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February 18, 2012

Check the BIOS version of a Gigabyte motherboard

Running UserDSDT in Multibeast is one of the easiest ways to set up your Hackintosh, but the DSDT files used by UserDSDT only work with specific BIOS versions of your motherboard. Motherboards display their BIOS version on the POST screen (the black screen that you see when you start your computer), but newer Gigabyte motherboards cover the POST screen with the Gigabyte logo. However, it is still possible to find the BIOS version of your Gigabyte motherboard without Windows, by utilizing a rather obscure option in the BIOS itself.

Boot your computer, and enter the BIOS. To enter the BIOS on my own computer's Gigabyte GA-P67A-D3-B3 motherboard, I have to press the delete key when it boots (before the operating system starts). Different manufacturers set different keys for opening the BIOS.

Once you have entered the BIOS, press the F9 key. This will open a System Information page. From here, you will be able to find your motherboard's BIOS version.

The F9 option on Gigabyte motherboards is poorly documented; you'll notice that it isn't mentioned anywhere in the shortcut tab of the main BIOS page. But once you discover it, it's definitely the easiest way to check your motherboard's BIOS version.

SEE ALSO: How to check the BIOS version of a motherboard from Windows