no im using win. 7 and i believe its v. 1F which i believe is 1.15? I was able to re-flash the BIOS (either way i figured it would be bricked by the flash or the board was already screwed) it occasionally allows entry into BIOS, I have found that after re-flashing if either the delete/F11 keys are held prior to post it will load if pressed only once it freezes. I am guessing the checksum is corrupt or missing a file...not really sure as I am a novice and this is my first build (built it about a year ago and have not had any other issues). The problem started from trying to upgrade to a SSD (240g Kingston HyperX 3k) as I am not big into overclocking (have tried it and have OCed a few times for short periods but did not notice much a gain in performance).