Using Gigabyte BIOS Updates on Linux Boxes

Update: Comments suggest that gigabyte are now using 7zip, not rar as their archive format.

Dealing with Gigabyte support can be a frustrating experience. They only offer support via their website. Once they reply to your enquiry which can take several days, you get a response telling you to visit their website to read the response, and you can reply. This process means it can take several weeks to get a clear and final answer.

In my case I was trying to get a fix for what I thought was a flakey BIOS in my Gigabyte GA-M68SM-S2L. Although Gigabyte claim that their QFlash BIOSes can be loaded independently of the OS the box is running, they only supply them as Windows binary self extracting archives. Gigabyte tech support aren't much help, suggesting that users can just extract it on a Windows box. There is an alternative.

The Gigabyte QFlash binaries are simply self extracting rar files. The following steps make it easy to update Gigabyte QFlash BIOSes on a linux box (albeit with non free software).

  • Download the firmware from Gigabyte
  • cd /path/to/gigabyte-fw.exe
  • unrar e gigabyte-fw.exe
  • cp firmware.fw /path/to/usbstick
  • Reboot computer and select flash BIOS from USB

If all goes to plan you should now have a new BIOS and not had to use a Windows machine to do it.

Yay, that's very helpful,

Cafuego wrote:

Yay, that's very helpful, thanks :-)

Added Sun, 2008-05-25 17:51

Thank you very much! Just

Steffen wrote:

Thank you very much!

Just tried it with unzip before.

-> Very cool.

Added Sat, 2008-05-31 22:34

TNX

Anonymous wrote:

Thanks so much. It was very helpful.

Added Sun, 2008-06-15 04:07

Using Gigabyte BIOS updates on Linux boxes

Luther Woodrum wrote:

I got to after the unrar e ... Then I am to copy ...fw to the usb stick.

There are 3 files here, ma79xds5.f6, autoexec.bat, and FLASH895.EXE.

Which of these do I copy?

Thanks, Luther Woodrum

Added Wed, 2008-07-16 22:49

RE: Using Gigabyte BIOS updates on Linux boxes

Dave wrote:

The firmwares are named like so: [board-model].[rev]. I am assuming that you are wanting to upgrade your MA-790X-DS5 board to the revision 6 firmware, so you want the ma79xds5.f6 file :)

Added Wed, 2008-07-16 22:58

Thank you!

Riaz wrote:

That was a very helpful tip. Thanks!

Added Mon, 2008-09-08 10:30

THX!

Rob wrote:

Thanks for posting this. I was chasing my tail trying to find a simple bios file on Gigabyte's site as opposed to the ubiquitous ".exe" file, which doesn't run on Linux and I wouldn't attempt it in Wine (too much patching and Ram swapping to trust it).

Off to Q-flashing or it's RMA for this thing.

Cheers, Rob

Added Sat, 2008-11-22 16:28

Thanks a lot for this info.

Kevin Dean wrote:

Thanks a lot for this info. I'm doing a little experiment by running Windows Server 2008 for a week and blogging about it on my site.

http://monochromementality.com/index.php/blog/show/The-Windows-Seat---Da...

Unfortunatly, it refused to install citing an out of date BIOS. Luckily, you wrote this tutorial, so I was able to flash it!

Thanks again!

Added Wed, 2008-12-31 09:13

unrar did not work with motherboard_bios_*.exe but wine do

jrose wrote:

'unrar e motherboard_bios_ga-x48-dq6_f8d.exe' fails for me with: [email protected]:/root/BIOS_ga-x48-dq6(69)# unrar e motherboard_bios_ga-x48-dq6_f8d.exe

unrar 0.0.1 Copyright (C) 2004 Ben Asselstine, Jeroen Dekkers

Extracting from /root/BIOS_ga-x48-dq6/motherboard_bios_ga-x48-dq6_f8d.exe

unknown archive type, only plain RAR 2.0 supported(normal and solid archives), SFX and Volumes are NOT supported! All OK

