Difference between revisions of "Board:gigabyte/m57sli"

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There are 3 volume revisions, 2 with plcc32 (v1.0, v1.1) ([http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ProductID=2287&ModelName=GA-M57SLI-S4 soldered BIOS]) and v2.0 with single 8 pin SPI. All 3 have unpopulated secondary pads, which can be utilized (see below).
There are 3 volume revisions, 2 with plcc32 (v1.0, v1.1) ([http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ProductID=2287&ModelName=GA-M57SLI-S4 soldered BIOS]) and v2.0 with single 8 pin SPI. All 3 have unpopulated secondary pads, which can be utilized (see below).


The fact that the BIOS is soldered onto the board complicates matters considerably, because it means that one flash of a faulty image will render your board unusable (it will be 'bricked').
The fact that the BIOS is soldered onto the board complicates matters considerably, because it means that one flash of a faulty image will render your board unusable (it will be 'bricked'). '''Top Hat Flash''' does not work with the M57's SST 49LF040B 33-4C-NHE, but might work with other FWH.


It is possible to desolder the BIOS chip, and replace it with a PLCC socket. You will need some tools (heat gun/pencil, good soldering iron, etc) and soldering experience to do that. The other option is to add a PLCC socket to the empty position next to the soldered-on BIOS chip. With an extra resistor and a switch, this allows switching between 2 BIOS chips. This has been documented carefully by ST; see his [http://private.vlsi.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de/st/instructions.html instructions].
It is possible to desolder the BIOS chip, and replace it with a PLCC socket. You will need some tools (heat gun/pencil, good soldering iron, etc) and soldering experience to do that. The other option is to add a PLCC socket to the empty position next to the soldered-on BIOS chip. With an extra resistor and a switch, this allows switching between 2 BIOS chips. This has been documented carefully by ST; see his [http://private.vlsi.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de/st/instructions.html instructions].

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