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First off, I have a very short temper today and have already nearly thrown my tower out of my second story window. So please save me the frustration of watching my computer fly out and onto the concrete of my driveway below.

I hadn't updated my MB for a little while, so I decided " hey.. i'll use the MSI update tool and see what I can do to help out my ole' rig. " So, I did.

The first thing it did was flash the Bios. I watched the process, waited as it restarted.. and now the damned thing won't start. All I get is the message on my monitor. " No Connection, please Check yadda yadda. "

I don't have a floppy drive, so if anything has to be done there, I'm screwed eh? I've USB drives and other sorts of things, i simply hate floppies.

So! Shoot me your advice before I torch this thing. It was running PERFECT. in fact, i was playing AoC, decided I wanted something to eat.. and them BAM...this happens.

I already don't celebrate Christmas due to lack of family.. now one of the few possessions I have is seemingly F*****. If there's anything that you could possibly share to make this day a little more tolerable, I'll consider that as my gift for the day and be happy, extremely happy.

Thank you.

Edit : I just took out 1 stick of the RAM that I have in. Crucial Ballistix 4 Gig (4x1) which lowered it to 3 gigs.. but it booted fine. I then reinstalled the ram.. and it didn't boot at all. I'm only running a 32 bit version of XP. might this be the reason why? It only recognized 3.25 Gig of ram before.. Sooo...Eh?
Edited by XiKeiyaZI - 12/25/08 at 9:58am
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post #2 of 8
If it's seeking a floppy, then it means you have a boot blocker type failsafe to your bios. That's good news. Does it also seek for a CD drive? Some do, some don't. IF you have your original CD, you may be able to pop that in and re-establish your stock bios.

Otherwise, you may have to wait until tomorrow an pick up a stupid, silly, outdated floppy drive to get back on your computer.

Sorry about your trouble. Do you feel like chinese food today?
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post #3 of 8
Get UBCD and flash inside DOS with BIOS on a USB memory stick.
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If you want to try to flash by USB, you could take a thumb drive and make it bootable.

http://forums.pcper.com/showthread.p...40#post3828040

Then download the .zip file from MSI and paste the files on the thumb drive.

http://global.msi.com.tw/index.php?f...1&prod_no=1087

Read the instructions in the .zip file as to how to use the boot flash utility in the DOS environment, reboot, and boot from thumb drive.

Of course, this is at your own risk. If you don't need to flash your BIOS and its what aardobard is talking about, just ignore me.
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"Sorry about your trouble. Do you feel like chinese food today?"

Ahhh that made me laugh.

As I stated in the Edit : The Rig is working now.. it just gave me a huge scare. What I'm worried about now.. is why it will not boot up with all 4 sticks of RAM installed. It ran perfect before.. it just wouldn't register ALL 4 1 gig sticks. I could get a reading of 3.25, which hey.. whatever.

It's up and running 3 matching sticks of 1 Gig... however it's no longer "Dual Channeling"
Will this cause a significant performance decrease? Also, should I continue updating my bios and such through the MSI updater? When it comes to bios and such.. I'm fairly retarded. Thus my initial post and my nearly tossing of a perfectly good machine from my window.
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post #6 of 8
sounds like you got a bad stick just will have to rma it or a bad memory slot on your board could be alot worse. I bricked my board trying to flash it.
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Does the BIOS have a built in flashing utility? I think they're the safest.

If you have 4GB of memory, can you get into BIOS to increase voltage to them?
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I'm sure the RAM is fine... but whatever. >> It's time to trash this thing and rebuild anyway..

>.< She served me well.. but I'm wanting to go Phenom. Guess this is the kick in the ass I needed to do it.
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