X58 SLI Eclipse Blank Screen with SLI

Rashaka

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Hey guys,

I've been doing some research on the boards, and it appears some others have had similar issues that I am having.

I've been attempting to set up SLI on my mainboard and I'm getting no monitor signal.  I can hear over the speakers that it is in fact booting to windows perfectly fine.  What can I do to fix this?

I've been trying to track down a copy of the bios update for the board as that seems to fix the problem from what I've seen.  However, I am unable to find the file as they links have been removed from the hardware website.

I am currently running Vista x64 and as far as I can tell I have bios version 1.0.  I have a 1200 watt power supply and attempting to SLI 2x MSI 295GTX cards.

Any help that anyone can offer would be great.  I spoke with a guy at MSI and he basically told me I shouldn't really update my bios unless I really need to.  I should have pestered him more so that he would have sent the file to me.  lol.
 

joker1973

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Welcome to the forum,

Use this link--http://ocss.msi.com.tw/ and register.  They will give you access to the beta bios server.  Use the forum flash tool--https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=113295.0 Do not use the M-flash feature or it will brick your board.  You should not flash unless you need to but with the Eclipse you almost have to.  Allot of features have been added since 1.0.  Also get the current Nvidia drivers.
 

Rashaka

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Well...

I got the flashing tool, and the bios file.  I formatted my USB drive on an XP machine and used quick format and set it to FAT32.  Then I ran the flash tool and had it attempt to "fix my usb key" to adjust the geometry.  There is an error that pops up right away saying that it can't read a line of code from the flashing tool.  Waited a while to make sure nothing else was automated... So I clicked okay and closed the little VB script looking window.  Then the tool went on and said it was completed properly.... Which I highly doubt...  So then I run the second option in the tool to point to a beta bios file, which is the uncompressed file that I have.  It unpacks the file and goes through the rest of the system fine.  No errors pop up and at the end it says it is going to exit the tool in 20 seconds, then I need to restart the computer and use F11 to boot.  So I checked the stuff in the bios utility and all the settings are correct, no boot sector protection or anything, I reboot and F11, boot menu comes up, my USB drive is there.  I select the drive and then I get a huge list of spam, which basically looks like the rest of the posting process for the computer and then it says press esc to boot and has a 10 second timer.  No matter if I press escape or just let the timer run out it boots into vista.  I never get the option to tell it to flash the bios...

I assume it's not properly making the flash drive bootable and therefore it just decides to go into windows instead?  If anyone has any input for this, please let me know.  =-)
 

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See the User guide: MSI HQ USB BIOS Flash Tool (worth a read) thread...

the FAQ said:
->Q: When I tell the system to boot from my USB Flash Drive nothing happens or I get an error message telling me there is no operating system. What can I do?

A:If you are having problems getting your USB device to boot correctly, you may need to format it correctly as the geometry data may be incorrect.
If you are Vista user, you can use Build in Tool Feature "Geometry adjustment" ("Fix My USB Key") and follow instructions once done re-run the MSI Forum HQ USB Flashing Tool and let's prepare your USB key.For non Vista users, reformat your USB Flash drive with >>this tool<< and re-run the MSI Forum HQ USB Flashing Tool.
For future usage you can skip this step, it need to be done only once if your stick needs adjustment.
Hope this helps
 

Rashaka

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Already read that and already tried doing that, which is what I thought I just explained and said it gave me an error.  When it tried to fix the geometry, as soon as the window pops up to do it, there is a line read error from the code, it's like part of the code is missing.  Here is a copy and past of what the program is telling me....

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MSIHQ: WARNING : All Data on FLASH DRIVE "E" will be Destroyed !!!!!



Please confirm that this is your USB drive.[Y,N]?Y



MSIHQ: Quering device successfully.



MSIHQ: Inspecting device to make sure its meet requirements






MSIHQ: Destination has been Approved


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MSIHQ: Target have been successfully validated, processing device.



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MSIHQ: Stand by, work in progress....
MSIHQ: Operation can up to few minutes, please be patient.

MSIHQ: Volume "E" Disengage...Preparing device...



MSIHQ: Stage complete, Adjusting device.... Stand by...

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After this it opens a series of windows, one to ask if I'm going to let it do what it's wanting to do, then it opens a window with the title along the lines of system/x64/diskpart.exe.  Then it opens some odd window which I assume is some sort of VB script... I'm honestly not sure (it opens the same windows when it's trying to copy all the bios files to the usb key with no errors).  The program that opens says on it's title bar, XVI32.  Then a small window opens and with an error msg, "error opening file udrgd.001"  when I click okay it opens another error window that says, "error in line number 1,  ADR $1C6.  Can't go to address: $1C6."  Then it opens another window that is titled XVIscript interpreter - uh.bsk"  And that window has two lines in it that say, "ADR $1C6" which is on the first line and the second line says, "overwrite 3F".  At the bottom are a couple buttons, like close and execute.  If I try to execute I get the same error again, if I close it just stops.  Then I close the XVI32 window.  It waits a moment or two and then a new window titled, "MSIHQ:  Procedure Complete", "USB Key Geometry has been adjusted.  If Windows Format Popup, choose cancel or close the window.  Then re-run the Tool again and choose desired mode 1,2,3.  Best Regards, MSI HQ Forum Team"  Only option after this is "okay" and then both windows close and I'm back at the desktop.  This is the USB stick setup that is not booting properly for me.  Does anyone have any advice of what to do next?



I also tried to format the usb drive on an XP machine and use the win98SE boot disk iso like explained for using the HP USB format tool.  However, when I tried to make the startup disk, it says that there are no dos files at the location that I listed.  I made a directory in my C drive and unzipped the iso file into it.  Then I pointed the location of the files the HP tool needed to that directory.  So I'm not really sure why it says there are no files there.  All of the files from inside the ISO are located in the folder and it's just the basic exe files that you'd see in a startup disk... like format.exe and scandisk.exe  etc.
 

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Format your USB key with HP Tool ==> http://www.pctipp.ch/ds/28700/28790/HP_USB_Boot_Utility.exe {Just format, don't make any startup disk or anything, that will be done by MSIHQ Tool}
Then prepare the USB stick again with >>Use the MSI HQ Forum USB flasher<< and boot from the USB stick.
 

Rashaka

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I had already tried just formatting the USB drive and that didn't work.

However I have finally gotten all this working.  Turns out that the ISO I was using required a zip program that was a little more powerful than 7zip.  Once I downloaded winrar another 12 files showed up and I was able to make the USB a startup disk like I was originally attempting to do.  Got the bios flashed and now my SLI seems to be working fine.

Thanks for the support and the quick replies.
 
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