But 'wine motherboard_bios_ga-x48-dq6_f8d.exe' was succesful: [email protected]:/root/BIOS_ga-x48-dq6(70)# wine motherboard_bios_ga-x48-dq6_f8d.exe wine: created the configuration directory '/root/.wine' fixme:system:SetProcessDPIAware stub! fixme:dwmapi:DwmIsCompositionEnabled 0x33cf34 fixme:file:MoveFileWithProgressW MOVEFILE_WRITE_THROUGH unimplemented fixme:advapi:SetNamedSecurityInfoW L"C:\\windows\\system32\\gecko\\1.0.0\\wine_gecko\\components\\xpti.dat" 1 536870916 (nil) (nil) 0x21582c (nil) fixme:iphlpapi:NotifyAddrChange (Handle 0xa71e8d8, overlapped 0xa71e8e0): stub fixme:iphlpapi:GetAdaptersAddresses no support for IPv6 addresses fixme:file:MoveFileWithProgressW MOVEFILE_WRITE_THROUGH unimplemented fixme:advapi:SetNamedSecurityInfoW L"C:\\windows\\system32\\gecko\\1.0.0\\wine_gecko\\components\\compreg.dat" 1 536870916 (nil) (nil) 0x1e06354 (nil) fixme:shell:DllCanUnloadNow stub wine: configuration in '/root/.wine' has been updated. [email protected]:/root/BIOS_ga-x48-dq6(71)# ll total 1676 -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 26351 Aug 28 2008 FLASHSPI.EXE* -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 19 Apr 28 2009 autoexec.bat -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 623541 Dec 18 13:21 motherboard_bios_ga-x48-dq6_f8d.exe -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1048576 Apr 24 2009 x48dq6.f8d

Added Fri, 2009-12-18 23:20

Thanks!

Nate wrote:

Brilliant! Worked like a charm. THANK YOU!

Added Mon, 2010-01-18 08:03

Now they use 7zip

Anonymous wrote:

Now their ridiculous auto-extracting .exes are made by 7zip, so you've got to install 7zip thingies:

$ 7za e motherboard_bios_ga-ex58-ud5_f10.exe.7z

7-Zip (A) 9.04 beta Copyright (c) 1999-2009 Igor Pavlov 2009-05-30 p7zip Version 9.04 (locale=en_US.UTF-8,Utf16=on,HugeFiles=on,8 CPUs)

Processing archive: motherboard_bios_ga-ex58-ud5_f10.exe.7z

Extracting autoexec.bat Extracting EX58UD5.F10 Extracting FLASHSPI.EXE

Everything is Ok

Files: 3 Size: 1074947 Compressed: 791367

Thanks for the initial post, it put me in the right direction. :)

Added Thu, 2010-02-11 18:26

Great!

Aaron S wrote:

Just what I was after - thanks!

Added Fri, 2010-05-14 22:58

Thanks for the tip about 7za

adamuu wrote:

That was the last clue I needed.

Added Fri, 2010-06-11 11:50

Bingo! 7za.

Anonymous wrote:

Bingo! 7za.

Added Mon, 2011-11-28 04:03

Thanks

Anonymous wrote:

Unrar didnt work, but the 7za worked! Thanks guys!

Added Wed, 2012-03-28 07:04

Worked, thanks!

jjmaestro wrote:

7za worked :) (apt-get install p7zip-full in Ubuntu)

Bloody Gigabyte...

Thanks!

Added Wed, 2012-08-22 04:13

This time Microsoft Gigabyte

Anonymous wrote:

This time Microsoft Gigabyte has ensured that this technique doesn't work anymore.

Added Sat, 2013-03-02 18:36

Instead it's a 7z archive

Anonymous wrote:

Instead it's a 7z archive this time.

Added Sat, 2013-03-02 18:36

7zip

Anonymous wrote:

If you aren't sure which compression you have, you can run the extraction exe under wine. Then you are good to copy to the USB as you already said.

Added Fri, 2014-11-14 16:14

Unpacked with wine

Anonymous wrote:

Unpacked with wine mb_bios_ga-770t-usb3_f4.exe, copied all the files to a USB flash drive root dir and worked fine

Thanks

Added Mon, 2016-04-25 05:50

Thank you! I've unpack my

Eugene Rush wrote:

Thank you! I've unpack my bios_ga-b75-d3v_f two ways:

1. wine 2. 7zip

Put result B75D3V.F9 to usb stick and voilà !

Added Fri, 2016-08-12 21:00

Worked fine with GA-P85-D3, upack with Ark

Roger Winberg wrote:

Thank you! Worked fine with GA-P85-D3. Unpacked with Ark, resulted P85D3.F10 on usb stick, and update with Q-Flash without problems.

Added Sun, 2017-01-01 04:12

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