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Question Old Laptop BIOS Update

May 8, 2019

I have a pretty old laptop - Toshiba Satellite C650-11x.

Although the laptop is over 10 years old it is in a relatively good condition. I already opened and cleaned it up and changed the thermal paste and I also Installed Ubuntu on it (I had Windows 10 installed on it, but after using it for some time I decided that Linux it the best choice in my case)

I am going to get a 2x4gb Ram, 120GB SSD and a disk caddy for the HDD. However I would like to ask for assistance in updating the BIOS (and drivers for other components) if possible.

I know it's an old laptop, but I am hoping that (if possible) this might add a bit to the improvement of the laptop performance.

I did search online for BIOS and other driver updates, but the only results I get are drivers for C650 and I am not sure if that means that those are for all series that start with C650.

I also tried to contact Toshiba, but the only possible way for me to contact them requires my immediate a permission to gain access to my computer and I am going to keep away from that for now.

I will appreciate any help about BIOS and driver update.

P.S: I am happy with the current operating system, so that is not something I am seeking help for at the moment.
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May 8, 2019
Very clever decision to install Linux, you've probably already noticed it runs lighter than w10.

For the bios - why excactly do you need to upgrade your bios?
Indeed, it runs very well. it's lighter and simpler, though I am not using the laptop as much. It takes some time to get used to the different look of icons and other software, but it's fine.

I have a desktop computer (also with windows 10), which I build about nine months ago. I intended to clean the laptop and reinstall the windows, after I build the desktop, and so I did.

The laptop had windows 7 and I was recommended to install windows 10 on it, so I installed it after I build the desktop. I haven't been using the laptop that much, after I built the desktop, but during the times I boot it up and did very minor tasks on it I noticed it loads even slower than before (when it had it's original windows 7).

As I mentioned I did clean it up and changed the paste and made sure everything works fine. But for me windows 10 didn't work well, even on the desktop, although I will keep using it there for now.

Maybe other people have a great experience with windows 10 on their older laptops, but I just don't see it as a good idea to install it on laptops that are from 3-4 years ago or older. No need for that in my personal experience. Linux is just fine.

Windows 10 is just a menace (no offense to people who love windows 10 etc).

In any ways, I don't have much experience with computers etc, but I started to learn some things, since last year, when I build my first computer. One thing is that you should always contact the corresponding support for BIOS and driver updates and that helped me a lot. Windows option to check for updates is kind of useless.

Thus, I decided that I will try to update BIOS and drivers of the laptop, if that is even possible and/or helpful for a machine that old.


In general : if your computer is fully working and there is not known security weakness bulletin from the manufacturer, then there is no need to update the bios. In fact, you introduce a greater risk of make the computer unusable (if something goes wrong during the update).