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February 9, 2011 2:07:43 AM

Would like some help from anyone familiar with the Gigabyte CMOS Setup Utility.

I just built my first computer and am confused with the entries in the BIOS..have done research but not quite getting it..Just don't want to make any mistakes.

I'll explain what and where I have things connected and what I would like to do..

I have one SSD connected to the SATA2_0,one HDD on SATA2_1 and the other HDD on SATA2_2

CD/DVD ROM is on GSATA2_8

I would like to get the SSD on the ICH and put in AHCI mode,the other two indentical HDD's in RAID 1 mode(my choice).The rear panel eSATA controller and the GSATA2_8_9 controller all in AHCI too.

In the advanced Bios features I have HD Boot Priority Set in the correct order - SSD,HDD & HDD.

What would be the first,second & third boot device.?
The delay for HDD is at 0 seconds-default
Init display is defaulted at (PCI)..I have a graphics card installed in 16x PCIE slot one.

Intergrated Peripherals screen

ICH SATA control mode - what do I indicate here?
eSATA Control mode - what do I enter here? ........

........My main concern is how do I know the SSD is in AHCI mode and the 2 HDD's are in RAID 1 mode?

Any answers or suggestions would be appreciated .....

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a c 177 V Motherboard
February 10, 2011 3:08:59 AM

I'll try to get going tomorrow AM to walk you through this - I do need to know what brand and model SSD you have, to determine where it's best taken advantage of. It's too bad you're a bit early here - HighPoint has released (but is not yet shipping) their RocketHybrid 122x Series controllers - combines an SSD with a hard disk to get the best of both!

If you're interested in a mild, but noticeable overclock in the same setup, will need CPU & RAM specs as well...
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February 10, 2011 1:07:39 PM

bilbat said:
I'll try to get going tomorrow AM to walk you through this - I do need to know what brand and model SSD you have, to determine where it's best taken advantage of. It's too bad you're a bit early here - HighPoint has released (but is not yet shipping) their RocketHybrid 122x Series controllers - combines an SSD with a hard disk to get the best of both!

If you're interested in a mild, but noticeable overclock in the same setup, will need CPU & RAM specs as well...


I'll be utilizing a OCZ Vertex 2 60GB SSD Read up to 285MB/s..Write up to 275MB/s....4KB Random write:up to 50,000 IOPS

Intel i7 950 3.06 ghz LGA 1366 Bloomfield CPU

Taking advantage of the triple channel (3 x 2GB DDR3 1600Mhz PC3 12800 Corsair Dominator) Timing - 8-8-8-24 latency Intel XMP 1.65 Volts

Plan on installing Win7 Pro OEM System Builder on SSD,also would like to lower the page file,disable superfetch,disable Windows search/indexing and disable hibernate so space doesn't get sucked up so quickly.

Bigdog45 -
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February 10, 2011 1:26:57 PM

bilbat said:
I'll try to get going tomorrow AM to walk you through this - I do need to know what brand and model SSD you have, to determine where it's best taken advantage of. It's too bad you're a bit early here - HighPoint has released (but is not yet shipping) their RocketHybrid 122x Series controllers - combines an SSD with a hard disk to get the best of both!

If you're interested in a mild, but noticeable overclock in the same setup, will need CPU & RAM specs as well...



PS - I think it would be better to go RAID O on the 2 Samsung 500GB Spinpoint 3's HDD

I now have the 2 HDD's connected to GSATA2 _8_9 and the SSD remains on the ICH CONNECTED to SATA2_0

DVD/CD ROM is connected to SATA2_4
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a c 717 V Motherboard
February 10, 2011 1:51:29 PM

Before doing anything, verify that you have the latest Firmware flashed to your SSD - http://www.ocztechnology.com/ssd_tools/OCZ_Vertex_2,_Ve...

Also, update your BIOS to that latest version - http://www.gigabyte.us/search/search.aspx?kw=GA-X58A-UD... use the Q-Flash method with a formatted FAT32 USB.

