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    Default Just Brought GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3R

    Okay I have taken the time to read up on a lot of things regarding this motherboard so know I hope you can answer a few Questions. Heres what I got:

    GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3R
    Intel Q6600 GO
    2GB Mushkin DDR2 1066mhz
    Swiftech H20-220 Water Cooling
    Window XP x64

    I'm going to be installing windows xp x64 today and my question is regarding the Bios update to F9:

    1. After I load Windows XP x64 do i then go into bios and Qflash to F9? Doing that will it install all previous Bios updates or do I need to do each update seperate? Or do I install Bios updates before I install windows xp x64?

    2. The overclocking tool for this motherboard, is it best to use the Bios or will this tool provide same?

    Please provide as much feedback as you can for the bios update I will be using a USB pen that I have so if anyone has done the update with this please list steps of what is needed in the easiest way possible :)

    I'm new to the forum but I hope I can find a good place to come and chat here because my wife has had it with me talking about computers to her lol. I guess I will list 10 ways working on your computer can ruin your marriage lmao.

    Also if someone with same setup can post their bios so I know where to start to get to 3.2-3.4 would be a big help or if a Mod can provide me with a template on where to start also. I have been reading over forum so far and I think I am really in love with all the helpful information I'm finding.
    Last edited by Shauntx; 08-24-2008 at 06:53 AM.

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    Hi Shauntx,
    I'm sure you won't be disappointed with the support and information available here. Plenty of experienced people to help with your new system.
    There is no need to flash all the various BIOS updates - BIOS updates are not like Windows patches. You only have one BIOS operating at a time; hopefully, the one that works best for your computer (not necessarily, but usually the latest update). If everyone is saying that F9 is solid, I'd start with that. Optimally, I'd flash the BIOS before I even loaded the O/S, but you should be able to get through the O/S install with whatever version is currently on the mobo, then flash to F9. I have used the Windows-based and the BIOS-based flashing techniques, but many people have confirmed that the Windows-based system is potentially hazardous to your system (i.e., could brick it), so use Q-flash.
    I would not recommend using the Gigabyte OC tool (nor, for that matter, the DES energy management tool). You will find plenty of support here to get your system stable and then overclock as you wish by properly setting the BIOS parameters.
    You can see my basic stable settings at:
    http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/post...45-ds3l-27417/
    to get you started, but keep in mind that I have an E7200 and the DS3L mobo and 800mhz memory. There will be some differences.
    Funny comment about your wife...mine is also getting glassy-eyed every time the topic turns to computers...especially Linux.
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L (BIOS F9); E7200 Core2Duo 2.53Ghz 1066Mhz FSB 3MB L2 (OC to 3.4Ghz); SuperTalent 2x2G DDR2-800 PC6400 CL 5-5-5-12 (T800UX4GC5); Seagate 500GB SATA2 7200 32mb cache HD; EVGA 8800GT 512MB Superclocked Edition
    Ultra X-connect X2 550-watt PSU; Vista x64 SP1 and OpenSUSE 11.0 (KDE 4.1)

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    Hey thanks for the fast reply I think I will update bios before I load windows as you said. Hopefully a mod or someone with Q6600 can give provide their bios settings to give me an outlook of what I need to change. Also yeah sometimes its at the point where I have to sneak on the computer and tell her I'm just paying some bills lmao... Any know of any good computer addictive groups lol I think I might have to attend a few classes because I can't ever see myself going without a computer more than 3-4 hours at a time.

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    Do you have 2x1GB DIMMs or just one 2GB stick?
    I think you can find settings for your CPU and memory by searching recent threads here. If not, LSDmeasap will likely give you some specific guidance.
    Hey, there are certainly more destructive habits out there than computer addiction...
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L (BIOS F9); E7200 Core2Duo 2.53Ghz 1066Mhz FSB 3MB L2 (OC to 3.4Ghz); SuperTalent 2x2G DDR2-800 PC6400 CL 5-5-5-12 (T800UX4GC5); Seagate 500GB SATA2 7200 32mb cache HD; EVGA 8800GT 512MB Superclocked Edition
    Ultra X-connect X2 550-watt PSU; Vista x64 SP1 and OpenSUSE 11.0 (KDE 4.1)

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    I can post you some settings for Q6600. Soon as you update your BIOS let me know what speed you are trying to run your CPU at and I will post some settings for you.

    To update with Qflash you will need to extract the BIOS file on a different PC if you do not have windows installed yet

    You can flash using a USB Stick, must be FAT32 or FAT16 either will do. Legacy USB Storage Detect Must be enabled as well in Integrated Peripherals page. Put the BIOS only file on the USB and leave it in when you reboot to Qflash. The one Name BIOS_Filename_Example.FX <<<< X is the BIOS #

    You can also make a FAT32 1GB partition on your Hard drive and put the BIOS files there and from Qflash you will then be able to choose Disk/HD as well and see BIOS files within this 1GB partition

    The exe is a SFX file (Self extracting file) made to extract the BIOS file (.F10 << Example of F10 Bios File extension) along with the DOS flash based utility to a Floppy drive, to flash in DOS. You can double click this EXE though and let it put all 3 files onto a floppy and Qflash will see only the needed BIOS file.

