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Start up issues - Newly Built

by cdogg777 / February 1, 2011 7:45 AM PST

If anyone thinks it's relevant I can rattle off my specs. But for the gist of my problem I don't think it's needed.

I power on, and get the MSI screen and can go into BIOS. I've used both internal and external cdrom drives. BIOS recognizes the drive, I select it to be my first boot device. But when it starts to boot with it, I just get a black screen and a blinking cursor. I've tried several different boot CDs. I verified that my XP CD boots up correctly on my laptop.

Anyone got any ideas to try? I'm all ears.

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Try another SATA cable on the CD-DVD ....and check the BIOS
by VAPCMD / February 1, 2011 8:09 AM PST

mode settings for drives. Which MB ?


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by cdogg777 / February 1, 2011 8:19 AM PST

ive tried internal and external cdroms. external is USB. What BIOS settings am i looking for?

MSI NF750-G55 AM3 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

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Try this just to troubleshoot
by Steven Haninger / February 1, 2011 8:28 AM PST
In reply to: msi

Remove the CD from the drive and boot the PC. You should get an error that no boot device was found...or something to that effect. If you don't, it has nothing to do with the CD ROM device or the disk as it never got far enough to look for something to boot from. This won't solve your problem but could tell if you're spinning your wheels and need to look elsewhere then the disk or drive.

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by cdogg777 / February 1, 2011 8:40 AM PST

OK did that. And yes, same blinking cursor with nothing in the cd drive. As I suspected it's something with the PC itself. BIOS it seems, dunno what else it would be.

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Here's where I'd check in the BIOS...
by VAPCMD / February 1, 2011 9:56 AM PST
In reply to: msi

"On-Chip ATA Devices"


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ata controller
by cdogg777 / February 1, 2011 12:37 PM PST

On Chip IDE Controller: Enabled/Disable -default enabled
PCI IDE BusMaster: Enabled/Disable -default enabled
On Chip SATA Controller: Enabled/Disable -default enabled

I was told to make sure that said IDE, and it did and does. I tried a few different settings in here, but nothing working. Any ideas?

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by cdogg777 / February 1, 2011 1:29 PM PST
In reply to: ata controller

Also just tried resetting BIOS/CMOS. Same problem. Two things I've noticed that may or may not be relevant.
1) Sometimes when I start it, it gets passed BIOS and restarts instantly going back through POST/BIOS once more.
2) Twice now I've got 'Invalid Checksum' error. 'Load defaults or F2 for setup'...

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by cdogg777 / February 2, 2011 12:41 AM PST
In reply to: FYI

Also tried booting with only 1stick of ram. Same problem.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
AMD Phenom II X6 1075T Thuban 3.0GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor
APEVIA ATX-JV650W 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply
PNY XLR8 VCGGTX4601XPB-OC GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) OC 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
MSI NF750-G55 AM3 NVIDIA nForce 750a SLI HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

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by cdogg777 / February 2, 2011 1:43 AM PST
In reply to: FYI

UPDATE: Just tried taking out each ram stick again, left a different stick in this time. Took out the Video card, and used onboard video. Same problem...blinking cursor. Nothing else is even plugged into the mobo.

Doesn't tell me 'no boot device' when i have nothing's not even attempting to boot.

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Re: "Twice now I've got 'Invalid Checksum' error."
by Edward ODaniel / February 2, 2011 2:58 AM PST
In reply to: FYI

That would indicate a BIOS problem such as corruption of the eprom.

Before replacing the motherboard I would go to the manufacturer's web site and see if they have a BIOS update (or even the same BIOS version) available for download and use.

That may well solve the problem and would only take a few minutes. Your CMOS setup may even have a BIOS update utility built in as an update option.

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by cdogg777 / February 2, 2011 5:10 AM PST

The BIOS has a built in Flash feature. I just flashed it with v1.6 there. And now I'm getting stuck on "Checking NVRAM". Freezes up. Going to attempt to reflash with maybe 1.5

UPDATE: Just flashed(through BIOS M-FLASH option) to 1.5 now.

GOT UBUNTU SCREEN. Gonna plug stuff in and try and install win7 now.

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Looks like you might be getting there ...
by Edward ODaniel / February 2, 2011 9:14 AM PST
In reply to: UPDATE

keep us informed.

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by cdogg777 / February 18, 2011 9:24 AM PST

everything worked after the flash, mobo wasn't compat with 6core processor, thanks guys!

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