Ports:
BIOS - [RAID(XHD)] ; the ICH10R is better for RAID
SATA2_0 {Blank}
SATA2_1 {Blank}
SATA2_2 {RAID HDD1}
SATA2_3 {RAID HDD2}

BIOS - [IDE]
SATA2_4 {Primary DVD/BR}
SATA2_5 {Blank DVD/BR (1 drive SATA) [or] Second DVD/BR}

BIOS - [AHCI] ; use the Marvell controller for you SSD *
GSATA3_6 {Primary SSD}
GSATA3_7 {Blank}

BIOS - [AHCI]
GSATA2_8 {Case eSATA or "dock"}
GSATA2_9 {Case eSATA or "dock"}

Boot in to BIOS 'Ctrl + I ' to set up the RAID for HDD refer to page 85-92 for full information.

@tecmo34 has a very good, won the award for best article, how to SSD guide - http://www.computing.net/howtos/show/solid-state-drive-...

* footnote: the GA-X58A-UD3R v1/2 have known issues with SSD + RAID, and the above ports is about your best option.
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a c 717 V Motherboard
February 10, 2011 1:55:30 PM

Bigdog45 said:
PS - I think it would be better to go RAID O on the 2 Samsung 500GB Spinpoint 3's HDD

If these are your DATA drives i.e. 'important' data then NEVER use RAID 0, RAID 0 is fine for ONLY OS & Apps. RAID 0 is too volitlie, if you loose (1) 'either' HDD then 'poof' ALL of your data is bye-bye! :cry: 
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February 10, 2011 2:23:48 PM

jaquith said:
Before doing anything, verify that you have the latest Firmware flashed to your SSD - http://www.ocztechnology.com/ssd_tools/OCZ_Vertex_2,_Ve...

Also, update your BIOS to that latest version - http://www.gigabyte.us/search/search.aspx?kw=GA-X58A-UD... use the Q-Flash method with a formatted FAT32 USB.

Ports:
BIOS - [RAID(XHD)] ; the ICH10R is better for RAID
SATA2_0 {Blank}
SATA2_1 {Blank}
SATA2_2 {RAID HDD1}
SATA2_3 {RAID HDD2}

BIOS - [IDE]
SATA2_4 {Primary DVD/BR}
SATA2_5 {Blank DVD/BR (1 drive SATA) [or] Second DVD/BR}

BIOS - [AHCI] ; use the Marvell controller for you SSD *
GSATA3_6 {Primary SSD}
GSATA3_7 {Blank}



BIOS - [AHCI]
GSATA2_8 {Case eSATA or "dock"}
GSATA2_9 {Case eSATA or "dock"}

Boot in to BIOS 'Ctrl + I ' to set up the RAID for HDD refer to page 85-92 for full information.

@tecmo34 has a very good, won the award for best article, how to SSD guide - http://www.computing.net/howtos/show/solid-state-drive-...

* footnote: the GA-X58A-UD3R v1/2 have known issues with SSD + RAID, and the above ports is about your best option.


There's a lot to take in here....when I go the OCZ link,would it explain step by step how to determine if the SSD has the latest firmware?

Basically I would like to install various software and games on the HDD.

What would be the best location to install security software?
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a c 717 V Motherboard
February 10, 2011 2:37:20 PM

The OCZ App reads the BIOS version -> http://www.ocztechnology.com/files/ssd_tools/OCZ%20Sand... you'll need, in OCZ case, a PC running Vista or Windows 7 to flash the SSD.

As far as the location, I tend to leave it on the Primary drive, in your case the SSD. You don't need to be overly worried about your SSD as you seem to be, regardless of the things you've read -- reaching the maximum Writes is nearly impossible. You'd need to have a setup that would constantly be rewriting your entire SSD for years before hitting its limit.
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a c 177 V Motherboard
February 10, 2011 3:14:04 PM

Working on a walk-through now; what are you using for CPU cooling - stock Intel, or after-market?
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February 10, 2011 3:17:21 PM

bilbat said:
Working on a walk-through now; what are you using for CPU cooling - stock Intel, or after-market?



Zerotherm Core92
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February 10, 2011 3:24:06 PM

jaquith said:
The OCZ App reads the BIOS version -> http://www.ocztechnology.com/files/ssd_tools/OCZ%20Sand... you'll need, in OCZ case, a PC running Vista or Windows 7 to flash the SSD.

As far as the location, I tend to leave it on the Primary drive, in your case the SSD. You don't need to be overly worried about your SSD as you seem to be, regardless of the things you've read -- reaching the maximum Writes is nearly impossible. You'd need to have a setup that would constantly be rewriting your entire SSD for years before hitting its limit.



Here are my options:

Stay with what I have now.

