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Stuck in EZ Flash 3 during bios/me update

BlackJaclet
Level 8

Hey gamers,

I decided to try my first BIOS update ever. I have ROG STRIX B660I board with 1602 bios version.

I downloaded the most recent 2802 which is suppossed to be coupled with ME update aswell.

BIOS update went smoothly, PC rebooted and got me again into Flash 3, asking me to select the same file for ME update. After selecting the .CAP file I used to start the BIOS update via AI Suite 3, Flash 3 claims that "this is not the proper bios file".

Is there any way I can boot up to Windows from the Flash 3 screen? F9/F5 do nothing and after clicking Exit button, it keeps saying "dont exit, select the same bios file for ME update"....

Its ofcourse highly possible I'm retarded and didnt understand the instructions on how to update my BIOS 😛 thanks for the tips

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JohnAb
Level 17

Is the BIOS file accessible? Try putting on a USB stick using FAT 32 (if it isn't already) and try selecting it from that location. You might need another PC to do that. If you says 'not a proper BIOS file' then that's really strange if it did the first part of the update. Maybe the file is corrupted, so it might be worth downloading it again. If nothing works at all, then you might just be forced to reboot and see what happens. Even with the wrong ME firmware, you should be able to get back into Windows and then update ME firmware manually from the support pages. It's an odd problem that I've not come across before. 

Usually, once the process starts then the PC will reboot a few times and that should be it. I've never been asked to select the BIOS file again. If you are using EZ Flash, then the BIOS name is not important. Once completed, then it will ask you to press F1 and setup the BIOS as per your preferences. 

Z690 Hero, BIOS 3101, MEI 2345.5.3.0, ME Firmware 16.1.30.2330, 7000X Case, RM1000x PSU, i9 12900K, ASUS TUF OC 3090TI, 2 x 16GB Corsair RAM @ 5200MHz, Windows 11 Pro 23H2, Corsair H150i Elite AIO, 4x Corsair RGB fans, 3x M.2 NVME drives, 2x SATA SSDs, 2x SATA HDs.

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JohnAb
Level 17

Is the BIOS file accessible? Try putting on a USB stick using FAT 32 (if it isn't already) and try selecting it from that location. You might need another PC to do that. If you says 'not a proper BIOS file' then that's really strange if it did the first part of the update. Maybe the file is corrupted, so it might be worth downloading it again. If nothing works at all, then you might just be forced to reboot and see what happens. Even with the wrong ME firmware, you should be able to get back into Windows and then update ME firmware manually from the support pages. It's an odd problem that I've not come across before. 

Usually, once the process starts then the PC will reboot a few times and that should be it. I've never been asked to select the BIOS file again. If you are using EZ Flash, then the BIOS name is not important. Once completed, then it will ask you to press F1 and setup the BIOS as per your preferences. 

Z690 Hero, BIOS 3101, MEI 2345.5.3.0, ME Firmware 16.1.30.2330, 7000X Case, RM1000x PSU, i9 12900K, ASUS TUF OC 3090TI, 2 x 16GB Corsair RAM @ 5200MHz, Windows 11 Pro 23H2, Corsair H150i Elite AIO, 4x Corsair RGB fans, 3x M.2 NVME drives, 2x SATA SSDs, 2x SATA HDs.

Thankfully, it seems that the file got corrupted. I downloaded it once again to my phone and put it on usb and voilla, it worked!