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    Default Gigabyte 780G motherboard info

    All,

    Many of us are fans of the great 780G motherboards that Gigabyte has put out this year. They have obviously sold well (I have 4 in my house alone, moved most of my family over to them).

    But, and a big but... There is a serious BIOS corruption issue happening with them. No one knows why, but upgrading the BIOS 75% of the time bricks the board, and causes the no video problem. The problem is so bad, that Gigabyte now inserts a small piece of hand cut xeroxed paper in the RMA boxes that reminds you what to do with the no video problem.

    I know this because ALL of my boards have been RMAd at least once. I have 2 x 780G-S2H v1, 1 x 780G-S2H V1.1 and 1 x 780G-S3H board, and they have ALL destroyed themselves, even doing BIOS upgrades with floppies (I never use @BIOS). This does not include the 3 others I returned to Newegg for replacement.

    Its a mess for some reason. So before you do an upgrade, be prepared for it to ruin your board.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte 780G motherboard info

    I guess I'm one of the lucky ones then. I upgraded my BIOS to F5 before I ever installed Windows and had no problems.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte 780G motherboard info

    Are you loading and save/apply Optimized Defaults after flashing, then rebooting back into BIOS to make needed changes before starting windows?

    Just wanted to ask to be sure, as people often forgot or do not do this step and it is necessary.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte 780G motherboard info

    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    Are you loading and save/apply Optimized Defaults after flashing, then rebooting back into BIOS to make needed changes before starting windows?

    Just wanted to ask to be sure, as people often forgot or do not do this step and it is necessary.
    I never get that far :)

    Basically, using either QFlash or doing it from the floppy has some bad karma with these series of boards. Not sure why. The board either shuts down, or video goes away during the flash. Its pretty ugly.

    One thing I like about Gigabyte (in the USA at least), is that real people answer the phone when you call, and they have real info and tell the truth, even if they don't know the answer.

    A couple of guys there told me there are a very large number of these boards with corruption on BIOS, which was reinforced by the photocopied instructions of what to do with the "no video" problem...

    I still have 4 of them in my house, because aside from the BIOS problems, they are indestructible and a super value.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte 780G motherboard info

    Quote Originally Posted by nanohead View Post
    All,

    The problem is so bad, that Gigabyte now inserts a small piece of hand cut xeroxed paper in the RMA boxes that reminds you what to do with the no video problem.
    And what's on that xeroxed paper? Is there a special procedure or a set of instructions on it, and could you post it here?

    Because I have the no video problem too, and if I can fix it myself that would be faster than RMAing it ;-)
    Last edited by graafie; 08-26-2008 at 01:21 PM. Reason: typo

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