Eliminate the SSD and go with only the 2 HDD's

Last-Sit on this build and wait for the latest technology drive to ship...and use that instead of the SSD I have now.
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a c 717 V Motherboard
February 10, 2011 3:43:42 PM

I've seen the Flash procedure not pooch the Windows once installed; no guarantees. Even if you use the 2 HDDs, don't RAID 0 them is used for your Data.

I would use the SSD and RAID 1 the HDDs as above. A 60GB SSD is really small, you could get a second and RAID 0 it to get 120GB which is minimum 'to me' for OS + Apps, but I then would be extremely cautious about running two RAIDs running off the MOBO.

In that case RAID the HDDs off a the MOBO from the ICH10R, and use a Dedicated/cheap RAID Controller {0, 1, 10} for the SSD.
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February 10, 2011 3:59:58 PM

jaquith said:
I've seen the Flash procedure not pooch the Windows once installed; no guarantees. Even if you use the 2 HDDs, don't RAID 0 them is used for your Data.

I would use the SSD and RAID 1 the HDDs as above. A 60GB SSD is really small, you could get a second and RAID 0 it to get 120GB which is minimum 'to me' for OS + Apps, but I then would be extremely cautious about running two RAIDs running off the MOBO.

In that case RAID the HDDs off a the MOBO from the ICH10R, and use a Dedicated/cheap RAID Controller {0, 1, 10} for the SSD.


If this was your own build,what drive setup would you use for this particular MOBO?...How many HDD's and or what SSD..?
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a c 177 V Motherboard
February 10, 2011 4:18:07 PM

Working on it, here...
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February 10, 2011 8:28:33 PM

bilbat said:
Working on it, here...

My Bios version is FB

Went to the Gigabyte website and downloaded the files to a new flashdrive....inserted the flashdrive in BLACK rear panel USB.

I attempted 3 times to update the Bios in Q-Flash and the problem is that it's telling me no drive found .It's not recognizing the flash drive.

Why do you think this is happening?
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a c 236 V Motherboard
February 10, 2011 8:32:04 PM

Is it formatted into FAT32?? ... USB device that is :D 
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February 10, 2011 11:14:05 PM

tecmo34 said:
Is it formatted into FAT32?? ... USB device that is :D 


Yes it is...
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a c 717 V Motherboard
February 10, 2011 11:40:39 PM

It shows-up as a HDD.
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February 11, 2011 12:35:14 AM

jaquith said:
It shows-up as a HDD.

If it's telling me no drive found(flash drive)in the Q-Flash,where would it indicate it's a HDD?
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February 11, 2011 12:42:37 AM

When I go to Hard Disk Boot Priority, the flash drive shows up first as a USB-HDDO
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February 11, 2011 1:33:38 AM

bilbat said:
Working on it, here...

I would like your advice bilbat

I'm trying to flash the board and it's telling me no drive found when I'm in Q-Flash to update the Bios.
Flash Drive is FAT32 and the SATA3 Firmware selection is set to Auto

Bigdog45-
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a c 236 V Motherboard
February 11, 2011 1:36:19 AM

Did you set your BIOS to IDE versus AHCI when trying (don't know if I missed that question / answer)?
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February 11, 2011 1:41:33 AM

tecmo34 said:
Did you set your BIOS to IDE versus AHCI when trying (don't know if I missed that question / answer)?

Where about within the BIOS are you talking about.?
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a c 236 V Motherboard
February 11, 2011 1:53:06 AM

In the "Integrated Peripherals" set the controllers to IDE...
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a c 177 V Motherboard
February 11, 2011 3:57:18 AM

In the AM, I will reboot to check the exact menu wording for USB flashing - doing some background transcoding overnight. Sounds like you're setup right - takes a FAT32 format. I never use it, so can't remember - always install a floppy on every build - for disaster recovery...

On the "Integrated Peripherals" USB1 & 2 controllers must be enabled; USB Keyboard enabled if using one (PS2 is best - sometime USB's fail to work even if set right, especially HID types; stick must be plugged into a USB2 port - 3's don't work in the BIOS...
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a c 717 V Motherboard
February 11, 2011 11:49:08 AM

Try a different Flash Drive, preferably one that's small 1~2GB.
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a c 177 V Motherboard
February 11, 2011 1:02:00 PM

Yup - pretty much what I thought I remembered: format to FAT-32, binary onto stick; 'looks like' an HDD; enter flsher, select drive, and there's your file:





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February 11, 2011 1:47:50 PM

bilbat said:
Yup - pretty much what I thought I remembered: format to FAT-32, binary onto stick; 'looks like' an HDD; enter flsher, select drive, and there's your file:

http://img810.imageshack.us/img810/4415/biosflashmain.jpg

http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/2844/biosflashdrive.jpg

http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/5196/biosflashfile.jpg


From your screenshot...........how were you able to get to the 2nd & 3rd page...

