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post #71 of 76
@crypticmind, you need to restore your individual data now, writing unmodified CAP or ROM files with empty FD44 module is not a good idea.
Read section 7 of the guide and you can restore your data.
It's interesting to know details on "FTK failed after backup command". Error 26 or anything else?
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Thanks @CodeRush, I've updated my previous post to include that. And sorry, I've dismantled the system again (broken PSU) and I didn't take note of the FTK failed error but the board was a standard Asus P6T Mobo.
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@crypticmind, now wonder that FTK don't work on P6T, because Intel FPT v8 supports only 6 and 7 series chipsets.
Flashrom is the best solution in that case.
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Look like P9X79 PRO BIOS downloaded from ASUS website already contain motherboard data.

EDIT: OK I see now, the serial number & UUID are empty.




Edited by kizwan - 1/6/13 at 6:29pm
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Hi,

I also managed to flash the wrong BIOS (newer than 1203) on my P9X79 PRO without doing the required conversion. For anyone searching this thread for a solution I would like to provide mine.

My problem description:
- Had a P9X79 PRO motherbord with an older BIOS/UEFI (1203 or older)
- Flashed it with a BIOS newer than 1203 (NOT the conversion)
- The motherboard just gave 1 or 2 beeps when I tried to boot and the Code numbers just flashed on "00" and then the MB shutdown. After a few seconds it would try to start again with the exact same result. this continued until I cut the power.
- I used the USB port to flash to older and newer BIOS.
The oldest found on ASUS site, the one that came on the ASUS CD,
1203 just before the required conversion,
the one just after the conversion,
the newest available,
the actual conversion file I should have jused from the start.
- Looking at the blue light indicating the flashing progress, it flashed in a correct way with every BIOS update.
- I used the CMOS reset repeatedly during these tests.
- NOTHING helped and the MB behaved in the exact same way.

The solution for me:
- I ordered 2 new pre programmed BIOS CHIPS from here: http://www.biosflash.com/e/Bios-Chips-ASUS-P9X79-PRO-3156.htm
- The first with BIOS version 1203, the one just before the required conversion
- The second eeprom with the conversion BIOS
- I ordered both of these just to be able to make two different types of tries on recovery. Anyone else probably ONLY NEED ONE.
- I inserted the version 1203 eeprom and the MB/computer botted correctly!
- Wanting to be able to "fall back" I instead inserted the conversion eeprom and the MB/Computer perfomed the conversion and then booted correctly!
- I then flashed to very latest BIOS without problems.

My guesses:
- After flashing my MB incorrectly the MB flashing process stopped working but the blue light kept flashing as if everything worked
- Ie no flashing was possible after not using the conversion but going to the newer BIOS
- The MB was no longer working since I had a to new BIOS, but the conversion was not yet perfomed.
- A new eeprom with 1203, made my MB firmware consitent again.
- I could probably have bought only the 1203 eeprom and manually flashed the conversion and the the newest BIOS
- I could probably have JUST bought the conversion eeprom, and then flashed the latest BIOS.

Hope this helps someone. smile.gif

Koniak
post #76 of 76
SOLVED BLUE LIGHT STAYING ON PROBLEM:

Just managed to flash my BIOS successfully (or at least it responded as it should) using the BIOS Flashback button.
Previously this failed with the same issue others have had, ie steady blue light after a few flashes instead of the expected behaviour.

Being stubborn I've tried a hundred and one variations of this... and discovered the following;

My old flash drives (ones that show up as having two disk letters, one being the masterboot record or something) do not work - steady Blue light after a few flashes.

My 2GB Flash drive which only shows up as one drive letter when plugged in to a laptop and which has always been FAT32 partitioned (for use with an outboard midi instrument) would not work - same steady Blue light after a few flashes.
This didn't work any better if reformatted either. Quite simply, it didn't work whatever I did.

I've tried various combinations of things, with various flash drives for about a week.... like I say, I'm stubborn... :-)

THEN TONIGHT, I tried a much newer larger size flash drive which had been previously NTFS and just 'quick formatted' it to FAT32 with default allocation units.
I copied precisely the same file from my desktop of the 4302 BIOS, which I had already renamed according to the ASUS advice (ie P9X79.CAP)
Board on standby. No peripherals attached. No memory, nothing. Just the power supply... exactly the same as every other try.

BINGO ! - Works fine :-)

Why? I have absolutely no idea but my conclusion is this;

1. Most ASUS boards you buy currently are already updated to CAP.
2. It is curiously difficult to find info on what version of BIOS you have installed on the board on purchase / arrival but actually there are 2 obvious clues I've discovered;
a)The CD that comes with the board will most likely have a .CAP file in the root folder if you explore it, suggesting that you have the .CAP version on your board and do not need to run the converter.
b)The bar code next to your SATA drive ports has four digits at the end (mine said 4006). THIS is the BIOS version installed on your card. Why this is not made more obvious anywhere on the internet I don't know.
3. The BIOS Flashback feature likes some flash drives but not others - again, no idea why. Maybe the drive's formatting history is important, maybe not ? In any case, I suggest you try a few different ones. Beg, borrow, steal some from friends if need be. One of them WILL work... eventually.

Sincerely hope this helps. I might even be able to sleep tonight now I've done this. All the best x
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