Yesterday my brother bought an Intel DH67CL motherboard with an i5 2500 (which is awesme btw).
Everything worked ok, except for the DVD drives (1 external usb2.0 and 1 internal sata) which acted a bit strange (pc didnt pass the intel startup screen if no disc is present in drive, which is strange...). But no other problem, and we were quite happy since we upgraded from an old AMD athlon 64 system.
Today we updated to the latest bios, since thats always a good idea and we read there were some changes towards the SATA controllers (so we hoped this might help with our DVD drive issues).
We used following methid; installing the included cd put 2 shortcuts on the desktop. One of the links brought us to the bios update software on the intel site. Thats the program we used.
So we used this program to download the latest bios and told it to start updating.
We got a short summary of what was being updated and everything seemed to go well, no errors.
After this was finished the system needed to restart and thats when the trouble started.
Windows begins to start up (so its not the boot sector or something) but just when the animated logo comes on screen, short after that the system suddenly reboots and with the next attempt we get a notification that windows didnt boot well last time and we need to do some check because windows encountered some hardware or software change. So it runs a check and attempts to fix the problem, but no succes.
I tried installing the previous bios again by using an external usb stick. But this also fails. At first it seems to work... the first 5-6 steps shown on screen report as succesfull but then one of the steps fails and the system reboots... I hope this is normal?? (some form of prevention to stop users from accidently downgrading?)
I tried taking the battery out for 5 minutes (while powercable is plugged out). No success.
I tried taking the battery out for 5 minutes (again no powercable) and taking the bios jumper off on the mobo (bios recovery mode) and rebooting with a usb stick that has a bios file on it. No success. The intel guide showed there should be text on the screen during this, but nothing came on screen (was black all the time).
I tried windows restore points. No success.
Booting in safe mode also doesnt work, same problem.
So it seems the disk drive is working and the system can read from it (booting starts and windows can run some restore utility which uses a windows gui).
I 'think/hope' the bios is also fine? Since i think the system wouldnt be able to get past the intel screen and partially start booting windows if the bios was broken?
After some searching using google we did find some pages with ppl having simular problems but not 'exactly' the same and didnt find any solution.
My guess is the bios update did some major adjustments to the extend that windows 7 sees it as an hardware change and fefuses to start.
Since they use this computer as a secondary server for printing and some networking stuff, its pretty important to get this system up and running again asap. Re-installing windows 7 is really a last resort since we need to reinstall allot of programs and there are some verry important files on the disks.
Also, some of the other ppl having this issue reported that reinstalling windows didnt help (windows fails to install).
Prior to the bios update the system worked, so im pretty sure this is in some way the cause of the problem.
Maybe its helpfull to know we upgraded from version 0076 to 0105.
Downgrading to 0076 again doesnt work.
Also it apears to be a stepping 3B mobo (we checked it using the gigabyte tool) so not the problematic 2B.
Help would be verry much appreciated!!
I don't have a definite solution but just wanted to say I have 2 x DH67CLB3 boards with i5-2500 and Win 7 x64. Both have run have on all versions of the BIOS since 0076 including the latest 0119 and work fine.
I doubt Windows has detected it as a hardware change as in this case, it boots normally and asks you to re-activate.
Are there any other cards in the system you can remove to get it back to a bare bones state? Then try booting using the Intel built-in graphics.
Have you tried removing and re-seating RAM? Do you have any other RAM you try?
Do you have a service utility disk with its own operating system eg Linux or WinPE? There are a few free ones around. You could try booting this and see if it's Win 7 or something else.
These utilities would also allow you to retrieve the files from the hard drive.
There are several ways of installing a BIOS. Have you tried the Recovery BIOS Update method?
"A .BIO file to be used for BIOS recovery process, regardless of operating system. In the unlikely event that a BIOS update is interrupted, it is possible the BIOS may be left in an unusable state. Use the Recovery BIOS update to recovering from this condition. It requires a blank floppy diskette or CD."
Ok so I have had this same issue, I bought my Board when they were first released and when I installed the latest bios in oct. of 2011 the HD graphics drivers would no longer work every time that I booted my machine the screen would go black after the windows logo. So I contacted Intel tech support, and they determined that my board was faulty so they replaced my board, well I finally got the new board and went to install windows only to encounter the same issue. I have found multiple people all over the web that have had the same issue with unstable HD graphics drivers even with a brand new board I have literally spent several months trying to fix this issue without any luck so I am just done with Intel and their crappy boards and drivers Im gonna just use their processors unless someone can tell me how to fix this issue.