I'm at the Q-Flash utility now....how do I select the drive?
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February 11, 2011 2:04:58 PM

tecmo34 said:
In the "Integrated Peripherals" set the controllers to IDE...

Everything was set to IDE..
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a c 177 V Motherboard
February 11, 2011 3:16:36 PM

Ahh, the state of the disk controllers has nothing to do with this - they only affect the SATA and IDE PHY's. This is handled by the USB controller, and thus the USB BIOS settings hold sway...

Therein lies the rub, as well. When you're loading an OS, you have all the room in the world for your drivers - they can include every conceivable device imaginable. (Never, in my wildest dreams, when I was playing with an eight-bit Z-80 powered KayPro, did I suspect we'd ever get to the point where an OS would occupy a gigabyte - I didn't even know the word gigabyte - and the largest drive available in a 5¼" form factor was the venerable Seagate ST-225, at twenty meg!) Everything in the BIOS, however must fit into one meg - including the disk controller option ROMs, firmware for any other devices accessed by the BIOS that require firmware - everything! This is one of BIOS' 'issues' that UEFI is intended to fix.

So, the in-BIOS USB end of the stick is pretty slim - if it loads up and 'sees' something attached that 'looks like' a disk, it's treated as a disk, and further looks for a file allocation table (FAT), but is limited to strict implementations of only one kind. (This is also why a lot of devices, like USB-attached floppies and CD/DVD drives either can't be accessed from the BIOS, or can't be booted from - the manufacturer wasn't careful enough in implementing their firmware to exactly resemble a disk.)


To answer the question - I took the pictures after cursoring the 'highlighted' item to the one that is to be selected to get to the next level. Thus, once you've entered the BIOS' flasher, you simply cursor down to the displayed "Update BIOS from Drive" item, and hit enter. That should take you to the second screen, where you need to
cursor down to the displayed 'HDD' item (and the nomenclature in your BIOS may vary - it'll still say 'HDD', but the numbers may be different, or may be a name - I think mine displays numbers that correspond to PHY & LUN...), and hit enter. That should take you to the third screen, where you select the actual BIOS file...
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a c 177 V Motherboard
February 11, 2011 11:12:47 PM

Hope you don't mind it taking me a bit to get to the next part - the RAID/OS install... Having done the BIOS flashing experiment, I have another in mind. I'll explain a bit:

I keep a very fast 8G Kingston HyperX flash drive in my workstation as a ReadyBoost disk. I have eight G of main RAM, but often load up enough stuff to swap a lot, and the RB seems to make it a bit more responsive. I was willing to undo it for the BIOS experiment, as I've been meaning to semi-retask it - I've recently added a home server, with about four hundred movies served up, and am adding a meta-data manager that benefits greatly from having its local files on a flash. I'm planning to split it - 4G for RB, 4G for the media manager. Now that I've got it formatted in FAT-32, and have the pictures that I'll need to do a how-to article on BIOS flashing for my web site, I'm thinking about the OS install for another pictorial article - on RAID installation, which comes up more and more these days as storage prices drop... As I mentioned, I don't know much about the flash aspect of these things, as I always rely on floppies for these sorts of jobs. I have wondered about the following - when I do a RAID OS install, I keep four floppies around, one each with the Intel 32 & 64 drivers, and jMicron 32 & 64's. You can't put them on the same floppy, as a couple of the installer files have the same names for a few files. While explaining the RAID install, I have wondered if, when using flash, the win installers are smart enough to find a named directory, so a person could keep a bootable FAT-32 with an autorun BIOS flasher and BIOS file in the root, and four or six directories (named, say, 'Intel32', 'Intel64', 'JMB32', 'JMB64', 'Marvell32', 'Marvell64') with the RAID drivers - sort of a 'one-stop-stick'! I also have about eight bootable partitions on my first two pairs of RAID0'd VelociRaptors, so it's easy enough to do a test install to do the RAID/OS stuff, and get the pictures if it works...

