Flashing Bios with a .F8 extention?

Discussion in 'BIOS Mods' started by rivitingtwo, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. rivitingtwo

    rivitingtwo MDL Novice

    Nov 18, 2009
    I downloaded this modded bios file found on post 1381 of the "All Slics 2.1 (Modded Bios List) - Note: For requests use 'Bios Mod Requests' section" thread.

    I am not sure what to do next however. The file ext seems to be .f8 but that doesn't seem correct. I've read a bunch of threads but all I've gotten is more confused.

    The computer is made from parts, not a brand name but the modded bios is for my motherboard. I just need to know what.how to flash it to my bios I guess?

    Also, are slics backwards compatible or is the 2.1 only valid with Win 7? My appologies if these are stupid issues.
  2. 911medic

    911medic MDL Guru

    Aug 13, 2008
    Sounds like a Gigabyte mainboard..all their extensions are F#...You are fine, and if the board is GB..Use the flashspi from the download.

    I hope you have a brand name for the Mainboard..:D

    OEM is like Dell, HP, etc..Custom or home built are put together at home..all have namebrand boards, most OEM use a variant from MSI, ASUS, DFI, Shuttle, etc..
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  3. Everilda

    Everilda MDL Senior Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    The board is a Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4P according to post 1381.

    The gigabyte site shows three methods to flash the bios here - http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/Motherboard/HowToReflashBIOS.aspx

    The preferred method is to use (as 911medic said) the dos flash utility and the second is to use the built in Qflash utility.
    The third method @bios is NOT recommended as there is much more that can go wrong using this method.

    To answer the last part of your question, Slic 2.1 is backwards compatible with Vista.
  4. Michel

    Michel MDL Expert

    Jul 29, 2009
    Never use @bios i have a very bad experience with it. I used it last year and my pc had problems with booting (it couldnt pass bios and it shut down and restarted). After flashing from dos using usb flash drive all my problems are gone. Use the tools in the 7-zip file from gigabyte
  5. josephus

    josephus MDL Novice

    Sep 8, 2009
    #5 josephus, Dec 3, 2009
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2009
    I agree. The company often recommends Qflash, which is better.

    The DOS flash utility doesn't seem to be available any more from their website, including the link given above by Everilda. If somebody has it, perhaps it would be a good idea to post it up here somewhere for other people to us. Also, I am not sure if the DOS flash utility would work with the standard Gigabyte BIOS files ending with .F#. I think it was a bundle containing other stuff, but I can't remember for sure.
  6. NoJuan999

    NoJuan999 Experienced SLIC Tool Operator

    Jul 31, 2009
    Flashspi is included in almost every BIOS downloaded directly from Gigabyte.
    It is inside the archive with the BIOS.

    Download and extract this to get Flashspi and the autoexec.bat file then rename the modified BIOS to M79XUD4P.F8.
    Put flashspi, autoexec.bat and the modified M79XUD4P.F8 file on a Bootable floppy or USB and reboot with it in to flash the BIOS.
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  7. rivitingtwo

    rivitingtwo MDL Novice

    Nov 18, 2009
    Thanks a lot everyone. I wasn't honestly expecting much of an answer so I was quite suprised when I had to keep scrolling down through some great info!