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September 16, 2013 10:09:30 PM

I have a newly built desktop using a MSI Z87- G45 Motherboard with i5 4670k, 8GB of Patriot Viper Xtreme - DDR3, 1600MHz, PC3-12800, CL 11 memory with a Kingwin ABT-650MM ATX Power Supply - 650W.

The problem is all looks normal when powering up but there is no video displayed so I can't see if the thing is posting or not. Like nothing happens. I've switched monitors, cables, VGA, HDMI, and digital. Nothing. The flat screen reports "no signal" and the processor does not get hot or even warm when I measure the temp with an infra-red thermometer. Like it's not running. I've reseated the processor, memory sticks, all power connectors, etc. etc. I don't have another processor or power supply to swap. Anybody have any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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September 17, 2013 4:05:15 AM

Go on to BIOS, find the North bridge or south bridge, i forgot which of the two.
you can see there PCI-Express. choose this as your primary adaptor. save and exit.
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September 17, 2013 6:19:28 AM

Anonymous said:
Go on to BIOS, find the North bridge or south bridge, i forgot which of the two.
you can see there PCI-Express. choose this as your primary adaptor. save and exit.


Thanks for your reply BUT as I stated, there is NO video displayed so I CAN'T SEE the BIOS screen. Until I get a display I can't change anything in the BIOS other than clear it with the jumper pins which I've done.

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September 18, 2013 10:39:52 AM

Hey Nbrskn, guess what?

I also just ordered an MSI Z87-G45, and I'm having the same issue. No post, no display. The only difference is that I'm almost positive my CPU is heating up, which would indicate some sort of activity. In my case, my mobo lights/case fans come on, run for about 30 seconds, and then everything reboots and stays on indefinitely until I power it off. How about you? Let me direct you to the thread I made yesterday, might be worth checking if I'm lucky enough to get a useful reply:
http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1804936/lights-f...

The most concerning thing is that I was almost positive the problem was the mobo being super picky about 'supported' RAM, but as far as I can tell, your RAM is supported. Double check the supported list here if you haven't yet:
http://us.msi.com/product/mb/Z87-G45-GAMING.html#suppor...

If you haven't glanced at this sticky, I'd also definitely recommend it:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-perform-ste...

Let me know if you get anywhere, it just might help me as well, good luck!
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September 18, 2013 1:34:14 PM

I spoke with MSI tech. support and after I follow their suggestions they recommended replace or repair for the mobo. So before I boxed it up for return I inspected the mobo socket with a BIG magnifying glass and saw 2 pins on the edge that appeared to be shorted. With great difficulty I straightened them and then retried the setup. The processor then got hot BUT still no video. I'm waiting for the replacement now. Hopefully the processor isn't shot but only time will tell.

Incidentally, my system did not shut down after power up and didn't seem to reboot either.

I KNOW your frustration. Having built many system over the years, this is my first experience with this type of "invisible" problem.
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September 18, 2013 2:58:33 PM

I see, in a way though those pins might be a good thing. Those could be the culprits after all. I unfortunately can't detect any bent pins in my socket, although in the thread I created someone pointed out that breadboarding the mobo on the anti-static bag may have been a poor choice (but the mobo did the same thing before I used the bag), and also noted that my PSU was not technically Haswell certified (but preliminary research shows it doesn't really make a difference). So I'm stuck. At this point I'm thinking of RMA'ing everything and repeating the process until it works. I think of it as a slightly more elegant way of banging my head against the wall.
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September 21, 2013 8:10:25 AM

Wellexcuuuuseme said:
I see, in a way though those pins might be a good thing. Those could be the culprits after all. I unfortunately can't detect any bent pins in my socket, although in the thread I created someone pointed out that breadboarding the mobo on the anti-static bag may have been a poor choice (but the mobo did the same thing before I used the bag), and also noted that my PSU was not technically Haswell certified (but preliminary research shows it doesn't really make a difference). So I'm stuck. At this point I'm thinking of RMA'ing everything and repeating the process until it works. I think of it as a slightly more elegant way of banging my head against the wall.


So I received my replacement mobo with fast turnaround from TigerDirect. I set it up in "breadboard" fashion with VGA flat screen and USB keyboard attached and powered it up. Lights & fans started normally but no video as before. Crap!

I then powered down and changed to the DVI video interface and powered up. Viola! The MSI splash screen appeared and all worked as expected . . . repeatedly. And now I've used the VGA, DVI, and HDMI interfaces with no issues. I can't explain it.

I'm just about finished with the W7 install/update and will install remaining applications today. My present system is an E8400 and I've noticed an improvement in general responsiveness (speed) of the I5.

Best of luck in solving your problem.
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September 21, 2013 8:35:09 AM

Wellexcuuuuseme said:
Hey Nbrskn, guess what?

I also just ordered an MSI Z87-G45, and I'm having the same issue. No post, no display. The only difference is that I'm almost positive my CPU is heating up, which would indicate some sort of activity. In my case, my mobo lights/case fans come on, run for about 30 seconds, and then everything reboots and stays on indefinitely until I power it off. How about you? Let me direct you to the thread I made yesterday, might be worth checking if I'm lucky enough to get a useful reply:
http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1804936/lights-f...

The most concerning thing is that I was almost positive the problem was the mobo being super picky about 'supported' RAM, but as far as I can tell, your RAM is supported. Double check the supported list here if you haven't yet:
http://us.msi.com/product/mb/Z87-G45-GAMING.html#suppor...

If you haven't glanced at this sticky, I'd also definitely recommend it:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-perform-ste...

Let me know if you get anywhere, it just might help me as well, good luck!


Thanks for posting those links, they proved very informative.
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September 23, 2013 9:03:45 AM

Huh, so it was DVI? When I initially tested mine in the case, I used DVI with no POST/no video. But I haven't tried DVI since getting the second mobo or breadboarding it, just VGA. I have everything packed up and ready to RMA, but now I think I'm going to have to go dig it all out and try that before I do haha. Thanks for following up!
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September 23, 2013 9:24:57 AM

Wellexcuuuuseme said:
Huh, so it was DVI? When I initially tested mine in the case, I used DVI with no POST/no video. But I haven't tried DVI since getting the second mobo or breadboarding it, just VGA. I have everything packed up and ready to RMA, but now I think I'm going to have to go dig it all out and try that before I do haha. Thanks for following up!


Just to confirm: Yes, it was the DVI that worked for me and not the VGA for the first successful bootup. I also have that affliction of having to know that I tried every last thing to solve a problem. Unbox the sucker! :-)

Good luck.
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August 31, 2014 1:18:09 AM

Nbrskn said:
Anonymous said:
Go on to BIOS, find the North bridge or south bridge, i forgot which of the two.
you can see there PCI-Express. choose this as your primary adaptor. save and exit.


Thanks for your reply BUT as I stated, there is NO video displayed so I CAN'T SEE the BIOS screen. Until I get a display I can't change anything in the BIOS other than clear it with the jumper pins which I've done.



Hi, Unplug your GPU output (HDMI, VGA) and disconnect all your power connections to the GPU. Then plug in your HDMI or VGA cable to the Motherboard instead of the GPU and the monitor should turn on.
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