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Help with GA-EP45-UD3R with E5200

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February 6, 2009 7:03:21 PM

I want to build a pc with the GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R motherboard and a E5200 cpu. I've heard that e5200's only work with gigabyte boards after you flash the BIOS. I would like to know if anyone knew if this was true and if i am able to just flash the bios from a thumb drive with the e5200 installed before i begin installing the OS and drivers.

Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz


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a c 177 V Motherboard
February 6, 2009 10:00:03 PM

Your motherboard info is here:
Click on CPU support list to find out:
Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5200 2.50GHz 2MB Wolfdale 45nm M0 65W 800 F3; that is, F3 BIOS
Comprehensive BIOS flash instructions here (including 'thumb drive' issues...):
Once again - DO NOT use @BIOS, you might get away with it once, you might get away with it a couple of times, but, eventually, you WILL 'brick' your MOBO!

If your 'shipped' BIOS does NOT support your processor, you might get away with flashing it anyway, and you might not - mileage varies - I keep a cheap Celeron around just to pop in for the ten minutes it takes to be sure...

Frankly, I wish people would get the idea to look up their own info at Gigabyte; twenty times a week, I answer with stuff that was available directly, if they had bothered, including direct manual quotes.
Pick the 775 MOBO you want to know about here:
or select any other socket; you'll find CPU & memory support, as well as BIOS listings; if you're thinking about building a computer, download and RTFM! There's no excuse for finding out after you've spent the money, what it will & won't do - that may be critical to you!
I wouldn't care, as it's 'only a click away', BUT, Gigabyte's web site appears to be run on an old Apple IIe with sixteen K of ram; why should I wait twenty times, when y'all can each wait once?