Apparently earlier versions of the bios had some error where it caused random shutdowns which was fixed is bios versions past 0403. I've been told by a PC engineer (on the other side of the world from me via email) that updating the BIOS is necessary. I won't go into the long conversations we've had, but I agree this is a necessary step to take.
Before everyone asks for the umpteenth time, yes I have put on thermal paste, yes I used only a little, yes I applied evenly and sparingly, yes my heatsink and fan are working perfectly at high speeds, no I don't have cool and quiet enabled in the bios, yes the contact is firm with the CPU, no the CPU is not damaged, yes the PSU seems fine from what I can tell, no I don't have case fans but the side is off, no it isn't overclocked... I can go on but it's already past tedious.
I just want help updating the bios.
I've downloaded the manual from the ASUS site along with the bios and tried to follow the instructions, with no result. I renamed the .rom file to M2N-MXSE.ROM as per the manual's instructions, tried using both flash drive and CD rom without success. I haven't got a floppy disk anywhere in the house but might be able to get one at the supermarket. When using the CD it says it's reading the file "M2N-MXSE.ROM" then says it can't find the file on CD, even though it's the only file on the disc. I've made the disc a multi session disc in Nero so I can add files to it later, don't know if that means anything.
I'm at my wit's end and really need some help, please!!