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I was wondering if it is possible at all to update the microcode of a Dell Precision 690. Most of the other manufactures have update the microcode in there boards to support the 1333 fsb 54 series xeon CPU's dell has not for some reason or another. I just want it to support the chips that run at 1333 there are some 1333 fsb 54 series chips http://ark.intel.com/products/series/33905 but mainly i just want it to support the chips that dell says it does but dose not unless you downgrade the firmware to a older version. I think dell is just trying to make money on newer products and they are crippling the older systems intentionally.Here is a supermicro board with the same x5000 series chip that supports the 1333 54s http://www.supermicro.com/products/mothe.../X7DA3.cfm and here is the dell 690 firmware http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/e...nload=true
Iw been also searching a way to mod 690's bios to enable to use x54xx processors, is there any way to do it?

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(02-14-2013, 08:51 PM)geep Wrote: [ -> ]I was wondering if it is possible at all to update the microcode of a Dell Precision 690. Most of the other manufactures have update the microcode in there boards to support the 1333 fsb 54 series xeon CPU's dell has not for some reason or another. I just want it to support the chips that run at 1333 there are some 1333 fsb 54 series chips http://ark.intel.com/products/series/33905 but mainly i just want it to support the chips that dell says it does but dose not unless you downgrade the firmware to a older version. I think dell is just trying to make money on newer products and they are crippling the older systems intentionally.Here is a supermicro board with the same x5000 series chip that supports the 1333 54s http://www.supermicro.com/products/mothe.../X7DA3.cfm and here is the dell 690 firmware http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/e...nload=true
Has anyone figured it out yet ? I'm very interested too...
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Does anyone know how to update the microcode? I have been getting all kinds of conflicting info and trying everything. So far, all I have learned is how to extract the .rom and .hdr files from a DELL BIOS and load them into HxD

And extracting a new microcode from the Intel websites Linux distro.

I have followed some good threads here but am not sure how to determine what I am even looking at in HxD. When I search for the CPUID (in little ENDIAN format) it yields a result but I also may not even have the correct CPUID since I cannot run CPU-Z (processor is not installed)

Anyway, I am so confused that I could ask a million questions that pertain to nothing sensible or necessary.

If it makes things easier then I can upload a link to the .hdr for the closest related DELL Precision that supports the processor (Xeon 5400 series) but from what I can understand it isn't a matter of swapping modules but replacing the microcode.

I am interested in BIOS microcode update for 490, 690 and T3400. So any kind of nudge in the right direction is greatly appreciated. I am not asking to be spoon fed. Thanks in advance!
If anyone can tell me if the BIOS is AWARD Bios? I would hope so but if not I'm not sure. Otherwise I can add the microcode to AMI and AWARD bios....... Let me know ..

Thanks
(01-09-2015, 03:30 AM)chris89 Wrote: [ -> ]If anyone can tell me if the BIOS is AWARD Bios? I would hope so but if not I'm not sure. Otherwise I can add the microcode to AMI and AWARD bios....... Let me know ..

Thanks

Could you add the microcode for:
Phoenix
Chipset: Intel 5000x
Bios: http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/1...Id=R186067
Intel Xeon Processor:

Quad cores
X5450 (12M Cache, 3.00 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)
L5430 (12M Cache, 2.66 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)
L5420 (12M Cache, 2.50 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)
L5410 (12M Cache, 2.33 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)
E5450 (12M Cache, 3.00 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)
E5440 (12M Cache, 2.83 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)
E5430 (12M Cache, 2.66 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)
E5420 (12M Cache, 2.50 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)
E5410 (12M Cache, 2.33 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)
E5405 (12M Cache, 2.00 GHz, 1333 MHz FSB)

Thank you
Kindly download AIDA64 and go to [MOTHERBOARD] then to [BIOS] and list the [BIOS TYPE].

Thanks
(01-21-2015, 02:36 AM)chris89 Wrote: [ -> ]Kindly download AIDA64 and go to [MOTHERBOARD] then to [BIOS] and list the [BIOS TYPE].

Thanks

AIDA64:

Motheboard:
Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
Model: 0MY171 Rev: A01
Chipset: intel 5000X Rev: 12
Southbridge: Intel 6321ESB Rev: 09

BIOS Properties
BIOS Type Phoenix
BIOS Version A08
System BIOS Date 04/25/08
Video BIOS Date 09/26/09

BIOS Manufacturer
Company Name Phoenix Technologies Ltd.
Product Information http://www.phoenix.com/pages/products
BIOS Upgrades http://www.aida64.com/bios-updates

Thank You.
My bios backup is attached.

To Extract Dell BIOS:
in command line:
FILE.EXE /writeromfile
or
FILE.EXE /writehdrfile

Thanks.
Thanks I'll look into and get back to you in a day or so.

Just an fyi adding microcode to Phoenix bios will be a nightmare and may result in an impossibility.

Thanks
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