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05-31-2012 11:20 AM
I really stepped in it this time. I had a really loud cpu fan on my e9270t desktop. I tried various suggestions from this forum such as blowing out the dust, reseating my heatsink/fan with new thermal grease, and clearing my cmos. None of that worked. I then tried updating the BIOS. My "MSI MS-7613 (Indio)" motherboard was running a v5.09 bios. I found on the HP website a v5.15 bios for that specific motherboard (although, not in the downloads section for my specific machine) and the relesase notes said that it addressed the really loud cpu fan problem.
The BIOS update appeared to go fine, but then I got a blue screen of death a few seconds into the "Starting Windows" logo. The screen pops up for a split second and then the computer automatically reboots. It flashes by so quickly I do not see what it says. I then go through all the windows startup repair process, but that doesn't help. When I run the diagnostic tests everything passes. Some other things I observed is that it takes much longer for the machine to boot now. When I press the power button, the monitor remains dark for a good 20 seconds. It also always checks to do a network PXE boot now even when I disable that option in the BIOS menu.
So what can I do now? Anyone have any suggestions on how I can get Windows to start with the updated BIOS? Is there any way I can revert my BIOS back to v5.09? Can I download that version somewhere and put it on a boot disk? Again, it's an e9270t desktop running Windows 7 64-bit.
06-01-2012 10:30 AM
I have some more information. I was able to finally see the blue screen of death's error codes. They were:
STOP: 0x0000007B (0xFFFFF880009A9928, 0xFFFFFFFFC0000034, 0x0000000000000000, 0x0000000000000000)
The first "7B" error code seems well documented on the web as a boot drive problem. I need to dig deeper and see if any of the solutions floating around will work for me. But if this rings any bells with you and you have some ideas I would like to hear them.
06-06-2012 10:17 PM
I got windows going, but only after doing a clean install of windows7. Reseting to the factory defaults didn't work. I assume it's for the same reason the computer was blue-screening in the first place -- the factory-installed disk drivers don't mesh with this new bios. However, my version of windows isn't activated because the OEM key that came with my computer isn't transferable to a retail windows7 license.
So as far as I can figure, I have three options:
- Install the original v5.09 bios that came with the computer and reset to factory defaults. The problem is, I can't find that particular bios version anywhere.
- Order a motherboard with the same part # and reset to factory defaults. A board online costs about $150.
- Buy a retail version of Windows7 which costs about $250. I wouldn't be able to use the various pre-install applications that came with the machine (I actually did use some of them), but I would have a "clean" install of windows. But $250 bucks for an OS I already bought when I bought the computer! Yikes.
Anyone have any suggestions on what I should do? Is there another options that I'm not considering?