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4930K
Asus Rampage IV Gene

I can't get my new system to post, just black screen. I had a non-Ivy Bridge-E BIOS so my 4930k wasn't recognized. No problem. So I updated with the ROM-to-CAP Conversion which seemed succesfull (USB blinking for 1 minute or so then ROG connect button light turned off) using USB flash (the one when the system is off but still powered). Great! However, when I then try to update to the latest BIOS CAP, the USB only flashes like 3 or 4 times then turns off which means it doesn't work.

I watched videos, read and followed all the instructions (format USB, rename files, try with everything unplugged and no CPU besides 24-Pin and 8-pin power, try with everything plugged including CPU and CPU fan header, etc. etc.) and the new CAP BIOS just won't install, again, even though the ROM-to-CAP Converter looked like it installed great (other than the 2 reboots it's supposed to do but I think that's only for people that are doing the BIOS update from inside the BIOS rather than the USB update while the system is off and only powered).

This is very frustrating and should be a 5 minute procedure. I've been at it a solid 10 hours now.
Edited by spin5000 - 9/23/16 at 2:21am
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post #2 of 17
What motherboard and what BIOS version are you trying to install?
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Originally Posted by billbartuska View Post

What motherboard and what BIOS version are you trying to install?
Second line in the post smile.gif Rampage IV Gene. I'm trying to install any of the newer BIOS, anyone that supports the 4930k basically. I tried the latest one (ai think it's 4909 if I remember correctly) but the USB only flashes for a few seconds rather than the minite or 2. I have a feeling the ROM-to-CAP Converter BIOS doesn't actually work using Asus's USB flash mode but that would be kind of ridiculous as that defeats the whole purpose of Asus's USB flash mode (to be able to update BIOS without turning the system on and without having any components installed).
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post #4 of 17
It's BIOS 4310 or later. for a 4930K.

I don'r know,, can you still do an online update?
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As I stated in the OP, I can't go in the BIOS, I have a 4930K.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by spin5000 View Post

I can't get my new system to post, just black screen.
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Originally Posted by billbartuska View Post

can you still do an online update?
Woops. You have to be in windows to do that.
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post #7 of 17
Since the USB Flashback is a hardware based feature, it shouldn't care which bios version you have currently installed. Therefore I would suggest you start from the scratch.

- Download the converter: http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/LGA2011/Rampage_IV_GENE/Rampage-IV-Gene-CAP-Converter.zip
- Rename "Rampage-IV-Gene-CAP-Converter.ROM" to "R4G.ROM"
- Place it to the root of freshly formatted (FAT32) USB stick
- Put the USB stick into the Flashback port (white contact tab) and press and hold the ROG connect button (immediately above the white Flashback port)

If that doesn't work (the blinking terminates after few seconds) then try the same using the newest available bios, in proper format.

- Download the newest bios 4901: http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/LGA2011/Rampage_IV_GENE/Rampage-IV-Gene-ASUS-4901.zip

If both of these fail, try again with a different USB drive. If it still gets you nowhere then your motherboard is quite certainly broken.
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by The Stilt View Post

Since the USB Flashback is a hardware based feature, it shouldn't care which bios version you have currently installed. Therefore I would suggest you start from the scratch.

- Download the converter: http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/LGA2011/Rampage_IV_GENE/Rampage-IV-Gene-CAP-Converter.zip
- Rename "Rampage-IV-Gene-CAP-Converter.ROM" to "R4G.ROM"
- Place it to the root of freshly formatted (FAT32) USB stick
- Put the USB stick into the Flashback port (white contact tab) and press and hold the ROG connect button (immediately above the white Flashback port)

If that doesn't work (the blinking terminates after few seconds) then try the same using the newest available bios, in proper format.

- Download the newest bios 4901: http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/LGA2011/Rampage_IV_GENE/Rampage-IV-Gene-ASUS-4901.zip

If both of these fail, try again with a different USB drive. If it still gets you nowhere then your motherboard is quite certainly broken.
Unfortunately i've done all that and fortunately I'm 99% sure the motherboard isn't broken.

From all the research I've done the last 2 or 3 days, it looks like the CAP Converter cannot be used with Asus' USB Flashback but needs to be done from the BIOS because it needs to do a reboot in-between the install which cannot be done when in USB Flashback mode. Apparently Asus could have easily remedied this by including the Ivy Bridge-E microcodes in the CAP Converter but they ridiculously never did so and never released an update of the tool that included them. So it looks like the only way to get the CAP Converter to work in the first place is to get a Sandy Bridge-E chip in order to boot into the BIOS and start the update/flash procedure.

It looks like I'm screwed and have a non-working product/products (CPU and board) and have to buy a 2nd CPU, then try to re-sell it, just so I can get my first CPU/motherboard to work. Most companies go out of business for pulling crap like this.
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post #9 of 17
So what is the newest bios version you can flash in with the USB Flashback?
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So what is the newest bios version you can flash in with the USB Flashback?
Anything in ROM format seems to complete fine (ROG Connect light blinks for 1 minute or so, blinks faster near the end, then light is off once done) and the CAP Converter also seems to finish but it can't do the reboot process since ASUS never updated the CAP converter to support Ivy Bridge-E chips.
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