Originally Posted by IndyGunFreak
If there was an ACPI change, that may well explain the longer boot time...
Most ASUS boards since about 2002 have a BIOS update utility (EZFLASH) built in to the BIOS. The utility reads removable media such as 3.5" firmies, but since around 2005 it reads USB drives.
DELL servers tend to cache the updated data in flash and then execute the update during the next IPL.
Having bricked a few (okay, more than a few) BIOS chips
in my day, most through corrupted update files, a few through, "I wonder how well this works?" curiosity ...
Avoid BIOS maintenance from Windows. Just don't do it. No good reason to do it.
If the board monitor doesn't have an on-board utility, use an upgrade utility that can be run from a minimal monitor at IPL time. These utilities start with a minimal monitor, just enough to run the utility. Even MS-DOS can mess up a BIOS update (ask me how I know
.) I have never tried it, but I would be suspicious of starting a live version of Linux to run the upgrade utility.
Use the utility the board manufacturer supplies. Yes, there have been problems in the past, but overall these work well and are reliable.
If all else fails, $100 and a few day's wait will get you a current BIOS chip. Do not fear the chip. They remove/install quite easily if you pay attention.