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    Default GA-EX58-EXTREME Scanning BIOS Image in Hard Drive

    My system has been running fine for a while but I noticed some strange glitches with video and gaming, so I decided to do a clean install.

    After the install in which I loaded the RAID drivers for the Intel and Gigabyte controllers, I installed all the drivers provided by the Gigabyte website. With the exception of the realtek hd driver, which I got from the realtek website (R212). (One strange thing, I noticed the LAN ports weren't working however. I also didn't get a chance to install the graphics driver.)

    So I restart my system on prompt and I get the following message:

    Award BootBlock BIOS v1.0
    Copyright ....

    Scanning BIOS Image in Hard Drive....

    And the system continuously loops this message over and over. I have tried various BIOS resets, unhooking components, switching hard drives, unplugging optical drives, moving around RAM modules, etc., without any change.

    From reading through a couple of threads it seems that the general consensus is that unless I have certain boot options set, I cannot recover from this error. Any other suggestions. I'm going to start an RMA because I don't have time to deal with all these issues, but if anyone has some advice let me know, I may be able to try them before I ship it back.

    I was also under the impression that this kind of error only comes up if I had a bad bios update. But I've never tried to update my BIOS, ever. All I did was install some drivers.

    So any help is appreciated.

    Oh yeah and my system is as follows:
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    Default Re: GA-EX58-EXTREME Scanning BIOS Image in Hard Drive

    You need to clear your CMOS, please see this thread for my method of doing this >>>
    http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/bios...h-guide-27576/

    And I would try with one or two sticks of ram only

    Any bad settings (By you or Auto) can cause this corruption to the BIOS bootblock, it happens at random or when trying incorrect settings while trying high overclocks. And yes of course when you have a bad flash as well.

    If you have a floppy ALREADY Connected and set as first boot device you can try the blind flash method outlined in the above post as well.

    If you do not want to RMA PM me and I will send you last resort method before you would have to RMA

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    Default Re: GA-EX58-EXTREME Scanning BIOS Image in Hard Drive

    I forgot to mention I already read your guide and tried your methods. PM coming your way.

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    Default Re: GA-EX58-EXTREME Scanning BIOS Image in Hard Drive

    So did you PM me, or get anywhere with this? If you did pm me, how did that go I sent you?

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    Default Re: GA-EX58-EXTREME Scanning BIOS Image in Hard Drive

    Yes, the last resort of physically shorting the BIOS chip worked. Thanks.

    I'm still getting this weird bug where video stutters, but I think it has to do with the SLI I have running, not sure if its an issue with the MB. Have their been any BIOS revisions that address SLI performance? The new BIOS thread is really hard to read, and hard to find out what each BIOS revision addresses.

    Anyways, I really do appreciate the help, you are doing great work here.

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    Default Re: GA-EX58-EXTREME Scanning BIOS Image in Hard Drive

    Nice to see your board can be added to the "Saved" list!!!

    No, I have not seen anything addressing SLI issues, nor have I seen anyone mention it so it may just be your cards or drivers.

    BIOS updates especially Beta's do not come with changelogs, and even the official ones only note one or two things updated when there is usually several things addressed with each one.

    I have personally tried to get a changelog url/list/ect and have had no luck, thru official contacts. So I think they either do not compile this info or at least did not have a way to easily share this info on a ongoing basis with me

    Thanks for the kind words, great to hear you did not have to RMA

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    Default Re: GA-EX58-EXTREME Scanning BIOS Image in Hard Drive

    It was the drivers. I had to go back to some older drivers. Everything is running excellent. Now all I have to do is image the drive before I screw something up again! :)

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    Default Re: GA-EX58-EXTREME Scanning BIOS Image in Hard Drive

    hello I have ga-945-gcm-s2l board and I cannot start the recovery process since boot block says "scaning bios image in hard drive".. and it freezes with no messages..I wonder if the physically shorting the BIOS method would work or not for my situation..do u have any idea? and how can I find the chip and short it?you know there are no big bios chips on the board with a shiny sticker on them anymore so I couldnt see one =) I would appriciate any answer.thank you in advance..

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    Default Re: GA-EX58-EXTREME Scanning BIOS Image in Hard Drive

    Same thing happened to me some while ago. For some reason (while trying to OC) the BIOS got corrupted and it tryed to recover from the HDD instead of backup BIOS. You should try powering off you computer, removing HDD cables and power on your computer again. This time, not having any HDD to scan for, the backup BIOS should restore everything to normal.

    LE: Oh, I've just realized you MB does not have Dual Bios. Your BIOS chip is located over the SATA ports, but the jumper to reset it is near the battery.
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    Default Re: GA-EX58-EXTREME Scanning BIOS Image in Hard Drive

    Im haveing the same problemi dident update my bios just booted up and get the "scanning bios image in hard drive" message,i have reset my cmos and booted with no hdd's plugged in and no joy anthing else i can try?

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