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Default Issues updating BIOS - 05-06-2017, 15:13 | posts: 705 | Location: St. Petersburg

Good day guys,

Haven't touched my mobo's bios for a while, and wanted to give it some maintenance today by updating to latest version. However when I try to update bis using mflash, nothing happens. It just freezes, nothing happens. I gave it a good minute wait time, before getting nervous and rebooting. Rebooted fine, and loaded windows as usually. My procedure was -

Downloaded latest AMI bios from MSI website dated - 2015-05-13 for MSI Z87 Mpower;

Made a bootable usb under fat32, copied all the files to it, booted into bios --> mflash --> selected drive --> selected bios file to update --> approved.

And that's it, it just hangs there, doesnt crash, doesnt do anything.

Should I just wait? Afaik from my previous updates it would start updating right away.

Any ideas from more experienced "flasher's "?

Thank you.
   
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Default 05-06-2017, 17:03 | posts: 2,888 | Location: far,far from home

try to use a standard USB thumbdrive.Just format it FAT32 and put the unzipped file onto it.From UEFI acces the MFlashj menu, choose the flash memory and the new UEFI BIOS file.It should work fine.No need to make it bootable.


   
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Default 05-06-2017, 18:22 | posts: 705 | Location: St. Petersburg

Just did exactly what you suggested, fat32, nothing else.

Still doesn't work, just hangs there after I choose files and click start.
   
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Default 05-06-2017, 18:36 | posts: 717 | Location: Norway

Seems Mflash is borked for a lot of MSI boards in Z77 and Z87. Quick google search showed me that. There should be another BIOS update tool available on the MSI forums.
   
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Default 05-06-2017, 19:04 | posts: 705 | Location: St. Petersburg

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Seems Mflash is borked for a lot of MSI boards in Z77 and Z87. Quick google search showed me that. There should be another BIOS update tool available on the MSI forums.
That's really odd, i do remember updating it some years ago ( as my current bios is from 2013 ) and it worked just fine, now it refuses.

Oh well i guess i'll just keep it like it is, last thing i need is bricked mobo.

Thank you for help guys!
   
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Default 05-06-2017, 21:12 | posts: 667 | Location: Argentina

If is AMI BIOS, you can make a "bootable" pen drive with Rufus and use AFUDOS that is included on the zip file

https://www.msi.com/files/pdf/How_to_flash_the_BIOS.pdf - page 8
   
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Default 05-06-2017, 23:20 | posts: 129 | Location: St. Louis

Possibly a problem similar to ASUS bios upgrades?

You have to completely rename the downloaded file for it to work. Why they make you do this is anyones guess. And the problem is, it doesn't tell you that. And ASUS support doesn't tell you that when you call. I finally found this out after spending days googling and finally found somebody saying this. Lo and behold it works...
   
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Default 05-06-2017, 23:52 | posts: 9,610 | Location: USA

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Possibly a problem similar to ASUS bios upgrades?

You have to completely rename the downloaded file for it to work. Why they make you do this is anyones guess. And the problem is, it doesn't tell you that. And ASUS support doesn't tell you that when you call. I finally found this out after spending days googling and finally found somebody saying this. Lo and behold it works...
That is only for USB flashback..

And it's good reason to have specific name so it doesn't accidentally choose wrong rom file to update with.
   
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Default 05-07-2017, 09:54 | posts: 3,535 | Location: Moscow, Russia

Are you sure you can`t flash from BIOS setup itself? In my MB`s BIOS there is such option and I always use it.
   
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Default 05-07-2017, 09:59 | posts: 17,742 | Location: 127.0.0.1

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Are you sure you can`t flash from BIOS setup itself? In my MB`s BIOS there is such option and I always use it.
I think that's what mflash is
   
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Default 05-07-2017, 17:47 | posts: 705 | Location: St. Petersburg

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Are you sure you can`t flash from BIOS setup itself? In my MB`s BIOS there is such option and I always use it.
That's exactly what it is, simply different name under MSI.

And does not work, ive read about above mentioned mode with DOS command, but i wont go that far.
   
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Default 05-08-2017, 00:06 | posts: 48 | Location: Canada

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Good day guys,


Haven't touched my mobo's bios for a while, and wanted to give it some maintenance today by updating to latest version. However when I try to update bis using mflash, nothing happens. It just freezes, nothing happens. I gave it a good minute wait time, before getting nervous and rebooting. Rebooted fine, and loaded windows as usually. My procedure was -

Downloaded latest AMI bios from MSI website dated - 2015-05-13 for MSI Z87 Mpower;

Made a bootable usb under fat32, copied all the files to it, booted into bios --> mflash --> selected drive --> selected bios file to update --> approved.

And that's it, it just hangs there, doesnt crash, doesnt do anything.

Should I just wait? Afaik from my previous updates it would start updating right away.

Any ideas from more experienced "flasher's "?

Thank you.

Hi cryohellinc, if you haven't tried it already make sure that your original bios is set to "default". i.e. vanilla settings- noticed your cpu was clocked,,reset and try your flash again.
Some tools are extremely picky when it comes to the bios flash.
Good luck and let us know how it goes...
   
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Default 05-08-2017, 07:41 | posts: 705 | Location: St. Petersburg

The1
A sound suggestion, will do that when home. Thank you!
   
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Default 05-08-2017, 09:31 | posts: 4,287 | Location: Cheshire, England

Probs a stupid question, have you tried another USB stick and/or redownloading the file in case it's corrupt.
   
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Default 05-08-2017, 13:45 | posts: 48 | Location: Canada

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probs a stupid question, have you tried another usb stick and/or redownloading the file in case it's corrupt.

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