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Sabertooth X58 Bios mod
#21
Thank you!!!

(12-29-2012, 10:55 AM)Vetali89 Wrote: Hello everybody !!! So seems like everyone of you are busy with preparing to new year celebration, and don't have for some internet activity, and thats right !! I'm going to prepare myself as well for this wonderful new year that comes !


Well, as i said i want my computer UP and RUN till 1'st january, so i decide to do this not simple job by my self. I did some research over the google, and found some tutorials on how to modify BIOS. Well, i did read everything so i did apply my new knowledge to a practice.

In the final, i got what i want !!! I did successful modify BIOS, added Marvell 88SE91XX new 1033 Firmware image.

I did also successful update my BIOS with integrated tool of Asus motherboard, after BIOS update computer restarted and i saw the new version of Marvell's controller up and WORK ! (See attachments).


After computer boot's to windows it has done some new installation of something, i did not mention. But it seems like it was because of the new FW of Marvell controller.


Hope you will appreciate my work guys !


Biere666 - Special to you:

Take a look at this new FW for NEC USB 3.0 firmware (see attachment).
Also the new drivers for 88SE91XX controller (see attachment).

The new drivers for NEC USB 3.0, take a look Here

So finally the BIOS itself. The modified BIOS for Sabertooth X58 1402 with FW BIOS 1.0.0.1033 version for 88SE91XX chipset.

Also you can download this BIOS from an external link.

Happy New Year everybody !

At home i have a Xeon E5620 cpu that is catching dust since few months, is there any Sabertooth x58 bios mods that can run it?

When i put it in the motherboard, then push the power button, fans start to run, but nothing else happen.
I try many things like starting with only one ram, etc. etc. That nerver start...

With all my test i can tell you that only I7 9xx and Xeon W35xx are supported.

It will be usefull to let the Sabertooth x58 support X56xx, E56xx, X55xx xeon cpu series.

I have old EVGA x58 motherboards that support the X55xx and W55xx cpu series.

A few ASUS x58 motherboard support the X56xx, E56xx, W56xx, X55xx E55xx and W55xx xeon cpus.

Can a bios mods make the Sabertooth X58 support more cpus?

Bios updated!!!

   
   

Life is like a good old beer, sometimes time make it better!!!
Electronic man, VmWare admin, IT, Owner or 14 computers at Home...
Playing in the world of computers and networks since more that 25 years.
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(02-13-2013, 01:15 AM)biere666 Wrote: Thank you!!!
You are welcome Wink

(02-13-2013, 01:15 AM)biere666 Wrote:
A few ASUS x58 motherboard support the X56xx, E56xx, W56xx, X55xx E55xx and W55xx xeon cpus.

Can a bios mods make the Sabertooth X58 support more cpus?

I thing it might be possible. We should try i guess Big Grin

Give me the list of Asus X58 motherboards that supports the CPU's that you need, and i will take a look at the bios itself, so i could make a conclusion.
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(02-17-2013, 05:08 AM)Vetali89 Wrote:
(02-13-2013, 01:15 AM)biere666 Wrote: Thank you!!!
You are welcome Wink

(02-13-2013, 01:15 AM)biere666 Wrote:
A few ASUS x58 motherboard support the X56xx, E56xx, W56xx, X55xx E55xx and W55xx xeon cpus.

Can a bios mods make the Sabertooth X58 support more cpus?

I thing it might be possible. We should try i guess Big Grin

Give me the list of Asus X58 motherboards that supports the CPU's that you need, and i will take a look at the bios itself, so i could make a conclusion.

Hi
These two ASUS are compatible with CPU i need to test:
P6X58-E WS
P6T7 WS SuperComputer (No USB3)

Thank you.

Life is like a good old beer, sometimes time make it better!!!
Electronic man, VmWare admin, IT, Owner or 14 computers at Home...
Playing in the world of computers and networks since more that 25 years.
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#24

Seems like you will have to re-update your bios. I did not know that Marvel 91xx controller is contain three modules, that is required for full update of controller's firmware.

Take a look here, and you will understand what I'm talking about...

This is final result of modifying bios for the second time. (See attached screenshots)


I will make some research about CPU support for Sabertooth.


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.rom   Sabertooth-x58-asus-1402-moded.rom (Size: 2 MB / Downloads: 42)
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#25
(02-23-2013, 08:11 PM)Vetali89 Wrote:
(02-22-2013, 10:31 PM)biere666 Wrote:

Seems like you will have to re-update your bios. I did not know that Marvel 91xx controller is contain three modules, that is required for full update of controller's firmware.

Take a look here, and you will understand what I'm talking about...