    But if you want to use USB or the 1GB partition way you will need to extract the BIOS file out of the exe. To do this you will need winrar, here is the trial >>>>
    WinRAR archiver, a powerful tool to process RAR and ZIP files

    Scroll down and download "WinRAR 3.71"

    Then after you install this, you will right click the exe BIOS file and choose Extract Here. 3 files will be extracted, only the .F7 (Again .F7 is a example of a F7 BIOS file extension name) will be needed to flash. This .F file is the actual BIOS file and is the only one you need to flash with any of the above 3 methods

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    I can post you some settings for Q6600. Soon as you update your BIOS let me know what speed you are trying to run your CPU at and I will post some settings for you.

    To update with Qflash you will need to extract the BIOS file on a different PC if you do not have windows installed yet

    You can flash using a USB Stick, must be FAT32 or FAT16 either will do. Legacy USB Storage Detect Must be enabled as well in Integrated Peripherals page. Put the BIOS only file on the USB and leave it in when you reboot to Qflash. The one Name BIOS_Filename_Example.FX <<<< X is the BIOS #

    You can also make a FAT32 1GB partition on your Hard drive and put the BIOS files there and from Qflash you will then be able to choose Disk/HD as well and see BIOS files within this 1GB partition

    The exe is a SFX file (Self extracting file) made to extract the BIOS file (.F10 << Example of F10 Bios File extension) along with the DOS flash based utility to a Floppy drive, to flash in DOS. You can double click this EXE though and let it put all 3 files onto a floppy and Qflash will see only the needed BIOS file.

    But if you want to use USB or the 1GB partition way you will need to extract the BIOS file out of the exe. To do this you will need winrar, here is the trial >>>>
    WinRAR archiver, a powerful tool to process RAR and ZIP files

    Scroll down and download "WinRAR 3.71"

    Then after you install this, you will right click the exe BIOS file and choose Extract Here. 3 files will be extracted, only the .F7 (Again .F7 is a example of a F7 BIOS file extension name) will be needed to flash. This .F file is the actual BIOS file and is the only one you need to flash with any of the above 3 methods

    Okay will do and if you want you can post examples of bios that I will need for 3.2-3.4ghz. Also I'm using 2 (1gb sticks of memory). So am I correct to use the F9 lastest update before I install windows xp x64 right?
    Last edited by Shauntx; 08-24-2008 at 08:07 AM.

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    Default Re: Just Brought GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3R

    OK, I will post you some settings tonight when I get back online.

    Please read thru both pinned guides I posted while you wait to get better familiar with some of the BIOS. Yes I know it is not the same, but it will help you some for sure.

    Yes if you want to flash you can do it now or later. Does not matter when you flash

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    OK, I will post you some settings tonight when I get back online.

    Please read thru both pinned guides I posted while you wait to get better familiar with some of the BIOS. Yes I know it is not the same, but it will help you some for sure.

    Yes if you want to flash you can do it now or later. Does not matter when you flash
    Thats it I found a home here not only are you guys fast but I get to speak to Forum MODS geez! This is unheard of from all the other forums I have been on. I'll await your bios examples for a q6600 thank you Sir.
    Last edited by Shauntx; 08-24-2008 at 10:26 AM.

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    DaShaun,
    Slightly off topic, but just wondering...why are you going with XP 64? Unless you have more than 3GB of memory, I can't see what XP 64 buys you other than a bunch of potential driver headaches. If you do intend to scale up to 4GB sooner or later, you might want to consider going Vista x64, which has much better driver support than XP x64. The 64-bit flavor of XP is a bit of an orphan, in my opinion.
    Of course, we can really get your wife mad and dual boot your machine with a 64-bit Linux O/S...
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L (BIOS F9); E7200 Core2Duo 2.53Ghz 1066Mhz FSB 3MB L2 (OC to 3.4Ghz); SuperTalent 2x2G DDR2-800 PC6400 CL 5-5-5-12 (T800UX4GC5); Seagate 500GB SATA2 7200 32mb cache HD; EVGA 8800GT 512MB Superclocked Edition
    Ultra X-connect X2 550-watt PSU; Vista x64 SP1 and OpenSUSE 11.0 (KDE 4.1)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mxcrowe View Post
    DaShaun,
    Slightly off topic, but just wondering...why are you going with XP 64? Unless you have more than 3GB of memory, I can't see what XP 64 buys you other than a bunch of potential driver headaches. If you do intend to scale up to 4GB sooner or later, you might want to consider going Vista x64, which has much better driver support than XP x64. The 64-bit flavor of XP is a bit of an orphan, in my opinion.
    Of course, we can really get your wife mad and dual boot your machine with a 64-bit Linux O/S...
    No I have both Vista 64 bit and Windows Xp 64 however I have after testing and comparing the two found out that Windows xp 64 hands down is by best! Windows Vista well I think the name says it all (good try) Windows Xp 64 drivers are actually pretty easy to find! You just got to know where to look. If you get a chance can test the two let me know what you come up with! Windows vista still has some time to prove itself to me. Windows xp 64 is nice and I enjoy the speed on one of my other computers. Also on my other computer I started using it because I have 12 GB of ram.
    Last edited by Shauntx; 08-24-2008 at 10:28 AM.

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