Asus P5B Deluxe BIOS – Updated

Posted by 22 September, 2008 (0) Comment

Updated Asus P5B Deluxe BIOS post:

http://www.thepatri0t.net/2006/12/09/asus-p5b-deluxe-bios/

Check it out for latest BIOS updates of Asus P5B Deluxe Motherboard

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P5B Deluxe and Windows Vista

Posted by 22 January, 2007 (2) Comment

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.

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Asus P5B Deluxe BIOS

Posted by 9 December, 2006 (17) Comment

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
    Changes:
    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
    Changes:
    1) Support new CPUs
  • P5B Deluxe BIOS version 1226 BETA – 828.27 KB
    Release Date: November 30, 2007
    Changes:
    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
    Changes:
    1) Fix FSB speed issue after adjusting CPU ratio
  • P5B Deluxe BIOS version 1221 BETA – 825.9 KB
    Release Date: November 05, 2007
    Changes:
    1) Support new CPUs
  • P5B Deluxe BIOS version 1219 BETA – 825.9 KB
    Release Date: October 31, 2007
    Changes:
    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
    Changes:
    1) Finetune CPU temperature detection algorithm
  • P5B Deluxe BIOS version 1215 BETA – 816.17 KB
    Release Date: July 13, 2007
    Changes:
    1) Enhance memory compatibility under FSB1333 mode
  • P5B Deluxe BIOS version 1212 BETA – 816 KB
    Release Date: July 09, 2007
    Changes:
    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
    Changes:
    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
    Changes:
    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
    Changes:
    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
    Changes:
    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
    Changes:
    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
    Changes:
    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
    Changes:
    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
    Changes:
    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 V6.0.0.1022 to V6.1.0.1002
    14) Update Marvell 8001 and 8056 Lan option rom from 5.16.3.3 to 5.17.1.3
  • P5B Deluxe Release BIOS version 0507 – 785.13 KB
    Changes:
    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
    Changes:
    1) Allow FSB setting up to 650MHz
  • P5B Deluxe Release BIOS version 0405 – 789.18 KB
    Changes:
    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
    Changes:
    Initial Release
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Asus P5B Deluxe Drivers

Posted by 7 December, 2006 (91) Comment

Last Updated: February 07, 2007

Going to Asus, then to Downloads area, then going through the lenghty process in order to get your Motherboard’s drivers and well, something seems to be wrong with the Asus guys because LATEST driver appears on their FTP but it’s no where shown on the P5B Deluxe motherboard website. Here I present direct download links to most of the drivers, taken off Asus’s FTP. How? Using COMMON Sense. So enjoy downloading and do I need to say do all at your own risk because I am providing you ASUS links and some directly from INTEL. Keep the comments coming please…

(1) SoundMax Analog Devices AD1988B – Audio Driver:

Operating System: Windows XP/2000

Operating System: Windows XP 64 bit

Operating System: Windows 2003

Operating System: Windows 2003 64 bit

Operating System: Windows Vista 32 bit/64 bit

Operating System: Linux

(2) Intel Chipset Inf Updates – Chipset Driver including Intel 965 Express Chipset:

Operating System: All versions of Windows except Windows 98 SE and Windows ME

(3) Intel Matrix Storage Manager – RAID/AHCI Driver and Software:

Operating System: Windows 2000 / Windows XP / Windows 2003 / Windows XP 64 bit / Windows 2003 64bit

(4) JMicron JMB363 RAID Controller Driver :

Note:- DO NOT INSTALL THIS IF YOU ARE NOT USING THE JMICRON’S SATA CONTROLLER AS RAID OR YOUR IDE DEVICES, WHICH ARE ALSO PROVIDED BY THE SAME CHIPSET IN P5B DELUXE WILL NOT WORK PROPERLY. YOU DO NOT NEED TO WORRY ABOUT INSTALLATION OF IDE DRIVER EITHER. WINDOWS DEFAULT DRIVER WORKS BEST. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THERE ARE KNOWN ISSUES WITH THE SAID DRIVER INCLUDING PERFORMANCE SLOWDOWN, BURNING SOFTWARES NOT WORKING PROPERLY WITH THE IDE DEVICES. YOU WILL ALSO BE NOT ABLE TO USE THE BURNING FILES – COPY/PASTE WAY OF BURNING FILES USING WINDOWS.

Operating System: Windows 2000 / Windows XP / Windows 2003 / Windows XP 64 bit / Windows 2003 64bit

Operating System: Windows Vista 32 bit/64 bit

(5) ACPI Driver :

Operating System: Windows 2000 / Windows XP / Windows 2003 / Windows XP 64 bit / Windows 2003 64bit / Windows Vista 32bit – 64bit

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Asus P5B Deluxe Features

Posted by 5 December, 2006 (0) Comment

Just thought I should write this too, to tell what this sw33t thing holds. Too bad Asus is not providing correct Audio driver.

