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How to Upgrade BIOS for an Acer Aspire 5580

Upgrade the Basic Input Output System (BIOS) for an Acer Aspire 5580 to troubleshoot hardware problems and certain operating system issues. Upgrading, or flashing, the BIOS allows your computer manufacturer to install an updated BIOS to address changing hardware and newer operating systems. Your BIOS software is required to start hardware during the boot process and to allow your hardware to work in sync with your operating system. After you obtain the BIOS upgrade file, the actual upgrade process is mainly automated, requiring little user interaction.

Visit the Acer downloads page listed in the Resources section.

Select “Notebook” from the “Select Product Family” menu.

Choose “Aspire” from the “Select Product Line” menu.

Select “Aspire 5580” from the “Select Product Model” menu.

Select your operating system from the “Operating System” pull-down menu, located under the “Select Product Model” menu.

Press the “BIOS” tab to view just BIOS files.

Press the orange arrow button beside the BIOS file you wish to download. Select the latest BIOS upgrade available for your system.

Choose to save the file to your desktop.

Right-click the downloaded .zip file and choose “Extract All.”

Press “Next” and select “Next” again to begin extracting the compressed downloaded files.

Double-click “WinPhlash.exe” to open the Acer BIOS flash utility.

Press the “Browse” button.

Choose the BIOS upgrade file, with a “.wph” extension, within the downloaded folder located on your desktop.

Click “Open.”

Press the “Flash BIOS” button to begin upgrading the BIOS. Your Acer Aspire 5580 will restart after the process is finished.

Tip

If you have problems locating the file with the .wph extension, open any folder on your desktop. Select the “Tools” menu and choose “Folder Options.” Under the “View” tab, uncheck “Hide extensions for known file types.” Exit the options window and browse for the file again.

Warning

Only upgrade your BIOS if absolutely necessary. Use a BIOS upgrade as a last-resort troubleshooting method. Flashing the BIOS incorrectly or using the wrong upgrade file will result in system errors and possible BIOS corruption.

Things You'll Need

  • BIOS upgrade (See Resources)
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C.D. Crowder has been a freelance writer on a variety of topics including but not limited to technology, education, music, relationships and pets since 2008. Crowder holds an A.A.S degree in networking and one in software development and continues to develop programs and websites in addition to writing.