X2 9NPA+ Ultra and older BIOS

Discussion in 'Epox' started by Dennis Gordon, Dec 22, 2005.

  1. I have a new build with a 3800X2 and 9NPA+ Ultra mobo that won't POST (see
    the previous thread for details). I figure that it's a flaky board, but it
    was suggested to me that if the BIOS was pre 08/05 it might not recognize
    the X2. I thought that the earlier BIOS wouldn't recognize both cores, but
    still boot. Of course, I have no way of knowing what the BIOS is or updating
    it since I don't have a spare 939 CPU to fire it up.

    Should the 9NPA+ see the X2 (at least enought to POST) or should I consider
    this board broken?
    Dennis Gordon, Dec 22, 2005
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  2. It's my understanding that if the BIOS is too old to recognize an X2
    processor, you'll need to boot with a single-core processor, upgrade the
    BIOS and then reinstall your X2 processor. If you have a local computer
    "fix it" shop, they may be willing to boot it up and upgrade your BIOS
    for you.

    BTW, I'm running my 9NPA+Ultra with a single core 3800 Venice. So far,
    rock solid.


    Margaret Wilson, Dec 23, 2005
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  3. Hmmm, then I wonder if the 9NPA+ that I just RMAed would've worked with a
    single core CPU.... Guess I'll never know. Thanks for the info. My other
    9NPA+ Ultra came with the 0805 BIOS; fired up my 3800X2 immediately, and has
    been running XP 64bit very well for the past 2 months. I still think the
    newer board might be flaky. Regardless, it shouldn't have shipped with an
    antiquated BIOS without a warning sticker saying WILL NOT WORK WITH AN X2.
    I'll see how the replacement board does.
    Dennis Gordon, Dec 24, 2005
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