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#1 ErrorMessage

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Posted 26 April 2007 - 06:13 PM

Hi All
Have an Asus barebones T2 with a P4 & 1 GB ram (Crucial 2 x 512 stix),250Gb HDD. Was fiddling about recently and discovered intel's HT diags. The doodad sez the chip will do HT but isn't happy about the bios & chipset. I'm "reasonably confident" that I can find a new/updated BIOS for asus but no idea how to apply it and as for chipsets? Eh? bit green on these sort of things. Can do databases OK (Oracle & SQLServer so keen to offer help in return :thumbsup: ) but am rubbish with windows :flowers: - would love to try and improve my beastie's performance so any hints or tips would be welcome.
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Posted 26 April 2007 - 09:32 PM

Well, if your going to do a bios upgrade, you usually need a floppy disk. Download the files onto the disk, and it will become bootable. Boot to this disk. Most Bios Flashing software will prompt you to do a bios backup before you begin. FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY! BACKUP YOUR BIOS. If the Flash messes up, such as shutting it down in the middle of the flash, your bios will become useless. 10 to 1 if it messes up you will need a new bios/board. So back it up!

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Posted 27 April 2007 - 07:14 AM

Hi ErrorMessage

Have an Asus barebones T2 with a P4 & 1 GB ram (Crucial 2 x 512 stix),250Gb HDD


This doesn't tell us what we need to know to get you started.
Bios and Chipset updates are board specific. Because it's an Asus barebones, you may have Asus Probe installed which will give you board model & rev. # as well as current bios version via the DMI Explorer menu. If Asus Probe is not installed, SIW is a free alternative.

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Posted 29 April 2007 - 05:03 AM

Hi Folks
Thanks for the advice and pointers.
Asus Probe reports the motherboard as an ASUSTek Computer Inc, product name P4R8T version 1.xx. BIOS is AMerican Megatrends version 1003.009.

And yes, I will make sure I back stuff up!
Cheers for the help
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Posted 29 April 2007 - 06:46 AM

The P4R8T uses an ATI Chipset. Latest version available is V7.95. The download from Asus is a two-parter with instructions, seperated by OS category. Whenever you update your chipset drivers, shutdown all running apps first.
Latest bios version is 1006 Beta. I would not install a beta version of the bios. Use version 1005 instead.
There are multiple methods used to update the bios. The traditional method is to create a boot floppy and add the bios file to it. You can also update it via windows. Either way, create a backup of the old version.
Methods of updating your bios and backing up the old version are in the manual (section 5).
All is available for download here.
Before you update anything however, check your bios setup for any existing hyperthreading options. Typicly in the advanced section submenus. And last but not least, take a look at the cpu's with HT supported by that board here. If your cpu is not in the list with the "HT" designation, don't bother with any of this. :thumbsup:

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Posted 03 May 2007 - 10:45 AM

Hey hey, thanks for the tips.
BIOS & chipsets downloaded and successfully installed :thumbsup:

Have to say thanks again, as the new BIOS etc has cured the awful performance problems we were having with Photoshop CS2.
There doesn't appear to be a setting in the setup to enable HT but task manager gives 2 windows for cpu performance and the box is running like a greyhound on steroids - photoshop is really responsive as is everything else.

Cheeeeeers!
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Posted 03 May 2007 - 04:28 PM

Glad to see it was your BIOS. I had a feeling that would help you out.

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