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hello all. just wondering if anyone has found a solution the the classic MSI p67a power loop issue? ive seen from reviews it has become quite a common issue... after sending my first pos, i mean msi back cuz of a system fan header issue, they sent me another one, that has the well known power looping issue. i did finally manage to get it to stay on long enough to install windows, but once it restarts, it just stays in a constant power loop until you disconnect the PSU from the wall. it doesnt matter if a progrom makes it restart, or if i push the reset button on the case, or control alt delete on the keyboard, resetting is what causes it.

so after i finally managed to get windows installed, it restarted one last time, then said windows was missing a file and could not start, thus causing me to have to re install it all over again...

but back to my question, is there a proven solution to this yet? besides waiting another few weeks for newegg, or months for msi....
Edited by Jakegday - 4/4/11 at 7:12pm
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also, i went to check their website for a newer bios, even though i dont know which version i currently have.... but the BIOS updates download in .zip files, which are useless to me without Windows, or another OS... or is there another way to update the bios??
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honestly all P67 boards are showing the same, i think it has to do with special BIOS implementations, its intels fault, but should be fixed soon. I personally think Intel has the OEMs set the threshold for corruption a bit low, so it always rechecks itself. You can change that in your BIOS.
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also, i went to check their website for a newer bios, even though i dont know which version i currently have.... but the BIOS updates download in .zip files, which are useless to me without Windows, or another OS... or is there another way to update the bios??
The computer you're posting on has a usb port I assume. Download a new BIOS from MSI's forums (Or go to the P67A club thread) and download 1.10b6. Extract it on the computer you're using and put it on a thumb drive.

Go to your new computer with the MSI motherboard:

1) Unplug your PSU and press the reset CMOS button on the back, hold for 5 seconds, then plug your PSU (or flip the power switch on your PSU) back in.
2) Insert the thumb drive into your new computer and press the power button on your PC. Keep spamming delete so you can get into your BIOS.
3) Run M-Flash. <Select File to Flash UEFI>, and it should list your Thumb Drive as a source of files.
4) It should restart after flashing. (Normal operation)
5) Press delete again to enter your BIOS once more.
6) If you're using AHCI, be sure to change your advanced peripherals SATA setting from IDE to AHCI. Windows gets mad if you don't.
7) If you can boot into windows (you may have to use the boot restore feature), I would recommend doing a "reinstall" to replace any corrupted files. This won't remove any files you have on there such as games/pictures/videos/etc. It just replaces your windows files and puts the old ones into a backup area. Worst case scenario, you end up doing a "custom" install, and lose whatever data you had on your HDD.

Hopefully the above can get you up and running. From what I understand some of the loop issues come from a bad BIOS being shipped with the motherboards and they really don't agree with a lot of memory. If it still continues to reboot-loop, I'd remove all sticks of memory but one in DIMM A1. (first blue slot) and go from there.

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I personally think Intel has the OEMs set the threshold for corruption a bit low, so it always rechecks itself. You can change that in your BIOS.
cool! any idea how on my particular model?



after going through the trouble of signing up at the msi forums site, it tells me the 1.10 bios is "off limits" to me...

could someone please help me out and send it to jakegday2@yahoo.com?


btw, im thinking my windows problem is ahci related. i start out with it in ahci mode, but whenever it goes into a power loop it always resets the bios and defaults to ide mode, which i forgot to change
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could someone please help me out and send it to jakegday2@yahoo.com?
gee, thanks for your help guys. lol jk. ANYWAYS, thanks to newegg, after last night, ill never be dealing with an MSI product again

learned my lesson for jumping on the first p67 mobo available
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cool! any idea how on my particular model?



after going through the trouble of signing up at the msi forums site, it tells me the 1.10 bios is "off limits" to me...

could someone please help me out and send it to jakegday2@yahoo.com?


btw, im thinking my windows problem is ahci related. i start out with it in ahci mode, but whenever it goes into a power loop it always resets the bios and defaults to ide mode, which i forgot to change
I have no idea, but i have a GD65 too and it sometimes does the same crap my UD7 sometimes also does. its not usual, but it happens once in a while. The thing is people do not understand that overclocked systems are un predictable, and it takes more than a few months of retail BIOS support to get it right, not matter the platform.
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Just got my rma board back from mSI and guess what? ANOTHER POWER LOOPER!!! It worked for a quick moment, but after installation of windows 7, it went for an infinite loop.
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