PRO Z690-A DDR4/WIFI Owners Thread

romanvilla159402e4

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Windows 11, drivers (come with Windows), Bios (update if necessary). Windows 11 is optimized for Alder Lake (so is 10 but consensus is 11 interfaces better). Then it's recommended to update drivers through MSI and Intel, graphics card from company site (you didn't specify) and monitor driver if any. I have gig download from my internet provider, and the built-in Lan goes to 1400 mbps, so I don't find any problem with internet. I'm new to pc building as well, so this should be up-to-date instructions because it's what I just used in Dec 2021. Good luck. (What GPU & cooler are you using?)
Hi, thanks. My GPU is a 3070 asus tuf oc lhr and my cooler a noctua nh-d15. I´ve also bought the antideformation support, but i think im going to mount the pc before it arrives, how long it will take to deform? So Bios isn´t necessary to update then? Being a new mobo i suspect that would be good but i dont want to do something wrong and brick it. What drivers from intel and what drivers from MSI should i download?
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Hi, thanks. My GPU is a 3070 asus tuf oc lhr and my cooler a noctua nh-d15. I´ve also bought the antideformation support, but i think im going to mount the pc before it arrives, how long it will take to deform? So Bios isn´t necessary to update then? Being a new mobo i suspect that would be good but i dont want to do something wrong and brick it. What drivers from intel and what drivers from MSI should i download?
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I used the Thermaltake Bending Corrector Frame when I changed out the I5 for I7 after 5 months. The I5 against a straight edge showed no warp. The ILM needed a lot of pressure to close the bracket originally. So I prefer the BCF, but now I think it's not necessary. You can download windows before updating bios since the board comes with bios. But Z690 are new boards and cpu so I prefer updating to latest bios on MSI site: PRO Z690-A WIFI DDR4 (msi.com) . Read how to update bios on the MSI site it's pretty hard to make a mistake. After loading Windows I download all drivers first from MSI site then Intel Intel® Driver & Support Assistant. Then Go to Nvidia site and download the driver for your card 3070. If you get internet error message when installing Windows you might have to download Lan driver from MSI first and add in Windows install screen where you choose the partition. There is an option to click on driver and go to USB where you put your driver. Sounds confusing I'll give you step by step ASAP.
 

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Ok thanks, but dont need it, cause im going to install windows offline with usb so i wont have problems for that, problem is i dont have another usb or disc to download the lan driver. I imagine if i use a secondary drive (ie: the games drive) for storaging the drive i could install the driver from that location after windows is installed, then updating windows or bios first and then the rest of the drivers.
 

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Ok thanks, but dont need it, cause im going to install windows offline with usb so i wont have problems for that, problem is i dont have another usb or disc to download the lan driver. I imagine if i use a secondary drive (ie: the games drive) for storaging the drive i could install the driver from that location after windows is installed, then updating windows or bios first and then the rest of the drivers.
Should work. Good luck.
 

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Tried searching but now just posting.

After getting the system going well, my only issue is I can't use REBOOT from windows in any fashion. If a program needs to reboot, I have to shutdown and then restart the computer. Needless to say this is an issue with Windows updates, as well as some programs that just feel like rebooting.

Running latest safe BIOS available through MSI center.

Hardware: MSI Z690-A PRO WIFI DDR4; INTEL I5 12600K; ASUS 3070TI OC TUF; CORSAIR RM1000x POWER SUPPLY; G.SKILL TRIDENTZ ROYAL 32GB 4000C18D; COOLER MASTER TD500 CASE.
WINDOWS 10, FULLY UPDATED.
 

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i don't see how this is motherboard related, but i might be wrong. You can always try to re-flash the latest bios, but please don't do it from msi center. Put the bios file on a usb drive and do it from uefi. If that won't work, you might wanna look in windows events for errors and try to troubleshoot it in windows.
 

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When will there be some option set in BIOS where there would be no hardware reserved RAM?
 
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Never, because if you have cpu with igpu than it can not work without it.
BTW - Would be so much easier to help if you put your components in signature as it is requested by forum rules.
 
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MSI Pro Z690-A DDR4

My system has been stable for a while on bios 1.43.
Suddenly I am haviing problems with loog bootup and post.
Takes between 2 and 10 minutes to get post.
i was using 1 NetXtreme II 10Gbe card, but pulled that.
I was using 6 sata drives, but disconnected most of those.
Best I can get now after reflashing bios and clearing cmos is 2 minute from power on to login.
It was taking less that 30 seconds to be completely logged in from power on until last night.

I can't even find the 1.43 bios for download now. The latest available is 1.40.
tried going to 1.40, no better. Went back to 1.43. no change. Cleared CMOS using button.
CMOS settings were set to defaults. no change.
The only thing that changed was me adding a new SATA drive. It stopped working right after that.
Even with the new drive removed the problem persists.
 

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My system has been stable for a while on bios 1.43.
Suddenly I am haviing problems with loog bootup and post.
Takes between 2 and 10 minutes to get post.
Can you tell if the delay is before Windows, for example is the delay similar if you try to get into BIOS setup? I am not experienced with this, but maybe delay could point to memory "training" issue. Someone else here might be able to make suggestions for you to try such as Memory Fast Boot choices, but it would probably also be a sign that something about your memory timings needs improvement (or that there is BIOS issue which might work better with an older version).
 

