[LinuxBIOS] different versions of the GA-M57SLI-S4 (PLCC vs SPI)

echelon at free.fr echelon at free.fr
Mon Sep 3 11:04:59 CEST 2007

Quoting Peter Stuge <peter at stuge.se>:

> > super_io-pad61 -> spi_chip-pad1 (nCS)
> Is this a 0 ohm connection?

I think so.. (at least my multimeter in bip-bip mode shouts loud when I connect
the 2 pads ;-) => that means <5ohms in general..)

> > I have a little question : does someone have a more up-to-date
> > version of the DS of the it8716 chip? It seems to me that the
> > version that can be currently downloaded on the ite website doesn't
> > match at all the chip revision used on gigabyte mobo.. (regarding
> > the electrical interface at least..)
> I can't find any other documentation than that either.
> The M57SLI board with SOIC flash has a version C 8716, I guess
> they've changed the pinout.
> --8<-- 0.3 data sheet cover page
> Please note that the IT8716F V0.3 is applicable to D version and
> future versions.
> -->8--

This seems a little bit strange for me : the pinout of the C version seems to
replace a floppy disk interface with the spi interface.. When one think that FD
is considered "antiquated peripheral" and spi a "new paradigm" for bios storage,
that would mean that ver. C is "more modern" that ver. D in its design?!..
Just my 2 (euro)cents

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