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My MSI P67A-GD65 board did those infinite power loop thing. Has anyone else tried this method on a similar board?
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Hi all, joined forum because of this loop issue. I have a dinosaur GA-EP35-DS3L and have this problem. However, it only started to occur after I upgraded my processor from Intel Core2 Duo E7200 to an E8400. With the E7200 it never looped. So I might conclude this could be an Intel issue, since I read other manufacturers boards loop as well. Any AMD/Gigabyte users looping?

F6 BIOS, no OC.
Edited by x2611 - 11/12/11 at 11:57pm
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I just registered on the forums here to say that the F9 BIOS for my GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 rev 1.0 has fixed my boot issues. Mine would boot ok in the morning when I first turned the surge protector on and then the PC.

I can confirm that (kinda) in reverse... I have that board (rev 1.3 though).

I just did a "bad flash", which caused my system to revert from F9 to the factory F8 stored on the backup BIOS.

It booted up once, I hit reset, and I've been in a loop ever since (Waiting for ME Ready...)

I'd been running the board with F9, trying to set up UEFI + 3TB + DualBoot OSX/WIN7... so I must have hit that reboot button like a thousand times, and changed BIOS options at least 100 times....

Even did a BIOS mod to add SLIC 2.1 tables.

Never had a single problem until it reverted to F8.

If I can simplify the "Hold the power button while turning on then doing the finger dance" method of recovery, here's what I did:
  1. Unplug power cable for 5 minutes
  2. Unplug absolutely every external device, except keyboard and monitor.
  3. Hold power button in for 10 seconds while plugging back in power cable.
  4. Release power button once motherboard has gone back to sleep

For those who want to make sure they get it exactly right, here it is in detail.
  1. Unplugged EVERYTHING (That includes keyboard, network, SATA cables, power cable, and HDMI)
  2. Waited a minute
  3. Plugged in keyboard and VGA monitor (if you only have HDMI, then that's probably okay).
  4. Held (AND KEPT HOLDING) Power button down
  5. Wait 10 seconds
  6. Plugged in PSU [switch PSU to ON if applicable]
  7. Waited for fans and whatever to spin up then go back to sleep
  8. Waited another 10 second
  9. TOOK MY FINGER OFF THE POWER BUTTON
  10. Waited 5 seconds and prayed towards Mecha
  11. Pressed power button briefly to start computer.

That triggered the bios recovery "from HBA... fail... from secondary BIOS... copying...."... and from there, I had to do a couple more reboots (I either pressed CAD on keyboard, or powered off & on) until I could upload the safe F9 BIOS.

Then after I was sure that had taken, I plugged in all the things I took out.
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Just had to recover another two times after I tried some faulty BIOS mods... recovered both times perfectly, first time... didn't bother to remove any devices this time, just pulled the plug for 15 seconds, held the power button in for 5, plugged it back in, waited for it to power up and down, plus 5 seconds, then released the power button, and pushed it again to start.

Too easy.
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I just registered on the forums here to say that the F9 BIOS for my GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 rev 1.0 has fixed my boot issues. Mine would boot ok in the morning when I first turned the surge protector on and then the PC.
I can confirm that (kinda) in reverse... I have that board (rev 1.3 though).
I just did a "bad flash", which caused my system to revert from F9 to the factory F8 stored on the backup BIOS.
It booted up once, I hit reset, and I've been in a loop ever since (Waiting for ME Ready...)
I'd been running the board with F9, trying to set up UEFI + 3TB + DualBoot OSX/WIN7... so I must have hit that reboot button like a thousand times, and changed BIOS options at least 100 times....
Even did a BIOS mod to add SLIC 2.1 tables.
Never had a single problem until it reverted to F8.
If I can simplify the "Hold the power button while turning on then doing the finger dance" method of recovery, here's what I did:
  1. Unplug power cable for 5 minutes
  2. Unplug absolutely every external device, except keyboard and monitor.
  3. Hold power button in for 10 seconds while plugging back in power cable.
  4. Release power button once motherboard has gone back to sleep
For those who want to make sure they get it exactly right, here it is in detail.
  1. Unplugged EVERYTHING (That includes keyboard, network, SATA cables, power cable, and HDMI)
  2. Waited a minute
  3. Plugged in keyboard and VGA monitor (if you only have HDMI, then that's probably okay).
  4. Held (AND KEPT HOLDING) Power button down
  5. Wait 10 seconds
  6. Plugged in PSU [switch PSU to ON if applicable]
  7. Waited for fans and whatever to spin up then go back to sleep
  8. Waited another 10 second
  9. TOOK MY FINGER OFF THE POWER BUTTON
  10. Waited 5 seconds and prayed towards Mecha
  11. Pressed power button briefly to start computer.
That triggered the bios recovery "from HBA... fail... from secondary BIOS... copying...."... and from there, I had to do a couple more reboots (I either pressed CAD on keyboard, or powered off & on) until I could upload the safe F9 BIOS.
Then after I was sure that had taken, I plugged in all the things I took out.

