What a faff today has been, changed out what I thought was a duff GA-K8N Mobo, and discovered the replacement wouldn't POST when the SLI Board was put in the Mobo, I'd had it POST and installed Windows before I noted that the Mobo was missing its SLI Board, so switched off and inserted it.
WTH, took it out again and it POSTed again and continued to install Windows, the Gigabyte Manual states that it won't work without the SLI Board fitted??!?
Now the back story to this is I attempted a few weeks ago to Upgrade the BIOS on an Identical Mobo from vF9 to vF10G and the board wouldn't POST afterwards, I felt it was a duff or corrupted BIOS, and re-wrote the old BIOS to the Mobo to get it to POST off either BIOS (Dual BIOS), and left it at vF9.
This week an identical Mobo POSTed without the SLI Card fitted and was showing vF10G BIOS was installed, so I'm thinking yet another identical Mobo I have here might possibly have both Dual BIOS flashed to vF10G, I just need to find a suitable Socket 939 CPU and test if it POSTs without the SLI Board fitted...
So another case of the Manual written by the Manufacturer not being updated with new BIOS releases? I may be able to prove this in the next few weeks.
Anyway, wasted several hours faffing about with this problem, which included the BIOS arguing with Jumper Settings on IDE HDDs, I had to set the Boot Drive in the BIOS as well as with Jumpers, which is an unusual faff for a recent Mobo of around 10 years.
Then installed a genuine copy of Win 7, then attempted to find a driver for a Satellite Network DVB TV Card with no User Guide, and the website all in German, then a faff with setting up an EKU USB Dongle, which I'm going to have to contact Germany about, and the issue with Tellicast Software wanting to dump the raw data on the small drive with the OS installed, when I have a 500GB drive in there for the purpose, and then the inevitable minor virus when you've been connected too fecking long to the Interweb doing updates for Windows.
Then to top it all, Windows declared it wasn't a genuine copy, forcing me to dig out the Registration Key I entered at the very start...again!
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