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No signal in mobo hdmi. Did not have monitors in mobo since iGPU doesn't work.

I have hope for it, if you never selected a BIOS in a drop down menu, you have initiated the reading of the BIOS files, but not the write until you have hit enter or clicked OK. I wish I could give you a magic bullet here, but I dont have one.
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Your* recent help is already appreciated. Restarting pc because I agree that I did not hit enter in list.

Edit: Rebootign system brought me back to Windows 7 without a hitch. I am so relieved yet still terrified about rebooting out of an ALMOST bios update.

Could that have had to do with updating to BIOS p2.90 even though I already have p2.90? I imagine that was a stupid move lol

The question I am asking myself is, should I try p.280 now or just accept that this mobo has been through enough already and just doesn't want to be messed with anymore. (or that I am too terrified to find out why my multiplier in bios capped at 38) edit: and why my iGPU refuses to function or be recognized in BIOS. Not even in Device Manager, despite having 1 unknown device.

Now, the reason I am hesitant to try this again is because Instant Flash feature crashed me out of BIOS even though I didn't even select which file on the USB to flash.

Again, thank you for all the live help thus far. I'm so bad with edits.
Edited by Puph - 1/22/14 at 9:06pm
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Your* recent help is already appreciated. Restarting pc because I agree that I did not hit enter in list.

Edit: Rebootign system brought me back to Windows 7 without a hitch. I am so relieved yet still terrified about rebooting out of an ALMOST bios update.

Edit some more: Could that have had to do with updating to BIOS p2.90 even though I already have p2.90? I imagine that was a stupid move lol

The question I am asking myself is, should I try p.280 now or just accept that this mobo has been through enough already and just doesn't want to be messed with anymore. (or that I am too terrified to find out why my multiplier in bios capped at 38) edit: and why my iGPU refuses to function or be recognized in BIOS. Not even in Device Manager, despite having 1 unknown device.

Again, thank you for all the live help thus far. I'm so bad with edits.

I think we should take it back to basics, and try everything else BUT flash the BIOS first.

format USB to FAT32 and hit F12 while in BIOS to take a screenshot, it wont prompt you telling you that one has been taken, but it has. Take some shots of the current BIOS settings, and lets see if there is something obvious that is being missed. I might not get back to it tonight, it is already midnight, but there are others here that are awesome and might help if they see they can help, if not, I will be back in the AM...I am east cost USA and its LATE!
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I think we should take it back to basics, and try everything else BUT flash the BIOS first.

format USB to FAT32 and hit F12 while in BIOS to take a screenshot, it wont prompt you telling you that one has been taken, but it has. Take some shots of the current BIOS settings, and lets see if there is something obvious that is being missed. I might not get back to it tonight, it is already midnight, but there are others here that are awesome and might help if they see they can help, if not, I will be back in the AM...I am east cost USA and its LATE!

Alright! Thanks!

http://imgur.com/a/8lJyl#0

That is an imgur album of my default bios settings and an example of my clock multiplier being capped at 38. Also, note the lack of iGPU. Last slide has cpu-z, core temps and prime 95 after a few minutes.

I tried changing a few things in order to free up the multiplier (like disable SpeedStep or Turbo Boost) but I found nothing addressing my problem.

If anything else is required, let me know. I am currently debating whether I should chance another flash from within the BIOS or give up on this motherboard entirely. I never really liked the form factor anyway heh biggrin.gif At least it works though. Sometimes, that is all one can ask for.

Thanks again!
Edited by Puph - 1/22/14 at 11:22pm
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I think we should take it back to basics, and try everything else BUT flash the BIOS first.

format USB to FAT32 and hit F12 while in BIOS to take a screenshot, it wont prompt you telling you that one has been taken, but it has. Take some shots of the current BIOS settings, and lets see if there is something obvious that is being missed. I might not get back to it tonight, it is already midnight, but there are others here that are awesome and might help if they see they can help, if not, I will be back in the AM...I am east cost USA and its LATE!

Alright! Thanks!

http://imgur.com/a/8lJyl#0
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That is an imgur album of my default bios settings and an example of my clock multiplier being capped at 38. Also, note the lack of iGPU. Last slide has cpu-z, core temps and prime 95 after a few minutes.

I tried changing a few things in order to free up the multiplier (like disable SpeedStep or Turbo Boost) but I found nothing addressing my problem.

If anything else is required, let me know. I am currently debating whether I should chance another flash from within the BIOS or give up on this motherboard entirely. I never really liked the form factor anyway heh biggrin.gif At least it works though. Sometimes, that is all one can ask for.

Thanks again!

