MSI / AMD Freezes after BIOS Splash

Micro-star international / Kt4 ultra
February 17, 2009 at 15:25:30
Specs: Windows XP, AMD Athlon 2700+ / 1GB
I was using an MSI Utility to update my BIOS, note it was ONLY downloading the files, no instal occurred! MC Blue-screened - I didn't make a note of the error (sigh).

Now, I can enter the BIOS fine, and make changes and they stick.

Unit starts OK, BIOS Splash screen, then very dark plain screen.

Tried Windows xp CD, this does boot OK, but stops after the 'Checking Hardware Configuration' screen.

Any ideas? Thinking about flashing BIOS, but no floppy drive seems to be a bit tricky. Also, as I can make changes, as mentioned, does this mean the BIOS is OK?

Any help much appreciated.


SPECS are:
MSI-6712 KT4 Ultra.
1 gb ram
AMD Athlon 2700+

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February 17, 2009 at 15:51:10
"SPECS are:
MSI-6712 KT4 Ultra"

Are you sure about that? The MS-6712 is the KT4AV-L. The KT4 Ultra is the MS-6590. Sounds like you may have downloaded the wrong BIOS.

Do NOT flash the BIOS from Windows...too many things can go wrong. Perform the flash from DOS using a bootable floppy. If you don't have a floppy drive - get one!

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February 17, 2009 at 16:04:27
Why did you try to update the BIOS? Only to have the latest version?

Updating the BIOS is not recommended in any case unless the update intends to fix a problem or provide increased functionality of the motherboard. MSI Live Update has been known to cause problems.

Since you didn't actually flash the BIOS, your problem has to be something else. Check the System section of the Event Viewer.

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February 17, 2009 at 16:13:38
if you didn't do the flash, why is flashing going to fix it? I guess it could, stranger things have happened. try booting a puppy cd

if it boots to the desktop, and runs stable for awhile, try running memtest. I had the exact same thing happen to me this weekend , on a socket A board. XP cd boots the the "checking the system config", then nothing. system boots various linux cd and windows Me, but known good Xp cd's all do the same thing.
I think it may be ram, but I just gave up and it been running a stable dualboot of Me & freespire for 2 days, 10 hrs yesterday. If it is ram, I'm not buying new ram anyway.


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February 17, 2009 at 16:30:02
Forget about the bios. I think you developed a hardware problem, and it just happened to occur when you were downloading the bios code. Checking the hard drive might be something to do, if it's not the memory.

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February 23, 2009 at 15:05:59
aegis1, you were on the money.

My Hard drive had failed. One new one installed and rebuilt mc and it works nearly 100%, only thing is now I have no sound...

Now the Device Manager is stating that the 'Multimedia Controller' drivers are not installed. The sound runs of the main board, so not sure how to progress - any advice?


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February 23, 2009 at 15:58:18
If the sound is onboard, check the motherboard CD.

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