The VBIOS of your discrete VGA card does not support UEFI GOP, so it can not support “Ultra Fast Boot” and “CSM Disable”.
That’s the error message I got when I selected the “Ultra fast boot” option in the brand new beta UEFI of my ASRock Z68 Extreme4 (non-gen3) board. It’s admirable that ASRock is still pushing out firmware updates for this board which is almost 2 years old. They already have a newer revision of the board and a newer generation (7 series chipsets) of the board. Instead of adding these fancy features only to that newer generation, they have been adding them to the old models as well. Well, their priority is of course the newer generation of boards.
Today I accidentally discovered that there was a new beta BIOS (or UEFI) for this board – version 2.21 beta. It was released about a week ago – 25th of February. These are the release notes:
Windows 8 Ready.
Note: "Ultra Fast" is only supported by below conditions.
1. OS Windows 8 is installed on GPT format.
2. Graphics supports UEFI GOP.
Not much there, but the part that says “Ultra Fast” caught my eyes. They were developing a BIOS that allowed ultra fast boot up on Windows 8 for their motherboards based on Intel’s 7 series chipset, but I didn’t expect it to be released for the older motherboards. (In case you didn’t know, mine’s got an Intel 6 series chipset.) I downloaded it quickly and flashed without thinking twice. I took screenshots of my overclock settings and everything else because I would lose them once I updated BIOS.
So, the update went as usual, but then all of a sudden, the PC rebooted. It doesn’t happen usually. I have to reboot manually once the flashing is done. To make things worse, it didn’t POST the first time. But it automatically did a REPOST and it went into the UEFI screen once more. Then it started to update Intel Management Engine. I don’t know what it is, but this is the first time I’ve seen that happen.
Once that was done, it rebooted and POSTed as usual. I pressed DEL key to go into the UEFI to change everything back to the way it was. I did that, and while doing that I noticed a new option. (There was another option too, but that was for debugging or something like that.)
I straight away selected Ultra Fast and rebooted. I was a bit worried about the message, “You will not be able to enter UEFI Setup by using the keyboard. The only way to enter UEFI Setup is Clear CMOS or run “Restart to UEFI” utility in Windows.” because in case Ultra Fast option failed, I would have to clear CMOS. It’s a hassle reconfiguring everything. (Wait, I don’t have to do that. I have saved my settings. This is not a reflash. This is just a clear CMOS. Stupid me!)
I was completely pessimistic about this. Like expected, it failed. But luckily, ASRock had detected it and allowed me to go into UEFI. When I checked that setting, it had changed to “Fast”. So, if I just continued to boot into Windows, it would have been alright.
Now I have to find out what this means. I don’t know if there is any way of getting around this problem. But if I find a way, I will definitely share here. Wish me luck.
In case you were wondering, the graphics card is Palit Jetstream GTX670 2GB.
Note: the “Fast” option was there before this UEFI and I had been using that setting all this time. Thus I’m not seeing any difference in boot up speed with “Fast” option. *sad*
I sent Palit an email asking whether they have a UEFI compatible BIOS for the card, Today I got the following response from them. All isn’t lost yet. =)
Thank you for the mail.
Please could you follow the steps of attached TXT file to backup current graphic card BIOS and send to us.
We’ll provide UEFI BIOS for you accordingly.
Palit Microsystem Ltd.
So I received a response from Palit. They provided me with the UEFI supported firmware. It flashed alright. But there seems to be another thing I’m missing. Apparently I need to have Windows 8 installed on a drive formatted as GPT (instead of the default MBR). I don’t get the error message I used to get before flashing the UEFI video card firmware. Instead it goes into UEFI page every time I start the PC. I wonder if CSM disable option will fix the issue. Will give it a shot and report back with the progress.
If anyone wants the UEFI firmware, I can give it to you. Just leave a comment.