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Windows 7: Updating BIOS for Windows 7 install

16 Oct 2012   #1
Taccun

Windows 7 32bit
 
 
Updating BIOS for Windows 7 install

Okay so I'm having some problems with a computer my mom brought from her uncles. I'm not gonna give the whole story but he gave this computer to my mom and she doesn't want it.

First, I want to say that this computer has the Windows 8 beta on it as its only OS. It's very clunky and full of bugs and whatnot and I want it off so I'm putting windows 7 on it and erasing everything on it. This shouldn't be a problem for these forums since everything I"m having problems with has nothing to do with the OS. Besides installing.

Now, basically this computers main parts are better than my own (it's not that great anyway) It's motherboard is x65 bit, it had 2 gb 800 mhz ram (my computer had the same amount but only 667mhz) it's processor is 3.00 GHz (mine is 2.3 GHz)

So basically it's a better computer for the main parts. I've not looked at the PSU but I'm sure it's better aswell. The only thing that isn't better is the graphics card. It's a 7 series while mine is a 9.

So, basically I want to put the best of my computer to this better one. Mine feels newer (since I keep it dusted so it sounds really smooth, while this one sounds a bit old. But either way I want to install windows on it. The only problem is that the BIOS is inoperable. When loading into the BIOS the keyboard no longer seems to work. Its light go off. But every once in a while on trying, I can get it into the boot menu so I can move it to put from CD rom. But at this point, no matter what, it won't let me scroll through the options.

So naturally I went to google and came with some results that it could be the BIAS needing an update OR taking the CMOS battery out and allowing it to load default values. I tried the latter first, overnight actually. This brought it to default settings, but no luck. It didn't help the keyboard.

Now, I'm on the "update BIAS" part. But I can't even seem to find the right update for this motherboard. I tried installing CPU-z but this Windows 8 needs framework to run the software since it's not made for W8. So I just look around on the MB myself and find the Model Number.

It's D33C98. I googled it and mostly game up with Gigabyte results but I can't find BIOS updates for this model anywhere. I see manuels but I can't find much of anything for this MB. It's really driving me crazy trying to figure this out.

I thought about just putting the HD in my current computer and loading windows 7 on to it and putting back in the other one so I could just use my computers BIOS, but I've heard this isn't the best thing to do.

Any help is much appreciated.


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16 Oct 2012   #2
Taccun

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

tl;dr: Want to change BIOS boot order. Keyboard doesn't work ONLY in BIOS. Tried removing CMOS batter overnight. NO change. Can't find BIOS update for motherboard model number "D33C98"
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16 Oct 2012   #3
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Give us more system specs, on your machine and on uncle's.

Uncle's is apparently Intel socket 775 with D33 chipset. Guessing 5 years old minimum? I can't find any support for that motherboard on Gigabyte site either.

Is your primary problem lack of keyboard on uncle's machine?

If your own PC is newer, it may be the better choice, regardless of 2.3 GHz versus 3.0 GHz.

It may be that you can transfer his CPU to your PC, if his CPU is in fact superior.

Tough to say without more hardware details.

Describe your own PC in more detail. Your system specs say only "Dell".

I assume all you want to do is make one "best" PC from all the parts available from the 2 PCs?
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16 Oct 2012   #4
Taccun

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Give us more system specs, on your machine and on uncle's.

Uncle's is apparently Intel socket 775 with D33 chipset. Guessing 5 years old minimum? I can't find any support for that motherboard on Gigabyte site either.

Is your primary problem lack of keyboard on uncle's machine?

If your own PC is newer, it may be the better choice, regardless of 2.3 GHz versus 3.0 GHz.

It may be that you can transfer his CPU to your PC, if his CPU is in fact superior.

Tough to say without more hardware details.

Describe your own PC in more detail. Your system specs say only "Dell".

I assume all you want to do is make one "best" PC from all the parts available from the 2 PCs?
Yeah you about hit it on the head with understanding. I don't know what I"m gonna do about it without the update. Unless you're correct in saying mine would probably be better. I"m not sure if the processor would work in mine.

But yes, the primary problems is keyboard functionality in the BIOS on the uncles computer.

My problem with getting you the accurate specs is that I"m typing all this on a laptop. As both computers are running but no monitor. The one I'm using will work for a computer but for some reason will not detect an input when switched and I have to keep trying to get it back on.

I'd have to go through each computer and get the specs which may take a minute.
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16 Oct 2012   #5
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Look over Uncle's motherboard for model numbers----anything other than "D33C98". That may be a subspecies when you want the species. Do you see any number that begins with GA???

Get a flashlight, open the case, and actually take a look.

A program like Speccy can get you a lot of specs.

Speccy - System Information - Free Download

I wouldn't assume at all that a BIOS update will improve your keyboard situation---and BIOS updates are dangerous---or at least not to be taken lightly.
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16 Oct 2012   #6
Taccun

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

What information do you need? I'm looking at the dxdiag on my uncles computer right now. I could post the whole report but that would be long.
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16 Oct 2012   #7
Taccun

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Look over Uncle's motherboard for model numbers----anything other than "D33C98". That may be a subspecies when you want the species. Do you see any number that begins with GA???

Get a flashlight, open the case, and actually take a look.

A program like Speccy can get you a lot of specs.

Speccy - System Information - Free Download

I wouldn't assume at all that a BIOS update will improve your keyboard situation---and BIOS updates are dangerous---or at least not to be taken lightly.
I've heard that an update can help with problems like that. Well what should I do then? What about putting the HD into my other one? If you don't think it'll work and it's dangerous, I should focus on something else. And installing programs is a bit hard on uncles since it's windows 8 and there's a lot of compatability issues.
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16 Oct 2012   #8
Taccun

Windows 7 32bit
 
 

Okay the dxdiag displayed "GA-MA69GM-S2H" for System Model.
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16 Oct 2012   #9
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Hardware details most wanted would be:

Uncle's: motherboard model, probably beginning with GA; CPU model

Yours: Dell model number, CPU model.

BIOS updates MIGHT help, but it's a random shot in the dark and you have NO evidence it will help. Hope is not enough other than as a very last resort. You aren't there yet. And you can't get a new BIOS downloaded unless you can get a known accurate Gigabyte model number. All I have ever seen begin with GA.

DXdiag stuff might help if you have nothing else.

Speccy is pretty good.

You can't really proceed without more hardware detail.

Someone else may have more ideas regarding getting the keyboard going on uncle's PC, but I'd get a list of hardware details first.
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16 Oct 2012   #10
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket AM2 - GA-MA69GM-S2H (rev. 1.0)

It appears to be an AMD motherboard and you'll have an AMD processor in it. I know little about them.

If you can get an AMD processor model number, I can give you an estimate of its horsepower and compare that to your Dell---if you can ID the processor in the Dell (your machine).

Does DXdiag identify what BIOS is now in uncle's machine? There are updates at Gigabyte site, most recent is from 2009. But no evidence you have BIOS problem.
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