Posted 19 May 2011 - 03:07 PM
Hello and thank you to everyone that took the time to read and reply to my post.
There have been some developments since my original post. My original bios 6b3f1p22 has been updated to 6b3f1p43 and now the e5700 processor works on this board. Strangely, i saw no sign of this bios version on the Foxconn site (in the last few days) - it seems to end at p40, however when my other board (i bought 2 identical boards) was pressed into service in March this year, the built in update utility found and installed the p43 version. I still had the file on my drive and using an older p4 630 processor, got the second board to run, did the update and presto, the new processor now works. I also tried an E3400, it did not work before update but works fine now. Incredibly, no one i spoke to seemed to think the update would make any difference. The suppliers of the mb said it was definitely a dud board and the general consensus amongst the other experts was "throw it away". Needless to say, I'm a happy chappy!