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June 16, 2013 2:28:55 AM

Hi There
I have an Intel Motherboard that has a discontinued support. My problem is that i am not in a position to decide whether my Motherboard supports an EFI Bios or not.
I have used the Hardware Info (HWiNFO32) utility which depicts that my motherboard is EFI capable but i find no EFI bios or no EFI Bios updates in this regard. Here is the link to the analyses from HWiNFO32
http://s1314.photobucket.com/user/sidney173/media/09dc4...
I have even checked at the Intel's Download Center but none are availaible. Will any updates or upgrades to the EFI be available or will i be crippled
Please Help............

My Motherboard specifications are
Intel D945GCCR Motherboard
Intel 945 Chipset
2 GB DDR2 SDRAM
Seagate 500 GB Internal HDD
Nvidia Geforce 7600 GS 1 GB graphics memory
a b V Motherboard
June 16, 2013 3:30:52 AM

You won't find EFI bios for this motherboard. Why would you need it anyway?
June 16, 2013 8:19:02 AM

Bejusek said:
You won't find EFI bios for this motherboard. Why would you need it anyway?


Thanks for the reply
Well iam quite eager to have an EFI BIOS because of the EFI Shell , easier booting from GPTs, booting a 64 bit Windows installation etc. seems a lot of fun
By the way u did not mention anything about the analysis from HWiNFO32. How would that analyse an EFI bios capabiity.
Well i await for a Solution
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a b V Motherboard
June 16, 2013 8:44:50 AM

Yes, I can see how this features could be used for experimentation and playing around with different settings. But in real world usage there is not much advantage of having EFI bios, except for easier booting / larger drive support and nicer looks.

Unfortunately manufacturers don't refresh older generations of motherboards with EFI BIOSes. Why? I guess to make you buy a new one.

I don't know why HWinfo32 shows this board as EFI capable. Maybe it's because its BIOS EEPROM size is big enough for EFI?
June 17, 2013 1:41:07 AM

Bejusek said:
Yes, I can see how this features could be used for experimentation and playing around with different settings. But in real world usage there is not much advantage of having EFI bios, except for easier booting / larger drive support and nicer looks.

Unfortunately manufacturers don't refresh older generations of motherboards with EFI BIOSes. Why? I guess to make you buy a new one.

I don't know why HWinfo32 shows this board as EFI capable. Maybe it's because its BIOS EEPROM size is big enough for EFI?


Hmmm........ your right. Well then would it be possible to wipe off a BIOS EEPROM and have something newer in it like the UEFI or EFI through some external source or something? ......

You had mentioned to go in for a new Mobo. So which is the best & latest Intel Mobo with UEFI support to go for ? Similarly not too costly somewhere around 10K to 12K ?
Awaits..........
a b V Motherboard
June 17, 2013 2:26:46 AM

I have never heard of any attempts to create custom uefi bios.
I mean this have to be possible, but writing the firmware youself would be a very complex task. How can you program something on the lowest level not knowing how it exactly works?
Maybe someone tried converting old-fashioned BIOS to EFI, try googling it, but I seriously doubt it.

Almost all new mainboards feature UEFI. If you find something in your price range just verify on manufacturers site that it has UEFI. If I remember correctly, Gigabyte was the last to switch to UEFI.
June 17, 2013 2:38:37 AM

Bejusek said:
I have never heard of any attempts to create custom uefi bios.
I mean this have to be possible, but writing the firmware youself would be a very complex task. How can you program something on the lowest level not knowing how it exactly works?
Maybe someone tried converting old-fashioned BIOS to EFI, try googling it, but I seriously doubt it.

Almost all new mainboards feature UEFI. If you find something in your price range just verify on manufacturers site that it has UEFI. If I remember correctly, Gigabyte was the last to switch to UEFI.


OK....... so it seems a EFI BIOS is not on my side. Well what about DUET EFI (GPT) ? Can i enjoy the EFI World from it ? ............
a b V Motherboard
June 17, 2013 3:35:19 AM

I remember reading somewhere that booting from GPT can be done be using EFI implementation loaded from your HDD.
Unfortunately, I don't have any experience with this.
June 17, 2013 6:41:46 AM

Bejusek said:
I remember reading somewhere that booting from GPT can be done be using EFI implementation loaded from your HDD.
Unfortunately, I don't have any experience with this.


Hey came across something puzzling
I had updated my Intel BIOS sometime back just for the heck of it. I had availed of the update from the Intel's Download Center. The released express update was the year 2008 & the version was
"CR94510J.86A.0060.EB". Just being curios to know what are the features i came across some issues like this :
Fixes:
• Fixed issue where new BIOS SETUP settings may contain random
data when using Flex EFI Variable updates.
• Fixed a potential VPD corruption issue.
• Added verification of empty (0xFF) SPI space before writing the
variable.
• Moved MTC and memory configuration data to CMOS.
• Fixed issue where USB camera caused long POST delay.
• Clear keyboard buffer prior to boot.

All of them confused me but the first one "Flex EFI Variable updates" appeared surprising.
Well could u explain what these fixes meant especially the "Flex EFI Variable updates"
Awaits............

a b V Motherboard
June 17, 2013 6:50:10 AM

I have no idea what that means. Sorry.
June 17, 2013 8:36:37 AM

Bejusek said:
I have no idea what that means. Sorry.


Well then Thanks for the advice.................
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