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  This Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H Mobo Is A MAJOR POS! 
 
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angryhippy Aug 09, 2012, 07:27am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Z77X-UD3H.I'm trying to update to the latest chipset drivers. i uninstall the chipset drivers and when trying to install the latest INF utility I get "not a valid win32 program". I download and install the drivers from the utility disk the board came with. It installs the 9.3.9.1011 drivers. I go back and try to install the newer drivers and get a message "the driver installed 9.3.9.1020 is newer than the 9.3.9.1019 drivers you are trying to install. Do you still want to continue?" yes. the program installs the drivers. I reboot and check with the device manager and guess what? The 9.3.9.1011 drivers are still installed. WTF? I can't even find the Z77 drivers on the Intel download center.

I won't even get into the fact that ALL the USB ports on the rear panel are 3.0 and so won't activate until AFTER the OS and 3.0 drivers are installed. And there is only one PS/2 port on the rear panel. Thankfully I have front USB 2.0 ports on the case that can be connected to the internal USB 2.0 headers on the mobo or I'd be screwed.

Then there's the systray icons I have set to "show icons and notifications" that revert to "show notifications only" EVERY TIME I reboot.

Did I mention the E6 overclocking utility crashes about 10 minutes into each session for no apparent reason. And I can't seem to get the CPU to only go down to 3.4GHz on the low end of the speed step. It goes down to (and boots at) 1.6GHz. It takes almost 2 minutes to boot to the desktop sometimes.

If you know where that INF update Utility for the Z77 chipset on the Intel site, could you send me a link. Sorry I'm a bit of a noob I guess...sigh.

EDIT: Yes I've reinstalled the OS 4 times now since I got this board last month


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john albrich Aug 09, 2012, 11:25am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Aug 09, 2012, 11:26am EDT

 
>> Re: This Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H Mobo Is A MAJOR POS!
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You might try slipstreaming the new drivers onto a new installation disc.

If you haven't slipstreamed before, here's some pointers (assuming win7). You'll have to find where it describes slipstreaming new drivers (e.g. instructions are usually provided for slipstreaming RAID and/or AHCI drivers). There also are other sites with helpful slipstream info.
http://www.theeldergeek.com/index_win7.htm

Often not mentioned until WAY down in the instructions, you will need the Microsoft Windows installation disc(s) to form the backbone of the resulting slipstreamed install disc (e.g. it won't create slipstreamed install disc(s) from your already installed OS).

mothow Aug 10, 2012, 01:12pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Aug 10, 2012, 01:28pm EDT

 
>> Re: This Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H Mobo Is A MAJOR POS!
Payton try installing them right over the old chipset drivers.That works for me with those drivers

Payton i just built a system for a friend with this board and everything works great.Its even sli compatible and it was only $149.99 shipped

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angryhippy Aug 10, 2012, 06:44pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: This Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H Mobo Is A MAJOR POS!
I'll check it out. I've got the i5 3570 16GBs Kingston HyperX 1600 that the board only sees as 1333, the corsair H80 cooler, Radeon HD 6850 with an LG blue Ray burner and an ASUS DVD RW with light scribe. I wanna get a PCIx sound card but there's only one slot on the board and it's almost covered up by the GPU so I don't know if it will fit. And now that
I have all 6 SATA ports used the eSATA won't be enabled. Just as**t board.:P

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john albrich Aug 11, 2012, 02:03am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Aug 11, 2012, 12:42pm EDT

 
>> Re: This Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H Mobo Is A MAJOR POS!
angryhippy said:
...I've got the i5 3570 16GBs Kingston HyperX 1600 that the board only sees as 1333....


On older (last week's :) ) motherboards, you often have to manually "overclock" to the memory timings. Older boards just don't reliably (if at all) handle automatically setting 1600 and above memory modules based on RAM module profiles, and I imagine that could be the case for some "new" boards as well.

I think AMD CPU using boards for example, just started handling auto-setting for DDR3-1866 and above with the 990 boards? (off the top of my head, so that may not be 100% accurate. I know for example, my ASRock 970 board defaults to DDR3-1333 with any RAM modules rated DDR3-1600 and above, so I have to manually "overclock" the RAM timings to get the 800MHz/DDR3-1600MHz actual operating speed).

Intel CPU using boards started handling these XMP/XMS/etc profiles on faster RAM modules before AMD CPU using boards. But again, I've read cases where not all Intel CPU using board manufacturers were equal.

Usually the motherboard spec shows this limitation with something like this:

Supported Memory: 800/1066/1333/1600(OC)/1866(OC)/2133(OC)


edit to add:
and I think Intel came out recently with yet another memory module timing profile standard, and I would guess "older" boards, even Intel CPU boards, might not be fully compatible with it.

edit:
clarify that I was talking about Intel CPU and AMD CPU using boards, and not Intel manufactured v. AMD manufactured boards.
edit:
clarified manual OC of the ASRock 970 mobo for DDR3-1600 modules


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