Have you tried clearing CMOS? Disconnect A/C power and remove the CR2032 battery from the board for 15 minutes. Restore it and see if it will then POST.
Best method to do BIOS Recovery is with a USB flash stick containing only the .BIO file. Note the following:
- Use a USB 2.0 flash stick. Do not use USB 3.0 flash sticks.
- On another Windows PC, reformat USB flash stick, using FAT32 file system, with Quick option disabled. Do not use Linux- or MACOS-based PC.
- Place only the .BIO file onto this USB flash stick.
- With PC powered off, insert this USB flash stick into one of the black USB 2.0 ports on the rear panel of the board. Do not use USB 3.0 ports. Do not use front panel USB ports.
- Remove the yellow BIOS configuration jumper from the board.
- Power on system.
- System should automatically perform the BIOS recovery. A progress display should be seen during the process. If you do not see a display, let system sit for 15 minutes before powering off (sometimes, BIOS Recovery will proceed without display; if you power off in the middle of this process, your board will be bricked permanently).
- When process is completed (you will be told), power off system.
- Restore yellow BIOS Configuration jumper to pins 1-2 of the header.
- Remove USB flash stick.
- Power on system.
- Use F2 key to enter BIOS Setup. Verify all parameters are correct. Best bet is to use F9 key to reset all parameters to their defaults and then change only those that are absolutely necessary to boot.
Hope this helps,
I tried first removing the CMOS battery for 20 minutes, nothing occurs.
Then I followed the steps you provided, I made sure the usb stick is 2.0, using a rear 2.0 port, I'm formatting it from Windows with the quick option disbled and I the jumper is not in the motherboard. I'm using the right jumper as it is labeled as BIOS CFG. It seems to me that the recovery process never starts, beacause nothing is displayed on the screen, I don't hear any sound, and after 25 minutes, the PC is still on. So I do a hard power off and after I power it on, it is in the exact same state. I removed the graphics card and re-tried the recovery process, but the result is the same.
When I use a non-bootable CD burned with the BIO file I hear that the CD drive is trying to read it for a few times, then it stops. So I don't know if there is an working ISO image you could provide.
Does the BIO file name matter? BL0160.BIO
No, the name doesn't matter. All that matters is that it is the only .BIO file and is in the root folder of the flash disk.
I have seen situations where, if the board has issues with the installed DIMMs, wherein the BIOS Recovery operation will not complete. What happens is the BIOS ends up taking multiple attempts to successfully initialize the memory and, in the process, forgets about (loses the context for) the BIOS Recovery operation.
So, tell me more about the DIMMs that you are using in this system. Please provide full manufacturer's part numbers, not a (usually useless) description.
One thing you can try, while waiting for my analysis of the memory, is reattempting the BIOS Recovery with only a single DIMM installed. Try using the Channel A Slot 0 connector first. If that doesn't work, try the Channel B Slot 0 connector. If that doesn't work, start again using the other DIMM.
Hope this helps,
I only have one DIMM inserted in the slot labeled as DIMM2 which is the on the rightmost side. I will try it in DIMM1 (there is no 0 in the slots, they are labeled 1-4)
I see these information in the label on DIMM:
The slots I am actually referring to are the two BLUE slots. DIMM1 (Channel A DIMM 1) and DIMM2 (Channel B DIMM 1). Sorry, I should have looked at the TPS instead of guessing.
I don't see anything wrong (compatibility-wise) with the DIMMs. Going back and re-reading, you say that you get no beeps at all when you power on the board with no memory DIMMs installed? This is with processor still installed? If so, this is a very bad sign. It tells me that the BIOS isn't getting very far into POST. The BIOS may be bricked completely at this point.
Do you remember what BIOS you had installed before you started this whole process? It may have been so old that the BIOS update included by the tool was incompatible with it...
I am not sure what else to suggest...
Hhmmm, that's what I was afraid of. These boards were updated with BIOS (and Management Engine Firmware) releases that made it possible to use 3rd generation Core processors (as well as 2nd generation Core processors). The transition between the two types of BIO had to be carefully managed; you couldn't just jump forward all at once. Unfortunately, by enabling BIOS update from with the IDSA tool, it made this attempt to do this jump. I am sorry to say that there is probably nothing that you can do to recover from this