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In Topic: G73SW - 10.9 Install

23 March 2014 - 12:17 AM

what type of soldering iron did you use and did you use 15watts or 30watts?

Glad to hear that you are up and running!

Don't use a soldering iron that just quotes wattage. You'll have no control over temperature and you'll end up kicking yourself when you damage something. Irons that are cheap and just go by wattage could be out by a variance of up to 40c! Pick up a cheap iron that has temperature control like the Hakko 936 or it's Chinese clone the Yihua 936 (you can see how they compare here: http://m.youtube.com...h?v=TP0etU7mTwU if you want a newer Hakko get the FX-888) and set to 370-380c, use a spade tip (to get heat on the chip and the board) and plenty of flux - try a no clean flux pen or you will need to use flux off to prevent board corrosion. Also, get solder with rosin core, at a width of .4mm. Success every time. :-)

Edit: forgot to mention above (although the guy does mention it in the vid) that if you get the Yihua, it will need initial calibration.

In Topic: G73SW - 10.9 Install

18 March 2014 - 03:16 PM

Certainly looks like it- nice!

In Topic: G73SW - 10.9 Install

18 March 2014 - 09:35 AM

@asusg73 - that's the 2nd time now that this board has been bricked by a member on this forum because of Asus and their poor design :-/ I was informed by members on another forum and Asus themselves, that booting from the Intel 3000 was not possible? Also, I don't understand why the AMT option would have bricked your machine? Before you go down the route of a new Mobo, have you considered removing the BIOS chip and just replacing it? Some basic soldering skills will be required. Another user on this forum fell victim to Asus and their poor design (flashing from NTFS bricks the board - but Asus won't fix it!), but was able to replace the BIOS chip and all was well. Also, with regards to the AS5 paste, it is good, but not designed for quad core systems. You will probably get better results with MX4 or something like Icy Diamond.


@oldnapalm - that's awesome :D What do you have working? I don't have my Asus to hand at the moment as it's still boxed up from the move.. will definitely have a go with these as soon as I can though!

In Topic: G73SW - 10.9 Install

12 March 2014 - 12:22 PM

I'd replace your paste with something decent like MX4. Asus did a nice hash job on mine. 


Btw, I cannot for the life of me find that unlocked BIOS - but it was easy to do. Just grab a copy of AMIBCP (http://www.bios-mods...i-Modding-Tools) and you can load your BIOS image into it and unlock what you need. I sat there for 20 mins and did the lot. Use at your own risk though. 


Are you going to share your 10.9.2 files with the rest of that class? :P

In Topic: G73SW - 10.9 Install

25 February 2014 - 11:05 AM

Sorry for the late reply. Been really busy. I've had a look and for some reason I can't seem to find the completely unlocked one. I have the one that is unlocked with the throttle fix - but it's not patched for PM.


Here is the throttle fix BIOS: http://www.sendspace.com/file/8ayexf


It also enables some AES features.


To patch for PM, use this: http://www.insanelym...tching-utility/


Use the Windows version.


Make sure you flash from a FAT32 FS with EZ-Flash... DO NOT flash from NTFS. There is a known and yet still unfixed bug that will likely brick your BIOS (thanks Asus).


I'll have another look for the completely unlocked one in the next few days... in the middle of moving house so not that easy to find stuff at the moment.

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