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I'm getting the p5k deluxe and the g0 stepping of the q6600...but after doing some research i saw that you need to update the bios to 404 (comes with 0123 shipped i believe).

my question is that since i need to update the bios, would i be able to do that even though the mobo doesn't support the processor yet?
post #2 of 11
You could contact the company and ask if they could ship an updated bios chip to you. You'd just replace the one in the MoBo with the new one.

Other possibility is that the board will already have a up-to-date Bios on it.... i doubt it though.


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you'll need the CPU on the mobo, but if possible, you'll have to get the BIOS driver on a bootable disk, so that you can boot from the disk to update the Bios. The CPU will work, but not on optimal performance.
    
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the p5k deluxe allows the user to flash the bios using a usb thumb drive through an ezflash utility in the BIOS...

so im only able to enter the bios if the CPU is installed? doesnt that mean that since older bios revisions don't support the g0 stepping of the q6600, then i won't be able to enter into the bios?
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you don't need to have support for the stepping, you need to be able to jack the CPU in the socket. The Stepping support is required for optimal performance and use.
    
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you don't need to have support for the stepping, you need to be able to jack the CPU in the socket. The Stepping support is required for optimal performance and use.
oh i see, alright that makes me feel alot better thanks!
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you'll need the CPU on the mobo, but if possible, you'll have to get the BIOS driver on a bootable disk, so that you can boot from the disk to update the Bios. The CPU will work, but not on optimal performance.
Motherboards can post without a cpu. All it really needs is power and ram, ( and a video card if you want to see it )
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my Bios tends to freak out if the CPU isn't jacked in...
dunno why, but jacking it in won't hurt tbh...
    
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my Bios tends to freak out if the CPU isn't jacked in...
dunno why, but jacking it in won't hurt tbh...
well it would be more convenient to be able to flash the bios this weekend, since i have everything BUT the cpu...and then once i receive the CPU ill be all set

but i suppose ill play it by ear and report back, because im sure there are lots of people who may have this problem (you need a bios revision since 404 to support the g0 steppings)
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my Bios tends to freak out if the CPU isn't jacked in...
dunno why, but jacking it in won't hurt tbh...
now now now this isn't megaman, so quite trying to jack in!

You whould be fine with that CPU, just download the newest BIOS, extract it onto a flash drive and use the EZ flash utility in the BIOS, it is very easy and forgiving to do.
    
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