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MSI Pro Z690-A DDR4

My system has been stable for a while on bios 1.43.
Suddenly I am haviing problems with loog bootup and post.
Takes between 2 and 10 minutes to get post.
i was using 1 NetXtreme II 10Gbe card, but pulled that.
I was using 6 sata drives, but disconnected most of those.
Best I can get now after reflashing bios and clearing cmos is 2 minute from power on to login.
It was taking less that 30 seconds to be completely logged in from power on until last night.

I can't even find the 1.43 bios for download now. The latest available is 1.40.
tried going to 1.40, no better. Went back to 1.43. no change. Cleared CMOS using button.
CMOS settings were set to defaults. no change.
The only thing that changed was me adding a new SATA drive. It stopped working right after that.
Even with the new drive removed the problem persists.
1.43 is beta. 1.4 is stable which was released shortly after beta. That's probably not your issue.
Have you checked boot order in bios? Make sure your system/boot drive is first. Are you using restart or shutdown?
Please list your system hardware.
 
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The system works fine. Just takes a long time to post. 2 minutes when it was -30 seconds to be logged in before.
The only difference it I installed a new SATA drive. Removing the drive didn't return the system to previous fast boot times.
When I first installed the drive it took 10 minutes to post.

Would show a cursor on the screen for 10 minutes before going to Windows spinning loading graphic for another 10 minutes.
I reseated everything and put the drive back in. rebooted a few dozen times. Got up this morning and tried again flashing to 1.40, clearing cmos.
Flashing to 1.43m clearing cmos.

Now it's down to 2 minutes to post. Not sure what could be making that change.

Here is my hardware: (Booting to M2_1, Win 11 Pro)
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MSI Pro Z690-A DDR4
UEFI Mode

EVGA SuperNOVA 850 GA

i7-12700k
Enermax LIQMAX III 360
DIMMA2/DIMMB2 -- OLOy Blade RGB 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 3200

PCI_E1 -- EVGA RTX 3060TI FTW3
PCI_E3 -- QLogic BCM57810 - 10Gbe x2 ports

M2_1 -- WD_BLACK SN750 SE - NVMe Gen 4 - 1TB
M2_2 -- WD_BLACK SN750 SE - NVMe Gen 4 - 1TB
M2_4 -- XPG GAMMIX S70 - NVMe Gen 4 - 1TB

ST2000DM008-2FR102 - SATA - 2TB
Hitachi HUA722020ALA330 - SATA - 2TB
Hitachi HUA722020ALA330 - SATA - 2TB
WDC WD161KFGX-68AFPN0 - SATA - 14TB
WDC WD161KFGX-68AFPN0 - SATA - 14TB
WDC WD161KFGX-68AFPN0 - SATA - 14TB
 

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I don't think this is motherboard related, and since you go past post screen, BIOS already done its job loading stuff, but u get stuck when trying to read from disk. Also, since you already swapped all drives except boot drive, the issue could be with your boot drive.

First, try to perform a clean boot (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us...-windows-da2f9573-6eec-00ad-2f8a-a97a1807f3dd). This is done to eliminate the problem is on driver software side.
Then, try to run check disk:
1. Press Windows + X keys and click command prompt(admin)
2. Type the following conmand in command prompt and press Enter: chkdsk /f /r

Let us know how it goes.
 

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hello. system i5-12600k, msi z 690 pro-a ddr4, 2x16gb corsair vengeans rgb pro , gtx 1660super, Adata XPG GAMMIX S50 Lite 512gb(1slot) and Adata XPG GAMMIX S50 Lite 2tb(2slot), hdd 1tb . when i first and another boot system for logo MSI waiting 3-5 min. installed lates version bios. ssd m2 2 tb not showing in bios. installed windows 10 pro on 512gb and waiting for downloading windows from start to autorisation screen is 7-12min. someone know what to do?
 
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installed windows 10 pro on 512gb and waiting for downloading windows from start to autorisation screen is 7-12min. someone know what to do?
If you had multiple SSDs plugged in when you installed OS on 512gb drive, Windows might have put the boot partition on a different drive.
You can check the partitions in "disk management" look for "EFI system partition."

Also--from MSI Bios manual: ⚠Important If the connected SATA/ M.2/ U.2 device is not displayed, turn off computer and re-check SATA/ M.2/ U.2 cable and power cable connections of the device and motherboard.
 

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If you had multiple SSDs plugged in when you installed OS on 512gb drive, Windows might have put the boot partition on a different drive.
You can check the partitions in "disk management" look for "EFI system partition."

Also--from MSI Bios manual: ⚠Important If the connected SATA/ M.2/ U.2 device is not displayed, turn off computer and re-check SATA/ M.2/ U.2 cable and power cable connections of the device and motherboard.
all partitions on disc C: after sleep will do shaman thing with ssd.. will try to connect to slot 4. but loading with black screen to screen MSI 2-3min it's something
 
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In bios under settings>boot configuration disable post screen delay. This shaved a minute for me. Next section boot priorities disable all except boot drive. Hope it helps.
 
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