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    Exclamation Re: Where Is the BIOS Chip?

    List your system components in your signature.
    --> User CP tab (upper left corner of web page)
    --> select Edit Signature
    --> enter your hardware components (brand, model, etc.)
    --> include your bios version
    --> preview
    --> Save when complete
    Be sure to include your bios version, motherboard version, power supply, cpu heatsink/fan setup and the model numbers of all components.

    For several years, the standard Gigabyte mobo warranty has been:
    3 years (parts)
    2 years (labor)
    The warranty is based on the manufacture date of your mobo, not the purchase date. Full information is in the RMA Service web page.

    The U.S. Gigabyte Technical Zone allows you to contact tech support via email.
    Gigabyte End User RMA Service has information dealing with the RMA procedure.

    The EP45-UD3P mobo has headers for com and serial ports, so you would only need to install an I/O bracket and plug the cables into the appropriate headers.

    Chapter 1 in the mobo manual lists the product specifications and includes a diagram that shows the location of all mobo connections. If you are going to buy a new mobo, download the mobo manual and verify that a prospective mobo has all of the features you need. Some features will not be available with lower cost boards.

    Good luck, let us know how you make out.
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    Default Re: Where Is the BIOS Chip? [ep45 prices]

    Check out Newegg EP45 mobo prices.
    The UD3P and UD3L both have rebates that expire at the end of February 2010.
    The EP45T models only use DDR3 memory.
    Other major web retailers might still have similar models for sale.
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    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
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    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
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    Default Re: Where Is the BIOS Chip?

    ProfJim -- thanks (again) for all of your helpful inputs. Today I started the RMA process using the online method. Apparently Gigabyte would now prefer that you fill out and send them the form online instead of calling a technician first -- I couldn't find a toll-free number to call a technician anyway, and I didn't want to call one long distance and speak for any length of time since I have to pay a fee to call long distance.

    Regardless of what happens with the RMA, I think I'm going to do a hybrid of my Plan B and go ahead and buy one of the mobos you suggested; I'll install it when it arrives. I'll need to do some more close studying before purchasing to make sure my other parts which attach to the mobo will play nice with the new mobo. I like the sound of the EP45-UD3P, but I can get the EP45-UD3L about $27 cheaper. (Secretly, I'm hoping to find a compelling reason to get the more expensive one since it is probably more capable.) If Gigabyte will RMA my existing mobo and fix it under warranty, my cost should be only what it takes to ship it to them -- that would be worth it to me in order to have a second useable mobo which I can add necessary pieces to as I find good deals.

    I'll post more as things progress.

    By-the-way, with my PC's current condition (essentially DEAD), I cannot know for sure what its BIOS version is. I never paid any attention to it back when it wasn't important to me; in fact, I hardly ever saw it as what appeared almost instantaneously on my monitor was the full screen "S-Series" splashscreen. I THINK my BIOS was version F4, and I was trying to update it to F9. I'll update my signature with the BIOS version of whatever mobo I end up with once I get it installed.
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    Default Re: Where Is the BIOS Chip?

    If you don't need the RAID and CrossFireX or intend some extreme overclocking you'd be just fine with the UD3L IMO.

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    Default Re: Where Is the BIOS Chip?

    Thanks for your insight, Chike. I don't even know what CrossfireX is, I don't use RAID, and I'm not much for gaming so I don't need to overclock. Looks like the UD3L would be the best bet for me.
    There are 10 kinds of people in the world; those who understand binary and those who don't.

    Mobo: GA-EP45-UD3P Rev 1.6 LGA 775, Intel P45 ATX Intel; Award modular BIOS V6.00PG
    PSU: Antec EarthWatts Model EA-500
    CPU: Intel Core2 Duo E6320 LGA 775, 1.86GHz, 4mb L2 cache, 1066 MHz FSB
    RAM: (4) 1GB Crucial Ballistix BL12864AA804.16FD3, 240-pin unbuffered DIMM 128MX64 DDR2, PC2-6400 CL4 EPP
    Graphics: PNY-Verto GeForce 8500 GT 512mb DDR2 PCI Express
    SCSI Controller: Adaptec AHA-2940/2940W PCI
    HD 1: Maxtor Diamondmax 20, 160GB, NTFS, 8mb cache, 7200 RPM, SATA II/300
    HD 2: WD Caviar SE WD1600, 1600GB SATA, NTFS, PN=WD1600JS-00MHB0
    HD 3: WD Caviar EIDE, 80GB, NTFS, with Rosewill RC-204 IDE-to-SATA mini Vertical Bridge
    CD/DVD: MadDog Lightscribe Internal DVD-RW MD18XTL1 (TSSTcorp CD/DVDW SH-S182M)
    CD: LG CD-RW CED-8120B
    Floppy + Card Reader: ULTRA All-in-One USB2.0 internal, No. 348479355B (Floppy connects to FDD plug.)
    OS: WinXP Pro SP3 (build 2600)
    Case: Antec Sonata III

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    Talking Re: Where Is the BIOS Chip?

    Compare the available features, the UD3P has:

    • a different cooling setup, probably a bit better than the UD3L
    • 2 PCI-e slots for future Cross-Fire setup
    • 2 back panel LAN connections
    • ALC889A vs ALC888 (probably not a big difference)

    Compare the number of USB, e-SATA, IEEE 1394, and other peripheral connections.
    Does the UD3L also have the on-board serial and parallel headers?

