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    Default GA-P35-DS3R Fails to Post after Failed Flash

    Okay, I was trying to update my bios from F4 to F11 using the @bios utility in Vista Ultimate 64-bit (Sorry--it was free!). This has never been a problem for me before. However, this time, it gave some strange errors about failing to flash (something about a write protect error?) and quit.

    I shut down my computer, and when I reboot, I get the following sequence of events:

    1) Fans, DVD drive, and hard drives spin up.
    2) No output to the monitor of even a POST screen.
    3) No beep codes on the speaker.
    4) Power shuts off after a few seconds, and computer restarts.
    5) Return to (1), but this time power stays on.

    The computer worked rock solid up until now. Here's my configuration:

    Q6600 at 2700 MHz (mild overclock)
    4 x 1 GB Crucial Ballistix PC-1066 DDR2
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    Audigy 4 Pro
    Corsair HX-series CMPSU-520HX psu
    Samsung 500 GB SATA2 drive

    I tried a few things, including resetting the CMOS, removing and replacing the RAM, booting without RAM whatsoever, and creating a bootable flash drive with the flash utility and image on it (with an appropriate autoexec file). None of these worked.

    Any ideas? This was a main work machine for me at home. Thank God my employer bought me a new laptop!!

    Thanks, guys. -- Paul

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    Default Re: GA-P35-DS3R Fails to Post after Failed Flash

    If @BIOS fails during a flash in windows you will need to RMA the board.

    Flashing in windows is never a good idea. Does it search your drive for the backup BIOS? Were you using RAID?

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    Wouldn't fixing that be precisely the job of dual-bios?
    Either way it's Gigabyte's fault, so they should replace it.

    I had a very strange hangup with @bios under vista once too - really scary but seems i was lucky. So for the record: never use it under vista.
    Under XP 32-bit i used @bios a lot so far and it never was scary and always worked..
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    Default Re: GA-P35-DS3R Fails to Post after Failed Flash

    Yeah, I used to use it in vista myself. But the more I read daily about BIOS failures the more I regret ever using it, and never will again that is for sure.

    Yes, it SHOULD be the Job of dual bios, but it does not work as they planned I guess. Quad Bios has the same failures, and it is 2 chips, with 2 additional virtual Bios's

    Yes, they will RMA the board for you, here is where you would do that >>>
    RMA

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    Default Re: GA-P35-DS3R Fails to Post after Failed Flash

    they should just give you 2 bios chips and 2 slots in the board, one primary, one backup, then use a jumper to switch from primary to backup, which you can then use to recover the main one

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    Default Re: GA-P35-DS3R Fails to Post after Failed Flash

    Thanks for the responses, guys.

    Yes, I've always been wary of flashing under windows, and so I was one of the last hold-outs of using a floppy to do it (as well as keeping a backup floppy in the machine, just in case). However, after 3 years of successful flashes under windows with my previous Abit AI7 board, coupled with the "assurances" of a dual BIOS, I finally reached that comfort level. Evidently, that was a bad idea! :)

    In answer to some questions:

    1) I don't see any hard disk activity that seems to suggest a search for a backup BIOS when I boot.

    2) I don't have a RAID array.

    I'll have to start the RMA later. For now, I'll have to decide whether to buy a new board locally or just a drive enclosure so that I can get at my data. I suppose I can just work on my laptop while I wait for the RMA.

    I have to say, I'm pretty disappointed. Between the price, solid Japanese capacitors, and dual BIOS, I thought I was buying some quality hardware. -- Paul

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    Default Re: GA-P35-DS3R Fails to Post after Failed Flash

    We have seen that, but come to the conclusion that GA should use Replaceable chips, because the current Quad/Dual method apparently does not work properly or there would not be 1000's of RMA weekly due to Bad BIOS flashes or reboot cycles.

    I think it is a great idea, but just does not work. If it did work properly there would be no bad boot block RMA's.

    I am not putting GA down so much as trying to make a suggestion to make the Quad/Dual BIOS thing actually work properly, and not need RMA when it fails.

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    Thanks for the article, Janus. It's an interesting read. Too bad it didn't work out this time around. I just finished disassembling the PC and will be mailing my RMA tomorrow or the day thereafter. Apologies for having shown frustration above, BTW. -- Paul

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