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MOBO: GA MA790XT UD4P'

Right now I'm not given the option to unlock my 4th core in my bios, I've read in numerous places that it's possible through a bios update, though it may be defective.

I tried to update my BIOS here: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/p [...] =3010#bios

I'm running Windows 7 64x, and when I try to run anything from BIOS downloads, I get a messaging saying "the version of this file is not compatible with the version of Windows you're running", and to check if it is 64x or 32x compatible, then it wont run, but there are no specifications on the BIOS page about any OS types.

I just want to unlock my core, it's been months and I feel inept to this basic process. Does anyone have specific steps in the BIOS I'm missing? I've followed every guide but didn't see certain things to select.

Thanks!
post #2 of 5
Your Gigabyte board should have QFlash. Download the BIOS file to a FAT(32)-formatted USB drive and select the file from QFlash.
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Originally Posted by kz26 View Post
Your Gigabyte board should have QFlash. Download the BIOS file to a FAT(32)-formatted USB drive and select the file from QFlash.
Absolutely right.

You can either, with the bios file loaded on a USB drive (has to be FAT formatted to be accessible from DOS, which is the standard format for USB flash drives), hit F9 during boot to go straight to Q Flash, or you can go to bios, then hit F9 to go to Q Flash. I am pretty sure it is F9, but it has been a while, so look at the bottom of the screen and verify what it says during boot to access Q Flash.
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Ok, I have a FAT32 drive already.

So,

Download the BIOS update and save it to the FAT 32 drive
reboot and hold whatever and i should see Q Flash in the BIOS?
Then run the update?
I'll give it a try, thanks.


Do you guys think you can tell me which updates I should download exactly? Mobo or chipset, there's a bunch there, all differently named, I thought it would just be orded by most recent.
post #5 of 5
I usually install drivers in this order:

OS updates and service packs
chipset
RAID (if you are running RAID)
Video
Audio
LAN

It really doesnt matter, as long as you install the chipset drivers after all service packs and updates, then the chipset (IMO). Intel used to specify this order in their support section a long time ago. But to be honest, I don't know if it much matters anymore. And on a side note, I usually try to go traight to the vendor first for a driver update. For example, the Intel chipset drivers are always more up to date on their site then on ASUS' site (I have an ASUS motherboard).
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