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Old 01-30-2008, 05:30 PM   #16
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Ordinary

Sorry man, you did post it. Guess I needed more caffeine. The 3.1 number is reported a lot on 32bit systems. Glad you fixed it.
 
Old 01-31-2008, 07:57 AM   #17
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Not a problem, Lazlow. I appreciate the effort.
 
Old 01-31-2008, 11:50 AM   #18
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ordinary: I was reading the BIOS flash info page:

http://tw.giga-byte.com/Support/Moth...flashBIOS.aspx

Did you just create a DOS boot disk and perform the flash? If so, did you run into any hiccups? I'm quite paranoid about flashing the BIOS & want to ensure smooth sailing - any input would be appreciated.
 
Old 02-01-2008, 07:45 AM   #19
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I did not use a DOS boot disk to update. I put the downloaded file (motherboard_bios_ga-m57sli-s4_rev2.0_ffc.exe) on a thumb drive, and took it to an XP box to extract the firmware from the .exe. Three files were extracted: flash895.exe, autoexec.bat, and the firmware m57sls42.ffc.

Then I booted the linux box into BIOS setup, inserted the thumb drive, and started Q-Flash (F8 in BIOS setup). Q-Flash recognized the thumb drive as a hard disk. I navigated down to the directory containing the firmware and selected m57sls42.ffc. The BIOS update completed uneventfully. I believe that it is advisable to clear the BIOS CMOS after a firmware upgrade. On my board, that is accomplished by shorting two pins together. See your board's manual. It is available online if you don't have the original copy. After that everything works fine.

Since you have a different rev of the same board I have, I assume that the procedure will be similar, but not necessarily identical.

I'm a little paranoid about updating BIOSes, too. On this board, I have had to do it three or four times, though. Recently, I flashed to FE for virtualization support, and FFC for the current problem. I never install new firmware just for the sake of having new firmware. If the board is performing okay, I leave it alone. But I have had no problems flashing this BIOS at all. It has always been without drama.

My system is stable running Fedora 8 with 2 xen paravirtualized CentOS clients, dom0 is running folding@home without problem, and I have access to all of my memory.

Phil

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Old 05-02-2008, 10:29 AM   #20
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Finally Fixed the Issue

Sorry for taking so long to respond - I eventually had to build a new virtualization server to move all of my VM's to so that I could take this system offline and update the BIOS.

I was able to update to the latest BIOS (F14, I think) and now CentOS recognizes all the RAM. The system is now using CentOS 5.1 x86_64.

Thanks again, Ordinary - I normally hate BIOS updates, but this did the trick.

On a side note, updating the BIOS on a 2.0 version of the same motherboard fixed an issue where the system would randomly hang on boot at "verifying DPMI pool data".

Anyway - thanks for all the help everyone!!

Regards,

Nate D.
 
  


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