Well, I have an update to my original post. The new F9 BIOS worked fine until I went into the BIOS to try to change a few simple settings. Once I did that the new F9 behaved exactly like the original F3 that shipped with the board. So I opened the case, unplugged the power cord, cleared the CMOS, and have been fine since. So basically as long as I don't hit delete and go into my BIOS I am ok. Kind of stupid if you ask me. I have this nice 2500K in the board that I have never been able to overclock, let alone change the simplest of settings in the BIOS. All of my previous Gigabyte MBs have served me well and two of them are still going strong. But I am now very hesitant to buy another Gigabyte MB. I think I will be giving this machine to one of the kids and getting another board. And all I want is for the damn thing to work and be reliable.
Edited by cowlickkid - 11/14/11 at 11:10am
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only happen to me when i try to wake my pc up from sleep mode after overclock to 4.6 ghz(a lot of things are changed in bios, cant even remember what)... with factory setting, and change multiplier up to 43, works perfect. so i assume it one of those problem related to voltage setting...
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I have owned a few Gigabyte boards including my current board, and one of my roommates also has a Gigabyte board.

We have found that if there are any settings in the BIOS that the board does not like it will do a restart. For example, I'm using some memory in my board that requires an unusually high voltage (stock voltage) but the Gigabyte board does not correctly set this voltage. I have to go in and manually set the voltage. When I do this, and save the settings, the system will shut down reboot and everything will be fine.

Sometimes if I'm running some older or crappy software that causes a major crash, if I reset using the reset button, the system will boot cycle twice. In this case I have to go in and redo my overclock and voltage settings. ON the rare occasion, after this has happened the system will work fine until I turn it off and the next day when I turn it back on it will do a double cycle again and I will have to enter BIOS and redo my voltage and overclock settings. Whenever this happens I do a BIOS reset using the jumper, boot, redo my clocks and voltage settings (and anything else I require) and the system will be good for ages. Lately, I have been running some software that enjoys causing crashes (it's an older game). This happened twice in a week, causing me to go out and purchase a BIOS reset switch on a slot cover so I don''t have to open the case to reset the BIOS.

IMHO, this is happening because some piece of hardware is not getting the correct setting and it causes the system board to hiccup. This happened the first time I tried the board from factory new, and it puzzled me until I found that the rated voltage for the memory and what the board was actually setting it to were two different things.

Usually, every time I do a setting change in the BIOS, I will get a new cycle when I exit but everything will work fine if my setting was correct. My roommates board operates the same way.

Gigabyte should allow us to save our settings to a separate chip so if a fault occurs, it can restore the BIOS itself and then copy your settings back. I should point out however that for me, 90% of the time this board works like a charm.

I don't think this is what's happening for everyone, but perhaps this information may help someone else out who is having a similar problem.
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Okay, this may be a stupid question but... can I can I update my bios without windows? aka from a USB stick? I have a z68 board in a system I just built that is in a boot loop and I really don't know what to do. I haven't built a computer since about 2003 and it's all fuzzy for me. Thanks

BTW my specs are:

Corsair cmpsu-750tx 750w power supply
evga geforce gtx 570
i7-2600k
gigabyte ga-z68xp-ud3
Corsair vengeance 4x4GB DDR3 1600 RAM
Corsair force series 3 F120GB3A SATA III SSD
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Edited by npcraig - 11/17/11 at 7:49am
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Originally Posted by npcraig View Post

Okay, this may be a stupid question but... can I can I update my bios without windows? aka from a USB stick? I have a z68 board in a system I just built that is in a boot loop and I really don't know what to do. I haven't built a computer since about 2003 and it's all fuzzy for me. Thanks
BTW my specs are:
Corsair cmpsu-750tx 750w power supply
evga geforce gtx 570
i7-2600k
gigabyte ga-z68xp-ud3
Corsair vengeance 4x4GB DDR3 1600 RAM
Corsair force series 3 F120GB3A SATA III SSD
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0GB HDD

Umm, you're supposed to update your BIOS in the BIOS. Never update your BIOS while in Windows.
 
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Umm, you're supposed to update your BIOS in the BIOS. Never update your BIOS while in Windows.

Gigabyte advertises their "Touch Bios" that lets you do it in Windows. I haven't even gotten Windows installed so no worries using that. All their downloads of their BIOS on their website are .exe files and I'm a newb and don't know how I can use those files without booting into an OS or find the images for the BIOS to use without Windows
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