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    Default Re: BIOS Flashing - A "How To ~ Qflash Guide"

    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    I meant your internal GFX Card? Not sure why you thought I said external, but sorry if something I said confused you there.

    Ya, the FDD afterwords is of no help with this issue.

    Try reseating your Graphics card, and if you have a older one or different one try that as well.

    If not, let me know and I will send the Last Resort link to you
    It seems some misunderstanding here
    When I said 'internal GFX' I meant integrated graphix. I just want to say that I have no cards inserted in motherboard, no network, graphix, tv-tuner or anything else cards. Only MB+CPU+RAM+HDD - that's my whole PC. Therefore I can't remove and reinsert GFX unless I have to solder out Intel G31 chip and solder in it again ;)

    So, if I understood you right I should try to insert graphix card in PCI-express slot? I'm going to try this tomorrow when I borrow one from my friend and really hope it's gonna work. But if you meant PCI graphic card it's supposed to be a little bit harder (just not to say impossible :)

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    Ahh ok, Seems I was confused!!

    Sorry, I thought you had a PCIE card or similar. I guess I did not notice you had the onboard GFX. Well that error beep is a Graphic card or monitor beep. I doubt it could have anything to do with your monitor, nor do I see how any monitor could affect a motherboard? If you have another monitor try it out, but I do not think that is it.

    Sounds like you may have to RMA possibly?

    I will PM you the Last resort link now, My PM box is full so you wont be able to reply in a PM to me (I need to get into my PM box and empty it, just have not had time yet)

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    Gigabyte P35-DS3L rev.2.0.

    I used @bios to update my bios online, but the system got unstable so I dl older bios files from GB website, and tried to make my system stable againg, but then I flashed with *.F1 something went wrong, because now I can't update my bios, with either qflash with usb key, it fails then I press return to confirme checksum something and with @bios, even though it shows me the upgrade to *F9B, the program shuts down with an error message then I try to upgrade with the latest bios.
    But I can still boot up windows Vista.

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    Try to clear your CMOS and use only one stick of ram in slot one. Then after you clear your CMOS see if you can enter Qflash By pressing the End Key at bootup and if so flash back to a newer BIOS.

    More info is needed, please post your full specs. Not sure why you would go back to F1 BIOS, but I can say it may not support your CPU is why you are having issues. That or because you used @BIOS.

    Since you can get into windows you sound to be ok. What Does CPU-z show in the Mainboard tab for your BIOS version now.

    Please from now on only use Qflash. And ya know, you can also use DOS + FlashSPI and flash if Qflash tells you no

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    My specs.

    OS: Windows Vista Ultimate
    Motherboard: Gigabyte P35-DS3L
    Systemtype: x64-based PC
    BIOS-version/Date: Award Software International, Inc. F1, 12-06-2007
    Intel Core Duo E8400 @3.00 GHz
    Gigabyte Nvidia Geforce 9600 512MB
    RAM: 2x2GB 800MHz

    Don't know if you need more info?

    The info I get then I start up @BIOS:
    Flash Memory Type: EMPTY SPACE
    Flash Memory Size: Unknown ( I think this is the problem?)
    BIOS Sign on Message: Intel P35 BIOS for P35-DS3L F1
    BIOS Vender: AWARD BIOS

    Then I tried to update by file, I got an error stating:
    Can not load ROM image from BIN file.
    Maybe BIN file size not match.

    Then I tried to update BIOS from GIGABYTE Server:
    It finds Intel P35, AWARD BIOS, Ver.F9B, but then I tried to update, @BIOS Application stopped working.


    But here's what I've tried:

    1. Using @Bios to update online or by file, but now I know I shouldn't have done that. Worked before I flashed with BIOS ver.F1, but I thought it would be safe, because GIGABYTE made this software :)

    2. Removing one RAM block, resetting CMOS, starting QFLASH:
    After reading BIOS file from USB key, Checksum=9200, Are you sure.... press Enter, !!BIOS ROM Programming error!!

