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

    I've read the QFLASH guide here. Tried all sorts of different combos but the bios just doesnt recognize my USB stick. Tried a different USB stick. Yes it's FAT32 formatted. Yes I enabled Legacy xxx USB settings in BIOS. AM i missing anything else?

    I have the Z170 - SLI. 6600k. Windows 10 PRO w/ all updates. BIOS F3
    2x8GB Gskill 2400 RAM (it's listed as supported on your site)

    The built is brand new. Ever since day one it randomly freezes, not BSOD. Have to hard reset. It's getting a bit ridiculous especially if you're trying to do some work or talking to clients.

    I want to flash my BIOS to F6, the latest one to see if this freezing stops. I dont want to use the Windows App to flash the BIOS since windows is already unstable.

    Any other work arounds to flash the bios?

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

    ^
    Unzip file with BIOS F6, connect USB to USB2 ports (same row as PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Port),copy only F6 BIOS on FAT32 USB stick.
    Go to BIOS setting (DEL on GB splash screen),once you are in BIOS press F8 (QFlash) and follow instructions.

    http://www.gigabyte.com/webpage/20/i...flash_uefi.pdf

    Edit:
    If you have really problem with USB (which I doubt),make small additional FAT32 partition (50-100MB) on your hard drive
    and place BIOS file there.
    Last edited by stasio; 05-18-2016 at 04:03 AM.
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    Default Re: BIOS Flashing - A "How To ~ Qflash Guide"

    does it only work with a usb2 port? i used my front ones, which are usb 3. with the option to format a small partition, how do you get the Qflash to recognize that partition? Currently it says "Cannot find drive"

    have you seen anybody else have the same freezing problem with this board/setup? i see lots of different freezing issues online and not that many helpful solutions.

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

    Is QFlash the best method to update BIOS for a X79-UD3 motherboard? The tutorial says not to use @BIOS at all but then in the "Gigabyte Beta BIOS" thread has a link to the @BIOS for X79. I am confused.

    Just want to know the proper/safest method on updating the BIOS on this motherboard. Also, would I need to also update the secondary/backup BIOS chip too when I update? I plan to use latest Beta BIOS with latest OROM's and Microcode using UBU tool.

    Thank You!

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

    ^
    In early days (when this guide has been posted), @BIOS has some difficulties.
    Since then @BIOS improve,so is OK to flash.

    Backup BIOS reflash:
    ALT+F12 - AWARD BIOS
    ALT+F10 - UEFI BIOS
    (when you start PC,before splash screen)
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    Default Re: BIOS Flashing - A "How To ~ Qflash Guide"

    Hi i bought Gigabyte Z170-Gaming K3 rev 1.1
    I had bios vesrsion F2, but i wanted to get F2c, to nonk oc. I did this 2 times:
    0. I plugged pendrive with bios
    1. When PC start press "del"
    2. Bios is open
    3. Now i pushed q-flash
    4. I chosed bios f2c and press "quick"
    After first time. PC reboot and bios were same F2 :/ After second time my computer is reeboting all the time. Nothing on screen, just reeboting :/ Can someone help?

    I used this bios:
    GIGABYTE GA-Z170-Gaming K3 Non-K OC BIOS - Overclocking.Guide
    its for revision 1.0, but people with 1.1 used it to, and its working
    Last edited by kyniu92; 04-07-2017 at 01:07 AM.

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

    Any chance of a ten year anniversary update since nobody has floppy drives any more dont think i even have a disk haha.

    Need a none floppy recovery option for my new brick a GA-F2A88X-D3H that looks like it has corrupted main and backup bios if there is no other hw fault on the board, have not attempted to flash bios at all the error came about after upgrading GPU's!

    Main bios will not post gets stuck at Q code 79

    Able to reach Qflash screen breifly using backup bios (power button and reset in ten seconds or link pins 1-6 on main chip) get bios intro screen nothing happens when press Del, End etc then into Qflash but cant flash anything as the Qflash screen stays blank apart from Qflash title header and a mouse curser appears briefly then the system power cycles back to no posting at Q code 79.

    Is there any other recovery option have a fat32 drive connected to sata with bios image on its root but nothing doing hate to see a decent mobo bricked....

    EDIT

    Q code 79 - CSM initialization started?


    According to info here FAQ - LED Error Codes | GIGABYTE USA Forum.
    Last edited by RookiE9; 06-05-2018 at 10:31 PM.

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