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problems with booting at power-up

by Jackman / May 16, 2008 3:16 AM PDT

Having problems with booting at power-up.

Recently, with no apparent modification to system - at power up the system will often not boot. About 80% of time systems seems to go into a loop with CD/DVD drive light blinking a few times, then the floppy drive light comes on and can hear the FDD run ? within 30 seconds or so, this process starts over again. Power switch LED is on and HDD LED is on (continuously). All fans are running (power supply fan, case fan, CPU fan and Intel Canterwood 875 fan ).

Monitor power on light is in power save mode (amber) when system does not boot. When boot is successful the monitor power light turns green immediately.

After pressing the reset button several times (varies between pressing reset button 1 time to 30 or more times) system will then boot OK or go into set up.

Once running there is no apparent problem.

This motherboard comes with D Bracket containing 2 USB 2.0 ports, and 4 diagnostics LEDs - when boot problem occurs the diagnostic LEDs, give a code that in the MSI motherboard manual states ?Initializing Keyboard Controller? and diagnostic LEDs stays in this mode until via reset button provides a successful boot and start up.

Have reseated all connectors.

Motherboard ? MSI 875P Neo FIS2R (MSI 6758)
BIOS ? AMI v1.8 (has not been updated)
CPU ? Intel P4 2.6 GHz - system bus 800 MHz 512 KB L2 Cache
Memory ? 1.5 gb (2 x 256 mb and 2 x 512mb)
Power Supply ? Antec 380 watt
HDD ? IED WD 160 GB and IED WD 40 GB
Video Card ? ATI Radeon 9600 (128 RAM)
Operating System ? MS Windows XP Pro (sp2)

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Try these:
by Porch-a-Geese / May 16, 2008 12:01 PM PDT

Boot a live cd to se if that works.
Install linux to an external usb drive- supported by fedora- and see if that boot sequence will work. Grub will not affect your Windows install and you can set the default to XP if you wish.

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reply to Porch-a-Geese
by Jackman / May 19, 2008 2:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Try these:

Thanks for response Porch-a-Geese, but I don't understand and I do not have linux.

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Reset CMOS
by damasta55r / May 19, 2008 2:22 PM PDT

Remove batteries from the motherboard or unplug power and push power button. On anothe rnote, your capacitors on the motherboard may be leaking and you need a new board.


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reset CMOS
by Jackman / May 19, 2008 10:32 PM PDT
In reply to: Reset CMOS

damasta55r - thanks. I had already tried reseting CMOS. In addition I tried removing a one of the pair of RAM - Same problem. I am also considering a replacement board - would like the same board, but it is no longer sold except for used.

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Is the BIOS the latest?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 19, 2008 11:04 PM PDT

Why I asked was some ran into this after a small change (increased RAM.) The reason for the new bios version was not well documented but had a clue that made me try it.

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BIOS update
by Jackman / May 20, 2008 1:43 AM PDT

R. Proffitt -- the BIOS is not the latest , there have been several newer updates. I have thought about updating BIOS, but concerned with flashing BIOS (have not done before) and the issue with booting inconsistency. Your recommendations please?

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Your choice here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 20, 2008 2:02 AM PDT
In reply to: BIOS update

Just sharing the results of prior adventures.

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