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I have a dq77cp board with 0054 BIOS which the current BIOS (0073) will not update (too old). Does someone have a BIOS file in between these?

 
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Have you tried installing BIOS 73 via the BIOS Recovery process?

 

For information on the BIOS Update process, consult Intel Desktop Boards BIOS Update Instructions and, for the BIOS Recovery process, consult Intel Desktop Boards Recovery BIOS Update Instructions.

 

To help you better, here are my step-by-step instructions for BIOS Recovery:

 

  1. NOTE: Read these instructions completely before starting. Follow all instructions EXACTLY.
  2. On some other Windows-based PC, make sure that you have the .BIO file for the BIOS release you wish to install.
  3. Insert a 32GB or smaller USB 2.0 flash drive into the PC. Do not use USB 3.0 flash drives.
  4. Format this USB flash drive using the Windows Format applet. Select to install the FAT32 file system (NOT vFAT, NOT exFAT; FAT32 only). You must also specify that the Quick Format option be Disabled (unchecked).
  5. NOTE: If FAT32 is not offered as a choice by the Format applet, your USB flash drive is too big; use another.
  6. Copy the .BIO file into the root folder of this USB flash drive. This should be the only .BIO file in the root folder of the USB flash drive.
  7. Properly eject the USB flash drive. Do not just yank it out. Do this from File Explorer or using the Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media System Tray applet.
  8. Power off the Desktop Board system.
  9. Remove the yellow BIOS Configuration jumper from the board. It will be the only yellow jumper; the rest will usually be black.
  10. NOTE: Remember the pins that this jumper was plugged into; you will need this information later.
  11. Plug the USB flash drive into one of the black USB 2.0 ports on the back panel of the board. Do not use blue or yellow USB 3.0 port. Do not use any front panel USB ports.
  12. Power on the system.
  13. The BIOS Recovery process should start automatically. You should see a progress report on your main monitor.
  14. NOTE: If you do not see a progress report displayed on a monitor, do not power off the system for at least 15 minutes. While it is rare, it is possible for the process to proceed without an onscreen display; you must give it ample time to complete, just in case.
  15. When the BIOS Recovery process is complete, you will be asked to power off the system. Do so.
  16. Restore the yellow BIOS Configuration jumper to the pins it was on previously. This should be across pins 1 and 2 of this (three pin) header.
  17. Remove the USB flash drive from the back panel of the board.
  18. Power on the board.
  19. Immediately begin pressing the F2 key, over and over (approx. once per second) until you see the BIOS Setup (or Visual BIOS) screen displayed.
  20. Verify, using the BIOS version string, that the BIOS installed properly. Stop if it isn't.
  21. Press the F9 key (followed by the Y key) to reset of the BIOS configuration.
  22. Press the F10 key (followed by the Y key) to save the BIOS Configuration and exit BIOS Setup.
  23. Once screen is cleared (goes black), begin pressing the F2 key, over and over, until you see the BIOS Setup screen displayed.
  24. Make any changes to the BIOS configuration that you desire (for example, disabling NUMLOCK) or that you require (for example, setting Boot Order, enabling UEFI, etc.).
  25. Press the F10 key (followed by the Y key) to save the BIOS Configuration and exit BIOS Setup.
  26. Test.

 

Hope this helps,

...S

 

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Thanks so much for the response, that process worked great! 😃

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Glad I could help. Fact is, it's the only remedy that we have left in the arsenal for these boards. If you cannot get to the latest BIOS using the BIOS Recovery method, you're not going to get there. No one thought to ensure that the specific intermediate BIOS releases necessary would be available someplace. I kept a backup of only the latest BIO files for each board but I didn't even remember to save a copy of the release notes. In my defence, I just didn't have the time to save everything. Regardless of the time available between announcement and removal (and, I am embarrassed to say, I heard about the decision to remove everything long before the actual announcement), life gets in the way and you always end up in a panic doing it at the last minute.

 

[Aside: It is true that, in some cases, you might find some of these intermediate BIOS releases on one of the third-party BIOS/Driver download sites. The problem is that I do not trust these sites. They can proclaim their integrity all they want; in this day and age, considering all of the focused (read: state-protected and state-funded) hacking teams that exist, I simply don't see anything that would make me want to trust these kinds of sites. Keeping my PCs clean is tough enough without taking these kinds of chances.]

 

...S