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BullDozzer
08-11-2012, 12:39 PM
So i tried to to flash the throttle-fix bios (http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?2329-ATTENTION-G73-53SW-Owners-CPU-Throttling-to-798mhz-and-how-to-fix-it&country=&status=) on my G74SX, and now the powerbutton does nothing at all.

Flashed in easyflash from a thumbdrive, computer turns off after progress, and then the powerbutton does nothing...
Since i can't even get to bios, i cant reflash official bios on there, so it's officially bricked.


Is there noway what so ever that i can fix it on my own?
I'm pretty sure that warranty won't have my back?

Sumbodee
08-11-2012, 01:52 PM
If your warranty is still in effect, ASUS will cover repairing your laptop after a failed BIOS update.

Carson
08-11-2012, 01:58 PM
I had the exact same thing happen to me with my Asus G53JW the day I bought it. ASUS said it was my fault for flashing the BIOS and that they couldn't do anything, so I DoA'd it with Newegg and got a new one. That might not be an option for you.

It might be worth contacting ASUS, but I wouldn't get your hopes up. They have a pretty strict "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." stance on BIOS updates and even though it was broken, they didn't release an official fix.

If ASUS rejects you, you can try other things. I've never done anything like it, but googling 'recover from bad motherboard bios flash' came back with this article (link) (http://www.technibble.com/how-to-recover-from-a-bad-bios-update/).

Just out of curiosity, was your thumbdrive plugged into a USB 3.0 port when you performed the flash?

chrsplmr
08-11-2012, 02:02 PM
Welcome BullDozzer .. its the wkend .. be patient .. somebody will pop in ...

BullDozzer
08-11-2012, 03:55 PM
If your warranty is still in effect, ASUS will cover repairing your laptop after a failed BIOS update.
Bought it one year ago so it should apply, but i have installed an SSD since then, and that might void it?



I had the exact same thing happen to me with my Asus G53JW the day I bought it. ASUS said it was my fault for flashing the BIOS and that they couldn't do anything, so I DoA'd it with Newegg and got a new one. That might not be an option for you.

It might be worth contacting ASUS, but I wouldn't get your hopes up. They have a pretty strict "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." stance on BIOS updates and even though it was broken, they didn't release an official fix.

If ASUS rejects you, you can try other things. I've never done anything like it, but googling 'recover from bad motherboard bios flash' came back with this article (link) (http://www.technibble.com/how-to-recover-from-a-bad-bios-update/).

Just out of curiosity, was your thumbdrive plugged into a USB 3.0 port when you performed the flash?
Probably cant do that no

I guess i have to give contacting ASUS a try.

Yes, actually i did use a USB 3.0, was that wrong?

Love the fast answers of everyone btw! :)

PILGRIM
08-11-2012, 05:03 PM
I guess i have to give contacting ASUS a try.

Yes, actually i did use a USB 3.0, was that wrong?

Yes, it was wrong to use a USB 3.0 to flash the BIOS.
It's too late now, but you should have used a FAT32 formatted USB 2.0 thumbdrive.
All is not lost, though. Try contacting ASUS for RMA. Good luck.

ADDENDUM: Swapping the stock HDD to an SSD won't void your warranty.
During RMA, just swap the stock HDD back to the laptop, if you wish.

BullDozzer
08-11-2012, 06:14 PM
Yes, it was wrong to use a USB 3.0 to flash the BIOS.
It's too late now, but you should have used a FAT32 formatted USB 2.0 thumbdrive.
All is not lost, though. Try contacting ASUS for RMA. Good luck.

ADDENDUM: Swapping the stock HDD to an SSD won't void your warranty.
During RMA, just swap the stock HDD back to the laptop, if you wish.

Well balls... so you think the bios-file was ok, it was just the port that screwed it up?

Aah good to know :)

EDIT: the usbdrive was a USB2.0 NTFS formatted usbdrive in a 3.0slot (which from my knowledge should work as a 2.0 then since the drive is only 2.0?). Could only that(the port and the formatting) be the issue? Since other users used the same BIOS and came out alright, could i do it again when/if i get it back from repair, and just by reformatting the usbstick and using an appropiate plug i'll do allright aswell?
Thanks in advance
BullDozzer

PILGRIM
08-12-2012, 01:35 AM
Well balls... so you think the bios-file was ok, it was just the port that screwed it up?

Aah good to know :)

EDIT: the usbdrive was a USB2.0 NTFS formatted usbdrive in a 3.0slot (which from my knowledge should work as a 2.0 then since the drive is only 2.0?). Could only that(the port and the formatting) be the issue? Since other users used the same BIOS and came out alright, could i do it again when/if i get it back from repair, and just by reformatting the usbstick and using an appropiate plug i'll do allright aswell?
Thanks in advance
BullDozzer

From my experience (and the others here in the forums), the safest way
of flashing the BIOS is done in this manner:

-Access EasyFlash 2 via BIOS (F2).
-Use a USB 2.0 FAT32 formatted for the BIOS update (don't use NTFS format).
-The USB 2.0 thumbdrive should be connected to the laptop only to any of the
USB 2.0 ports (don't connect it via the USB 3.0 port).

I remember way back at least 2 or 3 forum members who bricked their laptops
in the same manner as you just did, either using a USB 2.0 NTFS formatted thumbdrive,
or inserting it in the laptop's USB 3.0 port.

Cock Rouge
08-12-2012, 06:45 AM
As always I am impressed with this forum. Really good info!:rolleyes:

PILGRIM
08-12-2012, 01:16 PM
As always I am impressed with this forum. Really good info!:rolleyes:

What's with the rolleyes smiley (sarcasm)? Got a better idea to help the OP?..

DrBeltway
08-12-2012, 10:53 PM
I recall someone suggesting unplugging the laptop and removing the battery and waiting for a few minutes before trying to power up again. Wish I could be more specific.

Have you tried doing anything like this?

EDIT: Since it failed flashing an unofficial BIOS, you'll almost certainly have to pay for the repair. I sincerely hope you get it fixed and returned quickly and professionally.

brecker
08-14-2012, 01:26 AM
as long as you are trying things that probably wont work, have you tried turning it on with the rog or power 4 gear button (don't recall which one was)? even if it boots into the build in linux you won't be able to access the bios, but you should be able to boot into windows from there if it works... perhaps you can try to winflash the original bios and bricked or not then you might be back on warranty again... just thinking out loud...

BullDozzer
08-22-2012, 05:15 PM
I tried to remove the battery and the ac-plug.
I tried to start on the ROG-button, without any different result. (NOTE: That may work on a standard setup, but in the progress of installing a SSD as my primary harddrive i removed powermegasuperexpressasusgate since i deemed it pretty much worthless on rog-lapto)
Both of these shouldn't matter seeing how Easy-flash pretty much installed nothing seeing how the pc can't read a USB3 slot in bios mode (it needs the drivers).

I sent it in with the error report as "Power button does nothing. Corrupted BIOS" and they replaced the motherboard all covered by the warranty.
This is Sweden, and the service-company was INFOCARE CS AB.

Thanks for all the help! Just installed the throttle-fix BIOS from a usb-drive in FAT32 and connected to the correct slot (Not the bottom right).

chrsplmr
08-22-2012, 06:29 PM
BullDozzer.. did this work ? u good now ? can i do a backflip and scream yippy ... yet ? x'ing fingers for ya bro.c.