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  • Gigabyte BIOS - Recovery options for Virtual Dual BIOS

    I have tried to search for "Virtual Dual BIOS" and all of the Threads and Pages relevant are '404' or gone. I am trying to help someone with an LGA 775 who pooched their BIOS and since their MOBO lacks a real 'Dual BIOS' what are some recovery option(s)? The exact MOBO is a GA-G31M-S2L - GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 775 - GA-G31M-S2L (rev. 1.0)

    Duh, Q-Flash to flash but a tad too late.

    Are there any Guides or 'working' links to the available MOBO in question with "Virtual Dual BIOS"??

    I noted '
    Xpress Recovery2' but that seemed to recover data and nothing to do with the BIOS. link - GIGABYTE Xpress Recovery2

    I know ASUS has an option to boot off your OEM MOBO DVD and recover the BIOS.

    Thanks!

  • #2
    Re: Gigabyte BIOS - Recovery options for Virtual Dual BIOS

    for your information: Virtual DualBIOS and BIOS Setting Recovery - Gigabyte - Motherboards-Memory

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    • #3
      Re: Gigabyte BIOS - Recovery options for Virtual Dual BIOS

      Hopefully your friend () didn't use @ bios to flash his MB. Never a good Idea.

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      • #4
        Re: Gigabyte BIOS - Recovery options for Virtual Dual BIOS

        Does the G31 system display any information when booting?
        If yes, what is displayed? Can you post a picture of the screen information?
        There are some possible solutions:
        • perform an extended clear cmos for 8 - 12 hours with the the motherboard battery removed and with the power supply unplugged from the wall outlet
        • attempt a blind flash using a bootable floppy disk
        • connect a hard drive which has a saved copy of the correct bios in the Host Protected Area (HPA)
        • install a replacement bios chip which means soldering a pre-flashed chip to the motherboard
        • buy a new or used motherboard

        Check out Newegg.com - Computer Hardware, Motherboards, Intel Motherboards, LGA 775 for a selection of G41 motherboards for about $50.
        A web search using the shopping option shows used g31 motherboards for $50 - $100.

        My P35 system has the virtual dual bios feature and I enabled the bios option to save bios to HPA.
        http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...ash-guide.html is the definitive bios flashing guide.
        Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
        P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
        4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
        MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
        Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
        WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
        Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
        SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
        Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
        Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
        Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
        MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
        Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
        win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
        HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
        CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
        E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
        Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
        Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
        HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
        win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium ~~ CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD U.P.S
        .

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        • #5
          Re: Gigabyte BIOS - Recovery options for Virtual Dual BIOS

          @Conners - I've seen that link and it points to a dead link (here).

          @profJim - Booting - nothing is displayed, and now no beeps. The flash was done via Q-Flash.

          The 'Question' is what BIOS Recovery Options are available and How do you recover with Virtual Dual BIOS??

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          • #6
            Re: Gigabyte BIOS - Recovery options for Virtual Dual BIOS

            -- GIGABYTE --Geeks Column of the Week - BIOS Explained has the best explanation that I've found.
            The GIGABYTE Xpress BIOS Rescue™ Technology section near the bottom of the page is probably how the virtual bios is used.
            It isn't a perfect setup.

            Perform the extended cmos clear as mentioned previously and try booting with a minimal hardware setup with the hard drive installed.
            I don't know of any other options other than buying a pre-flashed bios chip and replacing the current bios chip.
            Your best option is probably to buy a replacement motherboard, new or used.
            Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
            P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
            4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
            MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
            Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
            WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
            Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
            SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
            Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
            Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
            Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
            MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
            Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
            win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
            HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
            CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
            E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
            Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
            Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
            HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
            win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium ~~ CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD U.P.S
            .

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            • #7
              Re: Gigabyte BIOS - Recovery options for Virtual Dual BIOS

              He's trying what you posted -- I'm still trying to figure out what happened to the Guide for Recovery options for Virtual Dual BIOS...

