Bricked my computer updating my BIOS. Help!
September 28, 2013 4:57 PM Subscribe
I updated my BIOS and now my computer won't boot. Please save me.
posted by Zelos to computers & internet (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I got my computer in January, prebuilt, OEM windows 8. Everything was fine. There was the occasional problem with it not waking up from sleep, forcing a hard reboot, but all in all it was fine. (This is a documented problem, according to Google.)
Today, the not waking from sleep happened again, and upon the hard reboot, my second hard drive was not being recognized. I restarted my computer a few times, didn't help, freaked out, and opened up my computer to check all the plus. It was fine, I plugged in again, and everything looked good, drive recognized. I probably should've checked the BIOS to make sure it was a Windows oddity first, but oh well. I doubt it was the drive itself, it's a new one that was only a month old. My guess is that the hard refresh did something weird to windows' memory, but the extended shutdown when I was futzing around refreshed its cache, or something.
Anyway, that incident with Windows prompted me to do more googling, and some suggestions encouraged all updates to drivers (already done) and BIOS for the not waking from sleep problem, and that it might have to do with specific graphic cards. I've never updated my bios, but upon checking the website of my mobo, it did say that AMD+ graphic cards should update to the lastest BIOS.
So, I downloaded the BIOS file, dropped it in a flash drive, and reflashed my BIOS successfully with qflash. Great. Except now my Windows 8 is in a continuous loop and will not boot. Google reveals that Windows apparently "lock" onto the BIOS it's installed with and doesn't like changes. Fantastic, wish I'd known that earlier.
Google also suggests using a "refresh OS" option in Windows 8 to reset the lock, which is unfortunate because I can't get into Windows 8 at all. After about 2-3 fails it'll try to do the automatic repair, which takes a few minutes and then goes back into the reboot cycle. I've tried to download the Windows 8 installer to flash drive to see if I can do the refresh from drive, but it won't let me download ISO file because my OEM code can't be used with a retail copy of windows.
So now I'm freaking out. What do I do, Mefites?? Please assume I know only the bare minimum of computer hardware and software and explain a lot.