Good day all,
Yesterday I purchased an Intel DZ77SL-50K motherboard to house my i5 3450, now let me just say that I have been building PC's for years and like to think I know a fair share... Although I have not been keeping up with all the latest news and and haven't been active on many PC forums for a while.
So I installed everything, put the case back and it boots up into Windows without any issues. Mess around for a while, then I decided to try the Intel Fastboot - see how much of a difference it makes. So restart my PC, the Intel splashscreen is displayed and just before it shows you which F keys to press to do what it restarts. Strange, it was working fine and I have not touched a thing.
Fiddle around with holding the power button in for 3 beeps, as well as the BIOS config jumper and manage to get back into the BIOS and everything was fine - reset to default just incase and eventually got it booted up.
Hmm, well lets try upgrade to the newer BIOS (my board came with 0055). Flashed it to 0066 with the Express .exe, it prompts to restart - ok lets do it.
It restarts, brings up the flashing screen, all done successfully. Restarts again and goes into Windows and then says everything is fine - awesome.
So now lets go back into the BIOS and try the fast boot and maybe bump up the CPU's clock speed a bit.
Get into the BIOS, adjust a few settings and then it does not want to boot - ok, perhaps I went too high. I know its not a K CPU. Although that overclocking safeguard feature was on, so it tries to boot again and no. As soon as it gets to the Intel Desktop Boards splashscreen it restarts. Tried a cold boot and all and nothing, played with the BIOS jumper as well as holding the power button down for 3 beeps and still nothing. Managed to get into the BIOS and reset it to default but still not luck - weird!!
Then I managed to get into Windows and thought it was all sorted (by now i had tried to change the slots the RAM was in, just incase, and tried various settings in the BIOS and reset it multiple times and was confused by what I had done). So booted up into Windows, restart and then again it reboots as soon as the splashscreen shows up.
This morning jumped on my sisters computer, took a look at the Intel site and saw that there was a new BIOS which was not available when I downloaded 0066. So got it in .BIO format, put it on a FAT 32 flash drive and no BIOS jumper. It starts flashing, all is good. Do a cold boot and then YAAY! Its working! Restart a few times, still perfect.
Now I would like to go and try OC my PC a bit more, although am scared it starts randomly restarting again, I would also like to test the Intel Fastboot feature. One thing I did notice which I have no idea what it is or means which is worrying me a bit (saw it before I flashed to the 0081 BIOS and its still there after the flash to 0081) is under the events log it states:
"Flash Update Failed ( 6)"
It then has the time of occurence next to it and it was just after I had done a 3 beep power hold and jumper config change. Since I took the picture (was taken before I flashed to 0081) it has gone up to ( 8) so it has been increasing.
Could any of you give me some advice on what could be the cause of the issue, does this 0081 BIOS fix the instability issues I was having? What does that event log mean and why does it keep increasing?
Any feedback / advice would be greatly appreciated. I was about to take the board back and say its faulty before I flashed it to 0081.