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post #771 of 810
I finally fixed my boot loop problem with my Gigabyte Z69XP motherboard smile.gif Turns out that the issue was with the "Power On By Mouse" feature in bios. When it is set to ON, my computer will reset during the initial boot phase 25% to 75% of the time. When I turn it off, no more boot looping!
post #772 of 810
This boot cycling is a buggy bios problem.

Fixed the boot loop on both Z68XP-UD3 and Z68XP-UD3P by reverting back to F3 bios

F3 was before they added microcode for 22nm Ivy Bridge. It's rock solid stable now smile.gif

YMMV
Edited by reghaxxor - 4/29/12 at 5:30pm
post #773 of 810
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Originally Posted by reghaxxor View Post

This boot cycling is a buggy bios problem.
Fixed the boot loop on both Z68XP-UD3 and Z68XP-UD3P by reverting back to F3 bios
F3 was before they added microcode for 22nm Ivy Bridge. It's rock solid stable now smile.gif
YMMV

How long have you used the F3 bios for?, perhaps a few months test is in order tongue.gif
post #774 of 810
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Originally Posted by GldRush98 View Post

Update: I was able to get my system booted from what seemed like a permanent boot loop!
I found this post over at TweakTown that SAVED me!!!

I had to try it a couple times but it did eventually start up and kick to a plain black screen with white text saying it was copying the backup bios to the main bios! It finished and I rebooted and I was able to get in to the now reverted main bios with older version on it!!
I then downloaded the latest BIOS (F7 at the time of this writing) and I flashed it inside QFlash, which I could also finally get in to! After I flashed the F7 to main I was able to get in and configure the BIOS. I booted windows and then rebooted about 5 times to make sure everything was good.
I then hooked up a PS/2 keyboard so I could ALT+F12 on boot and copy the Main BIOS to the Backup BIOS. It finished up, so now I have the latest F7 BIOS in Main and Backup. Oh thank science.

For now I am going to leave the BIOS settings alone and keep this board since I have it working again (I really don't want to switch, especially since I have Win7 already activated on this board!).

Good luck to those of you out there battling this issue. I know how helpless you feel frown.gif

Just wanted to post to say THANKS for this post - I was having this exact issue and this got my board working. THANKS A LOT, and for anyone else with this problem, it's worth giving this technique a shot.
post #775 of 810
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Originally Posted by sk1tz0 View Post

I can confirm that my issue seems to be the displayport connector - a budget cable using an extra pin which screws things up, duh.

I get the dreaded "waiting for ME ready" if I connect my Dell monitor using the display port on my Saphire HD 6870 also same with the onboard Display Port which is Intel HD 3000. My cable is a cheep one I purchased from a amazon trader, I was wondering what cable you ended up using.

Motherboard is Gigabyte Z68MX-UD2H-B3

Thanks

Nick
Edited by NickRno77 - 6/1/12 at 1:05pm
post #776 of 810
Hi, I registered here not to write another post about boot loop issue, but I wanted to share what was my solution to problem teaching.gif

So, my setup is GA-Z68XP-UD3 with i7-2600 and with four pieces of kingston hyperx 4GB ram.

At the beginning system boot was looping. Then I localized problem that boot loop is causing ram modules in channel b. Any other combination of ram just in channel a was working fine (I tested all memory pieces). I updated main bios and backup bios to latest F10 - no changes. But then I found one boot loop comment in Amazon - "Boot loops are often caused by bent pins in the CPU socket" ph34r-smiley.gif

That exactly was causing my boot loops. See attached pics and note that from some angles bent pins look nearly OK. After I gently unbent pins everything is working! tongue.gif
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post #777 of 810
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Originally Posted by NickRno77 View Post

I get the dreaded "waiting for ME ready" if I connect my Dell monitor using the display port on my Saphire HD 6870 also same with the onboard Display Port which is Intel HD 3000. My cable is a cheep one I purchased from a amazon trader, I was wondering what cable you ended up using.
Motherboard is Gigabyte Z68MX-UD2H-B3
Thanks
Nick

I can confirm "waiting for ME ready" problem in my case was a bad quality DisplayPort Cable. Purchased a Startech DisplayPort Cable from Amazon
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005 ... 00_s00_i00 "waiting for ME ready" went away and PC booted ok.
Edited by NickRno77 - 6/6/12 at 11:12am
post #778 of 810
My UD3H starts, immediately dies, starts again and goes to the BIOS screen and just locks up. Sometimes it will die and start the whole process again, but no matter what it will not post. Is it time to rma or should I try any other diagnosis?
Edited by kiteman - 6/26/12 at 4:22pm
post #779 of 810
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Originally Posted by kiteman View Post

My UD3H starts, immediately dies, starts again and goes to the BIOS screen and just locks up. Sometimes it will die and start the whole process again, but no matter what it will not post. Is it time to rma or should I try any other diagnosis?

bad memory settings ?
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Originally Posted by tavakian View Post

I finally fixed my boot loop problem with my Gigabyte Z69XP motherboard smile.gif Turns out that the issue was with the "Power On By Mouse" feature in bios. When it is set to ON, my computer will reset during the initial boot phase 25% to 75% of the time. When I turn it off, no more boot looping!

thing this is it ! atm no boot problems!
post #780 of 810
Howdy first post hope it helps smile.gif, after playing around with this issue for about the past two weeks on my z68xp-ud3p this is purely an intel mei firmware / driver issue imo.

I was already on bios F7 and was still experiencing cold boot problems. Requiring me to unplug everything and the ac power cord, hold the power button for 30 seconds to discharge.

Anyways after doing some research I installed the Intel Management Engine Interface drivers on gigabytes site, which allowed me to shutdown the pc cleanly and boot up again. But the bootup sometimes took a few tries to get going. Here's what I did to fix it

(Note: this probably will void your warranty or something, could mess something up but i'm just the messenger. Should be able to restore with a backup bios copy as the F7 bios for my board comes with an older version of ME firmware I can only verify this works with my board model but should work with other boards running a version of MEI 7 in theory wink.gif)

Step 1:) Go to http://station-drivers.com/page/intel%20chipset.htm and download Firmware Version 7.1.52.1171 under the Intel® Management Engine Interface (MEI/HECI) category its actually 1176 but whatever

Step 2:) Extract it somewhere easy (ex: C:\meiupdate)

Step 3:) Open up a command prompt with admin privileges and go to that directory you extracted to

Step 4:) type FWUpdLcl -F ME171176.bin

Step 5:) Hang tight and it should ask you to reboot, do so.

Step 6:) Update to the latest mei drivers on the previous linked page Drivers Version 7.1.41.1161 for good measure

You can check everything went through with the meinfowin utility which is included in the first file. I've had smooth shutdowns and bootups ever since.
Edited by dizzydaniel - 7/27/12 at 11:33pm
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