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===Before you begin===
===Which board do I have?===


The GIGABYTE GA-M57SLI-S4 seems to exist in 4 versions as of 2007/05.
The GIGABYTE GA-M57SLI-S4 seems to exist in 4 versions as of 2007/05.
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There is a version with a PLCC socket for the BIOS chip ([http://www.motherboards.org/imageview.html?i=/images/reviews/motherboards/1628_p6_6.jpg socketed BIOS]), but this might be a pre-production board since nobody has so far (2007/03) confirmed the purchase of a GA-M57SLI-S4 board with socketed BIOS.  
There is a version with a PLCC socket for the BIOS chip ([http://www.motherboards.org/imageview.html?i=/images/reviews/motherboards/1628_p6_6.jpg socketed BIOS]), but this might be a pre-production board since nobody has so far (2007/03) confirmed the purchase of a GA-M57SLI-S4 board with socketed BIOS.  


There are 4 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 another 2 with single 8 pin SPI. All 4 have unpopulated secondary pads, which can be utilized (see below).
There are 4 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 another 2 with single 8 pin SPI. All 4 have unpopulated secondary pads. For the plcc32 versions, the procedure outlined below can be used to add a rom socket.
 
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v1.0
 
v1.1
 
SPI
 
===Before you begin===


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 SST 49LF040B 33-4C-NHE soldered onto the M57, but might work with other chips (FWH).
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 SST 49LF040B 33-4C-NHE soldered onto the M57, but might work with other chips (FWH).

Revision as of 11:48, 30 August 2007