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PC skips POST splash screen on startup. Unable to get into BIOS with GPU installed.

Hello! I’m having an awfully frustrating trying to solve this problem. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for any responses!

I recently upgraded my motherboard to an MSI z97 Gaming 7. Fresh install of W8, and updated all drivers. However, when I run my HDMI cable through the top GPU, it completely skips the POST screen on startup to allow me to get into the BIOS. My monitor is completely blank until the W8 login shows up, then it snaps to life. I’ve tried with one GPU, and two in crossfire and get I get the same result. When I remove the GPUs and run the HDMI through the mobo, there is no problem at all – I see the POST screen, tap delete, and get into BIOS. Never had this problem with my older MSI motherboard before I decided to upgrade. The rest of the hardware is still the same.

Some of the things I tried:
Removed GPUs, booted into BIOS, and made sure that the integrated graphics selection is set to “PEG”. I’m assuming this means to prioritize PCIe on bootup over the mobo.
Used both GPUs individually with HDMI
Tried the HDMI cable in the top and bottom GPU slot while in crossfire
Reseating the GPUs
Tried the boot to BIOS option in the MSI Fast Boot utility – same problem with restart and black screen with one/two GPUs plugged in.

It seems as if the mobo and the GPU aren’t communicating until W8 loads. If only I could get to BIOS with the GPU installed, I could try to tweak some settings, but I’ve been unable to do so. I’m completely lost at this point…any suggestions would be great.

Specs:
Windows 8.1
MSI z97 Gaming 7 MB
i7-4970k CPU
MSI R9 280x GPU x2 in crossfire
Seasonic 1250w PSU
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    check to see if the mb bios is up to date. could be a bios bug that keeping the onboard video as the main video at pst. also check to see if the gpu vendor drp a firmware or bios update. n the bios settings turn off fast boot. also make sure efi and legacy bot is on and try turning off secure boot.
  2. smorizio said:
    check to see if the mb bios is up to date. could be a bios bug that keeping the onboard video as the main video at pst. also check to see if the gpu vendor drp a firmware or bios update. n the bios settings turn off fast boot. also make sure efi and legacy bot is on and try turning off secure boot.


    Thanks for the response! I'm fairly confident the MB BIOS is up to date. Updated to v1.4 via MSI live update the other day. The MB uses UEFI, so not sure if that needs to be updated, or if that is even possible...I'll check. I'll also check out the other options when I get home for work today.
  3. With MSI motherboards you can use the MSI software called command center and for some things control center to change bios settings when you are in Windows. Sometimes this requires resets, sometimes not. I've got an MSI mobo and usually i find this easier than using POST, as control center can work on the fly.
  4. I'm having the same exact problem! I'm using MSI z97 Gaming 5 and I noticed it might just be an issue with the monitor because when I plug my PC into my TV I am able to actually see the BIOS splash screen. Still though, I'd love to know the fix so I can see my BIOS splash screen on my monitor....
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