A couple of months ago, AMD released a statement regarding potential fixes for issues plaguing the FTPM, USB, and performance-related aspects of AM4 platforms. Now, most motherboard manufacturers have made these updates available. In this article, I’ll guide you through the process of downloading and updating your BIOS to the latest version, specifically BIOS 1207.
Step 1: Identify Your Motherboard
Before you begin, you need to determine the exact motherboard you have. You may want to consult your motherboard’s manual, either in physical or digital form, as it may contain valuable information. Some motherboards require specific USB ports for BIOS updates, so keep that in mind.
Step 2: Visit the Manufacturer’s Website
Visit your motherboard manufacturer’s website to access the necessary BIOS update. Below are links to some common manufacturers’ support pages:
Step 3: Find the BIOS Update
Once on the manufacturer’s website, navigate to the support section. Look for categories related to drivers, BIOS updates, firmware, or similar terms. On ASUS’s website, for example, you can find this under the “Drivers and Tools” section.
Step 4: Download the BIOS Update
Locate the latest BIOS update. For this demonstration, we are using the ASUS X570 Prime Pro motherboard. Download the BIOS update, and it will typically come in a zip file format.
Step 5: Extract the BIOS Update
After downloading the ZIP file, extract its contents to a convenient spot. For convenience, we suggest placing the extracted files on your desktop.
Step 6: Rename the BIOS File
Some motherboards may require you to rename the BIOS file for compatibility. ASUS provides a tool for this purpose. Run the tool to rename the file, making it easier for the BIOS to read.
Step 7: Copy the BIOS Update to a USB Drive
Transfer the renamed BIOS file to a USB flash drive. Ensure that the USB drive has a capacity of at least 4 gigabytes and is empty. Paste the file directly onto the root directory of the USB drive.
Step 8: Enter BIOS
Insert the USB drive into a USB port on your motherboard, preferably on the back of your computer. Reboot your computer and enter the BIOS utility. The method to access the BIOS may vary by manufacturer, so consult your motherboard manual if needed.
Step 9: Update the BIOS
Inside the BIOS, navigate to the tool section. Look for an option related to BIOS flashing. On ASUS motherboards, it’s called the “ASUS EZ Flash Utility.” Enter this utility.
Step 10: Locate the BIOS Update
Locate the USB drive within the BIOS flashing utility. This may require some trial and error if you have multiple drives connected. Select the BIOS file you copied to the USB drive.
Step 11: Begin the Update
Follow the prompts to begin the BIOS update process. Make sure to read and follow any warnings provided. The update may take some time to complete.
Step 12: Reboot Your Computer
After successfully updating the BIOS, your computer should prompt you to reboot. Confirm the reboot.
You’ve now updated your BIOS to the latest version. Keep in mind that updating the BIOS can potentially resolve performance issues. If you encounter any problems during or after the update, refer to your motherboard’s manual or seek assistance in the comments below.