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I recently updated my BIOS to the new 1503 version. Things were working perfectly fine prior to the update, mind you. At first, the computer complained about the CMOS being incorrect and it needed to be cleared and reset or something (that was option F2). Option F1 was to ignore it and load Windows anyway. So, I hit option F1 first and Windows loaded fine. I reset the computer to see if the problem persisted (I figured it would), and it did indeed. This time, I hit F2 to clear and reset it, and Windows again loaded fine. I reset the computer once more after that to see if the problem was fixed, and I got no error message and Windows loaded with no problem, though I did notice that the new BIOS put the default FSB for my system at 187 MHz instead of the 200.7 it was running at with the original version that shipped with the motherboard.<br><br>
Anyway, it loaded fine a couple of times after the CMOS resetting. However, the past 5 or 6 times I have attempted to turn on the computer, everything goes smoothly until the "Welcome" screen appears and Windows loads to desktop. The "Welcome" screen does not display, nor does the desktop, but I hear AI Booster Utility loading up, followed by an alert sound that occurs when you get an error message. Since nothing displays, I have no idea what is going on, nor how to fix it, so I thought I would stop by here and see what you all have to say and/or suggest.<br><br>
Do I need to downgrade the BIOS to the 14xx version, or should I just reinstall Windows with the 1503 version? Is there a way to fix it as it is so I don't have to reinstall anything? HELP! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">
 

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Pretty sure the 1503 Version is still in Beta, I would downgrade the BIOs to the latest "stable" release.1407
 

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After I upgraded to 1503 I was getting the same CMOS messages you were. It popped up twice until I went into the BIOS, changed things back to default and restarted. It went away after that. Then I just went back in and made all my usual adjustments.<br><br>
I've have no trouble at all since running 1503.
 

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Oh and what version of AI Booster are you running? If it's the most latest version, you may want to try getting rid of it because I had trouble with that myself. Right after it would play that sound it would instantly crash my computer. Perhaps try booting in safe mode to make some adjustments.<br><br>
If youre not sure how, press F8 during post. You'll get a boot prompt window, select your HDD, then keep pressing F8 after that and youll get your list of options for safe mode.
 

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I have tried loading to the "most recent settings that worked" after it gave me the BSOD for a brief second, which I forgot to mention above, but it only did that once. That obviously did not work.<br><br>
I have also tried to reset the BIOS to default settings, but Windows still won't display.<br><br>
If I can get it to load in safe mode, will I be able to run the BIOS flashing software? Also, is this a BIOS issue or a Windows issue?
 

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I would think you'd be able to run it. Worth the shot anyway. I'd try getting rid of AI Booster also to see if that helps before reinstalling windows or anything drastic..if you can even get to safe mode that is. AIB isn't the most stable program in the world.<br><br>
I'm not sure why you are having problems all of the sudden. I'm getting much more stable overclocks with 1503 than I did with 1407.
 

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Strange problem there <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused"> I dont know a lot about the P5W DH so I cant really help you out. But your best bet would be to somehow re-flash the bios back to the older bios and try that again, hopefully someone on here will tell you what to do. I hope you fix it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Thumb">
 

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Any other options? Do you think the problem is with the BIOS or Windows?
 

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I was able to get it to load in safe mode, but ASUS Update would not run. I also did "dskchk" in safe mode, and it discovered no problems, so I have no clue what the problem is. HELP! :'(
 

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Will reinstalling Windows fix it, you think? If so, I would be more than happy to do so! But I have no clue how to flash a BIOS using DOS prompt and a floppy disk (or ISO on a CD-ROM), so if that is what is required I would appreciate explicit directions on how to do so...
 

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Check out your manual on how to flash the bios while in the bios. You'll need the old version on a floppy. I think its called AsusEZFlash. Its not hard to do.
 

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Well do you think flashing the BIOS to an older version will allow Windows to run properly again?
 

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*Bump*
 

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OK, can someone post a link to the BIOS FTP site for ASUS? I'll have to load it onto a floppy at work tomorrow and then flash the BIOS when I get home.
 

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I assume that the file needs to be unzipped on the floppy (i.e. just ".ROM")? I tried it like that with ASUS EZ Flash 2 and it whined that there was an error while reading from the disk...<br><br>
Edit: I figured out that the floppy had some issues and was faulty.
 

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I've tried several different BIOS versions, and no matter which I choose, it complains about the CMOS and then, regardless of the choice, it fails to display the Windows desktop like before. HELP!!!
 

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OK, since I received little help after Mike and Zedd, I caved in and called ASUS tech support. To my chagrin, they were extremely helpful and got my problem fixed right away! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
 
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