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 Post subject: Updating a bios without an old processor
PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 6:00 am 
Little Foot
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Hello,
I'm going to be purchasing an Asrock Extreme11 motherboard, which out of the box only supports Sandy Bridge E.
I'm purchasing an Ivy Bridge E CPU, which is supported via BIOS update.

Can I install the new processor into the motherboard and get it to POST? Can I flash the new bios with just the memory and the unsupported CPU installed? Or do I actually need an old CPU? I wouldn't be trying to install an OS or anything or use it for any extended period of time- just long enough to flash the new bios.

I'm guessing this would be the same for any similar situation, not necessarily just Ivy Bridge E from Sandy Bridge E or this particular MB manufacturer, so any advice or experiences would be appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: Updating a bios without an old processor
PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:19 am 
Smithfield
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If the old BIOS doesn't support the processor period, the processor won't start up and it can't do anything, period.

... HEY MOTHERBOARD MAKERS, HERE'S AN IDEA: Include an ARM chip that will let someone do a BIOS update without a processor!


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 Post subject: Re: Updating a bios without an old processor
PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:32 am 
Little Foot
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So do you have any ideas on what I can do here?


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 Post subject: Re: Updating a bios without an old processor
PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:50 am 
Smithfield
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Short of finding a compatible processor to do the BIOS update, you could try contacting the manufacturer. Or have fun trying to flash the BIOS chip via some other method with a programmer or something. Either way, there's no easy solution.

You could always find a vendor that has a lax return policy, buy the lowest end LGA2011 processor and return it once you're done :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Updating a bios without an old processor
PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 9:44 am 
Thunderbird
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LatiosXT wrote:
.... HEY MOTHERBOARD MAKERS, HERE'S AN IDEA: Include an ARM chip that will let someone do a BIOS update without a processor!

I don't know how ASUS does it but for the past year or so ALL--I believe--of their MB's allow updating the BIOS without a CPU or RAM present. So you can buy an ASUS.

I have been disappointed nobody else has followed suit.


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