I flashed my 630i with the newest BIOS, 1.0.8. The flash was successful but I have noticed extremely long post screens and boot times since flashing to 1.0.8. The post screen hangs for about 20-25 seconds after the white progress bar completes. Yes, I do have fast boot enabled in the BIOS. Then, when the Microsoft progress bar first appears, the green bars freeze for about 15-20 seconds before the boot process continues. This adds about 45 seconds to the overall boot time. I have also tried resetting to the setup factory defaults, clearing the CMOS, and loading the setup factory defaults but this has not helped. This did not happen with version 1.0.5. Anyone else experienced this with 1.0.8? I have since reverted back to version 1.0.5 since I did not experience problems updating my ESA firmware after running Dell Diagnostics with version 1.0.5. Thanks in advance.
Dell Precision WorkStation 650Dual Intel Xeon 2.8 GHz H/T 512 Kb L2 Cache 533 MHz FSB - Intel E7505 chipset - 2048 Mb DDR SDRAM PC2100U ECC - Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS PCI audio card - Broadcom V.92 data fax PCI modem card - BFG Tech GeForce 7600 GS OC 512 Mb DDR2 AGP video card - LG GSA4163B DVDRAM fv A106 - LG GSAH22L DVDRAM fv 1.01 - Western Digital WDC WD2500JBRTL UATA100 250 Gb 7200 rpm HDD x 2 - LG Flatron Wide L226WTX LCD flat panel display - Dell A425 speaker system - Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 OEM Edition
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Thanks for your response. Here's a list of "always on" and "sometimes plugged in/sometimes on" devices,
Sometimes Plugged In/Sometimes On
Please note that for devices "sometimes plugged in/sometimes on", I did not have these devices either connected nor powered on during the BIOS update procedure nor had I connected them or powered them on after successfully udating the BIOS to 1.0.8.
Again, thank you for your help on this.
I found the problem. It is an incompatibility with my LG SATA DVD Rewriter GH20LS10. This is an aftermarket drive that did not come with my 630i. I have re-flashed to BIOS v.1.0.8 and I noticed in system setup, under IDE/SATA Configuration the drive was not listed. I had it connected to SATA-3 and it simply said "None". I replaced the SATA cable with another known good cable to no avail. Running auto-detection did not detect it. Under BIOS v.1.0.5, the drive was correctly listed in system setup and there were no problems with booting.
I do think that there is something within BIOS v.1.0.8 that was causing the conflict which resulted in the drive not being properly recognized. This would explain the longer boot times as I believe the BIOS was attempting to detect the drive, tried to complete auto-configuration, and then failed which resulted in the drive not being listed within system setup. The funny part is with BIOS v.1.0.8, when I did manage to logon to Vista, I checked My Computer including Device Manager and the drive was listed. I attempted a couple of DVD data burns under BIOS v.1.0.8 using RW media and the burns completed successfully. I have since removed the drive from device manager, shut down, physically unplugged the drive from SATA port 3 including the power connector, and now my 630i posts and boots as it did with BIOS v.1.0.5.
The drive was using the latest firmware v.FL01 and unfortunately there are no new available firmware updates from LG at the moment. I thought about flashing the drive back to firmware v.FL00 but that seems like a backwards step so I abandoned that idea.
I used the drive mainly for it's LightScribe feature. I could accept the longer boot times and continue to use the drive "as is" but the temporary freezing during the post and boot screens is simply too anoying. I realize now that maybe I should have bought an external USB 2.0 DVD rewriter with LightScribe which I think is going to be my next move. Thank you everybody.