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Is it like the motherboard does not support Ivy Bridge?

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May 26, 2012 9:15:01 PM

Hello,

I just bought a Z68AP-D3 and a Core i5-3450 (Ivy Bridge). Probably the mobo needs a BIOS upgrade to support it.

But the only way to do the upgrade is to buy another CPU and installing it.

Before I go ahead and throw away more money, could some one confirm what would be like if my mobo is only missing the upgrade to work?

Right now, when I turn it on, cpu and system fans start, the phase led are all on, but no video, no post.
a c 717 V Motherboard
May 26, 2012 9:31:43 PM

Welcome to Tom's Forum! :) 

GA-Z68AP-D3 (rev. 1.0) ; requires BIOS F7 2012/02/21 - http://www.gigabyte.com/support-downloads/cpu-support-p...

GA-Z68AP-D3 (rev. 2.0) ; requires BIOS FC 2012/02/21 - http://www.gigabyte.com/support-downloads/cpu-support-p...

I have not run across cases where a 'Donor SB CPU' is required. I would try to Clear CMOS via the 'Jumper' method and if the PC is stable in the BIOS then use the Q-Flash method to update your BIOS.

Q-Flash + FAT32 Flash Drive:

1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCCId1Mcrw4
2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qlx5GBkiaM0
3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EX78S4qyHu0

IF you cannot get into the BIOS after a Clear CMOS then schedule and RMA with Gigabyte.
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a b V Motherboard
May 26, 2012 10:10:33 PM

With a 3rd gen cpu, z68 needs a bios update. To do this, you need a 2nd gen cpu installed on it.
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May 27, 2012 12:23:52 AM

Call a computer builder near you they have programs that can flash a BIOS with out buying a CPU.
Hope this helps!
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a b V Motherboard
May 27, 2012 12:45:39 AM

I question why someone would buy a Z68 and a Ivy Bridge cpu.
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a b V Motherboard
May 27, 2012 5:18:10 AM

geekapproved said:
I question why someone would buy a Z68 and a Ivy Bridge cpu.


Yeah, even some z77 model is cheap as z68. No point to buy it now.
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May 27, 2012 2:59:05 PM

mubin said:
Yeah, even some z77 model is cheap as z68. No point to buy it now.


I went for a Z77, but here where I live we don't have a whole lot of options...

Do you think it is really a big waste to keep with the z68?
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a c 717 V Motherboard
May 27, 2012 3:25:37 PM

Every Intel chipset has advantages and once in a while disadvantages, going from a P67 or Z68 to a Z77 is IMO a waste for most folks.
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a b V Motherboard
May 27, 2012 3:49:57 PM

mamendes said:
I went for a Z77, but here where I live we don't have a whole lot of options...

Do you think it is really a big waste to keep with the z68?


If you cant buy z77 in your budget, then keep it. z68 and z77 are almost equal but z68 need a bios update and old.
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June 3, 2012 3:00:44 PM

I finally got a i5-2310 and now the computer is working. Bad enough I'm not getting to do the motherboard bios update but, whatever, I'll return the 3450.

Thanks everyone.
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June 3, 2012 3:01:10 PM

Best answer selected by mamendex.
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a c 328 V Motherboard
June 3, 2012 4:17:49 PM

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