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So I recently tried updating to the F6 BIOS from F5 on my P67A-UD7-B3, the update went fine except whatever changes they made didn't agree with my setup. If I enabled the XHD RAID (which I need to do because my boot drive is two drives in RAID-0) the BIOS couldn't seem to find a boot drive and Windows would never load. If I stuck the Windows install CD in and tried repairs it couldn't find any problems, and if I tried a custom install it said it couldn't install to the RAID-0 because the system couldn't boot from it.

Anyway, I flashed back to F5 and now I'm getting different issues. I can boot to Windows fine but my BIOS is acting really weird. If I restart my PC it will actually shut off for a few seconds (like it does when you finish a BIOS flash). It automatically starts again and proceeds to boot with some weird non-default BIOS settings.

The same issue happens if I shut down the PC. When I manually start it, it starts and then shuts down for a few seconds before proceeding to boot and give me weird BIOS settings.

If I change the BIOS settings and save, the system restarts normally without shutting down and starting again, and proceeds to Windows. However it is VERY unstable, even at default BIOS settings. I've tried overclocking, underclocking, and manually inputting values similar to what this CPU should be running at (3.3GHz).

I'm stumped, did something bad happen to the BIOS when I was flashing at some point? I haven't tried switching to the Gigabyte DualBIOS thing yet, but I'm going to try tomorrow.
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This might show the issue better, video doesn't show the error message in BIOS about overclocking settings causing boot problems though.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZ6a6x3_izw
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Update: Flashed my BIOS to F5 again (even though it was technically already flashed back to F5) and the weird start/shutdown/start issue is gone. Set my memory XMP profile for 1866MHz which bumped my CPU multi to 37 and ran IntelBurnTest with no issues. Hopefully I'm back in business.

Going to start trying to up the CPU clocks again.
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I had a problem with my bios. Flashed mine and some key items that i needed for overclocking in the OC utility on bios was gone...ok? So I flashed back, that was fun, had to reset CMOS like 4 times...

I'm beginning to think, when bios is working fine...don't update it...
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You guys aren't flashing properly at all, for the whole procedure..
First, set bios to defaults, then boot to and flash with a DOS bootable USB flash drive with the command line flashspi.

After flash is complete, power off the computer. Then turn off the power supply via the PSU switch, and or /unplug it. Wait about 60 seconds (should give you enough time to remove the case cover). Then press the clear cmos switch for about 30 seconds while the power supply is switched off. Since you guys are using the UD7, you don't have to remove the case cover, so just wait a bit for the 60 seconds. Then after doing the clear cmos for 30 seconds, then you can turn /replug the power supply back on, and then then on the computer normally and go into your BIOS and set your settings. This works every time.

The trick is to make sure all the power is completely discharged from the board and the +5vsb before clearing the CMOS.
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You guys aren't flashing properly at all, for the whole procedure..
First, set bios to defaults, then boot to and flash with a DOS bootable USB flash drive with the command line flashspi.
After flash is complete, power off the computer. Then turn off the power supply via the PSU switch, and or /unplug it. Wait about 60 seconds (should give you enough time to remove the case cover). Then press the clear cmos switch for about 30 seconds while the power supply is switched off. Since you guys are using the UD7, you don't have to remove the case cover, so just wait a bit for the 60 seconds. Then after doing the clear cmos for 30 seconds, then you can turn /replug the power supply back on, and then then on the computer normally and go into your BIOS and set your settings. This works every time.
The trick is to make sure all the power is completely discharged from the board and the +5vsb before clearing the CMOS.
I've never had to do that for a BIOS update. I just stick the latest BIOS on a USB drive and use QFlash.

Anyway, everything is stable again now and I'm back to a stable 4.6GHz.
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no you just have to format a USb drive in FAT32, insert the drive with the BIOS ROM into a USB 2.0 port and get the BIOS flash utility in the BIOS, its pretty straight forward.
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Yeah, QFlash is the flashing utility you get to from BIOS by hitting F9 or whatever it is.
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