Has anyone tried the Beta BIOS 1004?
I don't have the board yet or I would try it. I downloaded it to see if there was a readme file that said what the changes were, but there isn't.
The Beta BIOS is at:
That is why I too am waiting to pick up this board.
I like the board and the layout, Just hate the fact there is no multiplier.
wonder if there is anyone trying to hack this one???
adding a dip switch maybe..
I think I figured out how to change the multiplier on the A7M266… Without a soldering Iron!
In Rev 1.01 of the board the switches were still on the board to allow you to change the multiplier, but they were not installed on the later revisions for some unknown reason. You can see a picture compareing the area of Rev. 1.01 and Rev. 1.03 where the switches are and the printing on the board that tells you what position to put them in here: http://www.xbitlabs.com/mainboards/asus-a7m266.html It’s not quite half way down the page.
If you’re handy with a soldering iron you could solder some switches on. However, I’m a little nervous about taking a soldering iron to my new $180 motherboard. I think you could use a conductive pen to close the circuits that need to be closed. The only problem with that is to change the multiplier again after you’ve done this would be a pain because you’d have to clean the conductive ink off. I don’t know how hard that would be, but here’s a way around it. Put a piece of tape on the board between the circuit contacts and draw the circuits across the tape. Then if you need to change something just peel off the tape and put on another piece! I haven’t tested this yet because I haven’t ordered my board yet. I’ve been researching which board to buy and I was leaning to the A7M266 but the inability to set the multiplier was really bothering me. Now that I think I’ve solved the problem I’ll be ordering my new board and AXIA chip soon.
If anyone tries this on an A7M266 board let me know how it works! I’d like to know if I’m right.
There has been a couple of half decent articles written about reinstalling the missing DIP switches and all of them tell you there are also two resistors(up around the CPU socket area) which also have to be changed.