Asus P5B Deluxe
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I had contacted Asus too, I got reply after a day telling me I should back up the data and format/install Windows XP again. LoL. It’s solved anyways.
OK…As if I did not have enough problems already. So last night, after modding the case and setting the CPU with Thermal Take Big Typhoon on it, I turn on, everything runs fine but when I shut down, I hear the hard disk cutting off but everything else is running. The Motherboard, all fans and the UV lights on the casing too. Weird…
I tried to search Google, till now I have found out only that in such cases replacing the PSU helped or replacing the Mobo helped but I don’t get it…Why did it happen? I will change PSU soon anyways, not able to find the one I want here so…
Let me know please if any one of you has a solution to this.
I have received e-mail from Asus, officially and not through usual Support method. Thanks to Gary [from Anandtech] for that! and ofcourse Thanks to Asus… It seems to have solved the problem with performance lag when copying files from or to the devices connected with JMicron, even when you use default driver of Windows XP, the usual “Standard Dual Channel IDE Controller” but I am not satisfied about the BOOT time . . .
It seems as though the when installing the Jmicron controller the defaultÃ‚Â could beÃ‚Â DMA/PIO whichÃ‚Â it must be detected asÃ‚Â Ultra DMA 5Ã‚Â in order for these controllers to speed up (with the device/drives attached).
The BIOS for the Jmicron must be set to RAID.
The problemÃ‚Â probably is when installingÃ‚Â both theÃ‚Â Jmicron controller along withÃ‚Â the sound drivers, both are using a lot of CPU resources at the same time. You must make sure that one of the drives are set to UDMA mode 5 to have the sound drivers and the Micron ControllersÃ‚Â work at an independent process simultaneously.
Please follow the steps below:
1) Please go into the P5B Deluxe BIOS.
2) Set your secondary RAID controller (JMicron one under Advance–>Onboard devices) in the BIOS to RAID/Enabled (even if you only use IDE).
3) Boot intoÃ‚Â Windows XP.
4) You may continue to use the Jmicron controller driver from the CDÃ‚Â –OR– you may useÃ‚Â the drivers from theÃ‚Â actual manufacturer of the controller chip from Jmicron. You can get these here :-
5)Ã‚Â Install the JMicron installation package – even whenÃ‚Â you’re not using RAID.
6) The OS will find the IDE controller.
7) Go to device manager, open IDE/ATAPI controllers tree.Ã‚Â Right click each channel and select properties.Ã‚Â Click on advanced tab settings.Ã‚Â Make sure that each channel is set to DMA Mode and the device that is attached to one of these channels should be Ultra DMA MODE 5.
8) Reboot your system
At this point your systemÃ‚Â should operate as normal even having the sound drivers installedÃ‚Â -Ã‚Â The IDE controllerÃ‚Â speed should also be optimal and you should be able to navigate without any lag.Ã‚Â The optical drives should be able to copy files fairly quickly.
Another quick note is that you may need to do another fresh install before trying the steps above.
Please let me know if this works for you.
I have been told by Asus to send the board in question back to the Distributor, have them checked and then sent to Asus RMA but I am not going to do that. It’s Pakistan not USA. It will take months before I get a new board and besides I don’t think it’s a hardware problem, it’s the stupid drivers released by Asus.
The proof is simple, install Windows Vista and it loads up all drivers, you will not feel any performance lags or any thing like what you face in Windows XP after installing drivers provided by Asus. Windows Vista Ultimate’s installation time with me is 15-20 minutes only, the boot time with default drivers and installation is just 20 seconds with 1 GB of RAM and double of that with 512 MB of RAM.
I then downloaded version 6.10.01.5110 of Audio driver present on Asus P5B Deluxe drivers page, which were the latest at that time and still. New version has appeared on Asus FTP, I have yet to try that. After installing the Audio drivers provided by Asus and Soundmax, guess what… The boot time which was 20 seconds with default drivers reached 40 seconds!!!
I am not able to figure out the problem with Frontpanel Audio though, it does not work under Windows Vista’s default drivers. I have not tested if it works or not with drivers provided by Asus and Soundmax but I really don’t care about the front panel if there is no change in performance.
Yeah, if you don’t want to curse Asus or yourself later for buying an expensive Board giving you problems which you won’t be able to resolve then DON’T buy Asus P5B Deluxe. Yeah I know, the Hardware Review sites might be calling it a good performer, surely it is, surely it can over clock well too. People reaching a 100% over clock but if you will be using integrated audio on this board then you are out of your luck.
