I updated to gen3 back in Nov.
I was suprised to find only 1 bios on the Asrock site..a gen 3 one.. but I thought wth.
Judging by the amount of "problems" posted with this upgrade,see the other threads here ,I may have been just lucky..or at least just lucky in the method.
To cut it short
1. I reposted, set my bios to defaults (except for changing ide to ahci)
2. went back into windows,dloaded the app and all the extras whether they were needed or not.
I dloaded them to the root drive of my usb(2.0) memstick(as I thought I would be doing a non windows flash from there).
3.I clicked on the app(which I thought would expand out the uefi bios flash file..but no..bios reflash had started..erk
So anyway the process continued , machine rebooted.i left the stick in .I then had to manually reinstall axtu to the new version and I also clicked on anything else in the downladed folders that came with it.
I think I said before somewhere that I installed 2.1 from a usb stick..Thats true but checking back it was froma usb stick app started in Win7!.
Everything seems fine.. tho its probly made sod all diff having a gen 3 capable board.
You seem to have a mixture of probs..starting before you did any gen3 bios upgrade at all?
Buying another board ..especially the exact same type.. seems a bit extreme,sounds like you need to get your money back on that one before the 28 days is up or whatever.
The slow boot which started before the bios upgrade?
My system is similar to yours,tho only 1 500gb hdd.
I have that configured as bootable.ie there is a second copy of win7 on it so its just a q of specifying to boot from hdd or ssd..I rarely use the hdd windows,its way behind on updates and doesnt have a lot of my progs installed,but its usefull sometimes.Perhaps your ssd isnt 100%? does/did intel rst work ok in windows?
The video thing is a 3rd problem ?
I originally had a b2 board(which I kept the bios chip from).. I exchanged this for a B3 one in early 2011.
My b2 board worked fine first time.. the b3 one didnt!..it had a slightly later bios..1.6 I think from new.dunno if this had anything to do with it.
I only had one gx card at this time.
Since everything worked ok before on the b2..it shouldnt have been any component
Could I have recieved a borked replacement mbrd..thatd be ironic.
It took about 2 days of reseating the gx card,clearing cmos,both with the button and manually before it finally fired up, I also got a lot of different codes.display not detected was among them.
can you connect to the card other than hdmi?
What finally got mine to fire up was turning on the monitor as the machine was posting.
I mean the monitor was not on standby..I physically turned it on from cold as the machine was posting.
It was like"Hey look ..there really is a display connected" surge back to the board.
No problems since even with stripdowns and adding an extra gx card in sli.
Edit:Something I forgot to mention and it may not apply at all to you but if you have an ssd and a hdd connected up at the same time when installing windows,Win7 will put the system reserved file (100mb) on the largest available drive space,so more than likely on your hdd cos it has the largest parition.