Remember - you started this! [:fixitbil:9]

I like putting 'sticky' sort of material on my site - SMF and some plug-ins gives me fifty-some bbcodes to play with - I don't know if you poked around the site any to see what's there, but when I have the time to work out good tutorials, I can include a feature-rich environment!
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February 12, 2011 2:03:01 AM

The reason I ask how you were able to get to the 2nd & 3rd step on the Q-Flash was because when I do hit the enter key on Update BIOS from Drive I get a popup that says "No Drive Found"..Another person recommended to run a certain file before putting it on the Flash Drive....maybe that's it..

bilbat said:
Ahh, the state of the disk controllers has nothing to do with this - they only affect the SATA and IDE PHY's. This is handled by the USB controller, and thus the USB BIOS settings hold sway...

Therein lies the rub, as well. When you're loading an OS, you have all the room in the world for your drivers - they can include every conceivable device imaginable. (Never, in my wildest dreams, when I was playing with an eight-bit Z-80 powered KayPro, did I suspect we'd ever get to the point where an OS would occupy a gigabyte - I didn't even know the word gigabyte - and the largest drive available in a 5¼" form factor was the venerable Seagate ST-225, at twenty meg!) Everything in the BIOS, however must fit into one meg - including the disk controller option ROMs, firmware for any other devices accessed by the BIOS that require firmware - everything! This is one of BIOS' 'issues' that UEFI is intended to fix.

So, the in-BIOS USB end of the stick is pretty slim - if it loads up and 'sees' something attached that 'looks like' a disk, it's treated as a disk, and further looks for a file allocation table (FAT), but is limited to strict implementations of only one kind. (This is also why a lot of devices, like USB-attached floppies and CD/DVD drives either can't be accessed from the BIOS, or can't be booted from - the manufacturer wasn't careful enough in implementing their firmware to exactly resemble a disk.)


To answer the question - I took the pictures after cursoring the 'highlighted' item to the one that is to be selected to get to the next level. Thus, once you've entered the BIOS' flasher, you simply cursor down to the displayed "Update BIOS from Drive" item, and hit enter. That should take you to the second screen, where you need to
cursor down to the displayed 'HDD' item (and the nomenclature in your BIOS may vary - it'll still say 'HDD', but the numbers may be different, or may be a name - I think mine displays numbers that correspond to PHY & LUN...), and hit enter. That should take you to the third screen, where you select the actual BIOS file...

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February 12, 2011 2:13:41 AM

bilbat said:
Hope you don't mind it taking me a bit to get to the next part - the RAID/OS install... Having done the BIOS flashing experiment, I have another in mind. I'll explain a bit:

I keep a very fast 8G Kingston HyperX flash drive in my workstation as a ReadyBoost disk. I have eight G of main RAM, but often load up enough stuff to swap a lot, and the RB seems to make it a bit more responsive. I was willing to undo it for the BIOS experiment, as I've been meaning to semi-retask it - I've recently added a home server, with about four hundred movies served up, and am adding a meta-data manager that benefits greatly from having its local files on a flash. I'm planning to split it - 4G for RB, 4G for the media manager. Now that I've got it formatted in FAT-32, and have the pictures that I'll need to do a how-to article on BIOS flashing for my web site, I'm thinking about the OS install for another pictorial article - on RAID installation, which comes up more and more these days as storage prices drop... As I mentioned, I don't know much about the flash aspect of these things, as I always rely on floppies for these sorts of jobs. I have wondered about the following - when I do a RAID OS install, I keep four floppies around, one each with the Intel 32 & 64 drivers, and jMicron 32 & 64's. You can't put them on the same floppy, as a couple of the installer files have the same names for a few files. While explaining the RAID install, I have wondered if, when using flash, the win installers are smart enough to find a named directory, so a person could keep a bootable FAT-32 with an autorun BIOS flasher and BIOS file in the root, and four or six directories (named, say, 'Intel32', 'Intel64', 'JMB32', 'JMB64', 'Marvell32', 'Marvell64') with the RAID drivers - sort of a 'one-stop-stick'! I also have about eight bootable partitions on my first two pairs of RAID0'd VelociRaptors, so it's easy enough to do a test install to do the RAID/OS stuff, and get the pictures if it works...

