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ASUS Bios Flashback if it doesn't work for you and you watched a youtuber that could be your problem.

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wade7575

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I will start off saying for 10 years at least of building many PC's I had my first bios failure ever while updating it and it was on an ASUS mobo thankfully.

I had watched many youtube video's on how to properly update and also use the bios flashback feature and all I can say boy was wrong,I tried doing everything I recalled from the youtube video's but nothing worked for what so ever.

Then I did a google search and asked why the ASUS bios flashback feature isn't working and to my surprise I found one guy that made a video and showed one thing that nobody else had shown in the youtube video's I had watched before.

I knew that the usb stick needed to be in Fat32 but one thing that I had never seen in any of the video's is that the partition table needed to be converted to MBR GPT will not work,well the time I tried after changing the stick to MBR and in Fat32 of course it worked like a charm.

The funniest part is I have updated the bios successfully before with a usb stick in GPT and never had a problem at all because I never knew any better and just went by the youtube video's,when you watch the guys in the youtube video's I can't tell you if they are just updating the bios by means of the bios flashback feature or if they are really doing it to a bricked bios and if that makes a difference who knows.

If anyone doubts what I'm saying here look at this link I also found on the ASUS website and it say's it in red as well about MBR.

https://www.asus.com/support/faq/1038568/
 
I found that out the hard way years ago, had to do some research before I learned about the MBR thing, I have a flash drive for the sole purpose of updating the bios.
 
I thought it was like that with all bios...

I have a usb stick, fat32/MBR I've used for, I guess.... years just for flashing purposes. :thup:
That was exactly my problem I thought,meaning becuase I knew that bios updates can go wrong I thought onetime when I seen a youtube video I should watch it and watched a few over the years,the problem is I thought they told me everything I needed to know and yet with the 8 video's I watched or so over those years never once was it mentioned about MBR.

If you go onto youtube and don't asking anything about the bios flashback and just updating the bios you most likely won't hear many say anything about MBR.
 
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Don't some MB'S have auto BIOS update where it does all the work without a UBS stick?
ASUS does for sure and you need their AI Suite installed to do it that way,but what I was posting about is if the bios fails when updating and how to recover it,if your bios fails to update properly then your screwed for sure because the system won't boot at all and that's why you need the flashback feature.

Also don't be folded into thinking that if you use some onboard software the process will be fool proof because I have heard of people having problems using AI Suite to do it as well.
 
Ai suite can, yep!

But the generally preferred method, at least around these parts, is to use the bios... though this day and age, I doubt there is much difference success-wise between the processes.

If you don't have flashback and dual bios chips, or replaceable ones, you're out of luck(rma). Ht bricking bios feels a lot more rare today too..
 
I agree I prefer to update my bios manually that way I can make sure I'm getting the right bios file and don't have to hope that AI Suite or some other software doesn't screw up,I also don't like the idea that other resource's are running and could do something that ASUS didn't account for while it's updating.
 
Ai suite can, yep!

But the generally preferred method, at least around these parts, is to use the bios... though this day and age, I doubt there is much difference success-wise between the processes.

If you don't have flashback and dual bios chips, or replaceable ones, you're out of luck(rma). Ht bricking bios feels a lot more rare today too..
Not completely out of luck. Asus still packs a recovery bios on the disk, which I believe is a last resort to recover a bricked flash.
 
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