You wanted people opinion, here it is.
I think that you are exaggerating when you said countless of hours over the years upgrading BIOS.
If you really wasted so much time, you clearly do something wrong.
Personally if I get a SERIOUS ERROR upgrading BIOS by .EXE I would use another method, FULL STOP.
Your motherboard currently supports 3 ways to upgrade BIOS.
As .EXE BIOS updates can be affected by many things such as ANTIVIRUS…BLA BLABLA… It is safer to upgrade BIOS by Recovery or ISO IMG.
Give specific instructions that are step by step and I will follow it. Not go here get this file then go there read that and then maybe if you do it right it will go through. I have a netbook by eee computers which can update its own bios. Security or not I would like the simple approach. I have a dg 41 and a 945 all intel, I had a 865,915,845,all were easy to upgrade. This one if fiesty. I think if the warranty was respected and there is a known problem there should have been a customer satisfaction allowance. I always buy boxed 3 year warranty and have not once claimed anything. This I felt warranted. Jim
Well this is finally how it all ended up. I returned the board. Tech support updated my bios and sent it back. They did not fix the problem. They just updated the bios. They could have taken better care of me but choose not to. I ended up buying a dg43gt from intel and sold the old mother board for $25.00. By the way the new motherboard cost $45.00. Which I think was an easier fix. It updates, it does what it should.
I have learned that the 3 year warranty does not fix things it just patches on the cheap side doing the very minumum. Well I fixed it no thanks to Intel support. That is the Truth!