This is final result of modifying bios for the second time. (See attached screenshots)


I will make some research about CPU support for Sabertooth.

I will try it tomorow.
Thank you again.

Life is like a good old beer, sometimes time make it better!!!
Electronic man, VmWare admin, IT, Owner or 14 computers at Home...
Playing in the world of computers and networks since more that 25 years.
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Ok so for now i got Sabertooth bios moded once again, but now with CPU Microcode updated !


So, you must know, you are trying this at your own risk. If you will be able to flash the BIOS, you will got Xeon CPU support on your Sabertooth.

Just in case it fails, please search for a way to recover your BIOS !
Usually in most cases is just enough to have original CD for your MB, so MB will recover itself from that CD.

OK here is it ! Moded BIOS for Xeon CPU, including Marvel 91xx update !


Just don't forget to give me a reply with result.


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.rom   Sabertooth-x58-asus-1402-moded(with Xeon CPU Support).rom (Size: 2 MB / Downloads: 35)
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#27
Hi Vetali89

Your new bios: Sabertooth-x58-asus-1402-moded(with Xeon CPU Support).rom
Update was not nice, but ok
Update done with an I7 950
Computer freeze with a black screen at post at reboot after bios update.
After a cold power off
Then i power on, it update The Sata Marvell controller, then freeze.
After a cold power off
Then i power on, put back AHCI in bios.
After all these, The computer start ok. bios updated, Marvell sata updated.

Now i tested with a fresh windows 7 install, 4 gig of memory, Nvidia GTS 250 and a seagate 250gb hdd and a few cpus...

Your modded bios added full compatibility for these tested cpu:
Xeon W3565
Xeon W3570
Xeon X5570
Xeon W5580

The only cpu that do not work fully is a Xeon E5620, with the unmoded 1402 bios, the motherboard only start fans, and nothing else happened.

With your moded bios and Xeon E5620 : Motherboard start, post, detect all the hardware correctly, start to boot windows 7, i see the windows 7 logo about 15 seconds, then reset by itself.

This is all the test i did tonight.

Thank you very much as now i will be able to use a lot of my Xeon on my 4 Sabertooth X58 Motherboard.

If you think you can modify your moded bios to support fully the E5620, i will be your beta tester again, if the E5620 work, i may get a X5675 (6 cores) to make compatibilty test.

Thank you again.

Life is like a good old beer, sometimes time make it better!!!
Electronic man, VmWare admin, IT, Owner or 14 computers at Home...
Playing in the world of computers and networks since more that 25 years.
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biere666 Wrote: Hi Vetali89

Your new bios: Sabertooth-x58-asus-1402-moded(with Xeon CPU Support).rom
Update was not nice, but ok
Update done .........
Thank you again.
First thing first ! - Thank you very much for your tests and reply ...
Second thing ! I'm happy that this thing starts to work somehow, this is a real progress !
Unfortunately is bad that u replied to me so late, cause i thought that u were unable to successful update your BIOS and didn't came back here Smile So i delete all the files from this small project of this BIOS with Xeon CPU Support. Well, this is not a big problem !

Alright !
So !
You said that.
biere666 Wrote: Your new bios: Sabertooth-x58-asus-1402-moded(with Xeon CPU Support).rom
Update was not nice, but ok
Update done with an I7 950
Computer freeze with a black screen at post at reboot after bios update.
After a cold power off
Then i power on, it update The Sata Marvell controller, then freeze.
After a cold power off
Then i power on, put back AHCI in bios.
After all these, The computer start ok. bios updated, Marvell sata updated.
Let me clear some moments in update process. When there is a new .rom of like ... Marvel SATA controller in BIOS, after update and restart it will start to update the specific controller with a new .rom inserted in modified BIOS, so it might looks like that computer freezes, but its not, so you just have to give it a few minutes for update to finish.

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biere666 Wrote: If you think you can modify your moded bios to support fully the E5620, i will be your beta tester again, if the E5620 work, i may get a X5675 (6 cores) to make compatibilty test.

I don' remember what BIOS motherboard i used as a donor for the first time, so now i will use P6T7 WS SuperComputer 's BIOS as a basis... So Sleepy get X5675 CPU as you will make another tests on this board. And i hope that new BIOS will have the full support of E5620 CPU as well.


Ok, here is it, the new BIOS with CPU Microcode from WS Supercomputer.
.rom   sabertooth-x58-asus-1402-moded (xeon cpu support - NEW).rom (Size: 2 MB / Downloads: 89)
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#29
Sad 
I've got another US visa refusal ... I'm so frustrated ... Cannot even think clear ;(
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http://www.bios-mods.com/forum/Thread-Sa...2#pid54252
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