How do I update the BIOS on my computer. I have an Intel Q965/Q963 Express Chipset

I am having a bit of a brain malfunction here but I just want to be sure. When you update the BIOS of a machine are you simply updating the Chipset Drivers? Are they one in the same. I have a Intel Q965/Q963 Express Chipset board and maybe I have my terminology backwards but I need to be sure. I was told to update the BIOS at intel but the only thing they show me is the Chipset Driver. I assume they are the same? I have Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit. I am trying to update everything. Some things seem to be unsupported and others have an update. However even the Intell Update Manager tool does not seem to be working as when I search on the Intel Q965/Q963 Express Chipset it tells me the graphics driver for the G35 and the Intel Q965/Q963 Express Chipset have a graphics driver update. Okay that is all well and good but I still do not know if I have updated the BIOS. Any thoughts on this?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
The BIOS is not the chipset.  The BIOS is the Basic Input/Output System.  It's completely OS independent and while it's related to the chipset in that the chipset is part of the motherboard, it is separate.  Go to the motherboard MANUFACTURER'S web site (not the chipset maker) and look for a BIOS update there.  Then READ what exactly it does.  Lots of places like to tell you if there's a new one, upgrade it.  But frankly, if it ain't broke, don't fix it -- at least when it comes to BIOS - in my opinion.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
And by that I mean, if you want to install a New CPU and the new BIOS will support it or if you're having a hardware issue...  Read what the update does... MAYBE it's going to fix something you've encountered... or maybe not - and if not, I wouldn't do it.
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RUA Volunteer2?Tableau Trainer & Consultant Sales Exec.Author Commented:
Is there a way to determine the motherboard type without opening the chasis of the PC? Is that under Device Manager somewhere? thank you for the advice. I was told by a manufacturer I needed to update the BIOS for Windows 7? Thank you for your prompt response.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
While I suppose it's possible, I find it DOUBTFUL.  I would suspect that whatever "update" is "required" is what the technicians were told to tell you.  Especially since you did tell them the model of the motherboard - if you did, you wouldn't be asking me how to find out.

That said, if it's a Dell, go to Dell's web site.  If it's an HP, go to HPs web site.  If it's someone else's MAJOR BRAND computer, go to their web site.  If it's some generic box someone sold you/put together then run a tool like System Information for Windows - that should identify the model of the motherboard (among a LONG list of other things, and then you go to the motherboard manufacturer's web site and download the driver.

Is Win7 having problems on your system?  I find it hard to believe Microsoft told you to upgrade the BIOS... unless there's some kind of issue
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grantnessCommented:
Many motherboards actually POST their model and BIOS revisions on bootup.  Also, you may find that information on the CMOS setup screen (tap on the DEL key during bootup on most clone boards, commercial boards often use other keys like F2, F12 or a combination like Ctrl-Fx)

Once you know what mainboard you have, you can usually go to the manufacturer's site to obtain a newer version of the BIOS.  This is usually a small file, plus you may need a utility that installs that file.  Current-model boards will probably have a 2M+ sized file and have a utility that wants to run out of windows.  Older boards had BIOS and utility files small enough to fit onto a floppy (it still amazes me how the FDD has almost vanished!)
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nobusCommented:
you can find all the data on your system with software like SIW, belarc, or  everest http://www.lemonfiles.com/details.php?progid=9016      
Look here for the structure of a motherboard, and how it relates to the north- and south bridge (=chipset) :  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motherboard
post your motherboard model -  then we can look for the Bios update (though it's rarely needed for upgrading to W7)
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CallandorCommented:
I also find it hard to believe that you would need a BIOS update to run Win 7.  Some people think BIOS updates should be included whenever any major update is done, but if the update doesn't address a specific problem you have, don't take the chance.  An update that is interrupted or that doesn't update properly results in a non-bootable motherboard, which can only be fixed by physically replacing the BIOS chip (or if you're lucky and have a second BIOS saved, use that).  Chipset drivers are software from the motherboard manufacturer and are safe to update; they don't do permanent harm.
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RUA Volunteer2?Tableau Trainer & Consultant Sales Exec.Author Commented:
Here is what Belarc Advisor produced. what is difficult is try to find the BIOS for it. If you can you are a better man than I.

Board: Intel Corporation DQ965CO AAD46478-503
Serial  Number: AZCO7480013F
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: Intel Corp.  CO96510J.54T.0030.2007.0530.1030 05/30/2007

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RUA Volunteer2?Tableau Trainer & Consultant Sales Exec.Author Commented:
One last thing it sounds like I cannot update the BIOS because I have Windows 7 on this machine even though there is an update for the this board. The update says it is for machine using Vista 32 and below. Then another link below it says that Intel will not be updating for Windows 7 machines. I guess I am stuck with the current BIOS unless you think it is safe to update. I recently switched to Win 7 as the machine was originally a Vista 32 Business machine.

Also I did notice that the CO96510J.54T and the BIOS that was given was CO96510J.¿86A Do those last 3 numbers make a difference?
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nobusCommented:
i suppose that is the difference
and i always use the flash utility - not from within Windows, so i can't advise you there
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grantnessCommented:
This may be starting a new thread, but I've had no end of trouble creating a bootable disk to flash new boards w >2MB BIOS files.  I've resorted to installing WinXP on a machine just to get the BIOS updated (Asus P5Q series wouldn't recognize a >1TB drive without it).  Anyone got a surefire solution?  There are some outdated pages pointing to USB key makeboot utilities (the links no longer work).
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nobusCommented:
as you said - better start a new thread
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RUA Volunteer2?Tableau Trainer & Consultant Sales Exec.Author Commented:
Thank you gentlemen all of your comments helped.
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Em BoCommented:
I found bios on Maxdata download FTP server. It's placed here: MAXDATA_PCs/Desktop/01_Mainboards/4 Intel/Archive/DQ965COKRMX1 vPro 2006 - MX2 Stable/BIOS-Update/
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