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Hi, I hope this is the right place to ask about my motherboard i recently purchased. I have read that it is compatible with the phenom II x6 series of CPUs but on an updated BIOS.

Now, i have no idea what BIOS version it has and I'm a bit worried I'll order the CPU and it won't even let me go as far to update the BIOS. I suppose all I'm asking is if I buy the CPU will it function enough to let me update if needs be?

Thanks, Sam.
post #2 of 14
Hah, it depends very much.
Once I used an unsupported Opteron on an Asus board, and it ran so fine, I never updated the BIOS.
But noone can prognose what could happen. It could not start at all (most probable), or the mobo could burn, or the system could be very unstable (never update BIOS on an unstable systems).

Best advise, find out your current version, and update before you put the new CPU in.
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Any advice on how to find out the current version? Then I have the task of updating somehow without having a CPU for it
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Any advice on how to find out the current version? Then I have the task of updating somehow without having a CPU for it
Ouch... If you don't have any CPU, you can't know the BIOS version..
If you just bought the mobo recently, then maybe it has a recent BIOS.
But it doesn't write it anywhere, so you can't be certain.
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post #5 of 14
http://usa.asus.com/product.aspx?P_I...WHm&templete=2

most of the older bios vers are for the c2 x2/3/4s

with an unsupported cpu, odds are you can get to bios and flash it
can you borrow a cpu from another system?
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Would I be right in assuming that the board supports AM3 only? Because otherwise, aside from buying an old sempron or taking it down a shop to flash it, I see no way of borrowing a CPU .
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You're probably just going to have to put the CPU in and see if it will POST. If it does you are good to go.
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I haven't bought the CPU yet, but I may just go ahead and do that and if worst comes to worst I'll take it down to my local computer shop to see if they can throw an AM3 cpu in there and update it. Thanks for the help everyone.
post #9 of 14
In my experience, a mobo will usually boot with an unsupported CPU. It won't show the CPU name like it does when it has a supported CPU, but it will work well enough for you to flash the BIOS.
 
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post #10 of 14
it works fine, if it is an older bios it will detect the x6 as a 600mhz single core cpu and allow you to flash the bios to the newest, which last i heard worked fine with x6.
although dont expect much overclocking in it with only a 4pin cpu power.
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