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BIOS problem booting ASUS motherboard

I am having problems configuring BIOS on a new motherboard PK5WS with a Intel CPU QX6850. The installation seems to recognise all the hardware, but gives an error for the CPU intel cpu uCode loading error with an option to reboot.
Help would be appreciated
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PUNKYCommented:
I think something incorrect setting in bios, reset bios see if it helps.
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willcompCommented:
Assume mobo is actually P5K WS. Check BIOS revision. Latest BIOS is 0401 but your CPU is supported by release 0307 (probably initial BIOS).

If BIOS reset does not fix the problem, try flashing BIOS with latest revision. It's most likely a BIOS issue.
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_Commented:
I would also check the bios revision, as the first thing to do.
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nobusCommented:
>>  intel cpu uCode    <<  this error will be fixed with a bios upgrade. you can do it from floppy, or usb devcie (check your manual)
find the files here :  http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?modelname=P5K WS&SLanguage=en-us

btw - you mistyped the model - check if it is the correct one i gave  . . .
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nobusCommented:
in case above link does not work (space ? ) try this one :
http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?modelname=P5B-VM&SLanguage=en-us
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hemoAuthor Commented:
Thanks you all for the prompt advise. I have now loaded bios 0401 which seems to have corrected the cpu problem, although its difficult to be certain as it will now not load due to hhd drive not detected, despite two installed. While searching the asus site it appears a later bios version 0603 is available for P5K series. I have not updated yet.
hemo
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willcompCommented:
"it will now not load due to hhd drive not detected" --> what won't load?  Windows installer? SATA drives? RAID or stand alone drives?

Wait before you flash BIOS again.
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_Commented:
Did you do a 'Clear the bios' after the flash?
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nobusCommented:
from this page :
http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/cpusupport.aspx?SLanguage=en-us&model=P5K
you need bios update  603 :
Core 2 Extreme QX6850 (3.00GHz,1333FSB,L2:2X4MB,rev.G0,4 cores)    ALL  0603
 
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nobusCommented:
!!! 2nd link i posted above refers to other board - do not use that one !!!
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hemoAuthor Commented:
Thank you for the warning regarding 0603. My 2 new hdd drives (Seagate SATA and Western Digital SATA are on not formatted and were not supplied with utility disks. They are both listed and set to AUTO in the bios set. The manufactures web site states that the required drivers are on the vista disk, however vista  stops loading asking for the drivers.  How can I format an hdd in order that the bios detect it?
hemo
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willcompCommented:
Check BIOS settings and ensure that SATA controller is not set to RAID mode. Should be IDE mode. See page 4-14 of manual.

Also, disconnect second hard disk until Vista is installed.

Above assumes you are not intending to set up a RAID array. For a RAID array, you will need to configure array in controller BIOS and install drivers.
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hemoAuthor Commented:
Disconnecting the one of the dives was the trick,  vista has now loaded OK, although when the bios  loads it still displays a message Hard Drive Not Detected. Unfortunately when the 2nd drive is connected even though its listed in the bios setup as the 2nd drive,  it is not detected or listed in the  root file of my computer, preventing it to be used.
I realise this is an addition question but I would appreciate help. In recognition I have increased the points to 400.
hemo    
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willcompCommented:
Hard drive not detected refers to IDE (not SATA) drive. If you don't want that message to appear, set unused IDE channels to Disabled instead of Auto. It doesn't hurt a thing.

"it is not detected or listed in the  root file of my computer, preventing it to be used." -- I don't understand this.

Second SATA drive must be partitioned and formatted. Use Disk Manager for that.
Control Panel --> System and Maintenance --> Administrative Tools --> Computer Management --> Disk Management
Right click on drive to partition and format.
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hemoAuthor Commented:
You were right on both counts. The 2nd drive has now been successfully format, indexed and listed in Hard Disk Drives. Thanks very much.
Hemo
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willcompCommented:
You're welcome.
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nobusCommented:
well, your question was about the ucode, which i answered, not about the sata disks.
i feel i'm entitled to some, if not all of the points.
since you are new, you may review the accepted answer(s)  :
http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp#hi17
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willcompCommented:
@nobus -- I was first to recommend flashing BIOS also. You don't have a case here.
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nobusCommented:
yes but i pointed to the exact bios upgrade, and why - but never mind ; i'm not going to fight over it if you feel that way . ..
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willcompCommented:
It's not just how I feel -- you were unnecessarily harrassing the questioner. There's no call for that.
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nobusCommented:
harassing ? and a case - are we in court ? lol
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