Remember - you started this! [:fixitbil:9]

I'm stuck at the BIOS Update right now...need to figure out the correct procedure with the flash drive so I could proceed...Will watch the videos to see what I could gather...

Everything that everyone responded to from my posts is highly appreciated and am greatful that all of you take the time to answer.....

Carry on .........

I like putting 'sticky' sort of material on my site - SMF and some plug-ins gives me fifty-some bbcodes to play with - I don't know if you poked around the site any to see what's there, but when I have the time to work out good tutorials, I can include a feature-rich environment!

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February 12, 2011 3:11:00 AM

Would the size of the flash drive I'm using make a difference?
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a c 177 V Motherboard
February 12, 2011 4:37:27 AM

If you've not run the BIOS file, you should still see a drive - it may show as empty, as it doesn't 'see' anything besides binaries, but it should be there...

Let's try a run-through:

First, plug the flash drive into one of the rear panel USB ports, and format it to FAT-32

Next, you download mb_bios_ga-x58a-ud3r_2.x_fe.exe from GB's website

Then, place the DL'd file into an empty directory/folder, and double-click it to execute - it will produce this little confim form:



Click on the Extract button, and it will unzip three files:

autoexec.bat
FLASHSPI.EXE
X58AUD3R.FE

to your directory/folder

Copy the last, X58AUD3R.FE to the flash drive root

Enter your BIOS

--On the
"Integrated Peripherals" page, set:
"USB 1.0 Controller" to "Enabled"
"USB 2.0 Controller" to "Enabled"
"USB Keyboard Function" to "Enabled"
"USB Storage Function" to "Enabled"
"SATA3 Firmware Selection" to "Auto"

<F10> to save, exit, & reboot - and mind, the flash stick must be in the port during the reboot...

Enter the BIOS and try the sequence pictured above - should work?



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a c 177 V Motherboard
February 12, 2011 4:39:22 AM

If you've not run the BIOS file, you should still see a drive - it may show as empty, as it doesn't 'see' anything besides binaries, but it should be there...

Let's try a run-through:

First, plug the flash drive into one of the rear panel USB ports, and format it to FAT-32

Next, you download mb_bios_ga-x58a-ud3r_2.x_fe.exe from GB's website

Then, place the DL'd file into an empty directory/folder, and double-click it to execute - it will produce this little confim form:



Click on the Extract button, and it will unzip three files:

autoexec.bat
FLASHSPI.EXE
X58AUD3R.FE

to your directory/folder

Copy the last, X58AUD3R.FE to the flash drive root

Enter your BIOS

--On the
"Integrated Peripherals" page, set:
"USB 1.0 Controller" to "Enabled"
"USB 2.0 Controller" to "Enabled"
"USB Keyboard Function" to "Enabled"
"USB Storage Function" to "Enabled"
"SATA3 Firmware Selection" to "Auto"

<F10> to save, exit, & reboot - and mind, the flash stick must be in the port during the reboot...

Enter the BIOS and try the sequence pictured above - should work?


I don't believe the drive size has any effect - how large a drive are you trying this with?



EEK - double posted it - now I know it's time to crash!
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February 12, 2011 1:46:48 PM

It's a new right out of the package OCZ 4GB,it's preformatted to FAT32..
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February 12, 2011 1:53:51 PM

In the Q-Flash utility screen it does show :

Flash type/Size.......................MXIC 25L1605/1606 1M
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February 12, 2011 1:58:43 PM

[bI'm not sure if this makes a difference...I set the destination of the file to my desktop then drag it right to the flash drive.[/b]
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a c 717 V Motherboard
February 12, 2011 2:08:56 PM

Bigdog45 said:
Would the size of the flash drive I'm using make a difference?

I/We have seen Flash Drives fail for one reason or another, and once a different Flash Drive was used the procedure went fine.

Normally, this is very simple -- watch the VIDEOS in particular the first which explains running the '.EXE' executable file to EXTRACT the files needed.

What you've described suggests the BIOS rejected your Flash Drive. Assuming it is indeed properly formatted as FAT-32 then it's time to try another Flash Drive. Further, I assume the USB that you are using is one of the onboard USB at the rear of the MOBO and not one from the Case {use the USB at the I/O Shield}.
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February 12, 2011 2:21:20 PM

jaquith said:
I/We have seen Flash Drives fail for one reason or another, and once a different Flash Drive was used the procedure went fine.