    Either board is an excellent choice, it all boils down to; is it worth the price difference for the added features.

    Final note: the UD3P and R models have been best sellers.
    This is important because GB will probably continue to better support the biggest selling boards with future bios updates where they might not offer as many updates for lesser selling boards.
    I got "stuck" with my GA-N650SLI-DS4 mobo because it had very few bios updates and it wasn't a big seller.

    Good luck with your new mobo.
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    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
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    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
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    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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    Hello to all. I thought I'd check-in to give anyone who is interested an update as to how I'm progressing with my PC problem. Today I ordered from Newegg the GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P Motherboard, a SILVERSTONE FM121-B 120mm Case Fan, and a plunger of Tuniq TX-3 Thermal Compound. And from a place new to me, Hypermicro.com, I ordered a bracket with one DB25 plug and one DB9 plug attached, complete with ribbon cables for plugging into the motherboard's parallel and COM headers. (This purchase was interesting -- the bracket was only $1, but it's going to cost me $6.68 to get it shipped to me.) All the above lightened my wallet by about $174, but I should get $25 back in mail-in rebates.

    As for my current motherboard, the GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L, it is under warranty until August 2010 so I was able to get an RMA number for it. As luck would have it, motherboards with a 775 socket (such as mine) are the only ones for which Gigabyte requires that a protective socket cover be installed prior to the motherboard being shipped to them for service. Anyone who knows me knows that I never throw ANYTHING away, but for the life of me I cannot find the cover that was on the 775 socket when I received the motherboard back in 2007. Fortunately for me, there are a couple of good Samaritans working at the local computer fix-it place who kindly gave me two socket covers. So now I can ship my GA-P35-DS3L motherboard to Gigabyte for servicing where, hopefully, my only cost will be for shipping it to them.

    When my new motherboard arrives in 2 days or so, I suspect I'll have some questions -- all of you experts please standby. And thanks again for all of your help and advice to this point.
    There are 10 kinds of people in the world; those who understand binary and those who don't.

    Mobo: GA-EP45-UD3P Rev 1.6 LGA 775, Intel P45 ATX Intel; Award modular BIOS V6.00PG
    PSU: Antec EarthWatts Model EA-500
    CPU: Intel Core2 Duo E6320 LGA 775, 1.86GHz, 4mb L2 cache, 1066 MHz FSB
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    Graphics: PNY-Verto GeForce 8500 GT 512mb DDR2 PCI Express
    SCSI Controller: Adaptec AHA-2940/2940W PCI
    HD 1: Maxtor Diamondmax 20, 160GB, NTFS, 8mb cache, 7200 RPM, SATA II/300
    HD 2: WD Caviar SE WD1600, 1600GB SATA, NTFS, PN=WD1600JS-00MHB0
    HD 3: WD Caviar EIDE, 80GB, NTFS, with Rosewill RC-204 IDE-to-SATA mini Vertical Bridge
    CD/DVD: MadDog Lightscribe Internal DVD-RW MD18XTL1 (TSSTcorp CD/DVDW SH-S182M)
    CD: LG CD-RW CED-8120B
    Floppy + Card Reader: ULTRA All-in-One USB2.0 internal, No. 348479355B (Floppy connects to FDD plug.)
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    Default Re: Where Is the BIOS Chip?

    Well, my new EP45-UD3P motherboard has arrived, and my broken one is at Gigabyte's 'fix-it' shop -- I hope to receive it back in a few weeks all ready for me to start looking for cheap (pricewise)/used parts to eventually build it up to a useable base for a PC. In spite of a few installation problems with the UD3P (operator error), it is running and I am adding back the old parts one-at-a-time to make sure all goes well.

    Again, thanks to all for your assistance in diagnosing my motherboard that is now RMA'ed. I do have another question, but I think I'll close this thread out and start a new one with my new question.
    There are 10 kinds of people in the world; those who understand binary and those who don't.

    Mobo: GA-EP45-UD3P Rev 1.6 LGA 775, Intel P45 ATX Intel; Award modular BIOS V6.00PG
    PSU: Antec EarthWatts Model EA-500
    CPU: Intel Core2 Duo E6320 LGA 775, 1.86GHz, 4mb L2 cache, 1066 MHz FSB
    RAM: (4) 1GB Crucial Ballistix BL12864AA804.16FD3, 240-pin unbuffered DIMM 128MX64 DDR2, PC2-6400 CL4 EPP
    Graphics: PNY-Verto GeForce 8500 GT 512mb DDR2 PCI Express
    SCSI Controller: Adaptec AHA-2940/2940W PCI
    HD 1: Maxtor Diamondmax 20, 160GB, NTFS, 8mb cache, 7200 RPM, SATA II/300
    HD 2: WD Caviar SE WD1600, 1600GB SATA, NTFS, PN=WD1600JS-00MHB0
    HD 3: WD Caviar EIDE, 80GB, NTFS, with Rosewill RC-204 IDE-to-SATA mini Vertical Bridge
    CD/DVD: MadDog Lightscribe Internal DVD-RW MD18XTL1 (TSSTcorp CD/DVDW SH-S182M)
    CD: LG CD-RW CED-8120B
    Floppy + Card Reader: ULTRA All-in-One USB2.0 internal, No. 348479355B (Floppy connects to FDD plug.)
    OS: WinXP Pro SP3 (build 2600)
    Case: Antec Sonata III

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