I just came back from vacation reconnected my PC to its power source, started it up. Won't boot. Screen stays black. USB Mouse and Keyboard have power.
1) So, I try the usual routines:
Power off, remove memory, wait. Remove CMOS battery, remove jumper. Put all back in. Power on. No success, repeat it a couple of times, Intel Bios comes on, then the RAID Bios, telling me both primary and raid recovery drive are fine, then I get the Intel Bios Screen again and think now it will go to boot up windows as usual, but, no, PC resets, again the same repeating BIOS screens.
So, I no think, I have to reset something in the BIOS, try to get into it via F2. Alas - keybord no longer recognized. Then black screen again. I try the remove CMOS battery, jumper off - jumper on routines a few times and a few more times get the BIOS screens, but never manage to get into the BIOS because keyboard no longer is recognized.
2) I decide to try BIOS recovery:
--- Download the most recent *.BIO file, copy it to an empty (non-bootable) USB. Nothing, USB not recognized. Screen stays black. Try another USB. Download HP utility to make USB stick bootable and then copy the *.BIO. Nothing! Screen stays black, keyboard and mouse not recognized, no beeps upon startup.
-- Burn ISO Bios recovery image onto CD and insert into CD drive. Drive spins, light blinks a few times. Light dies, drive stops spinning. CD not recognized.
Some Backup Info:
This PC was running well before. I once experienced the BIOS failure when it was disconnected for some time from power. Then again with another power failure where it told me to replace the CMOS battery, which I did.
I live in Ecuador where power failures are pretty common, so I do have the PC always connected to a UPS (Universal Power Supply Battery). All power failures that I experienced the computer was shut down properly while still connected. But of course during longer blackouts at some point the bateries are empty and so, as a precaution, I always turn off the chassis switch when that happens. That is also the reason why, during vacation, I left the PC disconnected for several weeks.
Now, it seems that this board cannot live without power for extended periods. It also seems that the BIOS is now permanently corrupted.
The only other trouble I had with this board was with a NVIDIA video card. The board had always real hard times booting up this card recognizing the correct drivers. It would work only with some of the older drivers, not the most recent one. I contacted NVIDIA, apparently that is a common problem with them. They gave me detailed instructions how to try different drivers and I kept the one that worked. But now the BIOS won't even come on, the keyboard is not recognized, the USB Bios recovery and the CD Bios recovery failed.
I bought this board in Germany hoping for some decent quality, not the junk they usually sell in Ecuador, but I must say I am really, really disappointed. It now looks that I can trash this board barely after a year!!!
This board is just the worst one EVER!!!
But perhaps anyone has ANY idea? Replacement is a joke, how am I supposed to return this board from Ecuador to Germany???
So, unless there is ANY other way to still recover the BIOS, I can just throw this one in the bin :-(