I recently purchased the ALiveXFire-eSATA2 R3.0 motherboard from Asrock and i bought it as i have 12 GB's of ddr2 ram and didn't ahve the moeny for ddr3. But it says i need to upgrade the bios to the newer version for it to be compatible with my AM3 socket processor.
The first Q was supposed to be removed; I always ask. BIOS flashing is risky so I try to 'see' if there's a reason. Q - What's prompting you to update your BIOS?
You'll need to use your 'old' CPU to do the flash prior to installing the NEW CPU.
Still need the following:
Q - What BIOS version and AMD "CPU" do you have now?
Q - What AMD "CPU" are you upgrading to now?
The reason is if the BIOS cannot 'dummy down' the CPU because the CPUID info is 'missing' then you MIGHT need a CPU that is recognized by the MOBO so you can access the BIOS.
My best GUESS is that if the MOBO comes with BIOS 2.90 or later you 'should' be able to access the BIOS to update to the latest BIOS version.
I assume you understand what I'm saying by the following -> "if the BIOS cannot 'dummy down' the CPU because the CPUID info is 'missing' then you MIGHT need a CPU that is recognized by the MOBO so you can access the BIOS."
IF you cannot Post then you'll need to borrow an older but supported CPU before you can flash. The alternative is to Mail-In your MOBO to ASRock and have them update the BIOS.