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[SUCCESS] Gigabyte Designare Z390 (Thunderbolt 3) + i7-9700K + AMD RX 580

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@Inqnuam Did you use a raspberry pie to flash and did you use anything other than the clip and the breakout board?

@snoby

I have flashed the TB3 chips on two Gigabyte Designare Z390 boards, two GC-Titan Ridge boards, one GC-Alpine Ridge board, one ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/ac board, and one Intel NUC 7 board. All using a Raspberry Pi 4.

I can confirm that this can be a very challenging experience.

I used the Pomona 5250 clip initially which seemed to work well on most boards. When I tried that clip on the NUC 7 it just wouldn't grab that chip properly. I then moved to the "cheaper" clip CaseySJ suggested in his wonderful flashing mini-guide which grabbed the NUC 7 chip better.

At one point I decided to try to re-flash the NUC 7 back to the original firmware. I never could get the chip to be recognized. I tried different clips, different wiring, PSU plugged in, not plugged in. Literally at least 15 - 20 tries. Each try is time consuming - getting the clip "perfectly" attached, booting the RPI, entering the terminal command, and finding the chip wasn't recognized, shutting down the RPI, re-clipping.....

I finally just (temporarily) gave up and left the NUC 7 with the modified firmware which isn't much, if any, improvement over the original firmware.

I thought perhaps I had damaged the RPI by shorting one of the connectors to it. So I purchased another RPI which at some point I will try again to see if it works.

I also bought some spare clips. It looks like the tiny connectors that attach to the chip are very fragile and may become mis-aligned.

So sometimes it takes some people extreme perseverance to flash those darn chips. But it feels SO good when it works!

Good luck!
 
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Yeah I'm not going to declare success yet, seems the shasum's don't match on the read. Is there a good way to search this forum? I would like to find what resister and cap I need to solder on to the board to help with stability.
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I then moved to the "cheaper" clip CaseySJ suggested in his wonderful flashing mini-guide which grabbed the NUC 7 chip better.
I used this one
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Hey everyone!
I tried to mod the original Thunderbolt firmware using this forum but I can't get the hang of it and can use a little help from you guys.

Here's the dump from the original THU firmware.
(MBoard: Gigabyte GA-Z170X Gaming 7)
Thanks in advance.
 

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Yeah I'm not going to declare success yet, seems the shasum's don't match on the read. Is there a good way to search this forum? I would like to find what resister and cap I need to solder on to the board to help with stability.
check this post and this
 
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@snoby maybe you have problem with a cable or cables, if you have some other cables try by changing them, also check if they are correctly and fully inserted to the Pi pins, have a look to the Pi pins too
 

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Yeah I'm not going to declare success yet, seems the shasum's don't match on the read. Is there a good way to search this forum? I would like to find what resister and cap I need to solder on to the board to help with stability.
Parts and wiring diagram located in this post:
 

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I'm not sure but I think this post


says the benefits and purpose, but it isn't clear, what is being hex edited.... I think it's an aml file.

Honestly there is SO much information in this post it really should be a wiki.
We'll get to that later. Just focus on getting 3 consecutive (and identical) reads.
 
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Parts and wiring diagram located in this post:
I was searching for this post about 2h :lol: :beachball::banghead:
 
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Hey everyone!
I tried to mod the original Thunderbolt firmware using this forum but I can't get the hang of it and can use a little help from you guys.

Here's the dump from the original THU firmware.
(MBoard: Gigabyte GA-Z170X Gaming 7)
Thanks in advance.
This is from an on-board Alpine Ridge ?
 
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