I dont see anything that you can be doing wrong on your end, the options should be available to change, and they aren't. Try pull battery-clearing CMOS again, but this time use the jumper on the motherboard above the power button, and leave alone it longer. I would suggest trying to flash again, but I have a feeling that you probably want to avoid that at all cost. A botched BIOS flash WILL require a trip to ASRock to fix, and they DO charge for BIOS reflashing. I really believe that flashing the BIOS will ultimately be what will get it fixed. But you should not have to risk voiding your warranty to get a board to function that way it should. How old is the board? Can you exchange it?
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The board, ASRock z77 extreme4, found at http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293 , seems to have a 3 year warranty and I bought this board in 2012.

However, I purchased my board at http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=70902&promoid=1347 and they claim the warranty is only 1 year, meaning my warranty would be done. I may be wrong about this though, because ASRock does not offer a Warranty check online. Seems I have to send them a ticket which I will do, since this is an awful problem that can potentially brick my board. I'm holding all the risk while trying to make my motherboard work as intended.

I am a little hesitant to pay ASrock to fix my problem because I have heard cases of it reoccurring even after ASRock mailed a replacement BIOS chip. Of course, if I am covered under warranty I would do something about it unless that means I'm stuck with no mobo for several weeks.

Anywho, I will send a ticket and possibly try a BIOS flash to p2.80 through Instant Flash. If that fails again, I will try to do use a bootable USB. This may not work, I have not seen changes in BIOS version affecting anybody online, but obviously I won't lose hope since it is certainly a good idea to start working on some older BIOS versions (even though I've already been on those in the past).

Should I be worried about flashing to a REALLY old BIOS?
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The board, ASRock z77 extreme4, found at http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293 , seems to have a 3 year warranty and I bought this board in 2012.

However, I purchased my board at http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=70902&promoid=1347 and they claim the warranty is only 1 year, meaning my warranty would be done. I may be wrong about this though, because ASRock does not offer a Warranty check online. Seems I have to send them a ticket which I will do, since this is an awful problem that can potentially brick my board. I'm holding all the risk while trying to make my motherboard work as intended.

I am a little hesitant to pay ASrock to fix my problem because I have heard cases of it reoccurring even after ASRock mailed a replacement BIOS chip. Of course, if I am covered under warranty I would do something about it unless that means I'm stuck with no mobo for several weeks.

Anywho, I will send a ticket and possibly try a BIOS flash to p2.80 through Instant Flash. If that fails again, I will try to do use a bootable USB. This may not work, I have not seen changes in BIOS version affecting anybody online, but obviously I won't lose hope since it is certainly a good idea to start working on some older BIOS versions (even though I've already been on those in the past).

Should I be worried about flashing to a REALLY old BIOS? Because I upgraded my BIOS every 2-5 months and my problems of missing iGPU and inability to pass OC Multiplier X38 have always been present.

If this issue is one that has been present on the board through multiple BIOS iterations, I do not believe flashing any other BIOS will resolve the issue either. I think your best bet really is to take it up with ASRock directly. This no longer sounds like a software/firmware issue, but a hardware one. Before you send your board off, I have 2 strong suggestions for you:

1.Take pics, lots and lots of pics, from all different angles of the board. Take pics of the socket so that you can clearly see the pins. Take pictures as you are packaging it.
2.Take a black magic marker and make a small identifying mark somewhere on the board.

ASRock has a less than stellar reputation around here for their warranty and support.
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Duly noted, I would not have thought of this advice. Thank you. Wouldn't the repair and shipping of a non-warranty motherboard cost half as much as a new one? It seems to me I am better off with a new one rather than risking a costly repair that may not last long or even work.

Assuming I am not under warratny, of course.
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Duly noted, I would not have thought of this advice. Thank you. Wouldn't the repair and shipping of a non-warranty motherboard cost half as much as a new one? It seems to me I am better off with a new one rather than risking a costly repair that may not last long or even work.

Assuming I am not under warratny, of course.

Personally, I have been looking for a reason to scrap this board. I have killed the onboard audio when installing a GPU, so it might not be long. I will never own another ASRock board. The voltage issue is a pretty big one for me. There should be some decent deals on better boards since z77 is EOL.
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Personally, I have been looking for a reason to scrap this board. I have killed the onboard audio when installing a GPU, so it might not be long. I will never own another ASRock board. The voltage issue is a pretty big one for me. There should be some decent deals on better boards since z77 is EOL.

I may have to follow your intuition on this on. I will send the ticket in to ASRock to see what can happen. I will also keep an eye out for overclockable, MAYBE crossfire ready motherboards that ship to Canada. Preferably going to go with a different company and similar price. If anyone finds something of the like, do not hesitate to post it here or PM me. I'm really not experienced in motherboard choices so some ideas would be appreciated.

I kind of need to overclock my i5 ivy bridge because performance is starting to lag behind in CPU intensive games like Natural Selection 2. Again, thank you very mcuh for the live help inedenimadam. I'll drop by later to see what's up with this forum since you have been such a great help smile.gif
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