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Another BIOS question
Posted 08 April 2013 - 01:23 PM
Posted 08 April 2013 - 01:36 PM
Are you really positive you've got the right BIOS and Flash tool? Please double check what you've done... and *don't* flash the BIOS for the time being.
Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:16 PM
This is definitely my board right here: http://www.gigabyte....x?pid=1670#bios
I believe it has the F3 update it in already which is what Everest reports. Strangely enough, when I download the BIOS update and go to launch it, it too says American Megatrends Inc as the copyright. But the BIOS release dates are exactly the same which really baffles me. I've never seen anything like this either. I'll leave it for now but if anyone wants me to post a report on what Everest tells me, I will.
Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:35 PM
This happens when modders experiment and create several different releases, naturally they must fit the BIOS size and address all the parts that the other supports.
What you want to do is start searching for mods for that exact motherboard model and revision. It is old enough that whatever mods were done are well tested. If the options you see in your existing BIOS are very limited ( pretty unusual for most Gigabyte boards I've seen ) then there is a great chance that some people have already made a replacement BIOS to add back some common functions.
Some quick searching ( "BIOS mods GA-7VM400M" ) does NOT look promising however. It could be a very low-budget board aimed at the mass market and might have a small BIOS image as well. You'll need to do some research.
Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:42 PM
A couple posts down has screenshots of what I see, maybe someone can make something from it?
And yes, I thought it was strange too that the options are so limited especially since I can't even overclock anything. Usually I don't want to anyway but the idea is the options aren't even there. But since it is a Micro ATX (I believe that's what it is anyway), that might make a bit of a difference too. But the AMI BIOS from Asrock I have in this computer has all those special features in it. That's why I was expecting a lot from Award but this particular version is very limited.
(Reply #3 specifically shows the AMI flash utility I was talking about)
Edited by Tommy, 08 April 2013 - 02:42 PM.
Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:58 PM
edit - Current version F3 implies Rev-1...
Edited by submix8c, 08 April 2013 - 03:12 PM.
Posted 08 April 2013 - 03:08 PM
07/02/2003-KM400-8235-6A6LYG0RC-00 (As reported by Everest Ultimate Edition)
Posted 08 April 2013 - 03:20 PM
Post #9 http://www.bios-mods...hread-BIOS-help
Version F3 uses FLASH867 (May 2, 2003) while F9 uses FLASH879 (Dec 30, 2003).
You don't need awdflash as AMI made your BIOS and gigabyte sends you a working version of amiflash (flash879.exe) and the batch-file (autoexec.bat) with all the needed param's inside.
Incase you decide to "remove" the AUTOEXEC.BAT and enter the Flashing manually.
Usage: Flash879 ROM_FILE /<COMMAND1> /<COMMAND2>...
A: Command Line Mode
B: Flash Boot Block
D: Load CMOS Defaults
E: Clear CMOS After Flashing
G: Keep DMI Data
R: Reboot After Flashing
S<File_name>: Save Flash ROM Data To File
-<Options>: Disable Flag. e.g. -A: Enable Window Mode, -G: Don't Keep DMI
Posted 08 April 2013 - 03:59 PM
Posted 08 April 2013 - 04:49 PM
Your manual states
(btw - a misspelling found - actually say "widden" instead of "hidden") Mine said the same thing. It ALSO says
If you can't find the setting you want, please press "Ctrl+F1" to
search the advanced option hidden.
Have you downloaded the Manual and looked at the BIOS options? What sort of "tons of BIOS options" were you expecting? Just because its "custom built" it doesn't mean the BIOS is anything other than the Vendor supplies.
Frequency/Voltage Control - This setup page is control CPU's clock and frequency ratio.
Better check what "custom built" REALLY means (HARDWARE only). In order to have BEYOND what the Vendor gives in a BIOS you have to do some SERIOUS HACKING.
There is absolutely NOTHING WRONG with using that Flash Program. You will get what you get in the way of BIOS Setup Selections (get that manual). I would SUGGEST getting a Binary Backup of you BIOS for "insurance" (see my post above), even though YOUR BIOS is still on the website.
HTH and happy Flashing!
edit - corrected misstatement about RAM with an explanation.
Edited by submix8c, 09 April 2013 - 07:59 AM.
Posted 08 April 2013 - 08:27 PM
What I don't like is it doesn't have an option for quick or thorough boot. I'd rather it really test the memory at startup but it really doesn't seem to. Oh well, at least it works and does what I need it to. Thanks for the information though!
Posted 09 April 2013 - 08:02 AM
Posted 09 April 2013 - 04:21 PM
As for SMART, if I look fast it says that my hard drive is SMART compatible but is disabled, yet I can't enable it in the BIOS like apparently this one can.
Posted 09 April 2013 - 07:08 PM
Edited by submix8c, 09 April 2013 - 07:09 PM.
Posted 10 April 2013 - 03:03 AM
"2 x UDMA ATA133/100/66 Bus Master IDE ports". Would have been sad if a 2003 board didn't have that.
Different Mobo/Chipset? Bet that one's an Intel board.... Even an older BIOS (ATA66/100). The Giga you have is (bet ya) ATA-133 capable.
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