I recently decided to upgrade my budget gaming rig. The first thing to go was the dual-core Intel Pentium G620, with a bump up in processing power to the 3rd gen i5 3570k. Switching out the processors was the easy part; the problem came when booting up the machine to find no video out at start-up. I tried several different displays and video ports with no luck.
After reseating the old processor and regaining the display, I did some ‘Googling’ and established that my motherboard, the Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V, needed an update to its BIOS. It was purchased new and the BIOS version was showing as F1. To facilitate the move from dual-core to quad-core required an update to at least version F4; Gigabyte’s own website showed the updates had actually reached F6.
The quickest (and safest) way to upgrade was via @BIOS, a windows based software solution that avoids having to click through motherboard menus. The entire process only takes a few steps:
- Download and run @BIOS
- Download the latest version BIOS for your motherboard (in the case of mine, it was F6)
- Install the update (the software is very simple)
- Restart your PC and pay attention to the boot up screen – it should show an updated splash screen
- Shutdown the machine, unplug all cabling, ground yourself (preferably with a bracelet) then reseat your new CPU.
- Boot up your machine and everything should be in order.