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Windows 7: My MotherBoard and BIOS

07 Jul 2009   #1
Static

Windows 7 RC - 7100 64bit
 
 
My MotherBoard and BIOS

Hi all. I need some help. I need to know what motherboard I have. I downloaded everest and used it to try and help. and it just confused me further.

I am mostly interested in 2 things.

1. Discovering what Motherboard I have so I know for the future.

2. Updating my BIOS before I fresh install 7229 tomorrow.

Can anyone help me? either just interpret this everest report for me, or if you feel comfortable with it seeing as I have never done this, find me the driver itself. I made it as far as the ECS website yesterday from this thing.

My MotherBoard and BIOS-everest-mobo.jpg




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07 Jul 2009   #2
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I think that's an OEM (maybe HP or Compaq) board and most features are probably locked. You can check the BIOS version and flash it if you dare. I would not mess with it unless you are having problems. You can always get technical if you're good enough.

Is this it?

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...name=c00906137
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07 Jul 2009   #3
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You want to brick your motherboard, use a bios from ECS. You want it to keep running, only use a bios from HP. The board may have been made by ECS, but the bios is pure HP.
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07 Jul 2009   #4
matt_0978

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

just downloacdpu-z from www.cpuid.com, it will tell u all u need to know bout ur board and cpu.
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07 Jul 2009   #5
Antman

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
You want to brick your motherboard, use a bios from ECS. You want it to keep running, only use a bios from HP. The board may have been made by ECS, but the bios is pure HP.
Do NOT overthink this. Your machine has a model number and a serial number (or other unique ID number provided by the LABELED company on the machine). Get your BIOS from that information ONLY.

You are dealing with the nature of what was once known as "IBM clones". There are almost as many different manufacturers involved in making your PC as there are components and chips. HP basically makes two things - the case and the BIOS.

Labeled machines are almost always built from DE-manufactured motherboards. Components/circuits/chips are removed from the baseline model. This is done because HP and Dell and Sony (etc) do not sell upgrade kits, they sell new computers.

Stormy is correct. Unless you want to buy a new computer, get your BIOS update from HP. Nate42nd is also correct - upgrade to Windows 7 FIRST. Only then will you know if you need a BIOS update.

BIOS updates are not the same as Windows updates or even driver updates. The changes, in all likelihood, do not apply to you.
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07 Jul 2009   #6
Static

Windows 7 RC - 7100 64bit
 
 

ok I got no problems so far. I just thought an update might make things speedier. so no worries then i wont search for it
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07 Jul 2009   #7
MUff1N

Windows® 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You know, I never read any of this before & on my old
Gateway 500X (Intel 845GRG (Essex) mobo) I updated the
bios from INTEL for the 845 chipset with no problems at all.
Didn't brick it or anything...all it did was update it & get rid of the "Gateway" logo & replace it will "Intel" when it would post.
I did this with every HW component in the system as all the updates at Gateway were years old!!! (I've done this ever since too...getting the updates directly from the manufacturer)

I also OCed my my P4 2.4GHz to 2.66GHz with a Locked bios using CPUFSB.

I'm just saying...I know a TON more now as that was 8 years ago & now I am running a new faster system.
I guess I was lucky I didn't brick the mobo heh...
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07 Jul 2009   #8
Antman

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MUff1N View Post
...I guess I was lucky I didn't brick the mobo...
Excellent example. You provided a link directly to your specific machine, replete with serial number. I did not browse thru the Gateway site, rather I will use Dell as an example (as a Dell Partner, as I am more familiar with their site).

If you go to Dell and look up a machine, with or without a specific Service Tag (serial number), you will see a variety of driver options for various onboard components. You could do a comparison of the original configuration and the current configuration, and with some effort, discern which of the drivers your machine actually uses. Why does Dell list drivers for a Service Tag if that specific machine does not have the component? The cynic in me says, "Because it is in their interest to create hardware problems", but that is for another discussion.

You can use chip mfgr drivers because you are addressing an instruction set for a single component. For the most part, OEMs do not ADD or unlock functionality on the chip(set), and if they do, they tend to be well-funded major players with good suport sites and easy to access driver updates, mailing lists, et cetera.

BIOS is another matter. You are addressing an instruction set for multiple components. Some MOBOs, for whatever reason, are built/rebuilt/debuilt with imperfectly compatible components. It is possible to load a BIOS that will include instructions for a component that has no register for that function. When you see that happen, it is often called a freeze or lockup. A person can easily spend more money and time in diagnostics and repair bills than the board (and CPU) cost in the first place.

Bottom line: Update BIOS to solve a problem, not to satisfy desire.
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08 Jul 2009   #9
MUff1N

Windows® 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
Excellent example. You provided a link directly to your specific machine, replete with serial number. I did not browse thru the Gateway site, rather I will use Dell as an example (as a Dell Partner, as I am more familiar with their site).

Bottom line: Update BIOS to solve a problem, not to satisfy desire.
Yea, I always put the direct links to what I'm talking about as "some" people understand pictures better than words...& it is the EXACT Complete information on everything of that make & model Gateway computer & drivers being used. Thanks for noticing that detail...
There's so many news ones out since then that they don't even list this one as its so OLD...
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