CPU Support:
LGA775-based Celeron, Pentium 4/D, Core 2 DUO processors, Core 2 Extreme and the Quadcores too!
North bridge:
Intel P965
South bridge:
Intel ICH8R
Interconnect:
DMI (2GB/s)
Expansion slots:
2 PCI Express x16
1 PCI Express x1
3 32-bit/33MHz
Memory:
4 240-pin DIMM sockets
Maximum of 8 GB of DDR2-533/667/800 SDRAM
Storage I/O:
Floppy disk
1 channel ATA/133 via JMicron JMB363
6 channels Serial ATA with RAID 0, 1, 10, 5 support
2 channels Serial ATA with RAID 0, 1 support via JMicron JMB363
Audio:
8-channel HD audio via ICH8R and Analog Devices AD1988B codec
Ports:
1 PS/2 keyboard
1 PS/2 mouse
1 serial
4 USB 2.0 with headers for 4 more
1 1394a Firewire via Texas Instruments TSB43AB22A with header for 1 more
1 eSATA via JMicron JMB363
1 RJ45 10/100/1000 via Marvell 88E8001
1 RJ45 10/100/1000 via Marvell 88E8056

1 analog front out
1 analog bass/center out
1 analog rear out
1 analog surround out
1 analog line in
1 analog mic in
1 TOS-Link digital S/PDIF output
1 coaxial digital S/PDIF output
BIOS:
AMI
Bus speeds:
FSB: 100-650MHz in 1MHz increments
DRAM: 533,667,800,889,1067MHz
PCI-E: 90-150MHz in 1MHz increments
Bus multipliers:
CPU: 6x-10x (with Core 2 Duo E6700)
Voltages:
CPU: auto, 1.225-1.7 in 0.025V increments
DDR: auto, 1.8-2.45V in 0.05V increments
FSB termination: auto, 1.2-1.45V in 0.05V increments
North bridge: auto, 1.25-1.55V in 0.1V increments
South bridge: auto, 1.5-1.8V in 0.1V increments
ICH: auto, 1.057,1.215V
Monitoring:
Voltage, fan status, and temperature monitoring
Fan speed control:
CPU, system

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Asus P5B Deluxe – Problems & Solution!

Posted by 14 October, 2006 (209) Comment

If you came here from a Search Engine, please just scroll down to the “Problems & Solutions” area. LOL. All this ranting below is for friends of mine umm well I am not sure who will read it all :p.

The Ranting!

Hmm, so I have got hands on Asus P5B Deluxe on 30th September, sadly it became the reason for me not being able to give enough time to other things around me. I love this motherboard, it’s simply awesome, speaking of the Hardware components it’s made of but ALAS it has disappointed me when it comes to drivers for the Onboard HD Audio device and Jmicron controller (which has been included in it as the Intel’s South Bridge did not have PATA/IDE Interface). Further disappointing is the fact that I must have read like LOTS & LOTS & LOTS of Reviews online before opting for this motherboard and none of those mentioned problems with it’s drivers & performance!!! I prefered it over the ASUS “DIGITAL HOME” Motherboard with 975 chipset as there were lot’s of reports coming up that it won’t support Intel Core 2 DUO out of the box & if that’s the case then you have to get a non-Core 2 DUO processor and flash it’s BIOS to the newest.

Anyways…I was really frustrated in the first week because of this Motherboard because I paid a hefty price for it & when I pay ENOUGH I don’t expect it will give me a headache and when it does, well it _____ me off. I was almost going to call the Distributor and exchange this Motherboard with the 975 chipset one (which is OLD) but then I decided to wait and research before going ahead. Here are the problems I found with this Motherboard, not Motherboard to be exact but two drivers.

The motherboard arrived on 30th around 11 am. I set everything up till 1 pm and due to very easy installation of the front panel controls, it booted just fine on the very first try. LOL. I have dealt with cheap Intel motherboards only before. It’s a pain in the posterior to set the front panels (power button, reset button, hd & power led, front USB as well) as the Motherboards usually does not come with a manual & the sticker which comes with it sometimes is I don’t know why sometimes now up2date! So you end up being like a moron as you won’t be able to switch the system ON if you don’t set those properly. Then the screw driver technique comes in, what you basically do it that touch all of the front panel pointers present on the Motherboard with a screw driver, you will see a spark and the system will boot up, then do all the installation and get a manual from the driver’s cd or from Internet and set it properly!

With ASUS P5B Deluxe it was no pain. They provided EZ installation modules, you set it up on the front panel module on the Mobo, every thing’s written on it. Install each cable according to it and you are done. Same modules are provided for front USB and firewire ports. So the Motherboard boots, I boot it by Windows XP cd and do the installation. Noted the time, it took 12 minutes for the installation :D! Was happy with it, Windows boots up, I install Nvidia drivers then inserted ASUS drivers CD and chose automatic installation of drivers. It installed drivers for the Intel chipset, HD Audio and JMicron SATA/PATA controller. I also installed the softwares by ASUS to monitor and overclock the motherboard. So when everything was done and I restarted the system, I noticed SLOW boot time. I ignored it and thought it’s because of all the clutter on start-up perhaps? I was not worried about it at that time as I was going to optimize the boot related matter later.

