Every once in a while I'll buy an MSI motherboard, have a torrid time with it and swear off them. Then, a few years later, I think I see one that looks like good value and I convince myself it'll be alright. This time. Nope. This is the last one. Ever. There was a new bios update available so, as I always do, I leave it for a couple of months to make sure they have time to fix any whoopsie releases and then i update. The update finishes and the system reboots, but it takes about 3-5 minutes to boot to Windows. Maybe it's just some post update jiggery-pokery, I'm sure it'll be fine. Hold on, why it this so loud? The fans are really ramped up. No bother, the BIOS update probably just cleared the fan curves, I'll nip in there and re-configure... Yeah... nope. The system isn't POSTing, or rather it is POSTing but very slowly - I can't get into the BIOS/UEFI. Reboot and try again - nope. I let it boot into Windows - five minutes! So, it isn't actually bricked, it just boots really slowly. I decide to be patient and try the BIOS again - took about 8 minutes. Everything is horrifically slow - input lag is off the scale so the mouse pointer is jumping all over the place but creeping it across the screen, a millimetre at a time, finally lets me select functions and check things out - everything is reset but the bios interface runs like a single core under heavy load. OK then, flashback time - I download the previous BIOS on my laptop, put it on a USB stick and insert it. I painstakingly navigate to BIOS flash utility and select it. Three minutes later is asks me if I want to enter M-Flash. Yes. Another 3-5 minutes and the PC reboots, eventually, into the Flash utility and I select the older BIOS then agree to continue: BIOS is updating Don't shutdown or restart the system until update process is complete Notice! Mouse and keyboard will be locked out during update. Update progress: 0% That was half an hour ago - it's now on, let me check.... 0% It hasn't locked up - the fan speed and temp readouts on the bottom of the screen are fluctuating marginally, so it's just taking it's sweet time.. [Edit] Yep, 90 minutes in and we're at 1%. We'll have this thing ticketty-boo in a little over six days! I ****ing hate MSI.