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    Default BIOS update gone wrong?

    Hello,

    I tried updating the BIOS of my Gigabyte motherboard, GA-G33M-DS2R, and something must have gone wrong..
    The current BIOS version was F7 and I downloaded F9a from the Gigabyte website. I then used the Q-Flash application, accessable through pressing "END" during start up. The BIOS file was located on a USB-stick and every step of the process was according to the Q-Flash instruction. The BIOS file was identified, read and successfully updated by Q-Flash. Once completed the instruction manual informed me to exit the program and wait for the computer to reboot.

    However, this is were the problems start. When the computer starts up, the power supply, fans and the white front LED all starts up just to completely die 3-4 seconds later. The computer remains dead for some seconds just to automatically initiate the same sequence some 5 seconds later, over and over again. I have to use the main power switch on the back of the computer to kill the power and therefore stop the sequence from recurring.

    Can somebody please tell me what I did wrong and, even more importantly, how can I fix this? I would be extremely thankful..

    Small remark, I have currently no OS installed since I was just about to perform a fresh Win 7 installation. I have previously had some problems with keyboard inputs during start up not being registred. Therefore I wanted to upgrade the BIOS. Not sure if any of this matter but just in case..

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    Default Re: BIOS update gone wrong?

    @CPL
    Maybe you didn't clear DMI data?
    Anyway try clearing CMOS as explained in "Clearing the CMOS" part of this post. If 20 minutes are not enough, try a few hours/over night.

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    Thanks for the tip.

    I tried now for the +20mins but without any result.
    I try for the full night and see if that makes any difference.

    Is this a classic symptom of bad flashing? Or are there still hope..?

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    Default Re: BIOS update gone wrong?

    Removing the battery and placing a jumper on CLR_CMOS is probably the best way to go.

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    Default Re: BIOS update gone wrong?

    After your overnight CMOS clear, try booting with a minimal hardware setup, only using:
    PS2 keyboard
    1 Memory module
    Monitor hooked up using your integrated graphics

    If you are able to enter the bios, immediately load optimized bios settings then save settings and exit.
    Re-enter the bios and enter the appropriate memory voltages for both memory sticks and MCH Core voltage.
    Save settings and exit, power down your system, and unplug the AC power cord from the psu.
    Re-install the second memory module and any other hardware.
    Plug in the power cord and you should be ready to go.

    Do you have a mobo speaker connected the speaker pins so that you can hear any error beep codes?

    Good luck!
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    Default Re: BIOS update gone wrong?

    I removed the battery for 24hours but no result when booting up. Is is sufficient to remove battery or is the "Clear CMOS-jumper" mandatory as well?

    I will retry with battery removal again and the minimum hardware set up as prfJim proposed once I get input from you, guys, if the jumper is neccesary or not.

    I donīt believe I have a mobo speaker.

    Thanks for the help so far!

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    Default Re: BIOS update gone wrong?

    With "problem" setups, I recommend removing the battery and to jumper the CLR_CMOS pins.
    Some have found that they need to let their system repeat the boot loop dance 5 or more times before their system will allow them to enter the bios.
    Check out this post for additional suggestions.
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
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    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium ~~ CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD U.P.S
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    Default Re: BIOS update gone wrong?

    If 10 minutes doesn't do it, then its not gonna happen, you can pull the power cord, pull battery, set jumper to clear cmos, hit power button a few times to clear
    caps.
    Last edited by man00; 01-20-2010 at 07:14 AM.

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    Default Re: BIOS update gone wrong?

    some update bios screwed the whole motherboard i think your mobo is gone

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    Default Re: BIOS update gone wrong?

    If 10 minutes doesn't do it, then its not gonna happen....
    Not necessarily true.
    Several have posted that they couldn't clear the bios until they removed the battery and jumpered the CLR_CMOS pins for several hours or longer. Some only had success when their systems used this approach for 12 - 24 hours.

    Try the procedure in post #7.

    It's a long shot, but you might be able to perform a "blind flash" using a bootable floppy drive. This could also work with a bootable usb drive, but only if your bios was configured with a usb drive as one of the boot options. Check out Lsdme's BIOS Flashing - A "How To ~ Qflash Guide" thread for more information.

    You can search the forum threads for
    blind+flash
    to see what others have tried.

    Your mobo has "virtual dual bios" so you don't have the option of jumpering your main bios chip to copy the backup bios on to the main bios chip.

    You should be able to RMA your mobo to Gigabyte for repair or replacement. The warranty covers parts for three years and labor for two years. You can also contact GB tech support for assistance, being sure to detail all the steps that you've taken so far.

    Good luck!
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
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