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2022/12/07 11:15:33 (permalink)
Got my new z-690 Classified yesterday and unpacked it.  Have read through all the manual about flashing without a CPU (picking up a new 13700K later today) and downloaded the 2.04 BIOS from the website, renamed it EVGAE698.bin, copied it to the included USB stick, inserted it in the socket on the board (was really tight but thought I had it inserted all the way), connected the 24 pin power cord, turned on the power supply and held the BIOS button down for 2.5 seconds while it counted down. 
 
BIOS button flashed, the right number cycled for a few seconds, then got the E8 message and nothing else.  
 
Retraced the steps again after removing the USB stick and reinserted it and tried again with the same results.  BIOS switch is in position 1 but not sure what to try next. 
Thought I would ask here first before going any further so any suggestions would be appreciated.  By the way, what does the E8 mean?
 Thanks.... 
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    Sajin
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    Re: E8 Error code while trying to flash without cpu 2022/12/07 16:39:00 (permalink)
    E8 is memory related… https://forums.evga.com/FindPost/7801

    Both boards use ami bios.


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    Re: E8 Error code while trying to flash without cpu 2022/12/07 17:51:00 (permalink)
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    E8 is memory related…

    Both boards use ami bios.

     
    Ssjin:
    Thanks for the info on what E8 means.
    The instructions for flashing without CPU do NOT mention that memory modules are needed to flash; only that the 24 pin power cable and the USB drive with BIOS are inserted before pressing power button on power supply.
    If the modules are needed in order to get by the error code, I would think it would be mentioned in the instructions....
    Not sure what to do now....any suggestions?
    Thanks...
     
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    Re: E8 Error code while trying to flash without cpu 2022/12/07 17:54:05 (permalink)
    Try flashing with cpu and ram installed. I had my cpu & ram installed when flashing to 2.03 on my z690 kingpin.


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    Re: E8 Error code while trying to flash without cpu 2022/12/07 18:00:19 (permalink)
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    Try flashing with cpu and ram installed. I had my cpu & ram installed when flashing to 2.03 on my z690 kingpin.

    Thanks for the quick reply...will not get my ram until tomorrow.  
    I ordered a 12900K for the same price as the 13700K I had ordered and it will be here Saturday as I did not want to have to RMA the board since the BIOS update failed so will see what when I get the memory.  Strange, the instructions do not mention installing ram...
    Will give update when I get all parts and see what can be done.  
    Thanks again....
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    Re: E8 Error code while trying to flash without cpu 2022/12/07 18:07:20 (permalink)
    Sajin:
    The latest BIOS is 2.04 and I am not sure what one is on my board at the moment, however the original BIOS file was dated in Dec. 2021 so thinking it was the original.
    With the 12900K, which version would you recommend?  
     
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    Re: E8 Error code while trying to flash without cpu 2022/12/07 18:18:08 (permalink)
    The latest bios is recommended unless you’re having some issues with it.


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    Re: E8 Error code while trying to flash without cpu 2022/12/07 18:54:42 (permalink)
    Okay...will try to update again when I get CPU and RAM.
    Thanks again for the advice.
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    Re: E8 Error code while trying to flash without cpu 2022/12/07 18:56:47 (permalink)
    No problem.


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    Re: E8 Error code while trying to flash without cpu 2022/12/07 22:39:22 (permalink)
    Sajin
    E8 is memory related… https://forums.evga.com/FindPost/7801

    Both boards use ami bios.


    E8 isn't memory related when it presents while flashing a BIOS from USB. As far as I can tell, error codes with an E followed by a number when flashing BIOS from USB are related to the flash drive being used to flash or something else in the flash process. For example E1 means the drive isn't being read correctly or E4 means the file wasn't found by the motherboard. Source: https://forums.evga.com/FindPost/3583482

    I have two Z690 Classified boards and attempted to flash both with no memory/CPU installed. One returned the E8 error with or without CPU/memory installed, while the other flashed just fine in the exact same configuration. It appears to be a board related issue of some sort, since a few others have flashed the BIOS with 12th gen CPUs on one position, upgraded CPUs to 13th gen, then been unable to flash the other two positions in a similar fashion while using the 13th gen CPU.


    PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 T2
    MB: EVGA Z790 CLASSIFIED
    CPU: Intel Core i7-13700K
    CPU Cooler: EVGA CLC 280mm
    Memory: G.Skill 64 GB (4x16) DDR5 6000 F5-6000J3636F16GX2-TZ5RK
    Monitor: Samsung G9 + 3x Dell U2419H
    GPU: AMD Reference 7900 XTX
    Sound Card: EVGA NU Audio
    Case: Phanteks G500A White

    OS: Windows 11 Pro
    Keyboard: EVGA Z15
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    Re: E8 Error code while trying to flash without cpu 2022/12/07 22:52:20 (permalink)
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    Sajin
    E8 is memory related… https://forums.evga.com/FindPost/7801

    Both boards use ami bios.


