I have managed to piece together quite the online killing machine:
2x L5420 2.5ghz
ATi 5750HD 1gb
I have tried the IDA boot CD to no avail. When I select the Intel website to get updates, it will hang for hours trying to connect to the Intel servers. When I select a USB thumbdrive which I have put the updating tools on, it hangs the same.
1) you can use OFU in OS or you need a MS dos bootable USB stick (google - hp bootable usb utility if you don't have a USB bootable drive)
OFU code package http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=19609&lang=eng&OSVersion=&DownloadType=Firmware
OFU tool http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=16921&lang=eng&OSVersion=&DownloadType=Utilities%2C%20Tools%20and%20Examples
I've tried making a bootable USB drive using Rufus on FreeDOS and it will not boot. I'm pretty much at a wits end here, the issues I'm having are my CPU's being detected as 2.33ghz not 2.5 (though they are running at 2497.5mhz in CPU-Z),
Very strange. Try F9 in BIOS set-up to restore defaults.
their stepping isnt supported by the BIOS (What is the processor number printed on the top of the processor? should look like Sxxxx or Qxxxx) and Im only getting 24gb RAM instead of 32gb, where C2 is disabled and D2 is failed. I've swapped sticks so I know my RAM is good. If you have confirmed good dimms, 95% chance you have bent CPU pins)
FWIW, my BIOS is set to AHCI enabled where all 6 are enabled.gobs of horsepower and balls for days, I regularly get 200fps in Counter Strike Source max resolution all the eye candy on.
The possibility of bent CPU pins is high, these were scrap boards that I troubleshot and repaired and have been sitting on the shelf, our customers move them around carelessly sometimes. I've got some downtime this week coming up so I'll have a look under the hood. You're talking about the LGA on the board right? I'll check the stepping while I'm at it, I don't know off the top of my head what it is but I know they are identical matched processors.
I read somewhere the OFU isn't compatible with the S5000 because it uses a different chip architecture? Maybe I'm wrong? Either way I'll give it a shot, thanks bud.