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Solved!: I guess I've broken my flash bios. Will the guarantee cover it?...I used the prescribed update method.

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April 1, 2013 8:15:32 AM

I think I've bricked my motherboard. Yesterday I was upgrading the flash-bios using a fat32 formatted pendrive with the update, I used the method explained in the website. I restarted the PC and used the Instant Flash utility from the BIOS setup menu; the process was apparently correct, I saw the process that goes something like: "deleting, programming, ...", it lasted about four minutes, then it finished something like: " process finished, push any button to restart the PC", I did, but the PC wouldn't restart, the light on the pendrive turned off, but instead of the PC starting, this is what happened: the fans in the PC started, accelerated as they usually do in a normal start, then in 5 seconds the fans turn off off again. This process repeats but the PC doesn't start, nothing appears on the screen.

I've removed the CMOS battery for 7 minutes then installed it again, but the problem continues.

MOTHERBOARD: ASROCK Z68 Pro3-M.
I bought this motherboard last summer of 2012 and had Windows 7 installed.

I've read that a failed BIOS update is not covered by the guarantee if it's due to a bad update. My doubt is: will the guarantee cover this failure considering that the update method I used was correct, just as explained in the manual?. How can they know whether the update process was correct or not?.

Thanks for reading my post. I'll welcome any suggestions.
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April 1, 2013 8:43:30 AM

does this board have a usb flashback port for recovering from failed flashes? i believe most mobos do now adays and can be easily recovered incase of a failed update
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April 1, 2013 10:28:07 AM


06yfz450ridr: I don't see it anywhere in the manual. Yes, I've heard some mobos can recover from a bad flash, a port you said?. Nothing about it in the manual. Thanks for your answer.

Asven1: hey, that looks interesting!. I have some experience with soldering electronics and I have a good soldering iron and stuff. Do you know if these chips at Ebay are reliable. If that's so I'll try fixing it. Thanks for that answer.
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April 1, 2013 10:53:13 AM

rodion15 said:

06yfz450ridr: I don't see it anywhere in the manual. Yes, I've heard some mobos can recover from a bad flash, a port you said?. Nothing about it in the manual. Thanks for your answer.

Asven1: hey, that looks interesting!. I have some experience with soldering electronics and I have a good soldering iron and stuff. Do you know if these chips at Ebay are reliable. If that's so I'll try fixing it. Thanks for that answer.


for that price I'd give it a try. But trying to unsolder stuff on motherboards is basically impossible. Its easier to try and snip each leg off them solder to each of those legs with a low temp soldering iron

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April 1, 2013 6:07:42 PM

From what I can see from pictures it looks like the bios chip is in the only IC socket holder on your motherboard near your SATA ports. No soldering needed....

I have bought tons of parts off of Ebay as long as the reseller has close to 1000 recommendations with a 90 percent plus feedback then their is nothing to worry about IMO...

Good luck!
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April 4, 2013 11:48:48 AM

I've taken the PC to the repair shop, they said the guarantee won't cover the broken bios "if the update was incrorrectly done", that Asrock has a machine to test the motherboard. I'll let you know.
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May 5, 2013 3:32:59 PM

Solved!. Asrock replaced the motherboard for a new one, in fact for a newer better model: Z77.
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