D875PBZ and 800 MHz FSB - Catch 22?

D875PBZ and 800 MHz FSB - Catch 22?

Post by Shel » Fri, 01 Aug 2003 02:43:48

I was about to purchase a boxed D875PBZ and a boxed 2.80C P4. But I
found the following comment posted by a customer on a vendor's

"The d875pbz doesnt work with 800Mhz fsb processors out of the box, it
requires a bios flash update to work correctly. If you dont have a
spare 533 fsb proc though, you wont be able to boot to the bios flash
floppy. At the time of this posting, intel does not offer technical
support for the board, beyond whats in the online documentation. They
do not respond, even with a 'we dont support this board' to emailed
technical issues, and phone support (even the per-incident charge
support) is not available. Due to its failure to perform as advertised
out of the box, and the unreasonable measures needed to get it to
perform as advertised, I would hold off on purchasing this board until
it is more fully tested."

Is this a real problem? I know that Intel says a BIOS upgrade is
required, but will I be able to do it without a 533 fsb CPU? I would
appreciate your comments on this and any other problems I might
encounter. Since I have no real urgency, would I be better off

D875PBZ and 800 MHz FSB - Catch 22?

Post by rlb » Fri, 01 Aug 2003 03:38:38

Shel < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > writes:

This would have been an issue for Bios versions P04 and earlier. I
purchased my D875PBZ from mwave on June 5th and my board came with
Bios version P05, so my 2.8GHz 800MHz FSB P4 ran first time. I did
need to upgrade to Bios version P06 to resolve "boot block fault
tolerance test failure" so that I could get W2K to install. Check here
< http://www.yqcomputer.com/ ; and read the
PDFs for the latest Bios fixes. FWIW, I use two sticks of Crucial
CT6472Z40B and have had zero stability issues.

Roger L. Beeman


D875PBZ and 800 MHz FSB - Catch 22?

Post by Shel » Fri, 01 Aug 2003 08:06:30

Many thanks for the info.