Update Bios (Computer Freezing)

Hi this is another follow up question from this: 1st Question: Computer Freezing

Do you think is a good idea to update the BIOS in this PC? at DELL´s website there is a slightly newer version: 1.0.13 from 2009 (Yes my computer is old...) I have Bios version 1.0.12

Can this help with the problem i am having?  I just thought of the BIOS because as i mentioned in my original question, recently the computer is also freezing or taking to long during boot into windows...
unrinoceronteAsked:
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
What is the bios update supposed to do? What are the improvements? I don't think it will fix your problem.
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Although the release notes for that BIOS don't show anything that I'd associate with this issue, I'd nevertheless update to the most current BIOS, just to be sure.

Also, be sure you're using the most current video driver for your system.   Video drivers are one of the most common causes of unexplained lockups.    In fact, if these lockups started happening after a driver update, it may help to revert to an OLDER video driver.
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nobusCommented:
i would install a fresh OS on another disk, to test if the problem reappears (you can use your version for this)
and use the bios update as last option
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Don't touch the BIOS unless there is a specific update that addresses your problem.

This is a PC that was running fine until recently - BIOS issues only show up when you want to change something that isn't supported by your current version.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Just to echo ve3ofa's comment earlier about opening multiple threads - it gets really tricky keeping track of all of the comments - fundamentally you have one problem - it may have multiple causes but try to keep the experts engaged in a single thread or you run the risk of losing them.
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unrinoceronteAuthor Commented:
Ok, Masqueraid and ve3ofa's, i understand your point about the multiple question, from now on i will do as you say and just stay with ONE question, which will be the first one.

I am going keep posting only on the first question, and when this is figured out, i will come back to this questions and close them with the useful comments.

@Nobus: Thats a good idea, to install a new OS in a new drive. I will see if i can get a new drive next week tough...I dont have one at hand and since i am on a deadline with work, i think i might be short of time.  By the way, i mentioned this computer has dual boot, and if i log into Windows VISTA (which i normally dont, the computer does not freezes...Altough i have not tested this many times, just a few...)
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nobusCommented:
well - testing it from Vista is a good first step
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unrinoceronteAuthor Commented:
Well, i finally did not reinstalled or installed a new bios.... I did tough tweaked the settings, but it did not helped....

To make the story short, i found the cause of all this Booting and Freezing problem, and it was that my 2nd HDD (only storage drive) was breaking down... and now is dead...

I removed it from the PC, and now the PC boots normally. And so far, for the last hour it has not frooze..
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BillDLCommented:
A new question about the dead hard drive is here:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Q_28228008.html
for any interested parties.
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nobusCommented:
impossible to guess, without knowing the full setup
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unrinoceronteAuthor Commented:
Thanks to all Experts. As i mentioned before i found out that the Dead Drive was the cause of the problem, but even so your recommendations on first trying other things an leave the BIOS as a last resort was a good adivice, so i did not touched the BIOS and everything is good now.
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nobusCommented:
tx for feedback
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