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GIGABYTE X58A-UD3R Revision 1 BIOS Update?

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February 23, 2012 8:55:38 PM

I am just curious about updating your BIOS?

If I remember rightly, it used to be a scary thing to do, and if you weren't careful, you could effectively end up "killing" your board?

Can someone please let me know if things/procedures have improved since?

My current BIOS is F4 and have noticed F6 is available.

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a c 717 V Motherboard
February 23, 2012 11:34:58 PM

Your GA MOBO has a 'Dual BIOS' chip which means if you screw-up the back-up BIOS re-flashes the primary BIOS. The safest method to flash BIOS is through the BIOS and USB. Use the Q-Flash method which requires a Flash Drive formatted FAT32.

Nice 3-part video:

In short, if you have no problems then my best advice is NOT to flash.

Examples 'when to flash':
1. CPU requires newer BIOS version
2. Non-OS Instability
3. Peripherals e.g. 2TB HDD requires new BIOS.
4. Memory compatibility ; where current RAM is causing errors or stability.

Good Luck! :) 
February 24, 2012 5:24:42 AM

Hi jaquith,

The only reason I want to flash my BIOS is I have recently overclocked my i7 930 to a very stable 3.8ghz, and my rig now takes 3 attempts to boot from cold?!

Unless someone can offer some advice, I was hoping a BIOS update would fix this?
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a c 717 V Motherboard
February 24, 2012 2:19:20 PM

If you can boot normally without an OC then I'd guess a BIOS update won't help; though (#2) above suggests 'stability'. F6 = "Enhance CPU, DDR, PCIex16/x8 compatibility" ; so sure update as illustrated above.

Good Luck! :) 
February 24, 2012 4:31:09 PM

I will try and perform the update, if F6 helps with CPU stability and instances like overclocking etc, I will follow the advice in the video, and fingers crossed, I won't kill my most prized possession LOL!

Thanks for your advice!
a b V Motherboard
February 24, 2012 5:19:55 PM

Go to the Gigabyte site and download @BIOS, install it in Windows then run it. It will find available BIOS upgrade download and install. When it finishes you just reboot your machine and you're set!
I also have a Gigibyte Mobo and I have done it before, it's simple!
a c 717 V Motherboard
February 24, 2012 8:16:10 PM

ngrego said:
Go to the Gigabyte site and download @BIOS, install it in Windows then run it.

NO!!! Only flash BIOS via a Flash Drive method - period!

I've seen far, far too many bricked MOBO's flash through Windoze...
February 24, 2012 10:09:29 PM

Hey Guys Im back!!

Took me a while, but the Qflash option did not work, as apparently my mobo did not recognise the new file as it was too large and therefore I had to update via @Bios!! It was tense there for a while, but it was VERY quick!!

The hardest part for me was writing down all the overclock settings a friend of mine had adjusted a last week, so I could copy them into my new Bios settings, problem was, the layout of the update was VERY different to the Bios I copied them from, and there were a few differeces too!! But I seem to have everything back to the way it was?

Thanks for all your advice!!!
a c 717 V Motherboard
February 25, 2012 1:19:58 AM

If you didn't extract the file then it won't work.