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    Default Re: New ASRock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen installation - Which of these should be updated?

    Okay. Thanks for replying. My computer is flying along, so I think it's fine now. Only 1 more question, if you don't mind. What about the "ASROCK_XFastUSB(3.02.30).zip" which came off the MB CD? I've seen others post questions about it on this forum, but they haven't gotten any replies. Is that something that would benefit me, or not? Note: I do not have a LAN setup (I'm connected directly to the Internet). But, would it still improve my system and/or Internet activities?
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    Default Re: New ASRock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen installation - Which of these should be updated?

    One big misconception you are making is referring to the 2.X BIOS versions as "IB BIOSes". They are combined SB/IB BIOSes. SB support is every bit as good as in the 1.X versions in my opinion.

    But it's perfectly legit to not update the BIOS if your system is running properly, in fact it's recommended by ASRock if I recall correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LECBOATER View Post
    What about the "ASROCK_XFastUSB(3.02.30).zip" which came off the MB CD?
    Personally I wouldn't install anything but the drivers from the CD. Those X-Fast utilities are not needed at all.

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    Default Re: New ASRock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen installation - Which of these should be updated?

    Completely off topic: WOW fishing is fun. My druid won the Stranglethorn contest twice. ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPP View Post
    Personally I wouldn't install anything but the drivers from the CD. Those X-Fast utilities are not needed at all.
    I guess we are done!

    You, and others, have been wonderful. May God bless each one of you for being so supportive and helpful to me, and all the others like me who are struggling to get guidance, answers, and solutions that ASRock didn't provide (in an understandable way)!

    Take care! By the way... I'll bet I'm an older 'old fart' than you are! LOL
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    Default Re: New ASRock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen installation - Which of these should be updated?

    You take care too LECBOATER, you slightly-older-than-me fart!

    Enjoy your system, may you never lack water and shade on your travels!

    And give us a yell if you run into additional snags!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JPP View Post
    On a more progressive note, you should really seriously consider switching to AHCI like parsec suggests. We want that system to be 100% fit for fight!
    ATTEN: JPP
    Well, I read the document "How to enable AHCI in Windows 7 after installation (of the OS)", but I saw no mention about the following question I have.

    What is going to happen to all my currently-installed programs, files and updates on my HDD if I follow his directions? I'm hoping they won't be 'touched'.

    The article didn't mention this, specifically. I'm just double-checking with you first, before I try it.
    MB: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 * CPU: Intel Corei5 (2500K) * GPU: Intel Onboard * SOUND: Onboard * CPU COOLER: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo * PSU: Seasonic X650W 80+Gold
    * RAM: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB-F3-1600C8D-8GAB * CASE: LIAN LI PC-A70F ATX Full Tower Aluminum * HDD: WD500GB SATA 6GB's 64MB Cache Caviar 'Black' (WD5003AZEX)

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    Default Re: New ASRock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen installation - Which of these should be updated?

    Well I SEE you finally figured out how to utilize the XMP profile of your memory...That's good
    Switching from IDE Mode to AHCI providing you follow the steps precisely on editing the registry and then configuring your Hard Drive in the UEFI/BIOS from IDE to AHCI will not affect your programs, files...etc etc
    The XFAST USB Utility is safe to install and it does improve USB 2.0 read/writes over the default windows process. Don't bother with the XFAST LAN Utility as it is versions old cFos Speed. Now the latest albeit "beta" version of cFos Speed is
    something you should at least install for the trial period to SEE if it improves your .net connectivity. I have cable and decided to purchase it as it improved not only internet but my private home network connectivity

    http://www.cfos.de/en/download/downl...?reg-8.01.1968

    Once you complete this transaction then this thread should be complete and then onward to your HDMI display thread...
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    Default Re: New ASRock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen installation - Which of these should be updated?

    SaphireX, thanks for that info. I uninstalled the XFAST LAN Utility, and all of its log files, etc. I won't try another version until after I resolve the last couple of issues. Thanks again!
    MB: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 * CPU: Intel Corei5 (2500K) * GPU: Intel Onboard * SOUND: Onboard * CPU COOLER: CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo * PSU: Seasonic X650W 80+Gold
    * RAM: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB-F3-1600C8D-8GAB * CASE: LIAN LI PC-A70F ATX Full Tower Aluminum * HDD: WD500GB SATA 6GB's 64MB Cache Caviar 'Black' (WD5003AZEX)

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    Default Re: New ASRock Z68 Extreme 3 Gen installation - Which of these should be updated?

    Quote Originally Posted by LECBOATER View Post
    ATTEN: JPP
    Well, I read the document "How to enable AHCI in Windows 7 after installation (of the OS)", but I saw no mention about the following question I have.

    What is going to happen to all my currently-installed programs, files and updates on my HDD if I follow his directions? I'm hoping they won't be 'touched'.

    The article didn't mention this, specifically. I'm just double-checking with you first, before I try it.
    I can't make any definitive answer to that question, as I have never tried the specified method, sorry. Seems to me like your data will indeed remain untouched.

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