Definitely a good idea to do all of the above. One q, how do you flash your backup bios for the first time? Forget it, I'll try a few things. Anyway, how are you flashing it? CD, HDD, or HTTP? HTTP is very easy if you have a home network or a crossover cable. Another way is for you to just burn a cd. Whatever you do, back it all up first, just as DJBOOBY said. Great advice.