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Cannot update BIOS on RIVE

neyuru
Level 10
It's been like a year since I was trying to update the BIOS ending with the same results: The motherboard takes about 7 hours to "update" iROG-1 and when complete, it cycles over this very same process over an over again.

The MOBO has BIOS 4102 (the latest on which Ivy Bridge was not supported, I have a SB I7-3820) and tried the update with BIOS'es 4701, 4802 and 4901. Tried both the BIOS flashback method and from within the BIOS. I've dowloaded the BIOS'es from two different computers and saved them to 2 different USB's. They are formatted to FAT32.

Trust me, I've upgraded succesfully the BIOS 2 times since the MB was shipped, but found this wall for BIOS'es newer than 4206.

I want to upgrade to an Ivy-Bridge but, I cannot even upgrade to BIOS'es officialy supporting IB! So, here's hte question I havn't seen answered in the posts I've seen:

Do I have to install an IB CPU for the BIOS upgrade to work?

if this is not necesary, what can I do? Please help!

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Rampage IV Extreme BIOS 4206
Intel I7-3820
32 GB Quad Channel Kingston Hyper X Genesis
2 x Nvidia GTX 690
2 x WD Velociraptor 250 GB RAID0
Intel 120GB 320 SSD
Noctua NH-D14 SE2011
CM Silent Pro Hybrid - 1300W
CM HAFx
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Arne_Saknussemm
Level 40
Try this clean method on the USB pendrive and try to flash both BIOS chips. Clear CMOS before and after switching BIOS chip and before and after attempting to flash BIOS.

http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?46802-please-i-need-help-with-Rampage-Extreme-iv&p=398383&v...

If still no joy maybe the pragmatic thing to do would be to buy new BIOS chips with latest BIOS and install those http://www.bios-chip24.com/epages/63730052.sf/de_DE/?ObjectID=15827782

You would have to upgrade the BIOS before installing an IB-E chip...

Thanks Arne,

How do I flash both chips? As I understand it, I can only flash one BIOS at a time... Or did you mean to flash one BIOS and then the other? (but this will not help as one chip will not flash correctly) Or did you mean to try to flash to both chips? (I indeed tried to flash both chips, both are functional, but none of them respond well to the post 4102 flashback)

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Rampage IV Extreme BIOS 4206
Intel I7-3820
32 GB Quad Channel Kingston Hyper X Genesis
2 x Nvidia GTX 690
2 x WD Velociraptor 250 GB RAID0
Intel 120GB 320 SSD
Noctua NH-D14 SE2011
CM Silent Pro Hybrid - 1300W
CM HAFx

Arne_Saknussemm
Level 40
Sorry not being clear 😮

I just meant to try both chips...one after the other...there is no method to flash both

I went ahead and bought a chip from the suggested webpage (very nice selection by the way) and finally got some time to do the swap. Even with chips from 2 different sources (bios-chip42 and ASUS own support website) I got the same result: an "i-ROG1 is updating" message appears but it lasts 7 hours to complete and when the computer restarts, the updating process renews and restarts in an infinite cycle.

If I can't find any help (maybe someone out there stumbled upon this very same error and knows how to tackle it) I will finally forfeit and declare myself in a loosing side in this battle of more than 3 years. It's a shame, because I built this system with the specific purpose of later adding an Ivy-Bridge processor, but heck, life is tough.

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Rampage IV Extreme BIOS 4206
Intel I7-3820
32 GB Quad Channel Kingston Hyper X Genesis
2 x Nvidia GTX 690
2 x WD Velociraptor 250 GB RAID0
Intel 120GB 320 SSD
Noctua NH-D14 SE2011
CM Silent Pro Hybrid - 1300W
CM HAFx

neyuru wrote:
I went ahead and bought a chip from the suggested webpage (very nice selection by the way) and finally got some time to do the swap. Even with chips from 2 different sources (bios-chip42 and ASUS own support website) I got the same result: an "i-ROG1 is updating" message appears but it lasts 7 hours to complete and when the computer restarts, the updating process renews and restarts in an infinite cycle.

If I can't find any help (maybe someone out there stumbled upon this very same error and knows how to tackle it) I will finally forfeit and declare myself in a loosing side in this battle of more than 3 years. It's a shame, because I built this system with the specific purpose of later adding an Ivy-Bridge processor, but heck, life is tough.


You can flash the bios with no CPU in the socket, link in my sig. Think you can do it with only the PSU and mainboard, might be the best for you as it seems something is stoping it from updating.
as Arnie said use a USB with a converted bios file, the usb must be format(to boot from)and only the new bios file on it. I'll check back as your board is not dead!!!!
Asus X79 DELUXE
3930K WATER
2X Intel 520 Raid o
2X GTX 780ti DCII OC WATER
16 GB G skill 2133
Corsiar AX1200
Acer 24" 1080
Swiftech MCP655 Vari
HWlabs 3/120
Asus DVD

BLIND BIOS FLASH LINK http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?12749-RIVE-BIOS-FlashBack

Arne_Saknussemm
Level 40
Ufff....sorry to hear that neyuru. Bad luck indeed! Sounds like you might have to RMA that board in the end....probably best to contact ASUS support and see if they can sort you out...