Originally Posted by NyMartin
wait so infinite loop problems have been solved on the board? because I'm making my decision for a board tonight and since its my first build I was scared from warnings by people who had that infinite loop problem.
Well there are two different infinite boot problems. One was caused by the BIOS being corrupted on shipment, and having a hardware mismatch disagreement. (Causing constant reboots) This was resolved with bios 1.8b6+ I believe. (I'd have to go through all the forums again to verify.)
The second one is still occurring with a handful of boards, but it's being speculated that it's a memory problem specific to v1.8 BIOS which ships with the boards now. From what I've read, the recommendation is to download the new beta BIOS and flash even on a new board. If it's still looping, troubleshoot the memory sticks by having only one in and making sure it's in DIMM A1, etc.
The MSI boards are still a safe bet, although I am starting to question stability due to VRM issues. I'm trying to get my hands on an oscilloscope (or function analyzer) so I can see for myself what's going on with power being supplied in low/100% load states as it's taking an enormous amount of voltage for me to keep my computer 100% stable. If it weren't for Ivy Bridge coming out in a few months, I'd have switched over to an MIVE by now.
(Don't get me wrong, MSI does have good boards for the money!)
Originally Posted by B!0HaZard
What causes the infinite loop problem?
From what I've gathered it's a hardware argument that occurs pre-windows and since it can't be resolved, it just keeps rebooting. It's similar to how the overclock safety feature allows it to reboot twice but not three times while testing stability. In this case, it appears that it's going past the threshold of three reboots, and not stopping. Memory has been blamed for this once again, but I wouldn't hold my breath until the manufacturer says so.