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    How do I know when to update the BIOS for my GA-G31M-S2L? I went into Qflash and it showed MXIC 25L4005. I an currently having an issue with starting up/booting the computer and I was wondering if this could help.

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    Default Re: Bios

    Anytime you want you can update your BIOS, please read this guide so you do it safely http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/bios...h-guide-27576/


    Here is your boards BIOS download page (F10F latest)
    GIGABYTE - Support&Download - Motherboard - BIOS - GA-G31M-S2L

    To check what BIOS you are using now you can check with CPU-z on the mainboard tab, or look in the BIOS. On the MAIN Page of the BIOS press F9 to see system info which will show BIOS version


    If you think you may need help with your settings, let me know. If so please grab a template from my signature and give me your full specs and current settings

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    Default Re: Bios

    NOTE: I was not able to obtain information for C.I.A.2, Advanced Clock Control, Dram Performance Control, Standard Timing Control, Advanced Timing Control, Driving Strength Profiles, Channel A, Channel B and on Motherboard Voltage Control only information CPU Vcore was obtained. I left blanks on Advanced Settings.
    Update Performance Enhance is set to Standard (I don't overclock)

    Motherboard: Model: G31M-S2L: Bios Version:F5D
    Cpu: Model
    Ram: Brand, Model/Part#, Link to your ram's specs
    Power Supply Unit: Corsair TX750W
    note: replace all ?? with the value displayed in your bios.
    ----> Replace "Auto" with manually set values.

    MB Intelligent Tweaker(M.I.T.)
    Robust Graphics Booster -------------- : [Auto]
    CPU Clock Ratio ---------------------- : [11X]
    Fine CPU Clock Ratio ----------------- : [0.0] <-- ignore if not available
    CPU Frequency ---------------------: 2.20ghZ <-- this is set by your bios

    Clock Chip Control
    Standard Clock Control
    CPU Host Clock Control --------------- : [Disabled]
    CPU Host Frequency (Mhz) --------------: [200]
    PCI Express Frequency (Mhz) ---------- : [Auto] <--- Set to 100, never leave this on Auto

    C.I.A.2 ------------------------------ : []

    Advanced Clock Control ------- [Press Enter]
    CPU Clock Drive ---------------------- : [???]
    PCI Express Clock Drive -------------- : [???]
    CPU Clock Skew (ps) ------------------ : [???]
    MCH Clock Skew (ps) ------------------ : [???]

    DRAM Performance Control
    Performance Enhance ------------------- : [Standard] <--- set to STANDARD when overclocking
    Extreme Memory Profile --- (X.M.P.) --- : [Disabled] <--- Leave this Disabled
    (G)MCH Frequency Latch ---------------- : [Auto]
    System Memory Multiplier -------------- : [Auto] <-- this is the setting that you are using
    Memory Frequency (Mhz) ---------------- : [Auto]
    DRAM Timing Selectable ---------------- : [Auto] <-- set to MANUAL for overclocking

    Standard Timing Control
    CAS Latency Time -------- ?? ---------- : [Auto]
    tRCD ------------------- ?? ---------- : [Auto]
    tRP --------------------- ?? ---------- : [Auto]
    tRAS ------------------- ?? ---------- : [Auto]

    Advanced Timing Control
    tRRD ------------------- ?? ---------- : [Auto]
    tWTR ------------------- ?? ---------- : [Auto]
    tWR --------------------- ?? ---------- : [Auto]
    tRFC ------------------- ?? ---------- : [Auto]
    tRTP ------------------- ?? ---------- : [Auto]
    Command Rate (CMD) -------------------- : [Auto] <--- Auto or 0 is OK

    Driving Strength Profiles
    Driving Strength --------- : Press Enter <--- press ENTER to modify memory sub-timings when overclocking

    Channel A
    Static tRead Value --------------------- : [Auto]
    tRD Phase0 Adjustment ------------------ : [Auto] <-- leave this and below set to AUTO
    tRD Phase1 Adjustment ------------------ : [Auto]
    tRD Phase2 Adjustment ------------------ : [Auto]
    tRD Phase3 Adjustment ------------------ : [Auto]
    Trd2rd(Different Rank) ----------------- : [Auto]
    Twr2wr(Different Rank) ----------------- : [Auto]
    Twr2rd(Different Rank) ----------------- : [Auto]
    Trd2wr(Same/Diff Rank) ----------------- : [Auto]
    Dimm1 Clock Skew Control --------------- : [Auto] ps
    Dimm2 Clock Skew Control --------------- : [Auto] ps

