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Gimp the Imp Pimp

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Hi there.

I have a P67A-GD65(B3) with a i7-2600K@4.4GHz, 16GB@1600MHz in three sticks (4+8+4 configuration), and a RX580(4GB). Been running this configuration ROCK-SOLID with the beta BIOS 4.43 for 12 months, and for 6 years before that with the i7@4.3GHz, 8GB@1600MHz (4+4), and a HD6850(1GB). The extremely rare BSOD were mainly due to some USB/External HDD cock-up. Never had one while playing games (or rather, one HW related) or encoding H.264 videos, with CPU/RAM at 100%, for hours.

Yesterday, when I was (admittedly) doing things I shouldn't be doing (messing with the BCD settings of my dual-boot/dual-SSD PC, which locked me off both), during one of the reboots it made a couple of tries (like the ones when trying new OC parameters, although I wasn't changing anything in the BIOS except boot settings) and I couldn't get the screen to turn-on. Everything was spinning fine but no Windows, no USB drive and no BIOS/Setup. Only when I removed the case panel to start unplugging/removing/switching stuff and saw the steady blinking blue LED I realized what happened: primary BIOS failure.

What I didn't realized though was that "Blinking-Blue-Light-Primary-BIOS-Failure" doesn't mean "NO BIOS!!!".

To cut a very time-consuming, nerve-wrecking, story short: I had a working BIOS all along (that's the secondary BIOS), but because it was v1.18 it didn't, of course, know what a "RX580" is (nor what DisplayPort is either apparently, because even with the HD6850 only when I connect an old monitor through DVI, I got the screen to turn on).

As things stand I've already tried to update v.1.18 to v4.43 (twice) with the forum's tool but it returns "4 - Error: ROM file ROMID is not compatible with existing BIOS ROMID", and then re-flashes the backed-up one (v1.18).

BIOS_ROMID_error.jpg

I really would appreciate some help here. Thanx.
 

Gimp the Imp Pimp

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You need special archive to able to reflash to a different BIOS bases [x.yy => z.yy]
You can follow those instructions with MSIHQ Tool:
Hi Svet, thanks for the reply and, above all, the effort put into this tool and forum.

I figured it out. I skipped a couple of lines of the guide, namely where it said I should use the zipped BIOS, without extracting it (I was really very tired).

Used the tool with option one, browse to THE STILL ZIPPED BIOS FILE (as downloaded), reboot, flash, shut-down, clear CMOS (per guide), power up, enter setup, confirm correct BIOS version (v4.4B3), load defaults, save&reboot and presto: SODDING BLUE LED STARTED SODDING BLINKING SODDING AGAIN!!!

Entered setup, realize it's still the 4.43 BIOS, and then it dawn on me "I must have flashed the secondary BIOS only". Looked for the "Multi BIOS Auto Update" setting, enabled it, saved, rebooted and crossed my fingers...

PXE ROM prompt, led still blinking, external SATA controller prompt, led still blinking, "Flashing BIOS: 0%", led stopped blinking. Waited to 100%, when it tried to auto-reboot I shut it down and cleared the CMOS, again. Power-up, no blinking, enter setup, 4.4B3, yay, hi5-me!!!

All seems to be working now, did a few reboot/shutdown cycles, no issues, 16GB back on, no issues. Removed iME7.1 drivers and installed the 8.1 ones, still no issues.

I believe I won't be getting a new PC for my bday after all.

Perhaps Christmas...
 
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