How to: flash / update BIOS on GIGABYTE X79-series to support Ivy Bridge-E

Choose one guide of the following below, to flash your GIGABYTE motherboard:

VERSION 1 DOS

(fastest way if you do it one time per year).

BIOS-USB

You will need one file, the BIOS file for your motherboard.

  1. Download the latest BIOS for your motherboard from gigabyte.com
  2. Unpack the the file you just downloaded.
  3. You now see three files, Efiflash, autoexec together with a file thats called the same as your chosen motherboard. In this example we will use X79UP4.F2 (since we have a GA-X79-UP4).
  4. Take the X79UP4.F2 file, and copy it to a USB flash drive.
  5. Reboot your computer, and during boot press ”END” (like you normally press ”DEL” to enter BIOS”.
  6. GIGABYTE flash tool will now pop up, and you can load your new BIOS from the USB flash drive.
  7. Choose ”Update BIOS from Drive”
  8. Choose your device – press enter and pick your BIOS file.
  9. Done!

VERSION 2 DOS

(fastest way if you have several computers to flash, or you just like to flash. This includes to create bootable USB flash drive)

BIOS-DOS

You need three files:
HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool
Win98boot
BIOS file for your motherboard.

  1. Run hpusb.exe to install the utility.
  2. Plug in you USB flash drive to your computer. (Please note that all current files will be deleted, so use an empty key)
  3. Run the program you just installed (HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool).
  4. Select your USB flash drive as your device.
  5. Choose FAT32 as file system.
  6. (Optional) Select Volume label if you want to give your USB flash drive a name.
  7. Under format options, choose create a DOS startup disk.
  8. Select ”using DOS system files located at” and point the program to the folder ”win98boot” which you just dowloaded (you need to unzip this folder).
  9. Then click the start button.
  10. Now when you have created your bootable USB flash drive, you need to input the BIOS.
  11. Download the latest BIOS for your motherboard from gigabyte.com
  12. Unpack the the file you just downloaded.
  13. You now see three files, Efiflash, autoexec together with a file thats called the same as your chosen motherboard. In this example we will use X79UP4.F2 (since we have a GA-X79-UP4).
  14. Copy all three files to the USB flash drive.
  15. Choose ”replace all files on destination
  16. Reboot your computer, and during boot press ”F12” (like you normally press ”DEL” to enter BIOS”.
  17. Choose ”boot from USB”.
  18. Done.

Next time you need to change the BIOS on any GIGABYTE motherboard, you just have to follow step 11-18 since you have already prepared the USB flash drive.

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