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    Neither darque nor pervert DarquePervert's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by ltrain1007
    ok im looking at this motherboard, and i dont know what im posed to be looknig at to get the info i need for the motherboard . what am i looking for? serial numbers?
    How do you NOT know what motherboard is in your system?
    If you're using a pre-built low-end box (Dell or Gateway or somesuch), go to their website.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarquePervert
    How do you NOT know what motherboard is in your system?
    If you're using a pre-built low-end box (Dell or Gateway or somesuch), go to their website.

    i built the machine, but from spare parts i could fine, the motherboard is fairly old, everyone isnt a expert in every part of life(take your marriage for example), i dont know what numbers i need to begin my bios update process. there is no big wording that says MADE BY COMPANY X, or anything like that, so i come to the forum for assistance, and if you dont have anything helpful to say why do you even waste a post? DIK
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    Yeah, I'm a dick. I don't apologize for it.
    I can't see how anyone can build a system with an unknown motherboard. You've got to obtain and load drivers for the boad at some point. How do you obtain those?

    But here's a helpful bit. When your computer POSTs, it's going to give you a serial number and/or model number of the BIOS. That may be useful in tracking down your mystery board.
    Also, if you enter the BIOS, does it say anything about the chipset and/or motherboard on the main BIOS page?
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
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    ok . . . it says 7zm on the post page, so i googled that and saw GA-7ZM, and that is what i remembered seeing when looking at the physical mobo, so then i clicked and behold
    (dont laugh i didnt spend any money on it)
    http://www.mainboard.cz/mb/gigabyte/GA-7ZM.htm

    thats her, now im gonna read up on things, ill be back. . .


    edit: Ok im under the assumption that there is no bios update supported for my GA-7ZM Duron 650. . . . Someone correct me if im wrong, please
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    Hi there

    Noone of us knows which biosversion your board uses. So, how are we able to say if there is a newer one?

    The latest bios files for your board (if it is a GA-7ZM) are here

    Why do you want to update your bios, if i may ask?

    THX
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    It's a start.
    You determined the make/model of the motherboard. Now it's a simple matter of going to the manufacturer's site to check for a BIOS update.

    http://www.gigabyte.com.tw
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaos_666
    Hi there

    Noone of us knows which biosversion your board uses. So, how are we able to say if there is a newer one?

    The latest bios files for your board (if it is a GA-7ZM) are here

    Why do you want to update your bios, if i may ask?

    THX
    Chaos

    I checked the site already, it doesnt seem to have any bios updates for me.
    The reason i want to flash it is because the harddrive hangs for like 15 seconds on the boot, and when i try to enter the manual mode it freezes when im in typing it in everytime, if i even do a detect hard drive from the bios utility screen it doesnt complete the scan without freezing, so i was thinkin since the system is kind of old, maybe it isnt compatible for this hard drive? so update the bios and see if that fixes it?
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    Suggestions for the BIOS-impaired:

    1) Turn off auto-detect of IDE devices and/or make certain unused IDE channels are set to NONE.
    2) Disable floppy seek. If you don't have a floppy hooked up, make sure both floppy channels are set to NONE.
    3) Turn off BIOS support/detection for any hardware components that COULD be on the motherboard but aren't present or aren't used (onboard NIC, modem, audio, etc.)
    4) Enable the Fast POST (or something similar).

    If you do all this and it is still hanging on the POST for 15sec, then reset the BIOS to the default settings, let it boot once to make sure it detects everything correctly, then go back into the BIOS and make the changes listed above.

    If it STILL is screwing up, have your components (namely CPU, M/B & RAM) tested to make certain something isn't wonky with one or more of them.

    If none of that fixes it, then flash with the latest BIOS and see if that fixes anything. Flashing your BIOS is always the last thing you want to do in trying to correct an issue like this.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
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