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Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H motherboard (Athlon Phenom-X3 processor)

My Gigabyte motherboard came with the F3 version of the BIOS. This does not work well either with openSuSE 11.0 or Windows XP installation. Crashes would periodically occur whenever an IDE drive was accessed. The integrated Ethernet port was not recognised during the installation process. This could occur as early as before POST was completed, or occur after installation was successful. Bizarrely, my DVD-RW driver could read a CD-ROM or single-layer DVD during the installation process, but not a dual-layer DVD.

These problems resolved when I installed the F5 version of the BIOS. I placed the extracted BIOS on a USB flash. Via the BIOS screen I accessed Q-Flash. Q-Flash showed the storage media options as `Floppy Disk A' and `Floppy Disk B'. `Floppy Disk B' was the USB flash!


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David Fong 2011-01-25