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begging for help here guys, so any help is greatly appreciated.

As the subject says: I had 3 power failures in a row. On the 3rd failure, I restarted my machine & got some error message about a power failure may have caused bios problems or damage.
Anyways, to cut a long story short, I am concerned that the failures may have done harm to the bios.
I have gone to great lengths to go through all the bios settings & wrote it all down, to save drowning the forum with 8 screen captures. I would greatly appreciate it if someone could take the time to have a look at the word file I have added & check over the settings for me. If settings have been changed due to the power failures, please inform me & / or tell me what settings should be changed.

Sincere thanks in advance
bios.rtf 8k .rtf file

if screen captures of the word file are preffered, I can add 8 screen captures
Edited by AussieDave - 2/28/12 at 2:36am
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First, sorry to hear about your power failure problems.


I've got 2 suggestions. The first is to flash your bios via a usb by changing the boot order after youve downloaded the flash to a usb drive.


the Second is to pick up a UPS (uninterruptable power supply) at full load depending on what wattage you run and the wattage it rates you for it should run you 4 to 8 minutes.

I like cyberpower because of the software and it allows my computer to autoshutdown when battery has less than 5 minutes remaining. Another popular brand is APC but Ive never used them. I can tell you that its saved me 5000 dollars in computer parts over the last 3 years alone just from brown outs.


If you run windows 7 64 bit here is the link to the download for your bios

http://support.asus.com/download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=Maximus%20IV%20GENE-Z/GEN3&p=1&s=39&os=30&hashedid=utHmzlUxAvC7spKL


This is the best 237 dollars you'll ever spend

http://www.mwave.com.au/sku-33010484-CyberPower_Value_GP_LCD_Series_UPS_1500VA_720W_USB_(VALUE1500ELCD_GP)
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begging for help here guys, so any help is greatly appreciated.

As the subject says: I had 3 power failures in a row. On the 3rd failure, I restarted my machine & got some error message about a power failure may have caused bios problems or damage.
Anyways, to cut a long story short, I am concerned that the failures may have done harm to the bios.
I have gone to great lengths to go through all the bios settings & wrote it all down, to save drowning the forum with 8 screen captures. I would greatly appreciate it if someone could take the time to have a look at the word file I have added & check over the settings for me. If settings have been changed due to the power failures, please inform me & / or tell me what settings should be changed.

Sincere thanks in advance
bios.rtf 8k .rtf file

if screen captures of the word file are preffered, I can add 8 screen captures


Just re-set CMOS then go into BIOS to load BIOS Optimized Defaults.

 

Make sure the back-up BIOS and the main BIOS are the same version. If the back-up is different will create more issue when it kicks in during fail boot. Consult ASUS as how to flash back-up BIOS. For Giga boards; Alt + F12 to flash back-up BIOS.

 

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Are you using a surge protector? I bought my brother a UPS because he gets a lot of brownouts where he lives, the APC unit he owns has saved his computer more times than I can count! The UPS can keep track of how many times there's a event, no matter the surge the voltage regulation maintains a steady flow of electricity. You might want to have a look at your breaker, those act up when there about to go.
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A surge protector doesn't do you any good for voltage LOSS it only does you good for voltage spikes (and not very much good compared to a UPS)
 
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A surge protector doesn't do you any good for voltage LOSS it only does you good for voltage spikes (and not very much good compared to a UPS)

Good point!
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if you can get into the BIOS, it is fine. The BIOS and CMOS are checked over and over, if its corrupted it wont work. More so, if its corrupted, and you have that Maximus 4 Extreme, it has dual BIOS it will flash over the backup at the first sing of error.

Usually after a power failure, like OC failure and you turn off PSu then you get that kind of message.

But yea your PSU will take damage before your board, almost always. Remember your PSu doesn't just let the power straight through, it is filtered, converted by transistors(switches), and then filtered, then outputted, oh and its fused.
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@Darkpriest667
Everything seems to be working fine & it seems no harm has come to the bios. Everything is running as it did before the power failures. I live 500 metres from a power sub station & get so many failures its B/S.. Your suggestion of a UPS is very much now high on my list

I notice u make mention of the new bios update for this board. I also noticed this, but after reading peoples comments, its suggested better to hold off for a week or 2 just in case of any problems with the new bios version. What do you think?

@Ken1649
Thanks for your suggestion of resetting the CMOS & the other very valuable info on the bios matching versions

You could be the perfect person to ask about my ram timings & fine tuning the timings

@Systemlord
Yup, I sure do use surge protectors. I use an Arista premium gold 52,000 amp spike protection. But my next purchase will be a UPS

@Sin0822
I did pull the power plug out the supply for 10 minutes, & was able to get into bios, so it seems no harm was done, as everything works as good as it did before the failures.

BTW, in appreciation of your replies I have +1 to your rep's

In my bios settings, are there any settings that should be enabled when disabled, disabled when enabled? Any settings that should be adjusted? IE: CPU voltage, which from a lot of research seems to be a bit high when I see other people's CPU voltage?

What I basically hope to acheive is to overclock the board & ram. I admit it is a great learning curve, but I have a real desire to learn. My ram is currently set to auto. From a lot of reading, it seems there are a few settings that could be adjusted in bios. I have no real desire to overclock to the heights of 5.0GHZ, 4.5GHz would be nice as I use it as a 24/7 computer.

What I am also hoping to acheive is to find people who have the same board & hopefully the same ram as I do & compare bios settings to get an idea of what they have adjusted & fine tuned.

Again, I sincerely thank everyone for the valuable input
Edited by AussieDave - 2/29/12 at 5:51am
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thanks for the info ken. I looking at them now.

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