Audio drivers provided by Asus for the said board, for Windows XP and most probably Windows Vista too are known to cause problems. I wonder why on earth no Hardware Review site found out about this. Perhaps they did but “Did not want a bad name for Asus” or perhaps if they published it publicly, they would not get free lunch from Asus anymore? Yeah this can be a reason…
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Last Updated: September 01, 2008
Going to Asus’s downloads website and then finding the appropriate download is a slow and somewhat painful process so I have setup direct download links to all BIOS versions of Asus P5B Deluxe. The list is now arranged as the latest BIOS version on top and so on; you don’t have to scroll down anymore to get the latest BIOS version.
I am just linking to the BIOS versions available on Asus’s servers. I will not be responsible for any damage or loss that might be caused due to the BIOS upgrade procedure. If you have not done BIOS upgrade before then I suggest you consult someone who can do it properly & here’s a warning from Asus; consider it from my side too.
Please leave a comment if you like the effort =)
Please note, BIOS update is only recommended when experiencing technical difficulties with your system, And is not recommended to be performed regularly.
Moreover, due to the nature of BIOS update, there is certain level of dangers involved. BIOS update must be performed with extreme caution . During BIOS update process, your system must be maintained without interference or power loss to prevent unexpected damage.
In case of BIOS update failure, please follow instructions in your User’s Manual for guidelines on BIOS recovery via CrashFree BIOS. In the event that BIOS recovery is not recoverable via CrashFree BIOS, please contact your place of purchase for further assistance on BIOS recovery.
BIOS Releases for Asus P5B Deluxe
- P5B Deluxe BIOS version 1236 BETA – 838.47 KB [Latest]
Release Date: August 05, 2008
1) Support new CPUs
Core 2 Quad Q9400 (rev.R0,2.66GHz,1333FSB,L2:12MB,4 cores)
Core 2 Quad Q9550 (rev.E0,2.83GHz,1333FSB,L2:12MB,4 cores)
Core 2 Quad Q9650 (rev.E0, 3.00GHz,1333FSB,L2:12MB, 4 cores)
- P5B Deluxe BIOS version 1232 BETA – 835.26 KB
Release Date: April 18, 2008
1) Support new CPUs
- P5B Deluxe BIOS version 1226 BETA – 828.27 KB
Release Date: November 30, 2007
1) Fix CPU ratio will not reset after load BIOS default
2) Enable support for N/2 Ratio option
- P5B Deluxe BIOS version 1223 BETA – 825.7 KB
Release Date: November 13, 2007
1) Fix FSB speed issue after adjusting CPU ratio
- P5B Deluxe BIOS version 1221 BETA – 825.9 KB
Release Date: November 05, 2007
1) Support new CPUs
- P5B Deluxe BIOS version 1219 BETA – 825.9 KB
Release Date: October 31, 2007
1) Support new CPUs
2) Finetune CPU Voltage Low Limit
3) Finetune Q”Fan control code for chassis Q”Fan
- P5B Deluxe BIOS version 1216 BETA – 816.19 KB
Release Date: August 16, 2007
1) Finetune CPU temperature detection algorithm
- P5B Deluxe BIOS version 1215 BETA – 816.17 KB
Release Date: July 13, 2007
1) Enhance memory compatibility under FSB1333 mode
- P5B Deluxe BIOS version 1212 BETA – 816 KB
Release Date: July 09, 2007
1) Add new CPU uCode to support new processors
2) Revise SLP 2.0 rule
3) Enable support for SATA hot plug function under AHCI mode
4) Fix after downgrade CPU ratio, the Conroe L frequency not correct under ASUSCPU
- P5B Deluxe BIOS version 1101 – 809 KB
Release Date: April 04, 2007
1) Add new uCode to support new CPU.
2) Fix system won”t complete POST with GV-MVP/RZ2(TV tuner) connected and power on before motherboard.
- P5B Deluxe Release BIOS version 1004 – 804 KB
1) Enhance memory compatibility
2) Support CONROE E0 CPU (FSB 1333) – Yey!!!
