Please report all spam threads, posts and suspicious members. We receive spam notifications and will take immediate action!
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: What is Checksum=3a00 when BIOS flashing?




  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    California
    Posts
    262

    Default What is Checksum=3a00 when BIOS flashing?

    I am troubleshooting something. So, I want to flash the BIOS of my X58A UD3R rev 2.0 from B to your F2. But I encounter a Checksum=3A00 when it asks me whether I want to flash. Is this normal? :)

  2. #2
    profJim's Avatar
    profJim is online now Chief Munchkin + moderator
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Tacoma, WA. [USA]
    Posts
    7,811

    Default Re: What is Checksum=3a00 when BIOS flashing?

    I've never found any documentation that states what the checksum value should be for each bios file.
    It appears that as long as the checksum value ends in "00", everything is OK.

    Qflash can't find bios files on NTFS partitions. FAT 12/16/32 partitions or drives can be accessed in Qflash.
    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
    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
    .


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    California
    Posts
    262

    Default Re: What is Checksum=3a00 when BIOS flashing?

    Thanks, prof Jim. The update went smoothly.

    Now, I have another set of questions. How do I update drivers? My new HD 5770 functions fine, but the AMD driver has some sort of bizarre issue with my OS, rendering aspects of my system inoperable.

    So I want to update all my drivers. I sort of suspect that the culprit is the AMD driver itself. But I want to update all the other drivers to make sure. Curiously, AMD's new driver, 11.1, shows up as 10.10 to any other program that can read it, including Windows.

    What I want to do is to update my chipset driver for my X58A UD3r rev 2.0. How would I so that? For some of the others, like for the Realtek chips, USB 3.0, and the Intel nic, do I go to Device Manager and click update? Is there a choose file option if I do? I am a bit confused because I use Driver Sweeper when I uninstall display drivers. Will a simple update from device manager be safe?

  4. #4
    profJim's Avatar
    profJim is online now Chief Munchkin + moderator
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Tacoma, WA. [USA]
    Posts
    7,811

    Default Re: What is Checksum=3a00 when BIOS flashing?

    I'm fairly new to win7 and being a control freak, I prefer to manually download and update drivers directly from the vendor (Realtek, AMD/Nvidia, etc.). I'm semi sure that windows auto update takes care of updating to any newer Intel driver files. Go to the Intel chipset driver download site and read the ReadMe file. I download the zip file version of the driver and extract it to a folder. Then I can individually update driver files from Device Manager where I choose the unzipped folder location for the specific file(s). Clear as mud?

    I've allowed win7 to automatically update windows, but none of the non-windows drivers. It may be overkill or the fact that old habits die hard, but I image my boot drive before updating drivers.

    From what I've read, updating to the latest and greatest graphics drivers sometimes leads to problems.

    I think that your best bet is to focus on the AMD software/drivers and see if a newer or older version solves the problem. Whenever I encounter an "issue" on my system, I first search the web to see how others have solved their problem.

    My preference is to uninstall a driver, followed by cleaning any remaining software residue using Driver Sweeper in safe mode, and then installing the new software/drivers. When I've had major problems with a driver, I sometimes delete the device in Device Manager after I have uninstalled and cleaned my system, reboot, and then installed a newer or older driver.
    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
    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
    .


  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    California
    Posts
    262

    Default Re: What is Checksum=3a00 when BIOS flashing?

    So, double clicking on setup to install any driver--other than the ones covered by driver sweeper--with auto install feature should be fine then? Is this the normal way to do it?

    I don't know what is causing the problem. But I just noticed that I have nVidia's PhysX installed on my system. I'm pretty surprised, since I have only ever installed 3 different ATI cards on my system. I am wondering whether this program is the cause of my problematic AMD driver. The only thing I can think of that may have installed it is Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, or Mass Effect 2 Demo... Otherwise, I am at a loss. :(

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    California
    Posts
    262

    Default Re: What is Checksum=3a00 when BIOS flashing?

    I am trying to find someone at a BioWare forum who might know the answer. But ultimately, I want to be able to uninstall PhysX without harming my 2 ME games. These two games are the only things that seem to have some sort of connection to the PhysX program on my system.

  7. #7
    profJim's Avatar
    profJim is online now Chief Munchkin + moderator
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Tacoma, WA. [USA]
    Posts
    7,811

    Default Re: What is Checksum=3a00 when BIOS flashing?

    A web search using:
    physx mass effect 2
    might answer your question.

    The enclosed screen-shot shows the options for driver updates.
    In this case this is my graphics driver, and letting windows auto update the driver would mean that Driver Sweeper couldn't be run after the old driver was deleted by windows.

    I always run Driver Sweeper after I have manually uninstalled the graphics software/drivers. I don't see why you couldn't uninstall some drivers, reboot, and then let windows Find New Hardware search the web for newer drivers.What is Checksum=3a00 when BIOS flashing?-win7-update-driver-sample-screen-png
    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
    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
    .


  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    California
    Posts
    262

    Default Re: What is Checksum=3a00 when BIOS flashing?

    Thank you for actually trying to help me, profJim.

    But I think you misunderstood me. But that's my fault. Like an idiot, I was totally not making myself understandable. The one driver I actually do feel comfortable installing and uninstalling is the display driver. It's the other drivers I am a little uncertain about because I only ever install them when I install an OS clean. I do not believe you can update the chipset driver using any of your advice, for instance.

    At any rate, I've decided to go the nuclear option and format and reinstall my OS. I really have no more spare time left to troubleshoot my system. My data is fine. I have six hdds in my system. Again, thank you for trying to help me. The problem here was that I wasn't making myself easy to help. ^^;

    Take care. :)

  9. #9
    profJim's Avatar
    profJim is online now Chief Munchkin + moderator
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Tacoma, WA. [USA]
    Posts
    7,811

    Default Re: What is Checksum=3a00 when BIOS flashing?

    Glad to help out, let us know how your o/s reinstall works out.
    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
    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
    .


  10. #10
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    California
    Posts
    262

    Default Re: What is Checksum=3a00 when BIOS flashing?

    As the hardware was not the issue and all the software involved are mainstream products that should not have been conflicting, I figured that a reformat and re-install would fix the issue. It did.

    But this makes me wonder, how do you fellas put together your OS drive? I put basically the OS, most of the programs, and user profile data all in the same volume. So when I reformat and re-install, I lose most of that.

    I am using the WD 640GB Black Caviar for my OS drive. Even though I use a number of large programs, I don't think I'll ever use half of that space for a long time, if ever. I store data in a 1TB Black Caviar, 3 WD20EARS, and a 640GB Blue Caviar in my tower.

    I know how to save things like saved games, templates, and bookmarks from the OS drive. But if you are going to have to format and start over, do you think it is best to really start over--by reinstalling all your programs? Now that I've done it, the computer does certainly feel fresh. But it took about a day to put the system mostly back together again.

    :)

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •