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    Question Gigabyte BIOS - Recovery options for Virtual Dual BIOS

    I have tried to search for "Virtual Dual BIOS" and all of the Threads and Pages relevant are '404' or gone. I am trying to help someone with an LGA 775 who pooched their BIOS and since their MOBO lacks a real 'Dual BIOS' what are some recovery option(s)? The exact MOBO is a GA-G31M-S2L - GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 775 - GA-G31M-S2L (rev. 1.0)

    Duh, Q-Flash to flash but a tad too late.

    Are there any Guides or 'working' links to the available MOBO in question with "Virtual Dual BIOS"??

    I noted '
    Xpress Recovery2' but that seemed to recover data and nothing to do with the BIOS. link - GIGABYTE Xpress Recovery2

    I know ASUS has an option to boot off your OEM MOBO DVD and recover the BIOS.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Gigabyte BIOS - Recovery options for Virtual Dual BIOS

    Hopefully your friend () didn't use @ bios to flash his MB. Never a good Idea.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte BIOS - Recovery options for Virtual Dual BIOS

    Does the G31 system display any information when booting?
    If yes, what is displayed? Can you post a picture of the screen information?
    There are some possible solutions:
    • perform an extended clear cmos for 8 - 12 hours with the the motherboard battery removed and with the power supply unplugged from the wall outlet
    • attempt a blind flash using a bootable floppy disk
    • connect a hard drive which has a saved copy of the correct bios in the Host Protected Area (HPA)
    • install a replacement bios chip which means soldering a pre-flashed chip to the motherboard
    • buy a new or used motherboard

    Check out Newegg.com - Computer Hardware, Motherboards, Intel Motherboards, LGA 775 for a selection of G41 motherboards for about $50.
    A web search using the shopping option shows used g31 motherboards for $50 - $100.

    My P35 system has the virtual dual bios feature and I enabled the bios option to save bios to HPA.
    http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...ash-guide.html is the definitive bios flashing guide.
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
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    Default Re: Gigabyte BIOS - Recovery options for Virtual Dual BIOS

    @Conners - I've seen that link and it points to a dead link (here).

    @profJim - Booting - nothing is displayed, and now no beeps. The flash was done via Q-Flash.

    The 'Question' is what BIOS Recovery Options are available and How do you recover with Virtual Dual BIOS??

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    Default Re: Gigabyte BIOS - Recovery options for Virtual Dual BIOS

    -- GIGABYTE --Geeks Column of the Week - BIOS Explained has the best explanation that I've found.
    The GIGABYTE Xpress BIOS Rescue™ Technology section near the bottom of the page is probably how the virtual bios is used.
    It isn't a perfect setup.

    Perform the extended cmos clear as mentioned previously and try booting with a minimal hardware setup with the hard drive installed.
    I don't know of any other options other than buying a pre-flashed bios chip and replacing the current bios chip.
    Your best option is probably to buy a replacement motherboard, new or used.
    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: Gigabyte BIOS - Recovery options for Virtual Dual BIOS

    He's trying what you posted -- I'm still trying to figure out what happened to the Guide for Recovery options for Virtual Dual BIOS...

    My hope is someone here could resurrect it.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte BIOS - Recovery options for Virtual Dual BIOS

    Are you referring to the guide mentioned in the Tom's Hardware link from post #2.
    That link has a similar URL to the current bios guide in post #4.
    The forum link structure was updated several years ago and all (former) URL's with "forums.tweaktown.com/f69" have a somewhat different URL address now.
    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: Gigabyte BIOS - Recovery options for Virtual Dual BIOS

    Yep that one, I first 'tried' to search for it in this forum (no joy) -- so I assume: 1. It's a 'bad' Guide (failure rate or problematic) 2. Deleted.

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    Lightbulb Re: Gigabyte BIOS - Recovery options for Virtual Dual BIOS

    http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...ash-guide.html is a sticky, so it appears near the top of list on every page in the Gigabyte forum.

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