    Channel B
    Static tRead Value --------------------- : [Auto]
    tRD Phase0 Adjustment ------------------ : [Auto] <-- leave this and below set to AUTO
    tRD Phase1 Adjustment ------------------ : [Auto]
    tRD Phase2 Adjustment ------------------ : [Auto]
    tRD Phase3 Adjustment ------------------ : [Auto]
    Trd2rd(Different Rank) ----------------- : [Auto]
    Twr2wr(Different Rank) ----------------- : [Auto]
    Twr2rd(Different Rank) ----------------- : [Auto]
    Trd2wr(Same/Diff Rank) ----------------- : [Auto]
    Dimm1 Clock Skew Control --------------- : [Auto] ps
    Dimm2 Clock Skew Control --------------- : [Auto] ps

    Motherboard Voltage Control
    CPU
    Voltage Types------------ Normal -------- Current -----
    Load-Line Calibration ----------------- : [Disabled]
    CPU Vcore --------------- 1.268V ---- : [Auto]

    CPU Termination --------- ?.???V* ----- : [Auto]
    CPU PLL ----------------- ?.???V* ----- : [Auto]

    CPU Reference ----------- ?.???V* ----- : [Auto]
    CPU Reference2 ---------- ?.???V* ----- : [Auto]

    MCH/ICH
    MCH Core ---------------- ?.???V ------- : [Auto]
    MCH Reference ----------- ?.???V ------- : [Auto]
    MCH/DRAM Ref ------------ ?.???V ------ : [Auto]
    ICH I/O ----------------- ?.???V ------- : [Auto]
    ICH Core ---------------- ?.???V ------- : [Auto]
    DRAM
    DRAM Voltage ------------ ?.???V ------- : [Auto]
    DRAM Termination -------- ?.???V ------- : [Auto]
    Channel A Reference ----- ?.???V ------- : [Auto]
    Channel B Reference ----- ?.???V ------- : [Auto]

    Advanced Settings
    Limit CPUID Max. to 3 ------------------ : [Disabled]
    No-Execute Memory Protect -------------- : [Enabled]
    CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E) ---------------- : [Enabled]
    C2/C2E State Support ------------------- : []
    x C4/C4E State Support ----------------- : []
    CPU Thermal Monitor 2 (TM2) ------------ : [Enabled]
    CPU EIST Function --------------------- : [Enabled]
    Virtualization Technology -------------- : []

    Integrated Peripherals
    Legacy USB Storage Detect ------------- : [Enabled]
    Last edited by Rubicon1138; 12-03-2009 at 10:05 PM. Reason: Update

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    Default Re: Bios

    To see more advanced BIOS Setup menu options, you must press Ctrl + F1 in the main menu of the BIOS Setup program.
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    Default Re: Bios

    Made a small update.

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    Default Re: Bios

    F5D is old Beta, I do suggest before we go anywhere with this that you please update to the latest F10 BIOS mentioned above. Please be sure to read the guide before you go ahead.

    Then once you are updated and running optimized defaults let us know and we can advise.

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    Default Re: Bios

    I have questions about flashing BIOS. Considering I am not hardware literate and least of all having any experience flashing a BIOS. So I would like to know since this my first time do I need to clear the CMOS? How do I set the RAM voltage or know if I need to? How do I get DMI disabled? I have created a bootable USB drive with the files required. These are all the questions I can think of for now.

    I am getting a stalled screen that says C:\>FLASHSPI.EXE G31MS2L.10f.
    Last edited by Rubicon1138; 12-05-2009 at 09:42 PM. Reason: update

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    Default Re: Bios

    You can, or not. It will not matter really as long as you load and apply optimized defaults after you flash, then reboot back to the BIOS before making any changes.

    You should always set your ram voltage, so the specified amount on your ram specs or sticker. You may be able to use less later with testing but set the spec'd amount first

    DMI Disabled is a setting in Qflash. To enter Qflash you must press F8 on the MAIN page of the BIOS or press the END Key during Bootup

    If you made a proper USB stick and it is bootable you should only get a blank prompt when booting to DOS. Looks like you also included the autoexec.bat file and or flashspi which are not needed on your USB Stick. You only need the BIOS file itself, F10f for example, and of course the files that are placed there upon creation of the bootable USB stick. You may or may not be able to see those though, depending on your system folder settings. If you followed the creation guide properly then you are fine, just delete the autoexec.bat file and you should then be able to flash from Qflash.

    To make it easier on yourself, you can just choose Qflash from the MAIN page of the BIOS by pressing F8 and then browse to your USB Stick and find the BIOS file you want to flash

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    I was able to update the BIOS to F10f but computer is still not booting up. BTW the link to making a bootable USB flash drive states to include FLASHSPI to the drive which is why I was having problems in Qflash.
    Last edited by Rubicon1138; 12-07-2009 at 07:07 AM.

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    Default Re: Bios

    Not booting, what do you mean? It would have to boot in order for you to update the BIOS, so if you don't mind please explain further the issues you are now having.

    FlashSPI is included only for flashing from the USB stick via DOS, it is not needed in Qflash. I guess I need to make more clear the USB bootable section has nothing to do with the Qflash section. I will edit in something to that effect now.

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