-12-2012, 03:14 AM
1st thing I'll say, is DON'T USE ASUS LIVE UPDATE TO FLASH THE BIOS lol. Use a FAT32 formatted flash drive, put the 203 BIOS on that, and reboot and use EasyFlash (you can get to it from within the BIOS) and flash it that way. You can flash the 203 BIOS over 201, so you don't have to go in increments.

p.s. The Asus Live Update program is basically worthless IMO :P And I'm sure BrodyBoy or others will also tell you it's not a recommended program to have installed

kslay
07-12-2012, 03:21 AM
1st thing I'll say, is DON'T USE ASUS LIVE UPDATE TO FLASH THE BIOS lol.

Yes I know I bought this laptop back in January or December and had never installed asus live or any other bloatware and utilities. I used the various guides and stickies on this site to decide which drivers etc to install. But I feared that maybe some of the stickies had not been updated so I installed Asus live just as a guide to see what it spits out in terms of recommended and critical updates. And yup I know not to use the win flash and to stick with the easy flash.

However thanks for the prompt reply.

dstrakele
07-12-2012, 04:53 AM
It is not required to flash the BIOS to successfully install your SSD to your G74SX. If you encounter problems with the BIOS flash, you could render your system unusable.

If you wish to proceed anyway, I recommend you follow the instructions in this .PDF document: http://rog.asus.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=6201&d=1329792574, authored by @BrodyBoy. It discusses how to update to the current BIOS version 203 with the EasyFlash utility accessed from your BIOS.

Be aware that using EasyFlash with the BIOS file on a FAT32-formatted flash drive does not guarantee success, but you have a better chance of success than performing the BIOS Flash from Windows with the BIOS file stored on the NTFS file system.

kslay
07-12-2012, 05:24 AM
If you wish to proceed anyway, I recommend you follow the instructions in this .PDF document: http://rog.asus.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=6201&d=1329792574, authored by @BrodyBoy. It discusses how to update to the current BIOS version 203 with the EasyFlash utility accessed from your BIOS.

Thanks. I stumbled onto that pdf just after I posted my original post.