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June 6, 2013 1:02:48 AM

Alright so here's my problem at the moment:

I bought an Asrock Z68 Extreme 7 Gen 3 Mobo and an i5 3570k (IB). Now in order for the CPU to work with my mobo, I need the firmware or bios whatever it is updates so it runs Ivy bridge.

Now, I found out that you can just have an upated bios chip changed and it should run Ivy Bridge.

My friend has another mobo and a sandy bridge CPU running PC, and I'm wondering if I give him my bios chip from my motherboard, will he be able to update it by taking out the one from his motherboard and putting my one in so he can update the firmware of the bios chip?

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a c 257 V Motherboard
June 6, 2013 1:09:02 AM

No - it won't work because his MB is a different model, and thus needs a different BIOS.

It's a Gen3, so it should already have the right BIOS, I would have thought. Have you tried it?

If it does need an update, borrow his CPU and put it in your MB, and use that.
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a c 478 V Motherboard
June 6, 2013 1:11:50 AM

The bios chip can be soilder on. Look at it it be on the mb with a bios rev label. Also you might be lucky and the mb bios file may be up to a rev that will boot. If not if you bought the mb at micro center there tech support should have an old CPU to do the bios updater you. Or contact the mb vendor they can send you a new chip with the bios you need.
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a c 559 V Motherboard
June 6, 2013 2:37:03 AM

Does he have a similar board? If yes, then he can easily update the BIOS for you (the BIOS chip is on socket).
It's easier swapping the BIOS chips than processors.
If a different board, but still ASRock, it might work by hot swaping the chips (I've never tried it). Just look on the Internet for similar issues. I've read about successful Bios flashing on ASUS boards by hot swapping.
The P2.10 BIOS version (or later) is needed for the 3570k.
There should be a sticker on the BIOS chip with the board's BIOS version.
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a c 257 V Motherboard
June 6, 2013 2:47:45 AM

I wouldn't risk it...

I would expect it to refuse to flash it, and likely refuse to boot in the first place. Might even corrupt the existing BIOS.
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a c 559 V Motherboard
June 6, 2013 2:52:31 AM

Nope. You start with the working BIOS, then access the bootable device with the flashing application, or Windows (if flashing application is in Windows),
Swap the BIOS chips and flash.
If you search on Google you'll see it's possible and not too risky (you have to take care not touching/shorting other components since the board is powered)

The boards have to use similar BIOS chips that's why I asked if the other board is also ASRock.

Just an example: http://www.overclockers.com/bios-hot-swapping/
but you'd find similar threads if searching.
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