    E8 isn't memory related when it presents while flashing a BIOS from USB. As far as I can tell, error codes with an E followed by a number when flashing BIOS from USB are related to the flash drive being used to flash or something else in the flash process. For example E1 means the drive isn't being read correctly or E4 means the file wasn't found by the motherboard. Source: https://forums.evga.com/FindPost/3583482

    I have two Z690 Classified boards and attempted to flash both with no memory/CPU installed. One returned the E8 error with or without CPU/memory installed, while the other flashed just fine in the exact same configuration. It appears to be a board related issue of some sort, since a few others have flashed the BIOS with 12th gen CPUs on one position, upgraded CPUs to 13th gen, then been unable to flash the other two positions in a similar fashion while using the 13th gen CPU.


    EVGA support doesn't even know what E8 is... https://forums.evga.com/FindPost/3589504
     
    Your guess is as good as mine. E1 & E4 are for USB yes, but E8 is clearly not related to USB, or support would have said so I would think.


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    Re: E8 Error code while trying to flash without cpu 2022/12/07 23:06:30 (permalink)
    Sajin
    EVGA support doesn't even know what E8 is... https://forums.evga.com/FindPost/3589504
     
    Your guess is as good as mine. E1 & E4 are for USB yes, but E8 is clearly not related to USB, or support would have said so I would think.


    ...You just linked me to my own post.

    Either way, considering that it is happening to some, but not all boards in the exact same configuration (same flash drive, no memory, no CPU) indicates that it isn't a memory related issue, but more likely an issue with the preloaded firmware or boards themselves.

    PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 1600 T2
    MB: EVGA Z790 CLASSIFIED
    CPU: Intel Core i7-13700K
    CPU Cooler: EVGA CLC 280mm
    Memory: G.Skill 64 GB (4x16) DDR5 6000 F5-6000J3636F16GX2-TZ5RK
    Monitor: Samsung G9 + 3x Dell U2419H
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    Re: E8 Error code while trying to flash without cpu 2022/12/08 00:18:45 (permalink)
    Looks like I did link you to your own post. 
     
    Yeah, I guess it could be something to do with the older versions of the bios that are already on the board.


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    Re: E8 Error code while trying to flash without cpu 2022/12/11 15:37:31 (permalink)
    Update to my problem blind flashing the BIOS....picked up a 12900K, installed, booted and updated all three BIOS's to 2.04 without a hitch.  Returned the 12900K and got the 13700K and all is good.  Not sure why the E8 error occurred, however I guess I should have tried the other two BIOS's before doing all the switching but did not want to RMA the board if not needed.  No one knew why the error, even EVGA support did not know.
     
    Lot of work but at least all is good...thanks to all who gave suggestions.  By the way, all three of the BIOS's were the 1.01 version and were working so am guessing the E8 is not a fatal error. 
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    Re: E8 Error code while trying to flash without cpu 2022/12/12 11:13:24 (permalink)
    Barrd123: After you successfully installed the bios using the 12900K, did you simply replace it with the 13700K and it worked? Or was there something else that needed to be done in order for the 13th gen chip to work?
    post edited by slicare - 2022/12/12 11:15:01

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    Re: E8 Error code while trying to flash without cpu 2022/12/12 11:29:45 (permalink)
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    Barrd123: After you successfully installed the bios using the 12900K, did you simply replace it with the 13700K and it worked? Or was there something else that needed to be done in order for the 13th gen chip to work?


    After installing the 13700K, on the first boot, the MB complained about changing the CPU and asked if I wanted to update the BIOS so I said yes and resaved again and all was good. 
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    Re: E8 Error code while trying to flash without cpu 2022/12/16 20:34:38 (permalink)
    Hey @barrd123. Just checking in, I'm thinking about rolling with a 13700k and the Z690 classified like you - wanted to see if you were happy with your decision? Also, what RAM speeds are you running?

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    Re: E8 Error code while trying to flash without cpu 2022/12/18 14:30:03 (permalink)
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    Hey @barrd123. Just checking in, I'm thinking about rolling with a 13700k and the Z690 classified like you - wanted to see if you were happy with your decision? Also, what RAM speeds are you running?


    Sorry I did not get back sooner....got the 13700K since it was very close to the 12900K in performance plus cheaper than the 12900k so am happy so far.  Got Corsair 5600 DDR5 ram and running it with XMP 1 settings.  Have not overclocked otherwise yet.  First time with this expensive a motherboard so will see how it goes....looking for any suggestions for settings if anyone has some.
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