Gahh, before you go ruining your laptop, why do you need to update the BIOS? flash.bat is a DOS program, NOT a Windows program! If you REALLY need to update your BIOS, >>Use the MSI HQ Forum USB flasher<<
First of all I want to say I think you, and Svet always provide useful info.
On flashing the BIOS, Each time someone mentions this here I see Mods always trying to discourage posters from doing so, saying there is no need to flash.-unless you're having a specific problem.
(Understandable to some degree as there is a risk during flashing- and yes I understand the concept of if it isn't broke don't mess with it.) Why would someone want to update the bios on a new machine, a "new" model?
On new units, or a unit shipping with a new OS there are allot of things that always seem to get past QC.
As a example of this, (and yes this applies to the OS and not the BIOS): How the heck could the CR400, CR500, CR600, CR700, VR705 , A6000, A5000, etc 'Cannot Burn Recovery Discs /DVD drive unstable' issue get by QC? http://www.msi.com/index.php?func=faq2show&faq_no=2134Talk about giving a bad impression to first time MSI buyer... Buyer can't burn Recovery Discs!
I mention this as there are allot of things that are only brought to light so speak in real-world testing it appears. (This said there is no excuse for units being shipped that the end user can't burn recovery discs! -That shows sloppy testing in the lab.)
So far as not flashing as you're not being affected by a "specific" issue, there are so many interactions within the OS, apps, drivers, etc with everything interdependent on each other than a fix listed in the bios as being fixing xyz issue may fix zyx issue.
Q: Who here would feel comfortable getting on a "new model" plane going across a section of the ocean known for water temps that if you go into the water you'll be dead within 2 minutes that's running ver 1.0 hardware/software?
To me I'd like to see a couple of revisions before I trust my life to that plane. Fact is on ANY device the first models will have problems. Ditto on units coming from a new factory..
Above is a extreme example, but given the choice I don't want to trust my data to a rev1.0 anything.
(Seeing ver1.0 silkscreened on motherboard makes me sudder..I think the A5000-025US I have has those lovely ID strings on it.)
PS: To MSI, Inc... put a README.txt in the bios archive file...
There is no changelog, instructions in both the BIOS archives I downloaded for my unit. README.txt should state what model it applies to, plus have a running changelog...