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    New Bioses dated 18th July for X48 boards

    Check the Gigabyte website for new Bioses (at last) for the X48 motherboards.

    These enable support for Dynamic Energy Saver Advanced which would not install using previous Bioses and DES Advanced is supposed to work without the DES software running. It does, but a driver is running so I don't think it is really making any difference. It just makes it look like it is all done in Hardware.

    But one advantage is that DES advanced is supposed to enable Energy saving when overclocking or at least to some degree. The regular Intel SpeedStep which is where most of the energy saving takes place does not work.

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    If you try the new Bios then check your CPU usage before you flash the Bios and afterwards as I am getting significantly higher CPU usage when my system is doing nothing after flashing the Bios. The same with two different Windows installs, getting 14 to 20% CPU usage when it was in the low single figures previously. All four cores showing a fair bit of CPU usage.

    [EDIT2]

    I have flashed back to the original Bios and my CPU usage is back to 0 to 3%. So it looks like the Bios is somehow doing something to use a lot of CPU usage. Also the power LED was blinking at some points like a suspend state. Mainly before logging in as I did not notice it when logged in.
    Last edited by RedDwarfer; 07-18-2008 at 09:36 PM.
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    Re: New Bioses dated 18th July for X48 boards

    I flashed an X48T-DQ6, after it said complete, hit enter to continue I got no post. Just and endless cycle of restarts. I'm going to leave the battery out overnight and reseat the cpu in the morning. Might be rma time.
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    Re: New Bioses dated 18th July for X48 boards

    Quote Originally Posted by loonym View Post
    I flashed an X48T-DQ6, after it said complete, hit enter to continue I got no post. Just and endless cycle of restarts. I'm going to leave the battery out overnight and reseat the cpu in the morning. Might be rma time.
    Sorry to hear that. I hope you can get it working again. Did you download the correct Bios for your board? The DDR2 version rather than the DDR3 version? It would be an easy mistake to make.

    I have had the restart problem before. Powering off and leaving off for a few seconds always fixed it for me. It was not due to any overclock either.

    They should post MD5's for the Bioses to make sure that they are downloaded correctly. I had a problem when I went back to the original Bios. It said Bios Checksum error when I booted and it somehow recovered and worked. But it did not recover to the original Bios before flashing from the Backup like I would of thought. I personally don't like these soldered dual Bios boards, I think they are a real gamble hoping they recover. I always used a Bios Saviour on previous boards as the Bioses were socketed but with these boards that is not possible. I preferred the Bios Saviour as nothing could touch it unless the switch was thrown.
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    Re: New Bioses dated 18th July for X48 boards

    The board wasn't overclocked at flash. I learned long ago, optimal defaults > flash. The bios I used was for the X48T-DQ6 which is ddr3. I did the battery out overnight thing with a jumper on the clr cmos pins. This morning I reseated the cpu (x3360) and also tried a q6600 and e8400. No joy, played ram roulette with 2 different kits, 1 stick, 2 sticks, no sticks, gray, black, etc. Nothing. I had a feeling when it wouldn't properly take a clear after the flash completed that it was bricked. Not so bad really. Gigabyte rma is very good and I'll only need to send the board for reprogram. Miles better than the p35-ds3l I have going back with the exploded mosfet

    edit: I really should have stayed with the beta f5d, it was working quite well. But I saw the new bios and well, it's like a sickness, I just had to
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    Re: New Bioses dated 18th July for X48 boards

    Quote Originally Posted by loonym View Post
    The board wasn't overclocked at flash. I learned long ago, optimal defaults > flash. The bios I used was for the X48T-DQ6 which is ddr3. I did the battery out overnight thing with a jumper on the clr cmos pins. This morning I reseated the cpu (x3360) and also tried a q6600 and e8400. No joy, played ram roulette with 2 different kits, 1 stick, 2 sticks, no sticks, gray, black, etc. Nothing. I had a feeling when it wouldn't properly take a clear after the flash completed that it was bricked. Not so bad really. Gigabyte rma is very good and I'll only need to send the board for reprogram. Miles better than the p35-ds3l I have going back with the exploded mosfet

    edit: I really should have stayed with the beta f5d, it was working quite well. But I saw the new bios and well, it's like a sickness, I just had to
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    Don't forget, if you use that method, to disconnect (or switch off) your PSU mains, to make the system completely powerless ...




