I updated the BIOS of my PCs with GIGABYTE GA-MA69G-S3H to enable them to virtualize with AMD-V on 17 Dec.

When I installed VirtualBox in the Fedora 13 era of my Ubuntu 10.10 PC, I found the PC unable to virtualize on AMD-V. But I found that I can do that with the BIOS update. So I updated the bios both on my Ubuntu 10.10 PC and on my Windows XP PC. (Those PCs has GIGABYTE GA-MA69G-S3H.)

I saw the Japanese page about it of GIGABYTE Technology. For seeing the manual on paper, I printed it out.

  1. I downloaded BIOS F7 on GIGABYTE – Motherboard – Socket AM2 – GA-MA69G-S3H (rev. 1.0)
  2. Execute the file to extract.
  3. On my Windows XP PC, I formatted a floppy disk(diskette) for the DOS/V filesystem.
  4. Copy gama69gs3h.f7 to the diskette.
  5. Reboot the PC. Press [TAB] key and make sure that the BIOS’s version is old. Mine was F4 or so.
  6. Reboot the PC and press [DEL] key. After that, seeing BIOS setup, select “Load Optimized Default” and make it load. And “Save & Exit”(I don’t remember if I do that. But it’s necessary as far as I know.).
  7. Reboot the PC and press [DEL] key. After that, seeing BIOS setup, press [F8] for Q-Flash.
  8. Select “Update the BIOS from Drive” and press [Enter] key.
  9. Select “Floppy” and put the cursol on the BIOS file. Press [Enter] and the PC asks me if I’m sure to update the BIOS. [Enter] to continue.
  10. When it completed, press a certain key and returning to the Q-Flash menu, press [ESC].
  11. On the manual, [Enter] for “Are you sure to RESET?”. But I’m not sure if I did.
  12. I got enabled to virtualize with AMD-V on the new BIOS.

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