Normally, this is very simple -- watch the VIDEOS in particular the first which explains running the '.EXE' executable file to EXTRACT the files needed.

What you've described suggests the BIOS rejected your Flash Drive. Assuming it is indeed properly formatted as FAT-32 then it's time to try another Flash Drive. Further, I assume the USB that you are using is one of the onboard USB at the rear of the MOBO and not one from the Case {use the USB at the I/O Shield}.


I've used 3 new flash drives..same procedure on all...plugged in on black USB 2.0 FROM the rear I/O panel before powering on...

I'm just wondering at this point if I should take a chance and wait to the OS is installed and then update the BIOS.

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February 12, 2011 2:49:19 PM

Yes, then use the @BIOS Utility.

Have you added the RAID yet? Have you made any changes to the BIOS yet? What size Flash Drives?

If it were 'me' I would Load Optimized and only set up the SSD * as AHCI, install the BIOS update, next Flash the SSD. Worst case 30 minutes wasted.

* Tecmo34 made an excellent & award winning SSD set-up 'How to Guide" -> http://www.computing.net/howtos/show/solid-state-drive-...

Next if all went well: Add the RAID, Tweak the BIOS, ** Change the Defaults for the Documents, Photos, Music, Downloads, etc files. TEST {HDD ATTO ; CPU Prime95}

** Changing default folder locations guide -> http://hubpages.com/hub/Windows-7_-_Moving_My_Documents

Lastly, install the Apps, and Transfer your documents.

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While I appreciate some of the SATA Ports suggestions, don't have the SSD and HDDs on the same SATA. You should research what I've said and confirm it for yourself.

ALL of us are 'Gold' in this section and we all know what we're posting -- we all have our opinions and experiences. I've actually owned that MOBO.

Good Luck!

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February 12, 2011 3:21:19 PM

jaquith said:
Yes, then use the @BIOS Utility.

Have you added the RAID yet? Have you made any changes to the BIOS yet? What size Flash Drives?

If it were 'me' I would Load Optimized and only set up the SSD * as AHCI, install the BIOS update, next Flash the SSD. Worst case 30 minutes wasted.

* Tecmo34 made an excellent & award winning SSD set-up 'How to Guide" -> http://www.computing.net/howtos/show/solid-state-drive-...

Next if all went well: Add the RAID, Tweak the BIOS, ** Change the Defaults for the Documents, Photos, Music, Downloads, etc files. TEST {HDD ATTO ; CPU Prime95}

** Changing default folder locations guide -> http://hubpages.com/hub/Windows-7_-_Moving_My_Documents

Lastly, install the Apps, and Transfer your documents.

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While I appreciate some of the SATA Ports suggestions, don't have the SSD and HDDs on the same SATA. You should research what I've said and confirm it for yourself.

No, haven't added the RAID yet...did not make any changes to the BIOS...using 4GB FD.
It really sucks that I can't do the flash from the Flash Drive..
ALL of us are 'Gold' in this section and we all know what we're posting -- we all have our opinions and experiences. I've actually owned that MOBO.

Good Luck!

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February 12, 2011 4:29:32 PM

Bigdog45 said:
In the Q-Flash utility screen it does show :

Flash type/Size.......................MXIC 25L1605/1606 1M



Aren't you able to arrow up or down to the flash drive to highlite it and then hit enter?


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a c 177 V Motherboard
February 12, 2011 4:35:37 PM

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It's a new right out of the package OCZ 4GB,it's preformatted to FAT32..


That could be an issue - I would format the thing, and do it from Control Panel > Administrative tools > Computer Management > Storage > Disk Management

I've lost count of the number of "pre-formatted" things I've seen botched - I eventually quit buying them, or automatically formatted just to avoid general aggravation [:isamuelson:8]

Spooky - the

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Flash type/Size.......................MXIC 25L1605/1606 1M


is just an identifier for the installed BIOS - nothing to do with a BIOS file. You'll see the same thing (different numbers, of course) on the first screen of the BIOS flasher pics I posted...
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February 12, 2011 4:49:29 PM

Went back and reread the posts again. I was thinking he had navigation problems in BIOS flash program.
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a c 717 V Motherboard
February 12, 2011 5:27:06 PM

spooky2th said:
Went back and reread the posts again. I was thinking he had navigation problems in BIOS flash program.

Between what was Written, Videos, Pictures, etc ?! The problem seems to be Flash Drive related. :o 
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