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MSI Z68A-GD65-G3 Stuck in boot loop after bios update

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February 7, 2014 10:48:05 AM

Hi All,
I have Z68A-GD65-G3, i7 2600k, CM 600 watts & hyper 612 cooler, Kingston 1333 2Gx4 (currently installed = 1 stick).
Nowadays, PC is running on IGD. Everything was working fine.

Since I bought this mb, bios led used to blink normally from day one. I did not know what it meant till yesterday (manual says it means primary bios failed) so I decided to update bios to the latest version.

I went to MSI page, downloaded latest bios 7681vP8.zip (25.8) (2013-01-11). (I did not realize that it was suicide ).
Formated hp 32GB to FAT32, placed exe file in it and ran it from 7 ultimate x64.
It did its job and PC restarted...
Flashing bios 100%
Flashing Secondary bios 100%
restart your computer or it will automatically in 5 seconds.

It restarted. I did not touch a thing nor removed usb, my pc got stuck in a boot loop
I noticed a pattern in boot loop:
1. PC powers on with bios led off, remains Power on for a few seconds and then powers down.
2. Then it powers itself back on with bios led blinking at normal frequency, stays on for a few seconds then turns off.
3. After that it turns on again and bios indicator led blinks very rapidly for a few seconds and system restarts again repeating all three led combinations again and again and again.
(never a solid light; solid light means both bios failed)

I have read tons of forum but no solution worked out for me.
Cmos reset back io panel button, cmos clear jumper, battery removal, ram re-seating, cpu re-seating, tried with only monitor attached to mb with cpu and one ram stick but it is stuck in the boot loop.

I checked psu on another system, it works fine.
RAM sticks also work on other system.
I have my mobo on the table with psu, one ram stick (each out of 4 tried in each slot) and a display attached in IGD. I have also double checked cpu and socket. I also installed the default fan cooler that came with the 2600k.
still unable to boot, stuck in boot loop.... please guide.

System is doing the same thing with no ram installed (no beep).

Any thoughts on how to fix this issue?
Any thoughts on whether this can be fixed or not?
Any help is appreciated.... thanks in advance..

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a b V Motherboard
February 7, 2014 10:56:08 AM
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that's rough buddy.

If resetting the BIOS did not work then it means that something in the update was bad, or else something did not take properly. Either way, the motherbaord is probably bricked.

I would contact MSI and see if there is anything they can do to get you a replacement.
February 7, 2014 11:16:34 AM

CaedenV said:
that's rough buddy.

If resetting the BIOS did not work then it means that something in the update was bad, or else something did not take properly. Either way, the motherbaord is probably bricked.

I would contact MSI and see if there is anything they can do to get you a replacement.


You are right!. Global moderator on MSI forum just told me the same brick thing. mobo is not under warranty anymore so only solution to this is taking it to a pc-shop SPI programmer.... Thanks for posting :) 
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a b V Motherboard
February 7, 2014 12:53:14 PM

Forget about fixing it. You can get z68 motherboards for cheap these days. I sold off my extreme3 gen3 motherboard for $75 over a year ago... you can probably pick up similar boards for $40 or less. Much cheaper than getting the current one fixed I would imagine.
February 8, 2014 3:34:22 AM

CaedenV said:
Forget about fixing it. You can get z68 motherboards for cheap these days. I sold off my extreme3 gen3 motherboard for $75 over a year ago... you can probably pick up similar boards for $40 or less. Much cheaper than getting the current one fixed I would imagine.


True... Advice taken.!! :) 
thanks a bunch :)  :D 
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