If you have a read of the readme file on the BIOS download page, there's usually a way of restoring the BIOS (which may involve repositioning a jumper before and after) - have you tried this method? Is there antivirus software installed and if so, did disabling it during the flashing process make any difference? When running the exe method, after the system rebooted and you have the black screen showing the various stages of the flashing process, did all seem to progress well there?
Why would I restore the bios, since it still boots
The thing is, when I try the exe it runs, reboots, and nothing then.
So I am not seeing the various stages of the flashing process at all
I take 10 minutes to turn it off just to be safe.
Help needed, btw, resetting the bios now, by loading optimal defaults, maybe that helps.
btw, resetting the bios now, by loading optimal defaults, maybe that helps.
Absolutely it may help! If you have non-standard settings and there are problems with flashing, this should be the first thing you try - sorry I didn't realise you'd customised things. You should also make sure all non-essential peripherals and (preferably even non-essential cards installed in slots) are removed for maximum chance of success.
To answer your question about restoring the BIOS, the answer is simply because sometimes following the restore process with a new version gets the flash process completed - in the end it doesn't matter why it works, it's results that matter.
the sollution is quite simple.
Load Optimized Defaults in the bios, which is not really mentioned in the manual as far as i know.
I'm glad that did the trick. I guess the people who write the manuals expect people will think to restore everything back to default settings before attempting any flashing. I guess because 'optimum' settings usually live up to their title many people stick with them and consequently this isn't a very common problem.
The no 1 golden rule for any overclocked systems experiencing any problems should always be return everything back to standard and see if the problem persists.