Next step was installation of the required daily use Softwares. I did, until I had to reboot after installing Alcohol 120% because when a reboot took place after it. The boot time which was taking around 5 XP tickers now took around 12. I was like WTH? I was thinking about it when Windows boots, I go in My Computer, as soon as I double click on a Drive letter to see a few things, it would double click, I would hear the clicking noise and then it would be jammed then go in the folder. This was definitely not a good thing. I had an open mouth to see this and the very first thought came was, this Motherboard is screwed up! I did not think any thing else than formatting the whole installation and doing it again. This time, I wanted to see things in detail. So I installed the Windows then drivers. Then with each program installed, I would reboot and check for the boot time. Alcohol caused the problem again, I did a System Restore and it worked fine. I decided to disable all the Windows services and enable them one by one to see what is causing the problem. The problem appeared to be with “Plug & Play”. I disabled it and the boot time was fine and there was no jamming either when I would double click folders or get back but wait do you know what Plug & Play does for Windows XP? No body can live with it disabled. Your printer won’t work if it’s disabled, to put it simple, it’s looking over all the hardware your computer HAS and which might be plugged in it in future. This thing never gave me a problem before, so I decided to see what services depend on Plug & Play. I disabled those and enabled one by one, the problem thing came up…guess what was it? The Windows Audio service!!! I could disable it but then there would be no sound in Windows. Then another thought came. I went in Control Panel and disabled the Windows sound scheme as a whole. No Windows sounds but I could still hear the games I play etc. There was no lagging after double clicking then! Next, I enabled the Windows sound scheme but disabled the CLICK for STARTING, as in when you double click a folder, you hear a sound. I disabled that, enabled all the rest and it worked! I knew something’s wrong with the Onboard Audio. Oh & when you played the audio, you would hear cracking sound, it won’t be clear!!!

After hours of search on Internet, I came across a few people having same complain as me. The culprits appeared to be the Onboard Audio driver (which I had already an idea about) and also the driver for Jmicron controller!

The Problems & their Solutions

    (1) HD Audio Driver :

This Motherboard is using High Definition Soundmax AD1988B chip for it’s audio. The CD which came with it had version x.x.4530 drivers for the said audio chip. I even installed the latest x.x.4570 drivers but the problem remained there. The slow down on double clicking folders with Windows sound scheme enabled and the hissing in background while playing sounds. The solution for this is simple, which I am not going to do for the time being, go to BIOS and disable the Onboard HD Audio device…which means you will not be able to hear anything unless you have got an extra PCI Audio device! Most of the people on Internet who own P5B Deluxe are not using the onboard audio device. Not that it’s bad but because they are NUTS, lol, they are using extreme sound cards like the Creative X-FI which cost in thousands!!! I paid thousands already, I expect to use the Onboard audio. I don’t have the funds to pay extra for the audio. Anyways. Let’s hope they release a newer audio version soon which will solve the problem.

    (2) Jmicron driver :

Download the latest from ASUS website. Install it BUT you will I am very sure feel slow down during boot time and perhaps during Windows too. Install it as you will see Unknown Device (which is a bother). Install it, reboot, then go to Device Manager and under SCSI and RAID controllers see for Jmicron. Rite click it and click Update driver. Select No, not at this time and click Next then select Install from specific location and click next, then select Don’t search. I’ll choose the driver to install (from a list). You will see two options there, “JMicron JMB36x Controller” and “Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller”. Select the later one, “Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller”, click next and allow the Computer to do the rest. There is no need to reboot after this change, though do reboot to see that the boot problem is gone. If you want to use the RAID capabilities then there is enough offered by the Intel chip, use that instead of this. I would have disabled this in BIOS but I can’t do that as using two IDE/PATA optical drives.

Remember, the boot time problem and performance lag was gone ONLY when both of the above solutions were adopted. Which means getting a seperate PCI sound card and changing driver of the Jmicron controller. Or if you can live with it like me, just disabled the Windows sound scheme all together or disabled the one which happens when you double click.

I will say again, I am very much disappointed by all the review sites which praised Asus P5B Deluxe. It is a sweet thing indeed but they have no where mentioned it having a problem in performance due to the stupid drivers offered by Jmicron and Soundmax!!! They should have mentioned this…Another very simple idea is there in my mind too, I will not offer it here yet as I have not tested it yet. As soon as I do and the problem is solved (I am sure it will) then I will announce it. I have contacted ASUS about the said problems, basically I want to see what have they got for explanation. I hope they “acknowledge” the problem that it’s there due to drivers or if it’s hardware related (which I am sure is not) then they better say I can return this Motherboard and get an exchange. I am loving the MOBO already so I just hope it’s only the stupid drivers.

Oh & anyone of you drove a car @ 320 KM/HOUR? I did :D, in “Need for Speed Most Wanted Black Edition 2007″, lol and when I mentioned that I wrecked a few police cars which were trying to chase me…the friend mentioned it as “VIOLENCE” :\. C’mon, I did not hurt anyone! I guess I did but well, it was the computer, they don’t feel any thing!

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