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

    hi !
    i trying to flash GA-P67A-UD7 with new BIOS, in q-flash - there is always error with reading bios image and final - invalid image error ... I have clear CMOS,but no resulst - same error, or reading image process stop for a long time ... I try to use flashspi - but when I run - I have message - "bios flash interface not supported"

    can you help me ?
    thank you ,,
    I don't want to use @BIOS ... currently I have F3 BIOS

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

    Neither did I. (Apparently no update for Q-Flash is in the works for older boards.)
    But it works really well by doing the following: DL latest @BIOS and load it. Reboot go to BIOS and disable HT and restart. Next disable AV program once in Windows. DL the BIOS you want and save to folder. Start up @BIOS and select "update BIOS from a file." Sit back and pray
    (just kidding!!!) Works like a charm. When new BIOS is loaded choose load fail safe defaults and enjoy!

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

    @BIOS will be fine to use for the initial update on P67, if you still do not trust it you can use FlashSPI from DOS.

    I know you already got this sorted out, just posting that info in case anyone is concerned later on.

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    Default Re: BIOS Flashing - A "How To ~ Qflash Guide" (GA-K8NF-9 Version 1)

    I have a GA-K8NF-9 Version 1 board was at F2 Bios Version. Needed to update the Bios after adding a SATA hard drive. Didn't think I wasn't supposed to use @BIOS, of course, I won't do it again.

    It failed at 50 percent and when rebooted, the initial screen indicated CMOS Checksum error. It would recognize any hard drive plugged into any port, IDE or SATA or CD. I can also plug a USB jump drive into it and it will light it up. However, I can't seem to get it to recognize a floppy drive.

    I have removed the battery for over an hour and I have also shunted the 2 pins for clearing the CMOS. Initially, the MOBO had 3 gig of memory, (400mhz Corsair) but that has been removed. I tried just 1 stick (512) but that didn't seem to do it. I also tried some 256 DDR just to see if that would do it....nothing.

    The screen comes up after counting memory with the following (there are no hard drives or CD's currently installed):

    IDE Channel 0 Master: None
    IDE Channel 1 Slave: None
    IDE Channel 2 Master: None
    IDE Channel 3 Slave: None

    Detecting IDE Drives........
    Detecting IDE Drives........

    CMOS checksum error, defaults loaded.
    If your operation system has install on SATA HDD already.
    Please CHeck SATA access mode and Hard Disk Boot Priority!

    F1 to continue DEL BIOS Setup


    pressing either above key the screen goes blank and nothing happens.

    I do have a formatted floppy with the flash program on it from Gigabyte but it never seems to access the drive.

    Any suggestions?

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

    You need a BIOS on that floppy, that may or may not help, but the program isn't needed unless you are trying to manually do a blind flash (Which you should try, it's outlined on page one, if you can boot to USB by entering the boot menu F12)

    I see it says checksum error, defaults loaded, that looks like the BIOS is ok and you should be able to continue to the BIOS or OS. Are you using a PS/2 keyboard, if not please try now and see if you can enter the BIOS.

    Since this is a single BIOS board, you don't have many options other than blind flash or getting it to auto recover from the original driver CD. Auto recover wont kick in because the error you are getting appears to say the BIOS is fine and defaults are in use, so it wouldn't be needing to recover.

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

    I've got a BIOS on the floppy but it never seems to access it.

    I have tried both a PS2 keyboard and a USB keyboard, it recognizes both.

    I have tried a blind flash many times but once again, the floppy never seems to ever get accessed, doesn't spin, nothing.

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

    Ahh, sorry to hear the floppy is never accessed as that is not a good sign.

    I just meant try PS/2 keyboard to see if you could get anywhere with it, in case a USB one was holding you back from pressing buttons or something.

    The only thing you can try before RMA is seeing if it will auto recover from the original motherboard driver CD. Connect ONLY the CD/DVD drive with the original driver CD in it to the first SATA port and or as Master IDE and start the system and let it sit for a bit, try both ways. If that does not help you'll need to RMA the board

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

    Hello,
    I am new here & new to the concept of flashing my BIOS, although my wife believes I can Flash just fine.
    This guide certainly puts fear in your heart with the constant reminders for double checks etc - thanks this is clearly very sound advice.
    However the guide is about 3.5 years old now & the mention of Floppy discs makes me feel as though the relevance may now be questioned.
    I wonder also if better flash utilities might now be available also.
    I suspect this guide needs an update & hope the author will consider this.
    Thanks.

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

    Yes, the warnings are there to make sure you read everything carefully, as it can go badly if you are not careful.

    If done properly you will be fine, I flash sometimes 20+ times in a month. Floppy is still one of the best ways, due to being able to use DOS via floppy easily for many, but yes it is kind of old now.

    Nothing much to update here, the updated flashing programs (Flash895) have been updated with the downloads (Now flashSPI). All methods still remain valid and DOS flashing via Floppy, USB, or CD is still best, followed by Qflash which is very simply and safe to use. Qflash can flash files from FAT32 hard drive partitions, floppy, or USB (FAT32,ect)

    I can also make by request CD ISO files for users who need to flash via CD but do not know how to create their own.

    Do you need help flashing, or were you just offering your general thoughts? If you need help feel free to ask!

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

    Thanks for the prompt response & offer of help.
    Putting myself in the position of someone who may not have spent all day researching this business as I have, I think most likely I would look elsewhere believing the guide to be outdated.
    I have downloaded various recommended utilities to assist, can't be sure how many I got from here, but most were 10 years plus old, & when I realised this I just dumped them.
    So with references to floppies (My PC does not even have a floppy drive & I don't know anyone who has), DOS (check with GenX or Y, who uses DOS) Fat32 (all my partitions are NTFS (I thought Fat 32 was only seen on old OS's).
    Then consider that Win7-64 is said to be rapidly approaching XP in installed OS's & you can see that while the methods may not have changed fundamentally, the details of presentation/implementation with todays tools must have.
    Now please this is all IMHO, & I genuinely do not wish to tell you how to present material or execute BIOS updates when clearly you are an expert. I thought my view if explained a little might have some merit.
    This whole subject to me seems to have been badly neglected particularly by the MoBo manufacturers who have not even bothered to make a decent Mobo & BIOS ID tool, they appear even less concerned about under-tested releases & continue to allow the flash process to be high risk when with a bit of decent engineering, it could be made robust & simple.
    You have to ask why this is, & I suspect they have no interest in prolonging the productive life of their MoBos, let them not fail - just become slow & outdated as processors advance rapidly.
    In my case my PC is slow to start, slow to launch programs, slow to wake, up & slow to shut down. My CPU is genrally at less than 20% & my 4 GB of RAM is generally 40%+.
    When completely idle at 2 or 3% CPU my RAM is 40%. This seems whacky to me. I have never seen my CPU go over 50%.
    AFAIK I don't have an identifiable problem except my PC now seems about as fast as my Pentium II was all those years ago. It aint broken so why update BIOS especially when I can't evem determine what the upgrade will achieve (what's improved stepping)?
    Hope this does not sound like a mindless rant from a crazy newcomer.

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    Purchase Date: 28/10/2009 - Custom build
    CPU: Intel Core i7-860 (Quad core) 2.8 GHz
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