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    Default GIGABYTE GA-EX38-DS4 Firmware Question

    I'm looking to upgrade my Windows drive to an SSD and wanted to try updating my motherboard's BIOS to the latest version. However, the only available current BIOS update is F6c beta and it's from 2009.


    F6c updates the AHCI of the BIOS while it seems the F5c may have problems with 1.07 AHCI which is apparently from 2006.


    Would it be beneficial to update to the beta drivers or just stick with the current ones for my SSD?

    I would like to have ACHI on for TRIM support so I don't want to go without it. However, with the update being nothing more than a beta with no hope of ever being finished.

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    Default Re: GIGABYTE GA-EX38-DS4 Firmware Question

    Welcome to the forum.

    http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...tml#post268592, post #11 has a link to the GA-EX38-DS4 - F6d beta bios. You can post a request for a modded beta bios with the most recent drivers in the GIGABYTE Modified Bios thread. Hopefully one of the bios modders can help you out.

    I can't speak for your motherboard, but my P35-DS4 and P35-DS3L motherboards work fine with my Samsung 830 and 840 Pro ssd's. A forum member recently requested a modded bios for his P35-DS4 motherboard and I will shortly be updating my P35-DS4 bios with the modded bios that they provided.
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    Default Re: GIGABYTE GA-EX38-DS4 Firmware Question

    Quote Originally Posted by profJim View Post
    Welcome to the forum.

    http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...tml#post268592, post #11 has a link to the GA-EX38-DS4 - F6d beta bios. You can post a request for a modded beta bios with the most recent drivers in the GIGABYTE Modified Bios thread. Hopefully one of the bios modders can help you out.

    I can't speak for your motherboard, but my P35-DS4 and P35-DS3L motherboards work fine with my Samsung 830 and 840 Pro ssd's. A forum member recently requested a modded bios for his P35-DS4 motherboard and I will shortly be updating my P35-DS4 bios with the modded bios that they provided.
    Thank you for the response and for the welcome to the forums. :)

    In the meantime, would I be able to get by with f5c instead of the modded f6c? Currently, my motherboard is on f3c so I don't know how jumping to f5c would work. As it stands, I don't have a drive installed in my PC that has Windows on it yet and a friend of mine will be here tomorrow to update the BIOS for me so I'm not sure if the f5c would work while I wait for a modded f6c.

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    Default Re: GIGABYTE GA-EX38-DS4 Firmware Question

    I can't give you a specific recommendation as to which bios version is "best" but you can use the forum's Advanced Search feature to find EX38-DS4 threads using the following procedure:

    1. Click on the Advanced Search text in the upper right corner of any forum web page.
    2. In the Keyword(s): field, type EX38-DS4 without the GA- prefix.
    3. Change the default Search Entire Posts option to Search Titles Only.
    4. Click the Search Now button.

    The Search Results window will list 81 threads, but some threads will deal with other EX38 models such as the EX38-DQ6.
    Check the threads to see which bios versions were used by forum members and see what issues might be related to the different bios versions. Generally, the more recent bios versions, including the beta versions will have more recent updates and fix many or most issues from earlier bios versions.

    You might want to check out the ex38-ds4 F6b beta bios that is about half way down the list on the first page.

    Double check your motherboard model to ensure that you don't have an X38-xxxx motherboard.
    Some motherboard model versions (such as rev:1.0 and rev:2.0) sometimes require bios versions with different names.
    The X38 and EX38 motherboards each have a different series of bios files names.

    Do not use @BIOS for bios flashing under any circumstances, or you might brick your motherboard.
    Follow the bios flashing recommendations using QFlash in the http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...ash-guide.html thread.
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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
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    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
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    Default Re: GIGABYTE GA-EX38-DS4 Firmware Question

    In the meantime, would I be able to get by with f5c instead of the modded f6c? Currently, my motherboard is on f3c so I don't know how jumping to f5c would work.
    Sorry, I forgot to answer your question.

    You shouldn't have any problem with going from F3c to F5c or even going directly to F6c or F6d.
    I'm not familiar with which ACHI versions are in each of the existing bios versions.

    FWIW, this is the mod bios that that virtualfred recently created for a forum member:

    GA-P35-DS4 BIOS F15b mod
    Modified with:
    • Intel Serial ATA AHCI 1.20E
    • Intel RAID for SATA 8.9.1.1002 to 12.7.0.1936
    • Jmicron 1.06.59 to 1.07.28
    • Realtek LAN ROM 2.09 to 2.58
    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)
    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
    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: GIGABYTE GA-EX38-DS4 Firmware Question

    Quote Originally Posted by profJim View Post
    Sorry, I forgot to answer your question.

    You shouldn't have any problem with going from F3c to F5c or even going directly to F6c or F6d.
    I'm not familiar with which ACHI versions are in each of the existing bios versions.

    FWIW, this is the mod bios that that virtualfred recently created for a forum member:
    GA-P35-DS4 BIOS F15b mod
    Modified with:

    • Intel Serial ATA AHCI 1.20E
    • Intel RAID for SATA 8.9.1.1002 to 12.7.0.1936
    • Jmicron 1.06.59 to 1.07.28
    • Realtek LAN ROM 2.09 to 2.58
    Thanks! :) I got the post made in the modders forum, hopefully something can come out of it,

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    Default Re: GIGABYTE GA-EX38-DS4 Firmware Question

    I have precisely this configuration (EX38-DS4 and a Samsung SSD 840 PRO) and am struggling with setting it up. As soon as I have a Linux system on it, it hangs at the AHCI detection. Did I just hit an incompatibility? I have put the GA-EX38-DS4 - F6d beta bios but it doesn't change anything.

    @ThermoPhysical, Did you get any further with that configuration?

    The longer story is to be found here.

    Thanks for your time!

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