BIOS update problem with D865GBF system

BIOS update problem with D865GBF system

Post by Matthe » Tue, 19 Oct 2004 07:38:07


I have a PC with an Intel D865GBF board and a Pentium IV 2.2GHz CPU, 3 HDDs,
DVD-ROM drive, 512MB RAM. Windows 2000 SP4 is the only OS on it.

I recently downloaded and applied BIOS update P21 to it, where it previously
had P6 in it. The BIOS update seemed to be successful (I heard the PC
speaker beep as the update was being applied), and I saw the POST as usual
when the PC rebooted after having applied the update, but now it is asking
me to "Enter CURRENT Password:". Trouble is, I have never set a password on
this PC. Now I can't get into the BIOS setup program or boot the OS on the
HDD. I have tried a few "obvious" passwords, but haven't yet found what it
is expecting. Any ideas?
 
 
 

BIOS update problem with D865GBF system

Post by Matthe » Tue, 19 Oct 2004 08:47:14


previously
on
the
it

Crisis averted (I think): I downloaded and read through the manual for the
D865GBF board, and discovered that it has a BIOS mode jumper, one of the
settings for it causes the system to go straight to the BIOS setup program,
bypassing the passwords, where there is an option to clear all the
passwords.

Now that problem has been resolved, I have to try to figure out why it now
won't detect the HDDs on the primary IDE connector even though they were
working fine before the BIOS update...

 
 
 

BIOS update problem with D865GBF system

Post by MyndPhly » Tue, 19 Oct 2004 09:08:56


usual
asking
password
program,

I've see the password trick on one BIOS upgrade for an D875PBZ. Did the same
workaround as you. I've also see other (infrequent) postings here with the
same symptom. I don't know why it happens, but it does.

On the primary IDE HD's are you using Cable Select or Master/Slave settings
on the drives? If Cable Select, try changing over to Master/Slave. If you
are already using Master/Slave, I have no other suggestions.
 
 
 

BIOS update problem with D865GBF system

Post by Matthe » Tue, 19 Oct 2004 11:36:39


now
settings
Loading the Setup defaults in the BIOS setup program seems to have fixed the
problem with the on-board IDE controller.
 
 
 

BIOS update problem with D865GBF system

Post by MyndPhly » Tue, 19 Oct 2004 12:16:06


were
you
the

IIRC, it is the recommended first step after flashing the BIOS and the last
step just prior to flashing the BIOS is writing down the settings.

Good to hear it's working again.
 
 
 

BIOS update problem with D865GBF system

Post by JAS » Tue, 19 Oct 2004 13:45:24


BIOS if it gets corrupted or locked up usually will not read the IDE
drives correctly. The resetting the default simply resets BIOS.
 
 
 

BIOS update problem with D865GBF system

Post by Elar Saa » Tue, 19 Oct 2004 14:26:07


In BIOS setup press F9 to load default settings. Exit with "Exit and
save settings" and you are done.

Elar
 
 
 

BIOS update problem with D865GBF system

Post by Matthe » Wed, 20 Oct 2004 08:53:32


last
If this is an "official" recommendation from Intel as part of the procedure
for updating the BIOS software, then I do not remember seeing any mention of
it in the release notes accompanying the file I downloaded from Intel.

It is certainly something I shall keep in mind should I ever need to update
BIOS software in the future, though.
 
 
 

BIOS update problem with D865GBF system

Post by Bob Baili » Thu, 21 Oct 2004 00:49:43


No, it's not. What Intel recommends is that before you upgrade, you
save the current settings under "Save Custom Defaults" on the Exit menu.
Then, after you upgrade, load the Optimal Defaults and save, then load
the Custom Defaults and save. This has the effect of setting any new
features to a reasonable default setting while preserving your old settings
as much as possible.

Bob
 
 
 

BIOS update problem with D865GBF system

Post by Milhouse V » Thu, 21 Oct 2004 11:59:01


But wouldn't "custom" simply overwrite "optimal," or is custom literally
only the things you've changed (as opposed to all the current settings as
they were when you saved them)? I always assumed it was the former, but if
it's the latter, that's nice.

Does anyone know why this problem happened in the first place? I've never
made such a large jump as he did (15 revisions), which conceivably might
have something to do with it, but I've flashed countless times and have
never seen this happen.