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[SOLVED] MSI FTP (K9A 4gb problem. Again)
« on: 20-May-07, 11:51:20 »

Hi,

Hoping someone can help me. I've contacted MSI support and they've advised me to goto their ftp site to download a 1.61 beta bios which is not public yet. Unfortunately the username and password they provided don't seem to work.

I managed to find the bios 1.61 here and here.

Unfortunately this bios did not fix my problem. I've contacted MSI again but they don't reply. Does anyone know of the correct username and password for ftp://ftp.msi.com.tw/? Perhaps there are further beta bios's there which I could try?

The problem I'm having is:
BIOS 1.3 and 1.61 - Vista x64 boots but crashes regularly with 4gb (4x1gb modules). Sleep does not function, resume data is corrupted or sometimes displays an error in 1.3, a blank screen with 1.61.

BIOS 1.5 - Vista will not boot 4gb (4x1gb modules).

Other BIOS versions - 4gb not detected or won't post or windows won't start.

Memory tests report no RAM errors, removing the modules corrects the issue.

I've read that other people are having similar problems. As a last resort I'll probably take 2gb of my memory out or buy a new motherboard. Thought I'd try here first though.

Thank you!

Nick
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1.Product Type: K9A Platinum
2.BIOS version: v1.5 and 1.3 and 1.61 (and various others!)
3.External VGA Type:ati x1950pro
4.CPU Type: AMD athlon x2 4800
5.Memory Type: 4 x geil 1gb 800mhz 4 4 4 12
6.Power Supply Type: jeantech 450w (replacing this because I've heard its  :shocking: ly bad)
7.Operating System: vista hp x64
« Last Edit: 25-July-07, 06:38:38 by nickel »
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« Reply #1 on: 20-May-07, 12:00:38 »
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  • Well before doing anything else.
    Replace that PSU.
    Stop messing with BIOS'ses, I don't think the problem is BIOS related.
    Also, after you got a decend PSU, put XP on it, Vista is far from bug/problem free.
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    « Reply #2 on: 20-May-07, 12:06:34 »

    Thanks for the advice.  :)

    I am going to replace the PSU.

    Don't take this the wrong way, but I disagree that this isn't BIOS related. MSI acknowledged in their reply that it was a known BIOS problem, thats why they advised me to try v1.61. Further evidence comes from the fact that some people are also having the same problems with XP. Final evidence, the problem changes significantly with different BIOS versions. WIth earlier versions it actually goes away completely BUT not all my RAM is recognised.
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    « Reply #3 on: 20-May-07, 12:11:24 »
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  • Could be, but your PSU has just 22A @ 12V if I'm not mistaken.
    AMD recommend 28A @ 12V for just 1 1950 VGA card in use.
    As Vista uses more 3D functions on the desktop, it's normal you have more problems with Vista as your videocard needs more power.
    You are lucky you can run Vista at all with that PSU.
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    « Reply #4 on: 20-May-07, 12:18:46 »

    Ok, i'll get hold of a new PSU in the next week or so and get back to you  :)

    Would a Corsair 520w do?

    Or should I future proof (might get a 2900xt, or the 65nm version when it comes out) with something more powerful? I never intend to do Crossfire.

    Thanks again.
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    « Reply #5 on: 20-May-07, 15:50:48 »
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  • if you planning to use RX2900XT,(very power hungry) better go for more powerfull PSU.
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    « Reply #6 on: 20-May-07, 16:02:46 »

    I was using 1.5 and my 4GB would show up as 2850 in vista 32.  Even when I tried vista 64 it was the same. During boot up it showed 2900 (I don’t remember the exact number).  Now with bios 1.61 during boot up it shows 4 GB and in vista 32 it shows 3250.  This beta bios corrected the problem I was having.  Thanks for pointing me to it.
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