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    Default Questions before I flash the BIOS

    Back in March I wrote in describing an issue I had and Lsdmeasap said I should flash my BIOS to the latest update, FE. Well, here it is, the last of July, and Iím just now getting around to doing it. Obviously my issue was not that great a problem or it has taken me this long to get my courage up, but in any case Iím finally ready, or, well; almost. There are a couple of things I want to be sure of before I start.
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    I have downloaded the correct, FE, BIOS update, unzipped it and copied the files P45UD3P2.FE, autoexec.bat and FLASHSPI.EXE to an otherwise blank USB key.
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    I have started the Qflash utility and have gone as far as the point where I find a choice named FLASHSPI.EXE and it looks like if I just highlight and click enter on this choice, well I guess the BIOS flash will proceed from there without any further action from me until it gets to the point where I have to reboot back into the BIOS. Or perhaps this too happens automatically as part of the BIOS flash? At which point I understand I will need to select Load Optimized Defaults, and all that other good stuff it mentions in the first post of the BIOS Flashing Guide.
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    Actually it all seems pretty simple as long as one follows the guide, well except for the previously mentioned couple of things I want to make sure of before I start.
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    First, at the end of the BIOS flashing process, does the system automatically reboot into BIOS, or do I need to be watching and be prepared to hit <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:State><st1:place>Del</st1:place></st1:State> to get into BIOS before Windows starts to load?
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    Second, on my USB key, should I have the files autoexec.bat and FLASHSPI.EXE, should I NOT have those files there, or does it not really matter? If they should not be there, or if it does not matter, then why are those files there in the first place, i.e. what is their purpose?
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    Oh, one other thing. What does he mean by keep DMI Data disabled, as in the instruction:
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    1. Flash your BIOS using Qflash (Keep DMI Data Disabled)
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    I can find nothing regarding DMI or DMI Data in my BIOS, nor can I find anything about it in the forum or anywhere else,
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    Sorry if I am asking dumb questions here, or being overly cautious, but I really donít want to wreck my MB because I just didnít have it quite right!
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    Thanks in advance.
    My system:
    MOBO: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P (Rev. 1.6) BIOS version: FB
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550
    Memory: 2X 2GB Mushkin Enhanced Blackline PC2 6400, 4-4-4-12
    GPU: BFG GeForce 8800GT OC, 512MB GDDR3
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    Default Re: Questions before I flash the BIOS

    Please read and follow the directions LSD has posted in this post here before flashing.

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    Default Re: Questions before I flash the BIOS

    when you flash with q-flash before it flashes it will show the keep dmi pool data box with a tick in it,just un tick it before you flash so that it clears it and rebuilds it on re boot,for flashing you only need the bin bios file on a fat32 formatted usb stick nothing else is needed
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    Well I went ahead and attempted the flash and it appears to have gone well.
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    One item of note. At no time during the process did I ever come across anything that mentioned anything about DMI Data or DMI Pool Data and I wonder if I should be concerned about this.
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    when you flash with q-flash before it flashes it will show the keep dmi pool data box with a tick in it,just un tick it before you flash so that it clears it and rebuilds it on re boot<o:p></o:p>
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    As I said in the previous post, I was unable to find any information when I searched for DMI data or DMI, but after I saw your use of the term DMI pool data, I tried another search using that exact term. Then I did find some information and DMI pool data sounds kind of important. Since I did not see anything during my flashing process about Keep DMI pool data, or anything like that, I did not get the chance to untick such a box. Therefore I have no way of knowing if my DMI pool data got cleared and rebuilt. I can only guess that if this does not happen it is not a good thing?<o:p></o:p>
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    Please read and follow the directions LSD has posted in this post here before flashing.<o:p></o:p>
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    Well, as it turns out, I did read the first page of the BIOS Flashing Guide, I even referenced it and quoted from it in my previous post. I did not really want to read the whole 33 pages of subsequent posts and I did not think I would really need to. Perhaps I should read the whole thing however. Perhaps it would answer some or the remaining questions I still have.<o:p></o:p>
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    In the mean time, thanks to all who have helped and if anyone has any thoughts regarding the DMI pool data issue I would sure like to hear them.<o:p></o:p>
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    Default Re: Questions before I flash the BIOS

    you should have seen option for keep dmi pool data before you flashed,but its not essential,as long as things are working fine now that youve flashed
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    you should have seen option for keep dmi pool data before you flashed
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    Oh my lord! Youíre absolutely right, I should have seen it. Itís right there, right on the first page of the Qflash utility after pressing F8. Itís the first entry for Peteís sake! I felt like I just had to go back into the Qflash to see if I could find what I missed, and I sure did. Now I feel like such a careless idiot. Iím almost sorry I went back to look.
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    My only defense, and this is not much of one is it is a different color, somewhat darker than some of the entries below it. I took that to mean that, like in windows menus, it was grayed out and could not be selected, so I did not carefully read what it said. Unfortunately, to the extent this is any excuse at all, it is nullified by the fact that the very first picture in the BIOS Flashing Guide shows this very thing. Also the second picture for that matter. Unfortunately (another cheap excuse coming) I did not really pay the pictures any attention. I just read the text.

    Oh well! Whatís done is done. So what now?
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    its not essential, as long as things are working fine now that youíve flashed

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    Well, I did write in my previous post that things seem to be working normally, and they still are. But really I havenít done much. Just started, and shut down, the computer a few times, opened and closed a few files, used IE a bit, and of course been into, and out of, the BIOS a few times, but how much, really, does that prove?
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    Obviously this all a learning experience for me, and clearly I know nothing, but I canít help but wonder: is the DMI Pool Data an all or nothing thig? In other words does the fact that things seem to be working normally now mean that the DMA Pool Data is solid, stable and correct, or could it be holding some nasty surprise in wait for me?
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    Should I reflash the BIOS with the correct settings?
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    Is it even possible to reflash the BIOS with the same BIOS that is already installed?
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    I am going to be reinstalling Windows tonight, because I planned to do that anyway, but I am anxious to hear if I may have created a problem for myself here!
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    Default Re: Questions before I flash the BIOS

    you can re-flash with the same bios if you want it wont hurt anything,and untick keep dmi pool data this time

    heres what i found explaining what dmi pool data is

    DMI or DesktopManagement Interface is a layer of abstraction between system
    components and the software that manages them. The System Management BIOS (SMBIOS) is an
    extension of the Basic Input Output System (BIOS) that formulates and delivers this
    information to the operating system. The pool data is the information. In short, when the
    BIOS is "Verifying DMI pool data" it is verifying the table of data it sends to the
    operating system (Windows, etc.). If it isn't sucessful, it should return an error.
    Wait a reasonable period of time for it to finish. It may make take some time or it may be
    stuck
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    Default Re: Questions before I flash the BIOS

    Nice to see you had no issues and everything went smoothly during the update!

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    Well yeah, I canít argue with that! I got away with one I guess.

    For a while today I was getting some strange indications, but now everything appears to be smooth sailing.
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    I guess my next move would beÖ well it seems like it would be a good idea to do some testing to verify, in some, more or less, standardized and organized way, that I am getting the kind of performance I should out of this configuration. Seems like this would be a good thing to know before one even starts to think of overclocking.
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    Well this will have to be a project for another time as some things have suddenly come up (donít they always?) and I will have to put this project aside for a while.
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    When the time comes I will just start a new thread on that subject but in the mean time I hope to drop in from time to time and just poke around the forum seeing what other good stuff I can find!
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    In closing Iíd like to say thanks again for the help and guidance. I donít know where you guys get the energy to provide all the help you do but it truly is appreciated!
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