Oh and one more thing, the two versions of the DZ68BC BIOS if produced by Intel do not have to indicate 2nd or 3rd gen, alternatively the BIOS could indicate eg
0039 (With Intel ME V7) or 0039 (With Intel ME V8)
The above preposition is to allow the user to install any of the above BIOS and determine which works for them because there are different board Versions and maybe some were not meant to go past Version 7 of Intel ME and some were meant to go all the way to Version 8, regardless of the CPU being 2nd gen or 3rd gen.
This was just another observation, Intel can father look into it.
One thing for sure is the presence of both Intel ME version in the BIOS file causes the malfunction on the DZ68BC as at times the board cant determine which to use hence the Intel ME showing 0.0.0.0 and the PCH showing 0.0.
Please Intel look into this and get us all a working BIOS.
If i had the tool used to compile Intel BIOS i would do it my self and create two separate BIOS for DZ68BC as I have stated above, compiling each BIOS with only one version of Intel ME and testing both.
Intel might be surprised to find that maybe we all need only one version in the long run my be Version 8 or may be Version 7
Please DZ68BC owners lets post here so we can get a fix soon, maybe they will listen to us.
This is the work around we have when using 6 series motherboards and 3rd gen Processors.
However I will escalate your comments to our engineers department. I would have an update very soon.
Could you please tell me, how did you get to that conclusion?
I got to the conclusion by doing a number of tests, it was not intentional but i stumbled upon the conclusion just last week and confirmed it yesterday.
So Initially I had AAG30742-402 and when i updated it in readiness for the 3rd gen CPU i was to get 1 year ago the problems started with the 0035 which was displaying wrong processor speed for i5-2500K that i had, and could not change the overclock settings, Then a week later got the current CPU I have the i7-3770 after installing it there was immediate boot up issues (When switching on computer it would shut down on its own first then on again on its won) only that that time round the CPU wrong values which were 4.3GHz were in effect as it overclocked the CPU on its own, after several restarts it would display correct values and work appropriately, but from cold boot it would be the loop all over again. contacted Intel was advised to run recovery with the then only BIOS 0035 and it seemed to solve the start up issue but did not solve the overclocking issue, It never had Intel ME issues on 0035 til the other fleet of BIOS 003X arrived 0036, 0037 & 0039 had the Intel ME issue but they solved overclocking issue. (The story is long check other posts that i posted in in the community)
As of last week Friday I have been running a replacement DZ68BC, AAG30742-403. which come with BIOS 0035 and is when i noticed that Intel ME is the root of the problem. so the board worked but when checking the Intel ME it shipped with it was version 7 instead of 8, explains why the board kept shutting down first during cold boot then back on before posting as normal, the *suspicious* bit was the BIOS 0035 it shipped with did not at anytime show any wrong values in the BIOS, so it never overclocked the CPU on its own, But had the same instability issue as the one posted on Intel's website.
So contacted Intel yesterday through chat, and was instructed to update bios to the latest one so i updated to 0039 from 0035 and immediately after a massage displayed that "Intel does not guarantee the current BIOS to be operational as it should please contact @ Intel support website" cant remember exact words. but then entered BIOS by pressing F2 and sad part is that the Intel ME issue was there, so I restarted went into BIOS again and Intel ME was version 7, not 8.
I went back to BIOS 0035 but that time round it was the broken version 0035 coz it overclocked the CPU and it was unstable as usual and again that time round the Intel ME in it was non longer 7 but was 8, tho oo35 does not have the Intel ME issue not initializing at start up, always works correctly but it overclocks the CPU and the clocks take effect on 3rd gen CPU only. Then I went back to 0039 as it was stable and i did not want the CPU overclocked though with Intel ME issue 0.0.0.0 after restart it shows version 8 Intel ME but always at cold boot still 0.0.0.0
Contacted Intel again and was give another procedure, which solved the Intel ME issue (Now Intel ME was Version 8, and Computer booted up as it should with no problems) but afterwords i went into BIOS and enabled Fast BOOT options all 3 of them and immediately after pressing F10 to save it then shut down and when it started up again, when I managed to get into BIOS the Intel ME issue 0.0.0.0 and PCH 0.0 issue come back. This time round even when I retried the workaround procedure that i was given it did not work.
here is a work around that worked but after all Fast Boot features enabled you will be back to square 1 haven't been able to get it back to work correctly (The work around May work If it does never enable Fast Boot)
You need to downgrade the BIOS to 0036 version again via recovery. After you have installed again the BIOS version 0036, update the BIOS to version 0037 in flash mode via the F7. After that update the BIOS to version 0039 in flash mode and again re update the BIOS to the same version 0039 in recovery mode. The ME should be update correctly.
We have this sent to the proper department to be reviewed
Thank you Sylvia, hopefuly they will comeup with a BIOS update that is free from all the issues, so a probable BIOS 40
Mean while ** This is to Sylvia and Intel**I have received a replacement board again as of Thursday 25th April form the Netherlands Deport DHL Supply Chain, it's still a AAG30742-403 and comes with the BIOS 0035 which has Intel Management Engine 126.96.36.1992, as you all know by now obviously the boot up issue is there, no overclock issue, unstable as usual after 3 - 4 restarts and looses XMP sets memory back to 1333MHz.Though this time round i haven't updated BIOS yet i know all the above issues will disappear once i update to any of 0036, 0037 or 0039 but then i will have the Intel ME issue.Its evident that for 3rd gen to operate properly it needs an appropriate Intel ME.So Please Intel Produce bug free BIOS for the DZ68BC as no number board replacements will help as the problem is the BIOS not the Board version.I'm currently running it on 0035 with the issues I have mentioned in this post present, hopping for a BIOS update from Intel that will liberate us from all the unnecessary issues and work around
So far, chatted with Intel Rep today April 30th, 2013 and the rep informed me that the Issue was updated today and is still under investigation.
Hey Sylvia any progress please update us.
Can we expect a working BIOS soon? Any tentative date?
Is Intel doing anything about this or not?
It's been about an year now since these faulty BIOS have plagued this otherwise great board.
WE NEED A SOLUTION!
If Intel is able to provide a fix before May 25, then great, otherwise, I'm sorry to say, I'll have to go in for a new board from some other manufacturer and Intel will lose a loyal customer.