    3. One RAM block, resetting CMOS, using HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool and the USB boot files on my USB key.
    C:\> flash895 P35DS3L.F*
    Bad command or file name

    4. I also tried to remove the battery from the mainboard, and plug it in again after some minutes. Loading optimised CMOS and adjusting the settings.

    The only settings I mess with in CMOS is, enable USB Keyboard and mice, from 32 bit to 64 bit. And disable FLOPPY.
    Last edited by tmaxel; 03-10-2009 at 04:05 PM.

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    Default Re: BIOS Flashing - A "How To ~ Qflash Guide"

    I managed to flash my BIOS back to F8 :)

    GIGABYTE support suggested to update to *.F8 using dos + file, so I used the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool using the USB boot files, then I extracted the BIOS F8 to the USB. Reboot, booting from USB HDD and it started to update!

    I'm almost sure I had tried to update to F8 before, but that dosn't matter, because it worked :)

    So thank you GIGABYTE and you "Lsdmeasap" for your guide and help.

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    Hi,

    I have a problem. Every time I start my PC, I see this message after the Gigabyte logo for the bios screen:

    Warning! Bios error ...

    "retrieving recovery source from hpa"

    I have this config.: i7 920, EX58-UD5, gainward HD 4870X2, 3x2 GB Corsair 1333 Ram, 2x WD 3200AAKS. Last week I qFlashed my bios to F6A, and after tried to install Lost Planet on my PC (which installation, by the way, used all of 6 GB of ram memory and frozed my system), I made a restart, and since than the CPU-Z utility shows me that I'm still on F3 Bios, and the recovery error post every time I start the PC.
    What should I do to fix this problem? How bad this is?
    By the way, I didn't tried any OC or raid array, I'm quiet happy with this rig.

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    I had been having BIOS problems with my Gigabyte P35-DS3L and someone over at overclock.net referred me to this thread and i just wanted to thank you so much for the detailed instructions you have here, it really helped me a lot.

    Short story was the problem i ran into was that i had flashed my BIOS from F1 straight to F8 in anticipation of upgrading my C2D E6750 to a Q9550 (which requires F8 version for certain cpu steppings), but after i flashed the BIOS, any overclock changes i made in BIOS would not stick once i loaded into windows. I flashed back to F1, which allowed me to overclock again, but whenever i tried to flash to another BIOS it would give me a "BIOS ROM Error" or something to that effect. Your bootable USB solution as an alternative to using QFlash seemed to do the trick. I am now at F8 BIOS version AND can overclock!

    thank you!

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    Glad to see you got it all flashed tmaxel, sorry for he late reply here!

    @ Antivir, have you tried F6 Final or one of the later Beta's? F6f fixes Some issues for sure, I would try flashing to that BIOS. If you are unsure of how to flash, please read the Post in this thread because you do need to do some things other then just flashing, such as loading and applying optimized defaults in the correct way after you flash.

    @ Bhopx

    Great to hear!!! You can flash from any version to any version, but you must be sure you always load optimized defaults and apply them after you flash, then reboot back to the BIOS and set all your settings again, and don't forget your SATA Settings and Hard Drive Boot Priority as well. They MUST Be set again before you load windows, this is ESPECIALLY important if you are using RAID.

    Post back anytime if you need some more help with anything! See ya at OCN

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    Default Re: BIOS Flashing - A "How To ~ Qflash Guide"

    Thanks Lsdmeasap,

    I have just one question. If I don't want to flash my bios, since I don't want to do any OC for now, is there any problem if I just let the bios as it is? Is there any possibility that my bios will crash and I won't be able to flash it after? Or you recommend to flash my bios now... I don't know what I should do, and I'd like to flash to F6 final (since it's solved for me the DES and ET problem in Vista x64) but it's not on the Gigabyte page yet.

    Thanks for your help.

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