I have a problem with the BIOS of an Intel DZ77GA-70K MB. I just built this box a few weeks ago. From the splash screen of a cold boot a black screen appears with a process called "Intel Boot Agent" timing out. If allowed to time out you're taken to a screen requiring a re-boot. Pressing the reset button results in a normal boot. The BIOS is a multi-page graphical type with tons of options. You'd think there would be some help but not so. I spent yesterday afternoon trying to get rid of this "boot agent" option. No joy. The Intel "manual" consists of references to a large group of web pages. If I must I will sort through all the web pages but I was hoping someone here is familiar with this situation. Thanks in advance.
Thanks for this although it wasn't much good. All references were to a Dell BIOS plus the post is 4 years old. Not much similarity and I've already tried the equivalent fixes in my BIOS. I've looked through some of the referenced web pages and so far can't find any reference to "boot agent". Any more suggestions?
Have you looked in Advanced > Peripheral Configuration Menu for Onboard LAN Boot Rom? See if it is enabled or disabled.
I have looked at every screen in the BIOS although I don't remember one about a LAN BOOT ROM. Here's the funny part. This did not happen when I first built the box. To me that means it's in response to something I've done. However, it does NOT go away when defaults are enabled. Go figure.
Have you connected some additional devices (USB or PCI) since you've first started/built it?
Yes, I have. I just remembered when it began. The USB device is a card reader and I have just re-confirmed that the Intel Boot Agent only deploys when the card reader is plugged into one of the USB ports on the MB. What do you make of that?
The term "BOOT AGENT" is not present in the BIOS. I did a search. The boot sequence is correct. I have seen this utility before but have not used it because the network adapter listed in my device manager isn't on the "used on" list for the utility.
Good news. I flashed he BIOS attempting to re-gain entry and was successful. The defaults were reset which reversed the small change I made yesterday which precipitated the failed BIOS entry. Also, there are a few conspicuous changes in the new BIOS and (I suspect) the Intel Boot Agent has been removed, I hope. I plugged in my card reader and the boot was normal where previously the Intel Boot Agent captured the boot process. So, good news all around. I'll post again if bad things recur.