Forum UEFI Shell Flash tool [V1.19] for MSI boards! ✔

escape75

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Don't have info about this unit, check it with MSI here:
>>How to contact MSI.<<
That's strange,- but maybe it's because a Canadian model.

In any case they seem to have the same ones in USA,- same BIOS:

Also in Europe, but they are model 10SI-1051MYS.

Hmm, oh well thanks anyway!
 

escape75

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I think based on that it's "safe" to say it's really an H410M PRO board, ignore the green PCH heatsink, it didn't come with any heatsink :)

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On a paper that's totally different model.
If you gonna cross-flash it, you must be prepared in a case of bricking and non boot, and for HW BIOS chip re-flashing with SPI Programmer.
 

escape75

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On a paper that's totally different model.
If you gonna cross-flash it, you must be prepared in a case of bricking and non boot, and for HW BIOS chip re-flashing with SPI Programmer.
Ok, well I do have an SPI programmer and a backup done with the Intel FPT tool :)
I don't have a lot of SPI programming experience, and I would need to locate the BIOS chip.

I compared my OEM model with Retail and the pictures (aside from heatsink) look identical,
but I do understand that cross-flashing might not always produce the expected results ...

I guess I'll have to think whether it's worth it, and I'm not sure what I would be gaining by going to Retail BIOS :)

PS: That system included the GTX 1650 Super and also a custom OEM BIOS and I've had issues with black screen flicker,
I re-flashed that with the Retail version (hex compare showed only few differenced) and there's been no issues since!

Thanks again!
 

dstraws161902f8

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Where do I send $$$?
A Big Thank You!, to Swet for this Flash tool. I struggled for hours, basically a day, resetting CMOS, jumpering the battery pins, removing memory, pci cards, connecting various monitors, all to no success, M-Flash would not display, It would enter into a black screen, everything was running. but I could not flash a new BIOS on the X470 Gaming Plus Max.

After hours of googling, I finally ran across the post about the Flash Tool, created a new USB, loaded it up from instructions and within 20 minutes I am typing this post.
To be honest, I have a replacement Gigabyte board in my Amazon cart, because I was over MSI.
Thanks Again, MSI owes you.
 

lemosneth157802da

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This tool will allow automated flashing MSI boards from UEFI Shell.
Important:
Do NOT use it on a MSI AMD boards from 3
xx boards Series. [like X370/B350]

(its OK to use for X399 AMD models as 3xx exception)

It's OK to use for any other newer than [X370/B350] MSI AMD boards or Intel boards.


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V1.13 Add extra support for ME FW Update for all MSI Z490 Series:
MPG Z490 CARBON EK X
MEG Z490 UNIFY
MEG Z490I UNIFY
MPG Z490 GAMING CARBON WIFI
Z490-A PRO
MPG Z490 GAMING EDGE WIFI
MPG Z490 GAMING PLUS
MAG Z490 TOMAHAWK
MEG Z490 GODLIKE
MEG Z490 ACE
MPG Z490M GAMING EDGE WIFI


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How to use:
Prepare an USB key and format it in FAT32
Download the tool from the link:

Forum UEFI Shell Flash tool [V1.19]

or use special version for Blind Flashing:
(It's useful when need to flash BIOS without display [but the PC can still boot and works fine] and performs auto flashing)
For Blind Flashing only: Forum UEFI Shell Flash tool [V1.19]

Short instructions for for Blind Flashing:
[prepare the USB key for flashing,[see details below how to prepare it] then shutdown the PC,
and disconnect temporary any other storages except that USB key that will be used for flashing]
Then turn on PC and wait auto flashing to start and finish automatically.
[when blind flashing is complete the PC will auto shutdown,
then you can remove the USB key and reconnect the rest of your storages and turn it on]


General instructions for USB key preparation within Windows for both versions:
and extract all contents over the USB key, [FAT32 formatted]
copy/extract the folder structure As Is to the USB key.
Do not omit the folders and sub-folders.
I.e: USB key root structure should looks:

then also add/copy/extract desire MSI UEFI BIOS that you want flash,
on USB key main/root (\) folder.
for example i want to flash a E7A34AMS.M90 BIOS,
and copied the BIOS file on USB key main/root folder/directory:

Next reboot computer,
and ensure in BIOS Setup:
UEFI Boot is allowed,
and Secure Boot disabled.


Then boot from USB key,
in UEFI Mode,
You can press F11 during BIOS post/logo screen, then when BBS popup after a while,
choose the prepared USB key with UEFI in front as name.
i.e: choose to boot from:
UEFI USB your drive

then wait, and you will see the BIOS version shown that is going to be flashed.
and you can press a key to proceed with flashing.
If you don't want to proceed with flashing,
you can press "q" to abort at that point.

when flashing starts,
wait patiently to finish,
ensure successfully message on the screen then reboot or power off the computer.

Note1: Be sure to place only one BIOS file on the USB key at the time, before proceed with flashing.
Note2: Due BIOS flashing nature, (which consider every flashing as potential dangerous)
Flash and use at own risk as usual.

Note3: You can use it to downgrade the BIOS too.







EDIT: A video how to use guide made by user efmled:
Can I use this to roll back an A320M-A PRO MAX update???
 

f2pdange155d02d9

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Can I use this with my MSI PRO Z690-A DDR4? Having issues using M-Flash. It'll reboot and say entering flash mode then hand on a black screen.
 

citay

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The MSI PRO Z690-A DDR4 has a Flash BIOS Button, so just use that to update the BIOS:

1. Download the latest BIOS file for your board and extract it.
2. Rename the BIOS file to MSI.ROM, and save it to the root of your USB flash drive / USB stick (not in a subfolder). FAT32 formatting is a must for the USB flash drive.
3. Plug the USB flash drive that contains the MSI.ROM file into the Flash BIOS Port on the rear I/O panel.
4. With the PC off, press the Flash BIOS Button, and the LED starts flashing for about 5-7 minutes.

The Flash BIOS Button method is quite picky about the USB stick. In fact, the old and cheap USB sticks with small capacity seem to work the best for that method, read here or here. You need to find a USB stick / pen drive that the board likes. It needs to flash for about 5-7 minutes and then it will reboot. Anything drastically different (under a minute of flashing, or over 10 minutes of flashing) and the flashing didn't work, so you can abort and try with the next USB stick.

If the problem persists with the new BIOS, then make a new thread about it and include all your hardware. The clue is not in the BIOS version then, but in your hardware.
 

escape75

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It's because they are build with a different security feature and you are trying to do a cross-flash.
Like here:
Yeah, I'm wondering if converting to an H510M PRO would be a good choice as it's had quite a few BIOS updates compared to mine:

This is the release for my system, as you can see it's still the original BIOS, unless you have an update maybe?

I'm trying to fix an issue with PCIE power saving as best as I can tell:

I have a backup done with Intel FPT but haven't tried flashing the backup yet ...
How hard is the procedure to convert OEM to Retail and I'm guessing Windows would need re-activation, etc.
 
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