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September 9, 2010 11:10:49 PM

First boot, everything is powered, except for HDD LED. As i start up the machine, it beeps once, the MSI 870 screen flashes then disappears and all i have is a blinking underscore "_" that moves down the black screen with the pressing of Delete key.

This is my first build... what i am doing wrong?


Board: MSI 870-g45
PCU: Phenom 555
PSU: OCZ 600w
GPU: GTX 460 768mb
HDD: Samsung F3 500Gb

Monitor: 1920x1080 connected thru DVI cable to GPU.

Please tell me my mobo is not damaged....... if i hold Delete key it just stats clicking... and the underscore moves down the the end of the screen on the left.... does not go anywhere past that point. The screen is pitch black.

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September 9, 2010 11:30:13 PM

Helpppppppp
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September 9, 2010 11:53:20 PM

the most common mistake is not connecting everything, make sure the CPU fan is spinning, look at the manual. Is your ram DDR3 and the right type of ram?????? Its MSI it shouldn't be messed up..make sure the HDD is connected...

infact just read this..
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-perform-ste...
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September 9, 2010 11:59:11 PM

Mr Pizza said:
the most common mistake is not connecting everything, make sure the CPU fan is spinning, look at the manual. Is your ram DDR3 and the right type of ram?????? Its MSI it shouldn't be messed up..make sure the HDD is connected...

infact just read this..
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-perform-ste...


Thanks man. You are that helped me out choose my PC components :) 

Yes everything is powered. The CPU fan is spinning and all the power cables are connected. The RAM is DDR3 and the right type of RAM in the right slots.... The HDD is connected but how would it affect being able to enter the bios? I have HDD and ODD connected on the same cable to PSU and ODD is fully working. Thank you

I hear the first beep, and the MSI mobo screen flashed then it goes straight to pitch black with blinking underscore.
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September 10, 2010 12:04:05 AM

Look into your manual under "beep codes" and it will tell you what the beeps mean and so on... insert your windows 7 and see what happens.
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September 10, 2010 12:16:03 AM

Mr Pizza said:
Look into your manual under "beep codes" and it will tell you what the beeps mean and so on... insert your windows 7 and see what happens.


I just went through that sticky and i have done everything specified in it. The mobo manual has no "beep codes" description.

Windows 7 does not run when inserted in ODD...


I only get one SHORT beep with mobo flash screen then goes to pitch black.

I have tried booting with a single RAM stick alternating them, also done a CMOS flash, and checked for any shortages.... nothing works
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September 10, 2010 12:34:33 AM

Well man, i really don't know.. i wish PEOPLE READING THIS THREAD WOULD HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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September 10, 2010 12:40:38 AM

Pull the CMOS battery for ~5 minutes. Unplug the hard drive. Put the OS disc in the optical drive.

Hit the auto align button on the monitor to make sure you're seeing any message.
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September 10, 2010 12:50:16 AM

aford10 said:
Pull the CMOS battery for ~5 minutes. Unplug the hard drive. Put the OS disc in the optical drive.

Hit the auto align button on the monitor to make sure you're seeing any message.


Already did that. Pulled CMOS battery, tried starting up with everything uplugged except for ram, power cords to mobo, and cpu fan..... still only a short beep and does not enter bios. OS is not being read with hard drive plugged in, although i can clearly hear the ODD working and CD running.
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September 10, 2010 12:53:18 AM

OKAY i just got to WINDOWS BOOT MANAGER. and it is loading, windows is being started..... So i got to the windows setup..... should i go ahead and install the windows then deal with the BIOS later?

p.s. This is weird, it took about good 3 minutes for windows boot manager window to pop up.
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September 10, 2010 12:55:47 AM

Since you're already there, go for it.
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September 10, 2010 12:56:02 AM

The initial beep means that the graphics card has passed its Power On Self Test (POST) that is why you see video after that initial beep.

You can press the Delete key as soon as you hear that beep and wait until the BIOS Setup menu appears.

In the Advanced BIOS Features menu change the Full Screen Logo Display setting to [Disabled] save the changes and reboot.

This should allow you to see what is going on during the Power On Self Test of the motherboard before it transfers control to the Operating System.
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September 10, 2010 12:58:56 AM

ko888 said:
The initial beep means that the graphics card has passed its Power On Self Test (POST) that is why you see video after that initial beep.

You can press the Delete key as soon as you hear that beep and wait until the BIOS Setup menu appears.

In the Advanced BIOS Features menu change the Full Screen Logo Display setting to [Disabled] save the changes and reboot.

This should allow you to see what is going on during the Power On Self Test of the motherboard before it transfers control to the Operating System.


SHould i go ahead and install windows now then do that after?
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September 10, 2010 1:00:27 AM

aford10 said:
Since you're already there, go for it.


thank you, i am going to give it a shot.
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September 10, 2010 1:39:17 AM

Okay i got it to work thanks guys... OS is up and i can enter bios now.
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September 10, 2010 1:39:32 AM

Best answer selected by Klimentiy.
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September 10, 2010 2:00:48 AM

Good to hear. Thanks for the update.
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