Help. GIGABYTE mobo impossible to Flash!

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  1. pennsylvaniaron

    pennsylvaniaron MDL Member

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    #1 pennsylvaniaron, Mar 7, 2010
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    I just search through some threads and haven't seen anyone with this problem. Just bgt a new setup from newegg, gigabyte ga-pa55a-ud3 mobo with I5 proocessor, 4gb ram. This mobo comes with the F4 bios and gigabyte has posted revisions up to F7 now. I wanted to first, update the bios to F7, you know get my hands dirty before trying to do a mod and install win 7. here's the problem.

    The bios revisons come in an .exe file. When you execute it 3 files are made. An autoexec.bat, flashspi.exe and the actual bios file p55ud3.f7. Gigabyte says you can update the bios 3 ways, floppy, q-flash (boot up) or @bios (from within windows). Well the .f7 file is 2mb in size so it doesn't fit on a floppy, so that knocks out FLOPPY and QFLASH. I installed a quick copy of win/xp and @bios gives errors saying its not the correct award part?? I thought of another way by putting the files on a cdr and then booting with a win98 floppy with cdrom support. I thought I could then use qflash or the flashspi.exe file but I never got that far because for some reason on boot-up no cdrom drives are found. they're in the bios list and its connected to ide as master (tried cbl select).

    So how are Gigabyte motherboard owners flashing their bioses? thx, Regards...
     
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  3. pennsylvaniaron

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    no flash drive (yet)

    thanks for prompt reply. however as I sit here i do not have a flash drive in my arsenal, YET! Guess I'll buy one and try the procedure. I do have an external usb drive but cant seem to get the gigabyte to boot up to it. Any other thoughts sans usb flsh drive?? regards..
     
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  9. number2_1212

    number2_1212 MDL Novice

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    I have always used QFLASH without any problem (though many people claim it is better to boot into DOS and flash it). The manuals and the various forums suggest we not use @bios.
     
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    QFlash may work but it doesn't always update the Bios fully.
    @Bios has Bricked Many, Many MB's when trying to Flash a modified Bios.
    That is why we recommend using the FlashSPI utility that is packaged with Bios updates by Gigabyte.
    It has proven to work reliably when Flashing these modified Bios files.
     
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    number2_1212 MDL Novice

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    I started using Qflash when I did not have access to a bootable device. Now that I have made several bootable USB sticks (some mb's require FAT and others FAT32, very odd), I'll try FlashSPI in the future. Thanks.