How to Download and Install the Latest BIOS for Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L Motherboard
BIOS stands for Basic Input/Output System, and it is a firmware that controls the booting process and the hardware settings of your computer. BIOS updates can improve the performance, stability, and compatibility of your system, as well as fix some bugs and security issues.
If you have a Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L motherboard, which is a micro ATX motherboard that supports Intel Core 2 processors and DDR2 memory, you may want to update your BIOS to the latest version. In this article, we will show you how to download and install the latest BIOS for Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L motherboard.
Step 1: Check your current BIOS version
Before you update your BIOS, you need to check your current BIOS version and compare it with the latest version available on the Gigabyte website. To do this, you can use one of the following methods:
Restart your computer and press Del repeatedly to enter the BIOS setup menu. On the main screen, you will see the BIOS version and date.
Use a software tool such as CPU-Z or Speccy to check your BIOS version and date. You can download these tools from their official websites.
Note down your current BIOS version and date, and then go to the Gigabyte website to see if there is a newer version available.
Step 2: Download the latest BIOS file
If there is a newer version of BIOS available for your Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L motherboard, you can download it from the Gigabyte website. Follow these steps:
Go to https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-G31M-ES2L-rev-24/support (or https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-G31M-ES2L-rev-23/support if you have rev. 2.3) and select your operating system.
Click on BIOS and find the latest version of BIOS for your motherboard. The latest version as of writing this article is FI, which was released on 2010/08/12.
Click on Download and save the file to a convenient location on your computer. The file name should be motherboard_bios_ga-g31m-es2l_fi.exe.
Step 3: Prepare a bootable USB flash drive
To update your BIOS, you need to create a bootable USB flash drive that contains the BIOS file and a flash utility. Follow these steps:
Insert a USB flash drive into your computer. Make sure it has at least 4 GB of free space and backup any important data on it.
Format the USB flash drive using FAT32 file system. You can use Windows Disk Management or a third-party tool such as Rufus to do this.
Extract the contents of the motherboard_bios_ga-g31m-es2l_fi.exe file that you downloaded in step 2 using a tool such as WinRAR or 7-Zip. You should see two files: G31MES24.FI, which is the BIOS file, and AUTOEXEC.BAT, which is the flash utility.
Copy these two files to the root directory of your USB flash drive.
Eject your USB flash drive safely from your computer.
Step 4: Update your BIOS
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