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    Default Re: help with motherboard unbrick technique GA-EX38-DS4

    Making assumptions and taking shortcuts is not the best course to follow. Of course we need to use common sense, but when the going gets rough, it's time to look at every possibility and get down to basics. I've seen some of the most unlikely, crazy things cause system problems and in many instances, the problem wasn't found until the motherboard was removed from the case and tested with a minimal hardware setup. It's possible that a loose screw in your case is causing a partial short circuit. Is this likely? Probably not, but maybe you will find a wire or an usused psu cable end that is causing a problem. In my years of repairing many things, I've developed a hostility to random "coincidental" failures. One time a customer blamed me when his motorcycle headlight failed shortly after I replaced his rear tire.

    One time I fixed a faulty case speaker by splicing and soldering a tiny 8 ohm speaker in place of the original case speaker. It was the best and loudest case speaker I ever used.

    If needed, having a pro replace your main bios chip sounds like it will probably fix your problem.

    I don't think that you answered one of my original questions; when you originally flashed the modded bios, were you using optimized stock bios settings, that is with no overclock? I'm using 4 x 2GB memory modules in each of my systems. When I'm going to flash my bios, I unplug my power supply from the wall outlet, press and hold the front panel on/off power switch for 10+ sececonds, and then I remove all but one of the memory modules. When I'm ready to use QFlash, I power up my system, go into the bios, load optimized bios defaults, and then make several minor bios changes, such as Disable the Full Screen logo. Now I'm ready to flash the bios.
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    Default Re: help with motherboard unbrick technique GA-EX38-DS4

    I had the same issue with my EP45-DS4 after flashing with modified bios. I didn't look into your bios but I think sensitive modules where moved and your MB will not boot nor even POST. After many days of trying to boot from the backup bios I found one solution. You must press and hold the reset button then power up the mobo. It will start and after 4-5 sec shut down. When starting again you should hear a beep and a backup bios should start. If you want to modify your bios you should read thread [Guide] Enhanced BIOS Modding of Award BIOSes and use “Especially modified Intel RST(e) RAID ROM v11.6.0.1702 with TRIM in RAID0 for ICH10R systems” from thread BIOS modules (PCI ROM, EFI and others) » AHCI & RAID ROM Modules

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    Default Re: help with motherboard unbrick technique GA-EX38-DS4

    @zslawek
    Thanks for posting your procdure.

    To use your procedure, at what time did you release the front panel's RESET button?
    After the mobo shuts down?
    Shortly after the mobo first starts up?

    When you first power up your system, did you use the front panel's on/off power switch? PSU on/off switch?

    The EX38-DS4 uses the ICH9R chipset. I don't know if raid roms for ICH9R and ICH10R are the same.

    If the OP's bios boot-block is too badly damaged, I don't know if your procedure will work.
    It's worth a try as he has nothing too lose at this point.
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    Default Re: help with motherboard unbrick technique GA-EX38-DS4

    Quote Originally Posted by profJim View Post
    To use your procedure, at what time did you release the front panel's RESET button?
    After the mobo shuts down?
    Shortly after the mobo first starts up?
    After the mobo shuts down
    Quote Originally Posted by profJim View Post
    When you first power up your system, did you use the front panel's on/off power switch? PSU on/off switch?
    the front panel's on/off power switch

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    Default Re: help with motherboard unbrick technique GA-EX38-DS4

    Thanks for explaining the details.

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