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    Unhappy "Begin to update backup BIOS" Loop on startup

    I'm having the same problems as this guy: annoying startup bios issue

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    CPU: AMD Phenom X4 955 @3.2Ghz
    RAM: Patriot 8GB 1600 (on this board it sets it to 1333 on default)
    Mobo: Gigabyte 970A-D3 (this board has dual BIOS)
    GPU: Gigabyte Radeon 6870 Windforce
    PSU: 620W antec.

    I have owned this PC for 3+ months.

    Friday night, I installed a game then when I restarted my PC it got past the BIOS menu then a message came up saying "Begin to update backup BIOS"

    followed by "Writing BIOS" then several "...". I have found that taking out the watch battery for a few minutes, putting it back in, then shorting the 2 pins on CLR_CMOS allows me to boot to windows (but after a while shuts down). I called up NCIX (the people who built my PC) and they recommended that I re install my OS and update my BIOS. I did this, and it still hasn't worked.

    Please help!

    Thanks!
    Last edited by InsanelyOrange; 01-29-2012 at 07:43 AM.

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    Default Re: "Begin to update backup BIOS" Loop on startup

    I have also tested both of my sticks of RAM separately and neither of them help to boot.

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    Default Re: "Begin to update backup BIOS" Loop on startup

    i cant see how a game can alter the stability of your pc,esp when you arnt playing it,i havnt got a clue when it comes to amd settings does your mb have onboard graphics? if so try with those to see if its graphic card problem ect
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    Default Re: "Begin to update backup BIOS" Loop on startup

    My motherboard doesn't come with onboard GPU.

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    Default Re: "Begin to update backup BIOS" Loop on startup

    Can you see in the event log what is the cause for windows to shut down?
    In BIOS press F9, are both backup and main BIOS version the same, and what is your BIOS version?

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    Default Re: "Begin to update backup BIOS" Loop on startup

    So, this happens on every boot? Even after you updated the BIOS manually, and or let it update the backup BIOS?

    Can you test with a single stick of memory and see if that helps. Is your 8GB 2x4GB or 4x2GB?

    Go into the BIOS, and on the MAIN page press F9 for system info, and tell me if your BIOS shows Main and backup BIOS versions and if so do they match, if not what does it show the backup version as?

    Sounds like the backup BIOS is corrupt, but when the main issue happens and it flashes the backup that should be corrected. You could try to do this manually and see if it helps, here's how.

    If a single stick of memory stops the issue, then you should test each of your sticks one at a time with Memtest86+ for at least 5 full passes and see if they all act the same and don't show any errors.
    Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

    If it continues on each startup, no matter what we try, it may be doing this because the backup BIOS is physically damaged somehow so on every reboot it tries to correct itself.

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    Default Re: "Begin to update backup BIOS" Loop on startup

    Thanks for responding to my PM!

    Here is a Picture of my system info when I hit F9 : imgur: the simple image sharer

    I didn't see anything regarding my backup BIOS. I have already tried running both sticks or RAM seperatly, but it didn't do a thing. I did now that I think of it run them in different slots, so I might go back and retest them both in the same slot. I have 2X4GB sticks (Patriot Hyper X).
    I'm still watching the video about the backup BIOS, and will get back to you when I try it. If the video doesn't help me I'll try the looking at the RAM agian.
    I also started a thread on another website before I came to this one:Computer attempting to update bios after restart - Chipsets-Bios - Motherboards-Memory
    Someone suggested using a program called Killdisk, just in case it is a virus. Thoughts about trying that?

    Thanks agian everyone.

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    Alright, I flashed my backup BIOS with my main BIOS like in the video and it didn't solve the problem. Now my system will boot to windows randomly, when trying to acess my bios my keyboard sometimes wouldn't connet and it would boot to windows 2 times out of 5. Wen't full retard and spilt water on my desk, so I'm going to wait a bit for the surface to fully dry before I open my computer and put anything electronical on it. Then after I'll try checking my RAM.

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    Default Re: "Begin to update backup BIOS" Loop on startup

    Quote Originally Posted by Lsdmeasap View Post
    So, this happens on every boot? Even after you updated the BIOS manually, and or let it update the backup BIOS?

    Can you test with a single stick of memory and see if that helps. Is your 8GB 2x4GB or 4x2GB?

    Go into the BIOS, and on the MAIN page press F9 for system info, and tell me if your BIOS shows Main and backup BIOS versions and if so do they match, if not what does it show the backup version as?

    Sounds like the backup BIOS is corrupt, but when the main issue happens and it flashes the backup that should be corrected. You could try to do this manually and see if it helps, here's how.

    If a single stick of memory stops the issue, then you should test each of your sticks one at a time with Memtest86+ for at least 5 full passes and see if they all act the same and don't show any errors.
    Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

    If it continues on each startup, no matter what we try, it may be doing this because the backup BIOS is physically damaged somehow so on every reboot it tries to correct itself.
    Alright, going to try the Memtest86+ but need more instructions on how to use it. Should I try each stick of ram in the same slot? Probably going to do that. I'm currently on PC, it was able to boot windows finally. I put Memtest 86+ V4.20 on my usb with the "Auto installer for usb key". Just need to know how to use it.

    Thanks.

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    Update: Whenever I am able to boot onto my OS, it will auto restart after about 10-15min. Then it will boot right up into windows agian, not sure if its a virus or if I just screwed up installing my OS.

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