ASRock Instant Flash is a BIOS ﬂ ash utility embedded in Flash ROM.
This convenient BIOS update tool allows you to update system BIOS
without entering operating systems ﬁ rst like MS-DOS or Windows®.
With this utility, you can press <F6> key during the POST or press <F2> key to
BIOS setup menu to access ASRock Instant Flash. Just launch this tool
and save the new BIOS ﬁ le to your USB ﬂ ash drive, ﬂ oppy disk or hard
drive, then you can update your BIOS only in a few clicks without preparing an additional ﬂ oppy diskette or other complicated ﬂ ash utility. Please
be noted that the USB ﬂ ash drive or hard drive must use FAT32/16/12 ﬁ le
Save the BIOS files on a device such as USB disk (FAT32 format), hard disk (FAT32 format) and floppy drive.
Press <F2> during POST to get into BIOS setup menu.
Select the utility under [Smart] menu to execute it.
Yup - same bios, same motherboard - z68 Extreme 3 Gen3. BIOS confirms the model and current BIOS version - 1.20.
Tried three USB sticks today, all formatted as FAT32 and all tried in both USB ports at the back of the tower.
And yes, I am unizpping the archive, tried - 2.10, 2.20, 2.30 (all available for the mobo).
Even partitioned my HDD, small partition, FAT32, copied, zip, unzipped, just to check - same message.
I've put keyboard on a front port, so nothing else except keyboard in the front and USB stick at the back... no success.
I doubt that I should remove videocard, RAM, etc.
Rest of the setup is:
16GB RAM Kingston @ 1.5 V (4x4)
1TB HDD Seagate
1TB HDD WD Black
Oh and mild overclock at 4.2GHz, which was removed before I started update. BIOS is at defaults currently.
No troubles with the setup - everything runs smoothly, no blue screens, no fatal errors in log files.
Well, guess I am running out of options.
Today tried to remove the Hard drives, even left only one stick of ram, everything that is not needed to run the pc and use the bios.
I've reset CMOS, entered BIOS and... "Image file could not be found"
Will see if anything from AsRock support comes up.
PS: I've attached external HDD drive to USB 2.0 at the back. Created a partition 200Mb, formatted it at FAT32, copied BIOS.
Turned off the pc, detached everything except keyboard and mentioned drive - voila, image found and successfully updated.
Hope this is useful for others, having the same issue.