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    Default BIOS flash resulting in XP instability?

    Hi All,

    Occasional lurker, first time poster here.

    Last night I flashed the BIOS on my GA-965P-DS3 to the latest version, F14d, in anticipation of upgrading my CPU to a new core based on 45nm architecture. The flash as seemed to go off without a hitch but foolishly I forgot to re-enable my RAID 1 configuration in the BIOS before booting into XP. So now I have 2 drive instead of 1. This is not so much of a problem as I plan on updating to Win 7 shortly anyway. The real problem I have is that my current XP installation is now behaving oddly:

    - No on board sound! I've checked that it is active in the BIOS and I've tried reinstalling the Realtek drivers (from the MB CD and the latest version from GB's site) to no avail.

    - I also run a ESI Juli@ PCI soundcard for audio producing. Again, XP shows 'no audio device' in the sound section of the control panel. If I remove the drivers for this device and reinstall them, I can use this device. But if I restart XP, then the device no longer works and XP displays 'no audio device' again. (not fun when your a self confessed audiophile!)

    - XP now randomly switches to classic view, normally a minute or 2 after start up. I can switch it back and it seems to be stable after that.

    - System Restore wont even open now.

    Again,the only change I've made to the system of late was the BIOS flash. Has anybody experienced anything like this? Could it be due to me forgetting to reintialise the raid after flashing or has the BIOS flash gone bad at some point?

    Any sugeestions or ideas would be most welcome!

    Cheers

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    Default Re: BIOS flash resulting in XP instability?

    After your bios flash, did you immeditately load OPTIMIZED bios settings before making any bios changes?
    Did you try to load an existing saved bios profile?

    The procedures in Lsdme's BIOS Flashing - A "How To ~ Qflash Guide" cover everything you need to know about flashing and the proper procedure for dealing with raid setups.
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    Default Re: BIOS flash resulting in XP instability?

    with xp sound i had to install the Microsoft UAA (Universal Audio Architecture) Bus driver,
    before i installed it there was no way i could get any sound just google it and get xp version
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    Hi Prof,

    Opt. defaults were loaded straight after the flash, then booted into XP. I didn't attempt to load a profile.
    Last edited by skipperschibbi; 09-03-2009 at 09:53 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wazza300 View Post
    with xp sound i had to install the Microsoft UAA (Universal Audio Architecture) Bus driver,
    before i installed it there was no way i could get any sound just google it and get xp version

    After trying just the realtek drivers, I installed the UAA drivers and then the realtek drivers once more. still no sound :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by skipperschibbi View Post
    After trying just the realtek drivers, I installed the UAA drivers and then the realtek drivers once more. still no sound :(
    another user had the very same problem with onboard sound,turned out he had two installs of that microsoft uaa driver so id make sure you dont have the same thing...if its not that then im bafled and cant you re-enable raid? or has it still left u with this problem?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wazza300 View Post
    another user had the very same problem with onboard sound,turned out he had two installs of that microsoft uaa driver so id make sure you dont have the same thing...if its not that then im bafled and cant you re-enable raid? or has it still left u with this problem?
    I don't believe I can re-enable raid. According to the bios flash sticky in this forum you need to do it before the first boot into windows after the flash - That, and one of the HDD's now has slightly more data on it than the other.
    I can only see on UAA driver installed atm.

    Cheers Wazza

    To Anybody:
    Does this sound like something a windows reinstall will solve or an issue related to the bios itself?

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    Default Re: BIOS flash resulting in XP instability?

    All of the issues you're experiencing are more likely to be because of a borked XP installation rather than a BIOS problem. If all else fails, a backup of your data followed by a re-install from scratch should solve all your problems.

    While you're at it, why not try out the Release Candidate of Windows 7? The ISO is no longer availible for download from the M$ site but you can still officially get an install key. Once you log in with a live account (eg hotmail e-mail address etc) and get your key, you can download the Release candidate (version 7100) via BitTorrent. You have until March to buy the full version of Windows 7 then.

    The Release Candidate is virtually as good as the RTM will be. I've not had a single problem, in fact I get better performance all round in Win 7 than I did in Vista 64. I recommend the 64 bit version ofc. 32bit is pointless now unless you really need it for some old program you must be able to use (most will run on 64bit fine).

    Just double check that you actually have the on-board sound enabled in the BIOS. It may be called just "Onboard audio" or refered to as "Azalea Codec"
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    Thanks Psycho, I'm definitely leaning (hoping!) towards the dodgy XP angle install myself. I had no idea RC's keys were sill available - I've been trying to get a few of the guys at work who have a technet subscription to hand one over. I've triple checked that the bios setting is on, or auto as this board refers to it.

    A quick question. Would it hurt if I flashed the bios one more time with the same version purely to satisfy my OCD?

    oh, and has anyone heard if the E7600's will work with a GA-965-DS3 rev 3.3? The compatibility list on GB's website does not have it listed.

    Cheers
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    Default Re: BIOS flash resulting in XP instability?

    You'd be fine to flash again if you wish without prooblem. Make sure to do so using QFlash or a DOS utility rather than in Windows though.

    To get your Win 7 key go here: Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) Download Is No Longer Available and follow the steps (I recommend the 64 bit version). You will ofc need to download the ISO via other means (BitTorrent) as MS no longer have it for download.

    As the board supports all other E7xxx I'm guessing you should be OK. No way to be 100% sure though. If you experience issues, maybe look for the latest beta BIOS for the board if one exists. The beta BIOS's are in the thread stickied in this forum and all the latest BIOS's are posted on the first page, so no need to search through the whole thread.
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