**Please update AsusUpdate to V7.09.02 or later prior making this update – I guess for those who like to use Asus Update software**
**This BIOS does not support roll back to older BIOS – I don’t quite get this one**
- P5B Deluxe Release BIOS version 0910 – 803.68 KB
1) Update Jmicron option ROM to 1.06.59
2) Fix AC Power loss function not correct
3) Support x4 DIMM
4) Moidfy Write to Precharge Delay default from 10 to 11
5) Enable support for EIST under VISTA
6) Finetune Q-Fan rule
7) Support SLP 2.0
8) Fix BBS device string not correct under AHCI mode
9) Enable Disable USB capability
10) Support ASUS WIFI-TV card
11) Revise CPU temperature calculation algorithm for PECI
- P5B Deluxe Release BIOS version 0804 – 798.12 KB
1) Support conroe L processor
2) Update JMicron option rom 1.06.22
3) Modify CPU fan low limit speed from 800 RPM to 600 RPM
4) Implement ASUS CGI performance with ATI 1950 graphic cards
- P5B Deluxe Release BIOS version 0711 – 791.8 KB
1) Fix DRAM frequency incorrectly display problem under auto, standard and AI N.O.S mode
2) Add check ATI CrossFire VGA card routine
3) Add ASUS Cross Graphics Impeller (ASUS C.G.I) feature
4) Reduce system full reset of times
5) Patch some VGA card can’t found when NB Vcore value has been set too high
6) Fix DDR frequency 889 unstable by SPD
7) Enable support for NVIDIA 7950GX2 cards under recovery mode
8) Fix CPU frequency not correct when use ES CPU and lock free fuction enable
9) Fix memory display message not correct under multi-language
10) Add new CPU Ucode to support Kentsfield B3 stepping CPU
11) Fix chassis fan 2 speed not correct when fan speed too low
12) Fix ATI CrossFire can’t work when using with 800FSB Prescott CPU
13) Enhance Chassis Q-Fan sensitivity
14) Improve memory compatibility
** Please perform CMOS clear after update to this BIOS.
- P5B Deluxe Beta BIOS version 0706 – 791.4 KB
1) Enhance CrossFire performance
2) Enable NVIDIA 7950GX2 display under crashfree mode
3) Fix CPU frequency not correct when use ES CPU and lock free fuction enable
4) Fix memory display message not correct under multi-language
5) Add Kentsfield B3 uCode
- P5B Deluxe Beta BIOS version 0701 – 787.89 KB
1) Fixed chassis fan2 may not detect fan speed under ProbII if low spin fan is used
- P5B Deluxe Release BIOS version 0614 – 787.78 KB
1) Support DDR2 double side x16 module
2) Enable support for CPU ratio adjustment on Kentsfield B0 stepping CPU
3) Enable conroe/kentsfield ratio overclocking higher above default value
4) Fix CPU Fan profile mode not correct after system shotdown
5) Enhance memory compatibility for DDR533 and DDR667 modules.
6) Revise S3 fuction not stable when CPU FSB over 300MHz.
7) Enable support for OCZ2G8002GK-6400
8) Fix PCIEX1 will disappear after update beta bios from 0405 to 0507
9) Fix some lock cpu will show “modify ratio “item in bios(ex:660-SL7Z3 3.6GHT PSC800 2M/EM64T 002)
10) Fix some lock cpu frequency not correct when lock free fuction enable(ex:660-SL7Z3 3.6GHT PSC800 2M/EM64T 002)
11) Fix kentsfield L2 cache not correct issue (in bios setup)
12) Fix SATA configuration select disable and compatible mode, and BIOS still show SATA5 and SATA6
13) Update ICH8 Raid option ROM from V22.214.171.1242 to V126.96.36.1992
14) Update Marvell 8001 and 8056 Lan option rom from 188.8.131.52 to 184.108.40.206
- P5B Deluxe Release BIOS version 0507 – 785.13 KB
1) Support Conroe CPU ratio adjustment
2) Fixed some DDR 800 frequency will show DDR 533
3) Enhance performance when using NVDIA 7950GX2 VGA card
4) Fix fail to read files from some ODDs
5) Fix “Hit ‘DEL’ message display” item function fail
6) Support Max FSB from 500 MHz to 650 MHz
- P5B Deluxe Beta BIOS version 0502 – 783.62 KB
1) Allow FSB setting up to 650MHz
- P5B Deluxe Release BIOS version 0405 – 789.18 KB
1) Added auto calculate DDR frequency rule to display DRAM frequency
2) Supports FSB533 CPU over 3.4GHz frequency under AIBooster
3) Supports max FSB from 400MHz to 500MHz
4) Fix AIGear may sometimes show fan speed too low sometimes under normal mode
5) Revise EIST module
- P5B Deluxe Release BIOS version 0302 – 787.56 KB