Help, I flashed my mobo and I can't get up...

Discussion in 'CPU, Motherboards and Memory' started by mrh250, May 31, 2012.

  1. mrh250

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    Hi all!

    Please forgive my "newb-ness", but I'm in the process of building my first rig
    and I've run into a snag. First, my specs:

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    CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K @ 3.40 GHz
    GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti
    Mobo:
    Gigabyte Intel Z77 (GA-Z77X-UD5H)
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green 2 TB
    PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX850
    Optial: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner
    Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel
    Montior: ASUS ML228H
    OS: Windows 7 Professional
    (64 bit)
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    Now, in first putting it together, I had no problems installing Windows 7. After installing all drivers and updates and in the spirit of being thorough, I used Gigabyte's
    @BIOS utility to flash to the newest bios version (F7) from the factory default (F4). Bad idea!
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    Almost immediately, the OS went wonky. This is probably where my inexperience really hit hard. I thought maybe OS files corrupted somehow, so I just needed to reinstall the OS. No luck.

    Currently, I can't even install Windows 7 on the hard disk. I can get to "Unpacking Windows files..." when the installation freezes and (eventually) the system reboots on its own.

    I'm at the end of my obviously feeble skills, and I humbly ask: "what the heck did I do?!!?"

    Thank you all, in advance!
     
  2. mrh250

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    Well, I forgot that my mobo has Dual BIOS. So, I used the backup (version F4) to get everything up and running again. Anyone have any idea why an older version of a mobo's BIOS would work better than a newer version?
     
  3. RHochstenbach

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    If new features are introduced, they might cause new issues. Therefore it's never a good idea to upgrade your BIOS firmware unless a newer version fixes any issues you are having. Anyway, great to have your system back up and running :)
     
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  4. mrh250

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    That was kinda what I figured. I was hoping that the new BIOS would fix the original problem (that I'm now back to having, d'oh!). That problem is that the system randomly shuts down. I haven't been able to find a trend (i.e. only when I'm playing a game, etc.), and I've run memtest86+ for two passes with no errors. It seems to happen less when I only have 2 sticks of 4GB memory installed, but that's just a guesstimate. Anyone have any ideas about that?

    (p.s.- if this isn't the right place for this question, I'll be happy to relocate it elsewhere.)
     
  5. RHochstenbach

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    If your system randomly shuts down for no reason, it's most likey to be caused by the power supply.
     
  6. mrh250

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    So is this an error that can be diagnosed and fixed, or is it an instant RMA? I'm at a loss because I can't force it to happen, so I can't figure out what causes it.
     
  7. RHochstenbach

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    That depends on the manufacturer of the power supply, I would suggest contacting them. It might be possible they'll replace it immediately.
     
  8. DarthD

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    it has dual bios, so no worry if things went wrong
     

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