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    Default First thing to do after stable non-OC build?

    I've read that I should make a backup of my BIOS settings after I achieve a stable build. Since mine is non-OCd, it's probably even more important.

    What are the things that I should do? I believe there's a way for me to save the settings, right?

    I have an EP45-U3DP, rev 1.1

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    Default Re: First thing to do after stable non-OC build?

    ...besides drinking a beer...

    hehe, I know what some of you guys are thinking!
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    Default Re: First thing to do after stable non-OC build?

    You can save up to 8 different bios profiles in the CMOS by using the F11 Save function from the bios main screen. F12 Load function is used to restore one of the saved bios profiles.

    You can backup all the saved profiles to a FAT32/16/12 partition on your hard drive, USB drive, or floppy drive. This can be done using F11 and selecting which drive you want as your backup destination. It is highly recommend that the backup file has a meaningful name and that the file extension is the same as your current bios version. On my system, my saved bios files use this format:
    EP45-MDD.F6
    where M = 1,2,3,...9,A,B,C for the month and DD = the day of the month.

    You can also use Q-Flash to save or load your bios file's settings.

    I currently have 8 saved bios profiles. Anytime I overwrite a saved profile or make minor permanent changes to an existing profile, I backup the complete bios to my drive. Periodically I backup all my saved bios files to a cd/dvd disc.

    On rare occasions your bios can be corrupted. If you flash your bios to a newer version, you can (in nearly all cases) load a saved bios file and you'll now have access to your saved profiles and the former bios version.

    Most of this information is in your mobo user's guide.
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    Default Re: First thing to do after stable non-OC build?

    Thank you profJim! One other question: I see many people here referring to loading "Optimized Defaults"

    What does that mean exactly?
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    Default Re: First thing to do after stable non-OC build?

    Loading OPTIMIZED settings gives you the most solid basic bios setup.
    Loading FAIL-SAFE settings is at best problematic.

    Even with a brand new motherboard, loading OPTIMIZED settings is required before you make any bios changes. This also applies to flashing your bios. Others have posted that the bios has several hidden bios settings that won't be properly set until the optimized settings have been loaded.

    Some users have problems running their systems after they have loaded optimized settings and are running at stock settings. These problems are usually fixed when they make the suggested changes in this post.

    The bottom line is that you need a solid "foundation" for your bios before you start making changes.

    **edit** Loading optimized defaults is done from the main bios screen.
    Last edited by profJim; 06-05-2009 at 12:59 PM.
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
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    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium ~~ CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD U.P.S
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    Default Re: First thing to do after stable non-OC build?

    Thanks again! I actually never loaded the optimized defaults when I first built my rig, but I did change some of the settings manually per Lsdmeasap's advice. Here is the thread that has my settings, along with the settings from Lsdme that I applied. (Any further suggestions on my settings is much appreciated!)

    The only thing I think I sorta messed up on is unrelated to the mobo itself -- I installed the CPU Heatsink and Fan so that it exhausts right up to the top of the case, into the PSU intake fan. I know it's really not a big deal, but the PSU fan is probably working harder than it has to.

    I know I can change it so that the CPU Fan exhausts towards the case fan in the back of my case, but what's going to be f'ing annoying is cleaning up all of the thermal grease and then reapplying it. Oh, and taking the mobo back out of the case is another annoyance!
    Last edited by TranceFat; 06-06-2009 at 05:06 AM.
    Gigabyte EP45-U3DP, rev 1.1, F8 BIOS
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.0 GHz (no OC), E0 Stepping
    Xigmatek HDT-S1284EE 120mm with ACK-I7753 Retention Bracket
    G.Skill F2-6400CL4D-4GBPI-B DDR2 800 2x2GB
    EVGA GTX 260 192 Processing Cores (no OC)
    Seagate 640GB SATA 3.0Gbs
    LG 22X DVDħR w/ LightScribe
    Lian-Li PC-K7B
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