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    Hey guys, new here. Been posting my problem all around and am hoping I can get some help here.

    I'm at my wit's end and I don't know what to do. I've had this "Scanning BIOS Image in Hard Drive ..." problem for a few weeks now, after I got into a fight with a family member, which left me with a wrecked PC.

    I have a GA EP35 DS3L motherboard. I'm not a pro with computers, but I'm learning as I go, with an adept friend at my side. After the Gigabyte tech support had me clear my CMOS, which did nothing obviously, I started to panic. My friend and I took use of his PC, with my SATA HDD attached to it. We've dl-ed the latest BIOS from the official site, and saved the files to the root of my HDD. I then plugged that HDD into my primary SATA port on my screwed motherboard, but to my dismay no action occurred.

    We've also tried CDs but I can't open my boot or BIOS menus for some reason, which means I can't tell my computer what to scan first.

    I really don't want to RMA it. If anyone has any idea on how to fix this, or help me, I'd really really appreciate it. Thanks.

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    Default Re: "Scanning BIOS Image in Hard Drive ..." GA EP35 DS3L Error

    I'm pretty sure that your system is scanning a special hidden section of your hard drive for a saved version of your bios.
    Try the following:
    1. Format an unused hard drive with a small FAT32 partition.
    2. Download the latest F6 bios version for your motherboard.
    3. Use 7zip to open the download EXE package.
    4. Extract the EP35DS3L.F6 file only.
    5. Copy the extracted EP35DS3L.F6 bios file to this FAT32 partition.
    6. Install this hard drive to your system, with no other drives attached.
    Note: this might work if you put the bios file on a floppy drive and don't have any other usb, optical or hard drives attached.

    If this doesn't work, you might be able to use a backed up image file of your hard drive or boot partition if you already have one.
    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
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    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
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    Default Re: "Scanning BIOS Image in Hard Drive ..." GA EP35 DS3L Error

    Hey Jim,

    thanks for the suggestions. Previously I placed the BIOS image files onto the root of my back up, and primary hard drive, while plugging each individually into the SATAII0 port. I'm currently formatting my back up drive, and will do as you advised. Hopefully this'll work, I'd literally jump for joy and then some..

    Though I'm not sure what you mean with the last part of your comment. Also, my hard drive will not convert to FAT32 from NTFS, and the programs that used to do such conversions are no longer available. Will leaving my hdd as NTFS be fine?

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    Seems like my formatted back up hdd didn't work. Does it have to be the FAT32 format? I've also tried CDs and USBs. Would try a floppy but my friend's PC doesn't have a floppy drive.

    Notes - I've cleared the CMOS. My screen used to flash "Auto BIOS Recovery..." then restart itself periodically, but since the CMOS clearance it no longer does. I cannot access my boot or BIOS menus.

    Any other suggestions??

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    Default Re: "Scanning BIOS Image in Hard Drive ..." GA EP35 DS3L Error

    When flashing with Q-Flash, the bios must be in a FAT disk partition, where the partition uses FAT12, 16, or 32. I don't know exactly where the "Auto Bios Recovery" looks for bios files. With a "virtual dual bios", I think that the auto-saved bios is located in some inaccessible hard drive sectors somewhere on the the drive. My partitioning software doesn't show any hidden or non-standard partitions on my P35 ssd or hard drive.

    What exactly happens now that you've cleared the CMOS? Be specific.

    You should be able to partition or format using the FAT file system using aftermarket freeware software. Check out Easeus and Paragon offerings.
    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
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    Default Re: "Scanning BIOS Image in Hard Drive ..." GA EP35 DS3L Error

    When flashing with Q-Flash, the bios must be in a FAT disk partition, where the partition uses FAT12, 16, or 32. I don't know exactly where the "Auto Bios Recovery" looks for bios files. With a "virtual dual bios", I think that the auto-saved bios is located in some inaccessible hard drive sectors somewhere on the the drive. My partitioning software doesn't show any hidden or non-standard partitions on my P35 ssd or hard drive.

    What exactly happens now that you've cleared the CMOS? Be specific.

    You should be able to partition or format using the FAT file system using aftermarket freeware software. Check out Easeus and Paragon offerings.
    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
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    Default Re: "Scanning BIOS Image in Hard Drive ..." GA EP35 DS3L Error

    Quote Originally Posted by profJim View Post
    When flashing with Q-Flash, the bios must be in a FAT disk partition, where the partition uses FAT12, 16, or 32. I don't know exactly where the "Auto Bios Recovery" looks for bios files. With a "virtual dual bios", I think that the auto-saved bios is located in some inaccessible hard drive sectors somewhere on the the drive. My partitioning software doesn't show any hidden or non-standard partitions on my P35 ssd or hard drive.

    What exactly happens now that you've cleared the CMOS? Be specific.

    You should be able to partition or format using the FAT file system using aftermarket freeware software. Check out Easeus and Paragon offerings.
    All right. After downloading EaseUS and changing my hdd to FAT32 I see no change. I've got the ep35ds3l.f6 file, alone, in the root, hooked up to my primary slot. Still "Scanning Bios Image..." I can't Q-Flash because I can't enter any menus from boot up, it's as almost if they don't exist after bashing F2, 4, 8, 12, DEL, END and INS. No luck.

    When the Gigabyte tech support suggested I clear the CMOS nothing at all happened; at least nothing apparent. I expected a spark or noise of some sort, but after clearing nothing really popped out to me. Same issue as always.

    Now that I've got my hdd to FAT32 I'm gonna try putting all the BIOS files onto it, and see how that goes.

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    Default Re: "Scanning BIOS Image in Hard Drive ..." GA EP35 DS3L Error

    Need a little more information:
    When the "Scanning Bios Image" message appears, what happens next?
    How long is the message displayed?
    Does your system auto reboot after a while?

    Keep in mind that it might take several minutes for a bios file to be installed, possibly up to about five minutes.
    If the bios file is found and applied, you should see some brief drive activity from the drive activity light.
    Do you have a case speaker connected to your motherboard? If yes, do you hear any beeps?
    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
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    Default Re: "Scanning BIOS Image in Hard Drive ..." GA EP35 DS3L Error

    Quote Originally Posted by profJim View Post
    Need a little more information:
    When the "Scanning Bios Image" message appears, what happens next?
    How long is the message displayed?
    Does your system auto reboot after a while?

    Keep in mind that it might take several minutes for a bios file to be installed, possibly up to about five minutes.
    If the bios file is found and applied, you should see some brief drive activity from the drive activity light.
    Do you have a case speaker connected to your motherboard? If yes, do you hear any beeps?
    Let's see:

    When the message appears, nothing happens next - I've sat dumbheaded, staring at the screen, for at least a good 3-5 minutes, straight up pissed off that nothing I did was working. No reboot, it used to reboot when I had that auto Bios Recovery message.

    I really appreciate the help. I think I've come to the conclusion that a new motherboard is probably the right decision. I don't want to cause more frustration and anguish over a low quality product that is easily replaceable. Worth a shot, though.

    Thanks again for the help

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