              My hope is someone here could resurrect it.

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              • #8
                Re: Gigabyte BIOS - Recovery options for Virtual Dual BIOS

                Are you referring to the guide mentioned in the Tom's Hardware link from post #2.
                That link has a similar URL to the current bios guide in post #4.
                The forum link structure was updated several years ago and all (former) URL's with "forums.tweaktown.com/f69" have a somewhat different URL address now.
                Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
                P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
                4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
                MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
                Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
                WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
                Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
                SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
                Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
                Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
                Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
                MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
                Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
                win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
                HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
                CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
                E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
                Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
                Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
                HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
                win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium ~~ CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD U.P.S
                .

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                • #9
                  Re: Gigabyte BIOS - Recovery options for Virtual Dual BIOS

                  Yep that one, I first 'tried' to search for it in this forum (no joy) -- so I assume: 1. It's a 'bad' Guide (failure rate or problematic) 2. Deleted.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Gigabyte BIOS - Recovery options for Virtual Dual BIOS

                    http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...ash-guide.html is a sticky, so it appears near the top of list on every page in the Gigabyte forum.
                    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
                    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
                    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
                    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
                    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
                    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
                    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
                    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
                    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
                    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
                    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
                    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
                    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
                    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
                    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
                    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
                    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
                    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
                    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
                    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
                    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium ~~ CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD U.P.S
                    .

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                    • #11
                      Re: Gigabyte BIOS - Recovery options for Virtual Dual BIOS

                      Read the bottom remark:

                      This only applies to Dual BIOS Motherboards.
                      Last edited by Jaquith; 06-16-2012, 02:48 AM.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Gigabyte BIOS - Recovery options for Virtual Dual BIOS

                        The bios flashing portion is NOT limited to boards with two bios chips.
                        There are several forum threads that detail several techniques for possibly saving a true dual bios motherboard when the main bios chip is corrupted.
                        There isn't much you can do when the only bios chip on the motherboard is corrupted.
                        Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
                        P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
                        4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
                        MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
                        Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
                        WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
                        Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
                        SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
                        Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
                        Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
                        Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
                        MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
                        Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
                        win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
                        HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
                        CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
                        E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
                        Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
                        Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
                        HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
                        win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium ~~ CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD U.P.S
                        .

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                        • #13
                          Re: Gigabyte BIOS - Recovery options for Virtual Dual BIOS

                          Going in circles, that might be the reason the Thread was removed --- it never worked.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Gigabyte BIOS - Recovery options for Virtual Dual BIOS

                            Going in circles, that might be the reason the Thread was removed --- it never worked.
                            What does that mean?

                            The bios flashing how-to thread was never removed from the forum.
                            It does NOT go into great detail when you have a system that will not boot properly.
                            It is a how-to guide for bios flashing.

                            In another fairly recent thread, the system wouldn't post or boot.
                            By following our recommendations to test other hardware components, the problem turned out to be a power supply that had a coincidental failure.
                            A brand new replacement psu fixed the problem.
                            Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
                            P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
                            4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
                            MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
                            Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
                            WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
                            Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
                            SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
                            Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
                            Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
                            Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
                            MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
                            Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
                            win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
                            HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
                            CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
                            E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
                            Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
                            Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
                            HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
                            win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium ~~ CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD U.P.S
                            .

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                            • #15
                              Re: Gigabyte BIOS - Recovery options for Virtual Dual BIOS

                              hi to everyone


                              i have ga-ep31-ds3l witch have virtual dual bios


                              i flash it with q-flash utility from bios


                              when it said flash compled successfully ,i reboot the system.


                              from that moment and till now i have blank screen


                              tha pc starts ,fans working etc but no screen


                              i tried boot floppy disk,boot usb,boot cd,clear cmos but nothing


                              does enyone know how to recover bios ? or there is no hope...


                              thank you

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