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Just the parts for my build today and unfortunately I've run into a snag. I first plugged in my 2 SATA hard drives from my previous PC in the white (SATA2) plugins. It booted up and recognized only one of the drives. Then, after getting just past the screen with the MSI logo, it got stock with a flashing underscore. So I assumed it was a boot issue and tried a SATA DVD drive and attempted to boot off a windows CD. Same thing happened again. Now, in order to get into the BIOS to select a boot order I had to disconnected all SATA devices. This brought me to a command line EFI shell (the last boot device in the list) whereupon typing exit brings the user to the BIOS. So I set the DVD drive as first boot device, but same issue occured - MSI logo then blinking underscore.

I then tried combinations of HDD/DVD drives connected to the SATA1 connections and none of the devices were recognized as far as I can tell - there is only a screen for the Marvel controller that comes up before the logo and this deals with the SATA 2 ports. So I was unable to get into the BIOS to see if devices were recognized, because I had to disconnect all devices to get into it. RAM and CPU were correctly recognized in the BIOS, memory passed MSI memory test.

So I'm at a loss at this point - is there anything I might have forgotten or missed? I've disconnected all USB and audio front panel connectors as well, no difference. I fear the SATA controller is bad but I'd like to make sure before an RMA.
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Are you only trying them in the SATA 2 slots? Have you tried any of the drives in the SATA 3 slots?
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Looks like the SATA ports are ok, got into the BIOS and my DVD drive is correctly recognized by the p67 controlled SATA ports. However, I'm still stuck after the logo with a blinking underscore. I've set the DVD drive as first boot device and verified the cd Im booting off of works. What gives?
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Sounds like a good clear CMOS is in order.
If that fails, then I guess it's RMA time.

After you clear the CMOS, can you get just ONE drive recognized? Then maybe you can find out if it's the board or a drive causing things to go wrng.
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Originally Posted by Falkentyne View Post
Sounds like a good clear CMOS is in order.
If that fails, then I guess it's RMA time.

After you clear the CMOS, can you get just ONE drive recognized? Then maybe you can find out if it's the board or a drive causing things to go wrng.
The drives are recognized correctly, that was my mistake. I have also tried clearing the CMOS with the button on the I/O panel. Will try a batter reset tonight. However, when trying to boot off CD with just the CD drive connected I'm stuck after the MSI logo with a blinking underscore. I know the CD is good and the drive shows up correctly in the BIOS and is set as the first boot device. Can't think of any reason why it should get stuck there. I'm assuming the POST phase is complete by the time it gets to that point?
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Not sure how helpful this is, but I did have the blinking underscore problem once. But for me it was because I had too many components on a single power cable.

On my old Thermaltake PSU, which was also modular, I was being greedy with the cables because I wanted to use as few as possible. I connected 4 components (DVD, 2x Raptor Drives, SSD) to a single line and the computer was getting stuck with the blinking underscore.

I resolved it by just adding a second SATA power cable, and separating my Raptor drives from my SSD and DVD.
Edited by itspreach - 5/18/11 at 9:12am
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Hmm, interesting. Do you know which power cable it was?
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Just your standard modular SATA power cable.
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