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    Re: New Bioses dated 18th July for X48 boards

    Sorry to hear about the board. What are the chances of that happening? I have been lucky I guess as I should have bricked a mobo at some point.
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    Re: New Bioses dated 18th July for X48 boards

    Seems there are a few other X48T-Dq6 owners reporting same as me so gigabyte may have released a non-working bios for that particular board.
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    Re: New Bioses dated 18th July for X48 boards

    I hope you get your board sorted quickly.

    Nearly 200 views and no one has posted about the CPU usage after flashing. I am sure you would notice it as Task Manager shows a fair bit of CPU usage when idling and only after flashing to the latest Bios. Same windows and everything else the same yet a significant amount of wasted CPU resources.

    Flash the Bios and lose 15% CPU processing power. How does that grab you?
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    Re: New Bioses dated 18th July for X48 boards

    Quote Originally Posted by 0156 View Post
    Sorry to hear about the board. What are the chances of that happening? I have been lucky I guess as I should have bricked a mobo at some point.
    Chances with that bios are 100% from what I've seen so far. There are at least 6 reports of dead boards since yesterday related to flashing bios F5 for the X48T.
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    Re: New Bioses dated 18th July for X48 boards

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    It was unstable to start with:
    http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=3190&p=17

    Can't you even do a reflash ?


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    Re: New Bioses dated 18th July for X48 boards

    Quote Originally Posted by noorman View Post
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    It was unstable to start with:
    http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=3190&p=17

    Can't you even do a reflash ?


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    As far as I can tell it's completely unrecoverable. I'm not sure why the second bios doesn't kick in. Won't do a floppy seek for a blind flash either. I just hope if anyone has this board they see these posts. This has been posted around a few forums by supershank from clunk.org.
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    Re: New Bioses dated 18th July for X48 boards

    Quote Originally Posted by loonym View Post
    As far as I can tell it's completely unrecoverable. I'm not sure why the second bios doesn't kick in. Won't do a floppy seek for a blind flash either. I just hope if anyone has this board they see these posts. This has been posted around a few forums by supershank from clunk.org.
    Here was me thinking that the DQ6's had 4 Bioses
    4 Bioses and it cannot recover from a Bad Bios flash.

    It's not saying much for these multiple Bios motherboards is it?

    Give me a socketed Bios any day and stick a Bios Saviour into it.
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    Re: New Bioses dated 18th July for X48 boards

    I really miss the socketed bios. Very few boards have one anymore. When I got my XFX 790i one of the first things I did was buy a spare chip and flash it and put it away just in case. I can not figure out anyway to get the second bios to kick in so I can recover. Another forum post said to power up and hit delete while the cmos clr pins are shorted. It didn't work for me. I have a DS3L going back too and they'll let me ship both in one box so at least I'll save a little on shipping. I was told by tech support this morning that the bios has been replaced by a new one and should be safe now.
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    Re: New Bioses dated 18th July for X48 boards

    Quote Originally Posted by loonym View Post
    I really miss the socketed bios. Very few boards have one anymore. When I got my XFX 790i one of the first things I did was buy a spare chip and flash it and put it away just in case. I can not figure out anyway to get the second bios to kick in so I can recover. Another forum post said to power up and hit delete while the cmos clr pins are shorted. It didn't work for me. I have a DS3L going back too and they'll let me ship both in one box so at least I'll save a little on shipping. I was told by tech support this morning that the bios has been replaced by a new one and should be safe now.
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    Indeed, the new release date for the F5 Bios is 2008-07-21 ...

    http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/M...ProductID=2765


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    Re: New Bioses dated 18th July for X48 boards

    WOOT!!!! It worked for me too!!!! This thread is the reason i joined this forum actually. yeah mine happened when i tried to flash to f5 and found this post. keep in mind that this is just days before quake con so i was freakin out but thanks to you guys i got my main machine back online!!!! My biggest piece of advice is to just keep trying. it took me about 30 tries to get it right!

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