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MSI 970a G46 - Bios issues
« on: 08-December-13, 05:39:13 »

After recently replacing my ssd (had the same on before old one died from physical damage) and psu I cannot install windows 8.

I get to the prepairing devices phase and it stops close to 100% and goes to a black screen. I'm assuming this is the phase where the boards peripheral controllers ect are prepped and something is not finishing.
So I tried to use the live update feature via the utility disc the board came with, it begins checking and fails at the second phase;
"Warning: could not find suitable bios rom"

I thought maybe this was because it has the most current version. I looked up my board on the site, and the only thin I get for a download is the live update 5 program, which is meant to run in the windows enviroment not pre installation.

I downloaded the live update program onto another computer and went through the program files and to no avail....cannot find a bios revision file name or anything in the program.

The bios appears to no be obtainable other than through live update which is failing.....

Anyone here know where I can pull just the bios from to put it on a stick and use the m-flash utility?

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Re: MSI 970a G46 - Bios issues
« Reply #1 on: 08-December-13, 18:01:14 »

what's your current bios version?
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Re: MSI 970a G46 - Bios issues
« Reply #2 on: 09-December-13, 03:29:45 »

It is E7693AMF V2.0
I'm just not seeing where I can pull that from to use in the utility in the current bios to get it going on the install. or at least isolate that it is not the bios rev.
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Re: MSI 970a G46 - Bios issues
« Reply #3 on: 09-December-13, 17:07:35 »

look in bios setup, system information
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Re: MSI 970a G46 - Bios issues
« Reply #4 on: 10-December-13, 01:53:10 »

I meant pull as in download to a flash stick and go fresh. I cannot find the bios recemondation for my board, all I get under downloads from msi is the live update...
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Re: MSI 970a G46 - Bios issues
« Reply #5 on: 10-December-13, 05:42:55 »

if that's your board, i see all of them listed:
http://www.msi.com/product/mb/970A-G46.html#/?div=BIOS
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Re: MSI 970a G46 - Bios issues
« Reply #6 on: 11-December-13, 06:45:36 »

Oh wow..... :bonk:

I'm not sure how I missed that...no mas hard cider till Xmas.
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Re: MSI 970a G46 - Bios issues
« Reply #7 on: 11-December-13, 07:42:16 »

Basically the same issues, if you look at the instructions for that file it is to be run in windows.....not with the mflash.
I get the latest one for my boar don the flash drive, goto mflash and it says "there isn't a bootable file in this USB key root"
So I formatted the flash drive (to fat32) and put the extracted file onto the flash drive. Same message.....
Ive built afew msi systems and have never had to flash the bios.

Read further and found another article that sounds rather extreme in terms of simply updating the bios.

Feeling very noob ish here ATM....
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Re: MSI 970a G46 - Bios issues
« Reply #8 on: 12-December-13, 00:55:23 »

the .exe file is not only for windows, you can run it from pure DOS as well,
see here for guide: http://www.msi.com/files/pdf/Bios_update_SOPAll.pdf
and its not for M-flash
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Re: MSI 970a G46 - Bios issues
« Reply #9 on: 12-December-13, 10:21:56 »

So I believe I've isolated it to the board. I could not get the bios exe to be seen on the drive using the msi articles...ended up using the hp USB utility and after this could see the exe (7693v26). Then tells me the board does not support this tool.
Tried v2.2-v2.6 with the same message;


Is this from a bad job on my part creating the bootable USB drive or could it just be the board? This about as deep as I've delved into bios updating...
I've gone over multiple articles on creating the bootable USB and updating the bios and am confident I've followed the instructions.

Any thoughts here would be appreciated, Ild rather just buy a new board than rma it as the turn around would prob be insane this time of year.

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Re: MSI 970a G46 - Bios issues
« Reply #10 on: 12-December-13, 18:27:26 »

this suggest that you try to run the wrong update

tell S/N of the mobo
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Re: MSI 970a G46 - Bios issues
« Reply #11 on: 13-December-13, 04:36:06 »

Thats was my initial thought as well. They are the correct updates, sn 601-7693-020b1301083471, 970a-g46

http://www.msi.com/product/mb/970A-G46.html#/?div=BIOS

I've checked the board physically as we'll, very strange.

After trying all the updates in series 2.2 up to current I gave installing the OS another shot out of curiosity and it again stops at 85% of preparing devices phase, just goes to a black blank screen with no activity even after leaving it for about an hour.


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Re: MSI 970a G46 - Bios issues
« Reply #12 on: 13-December-13, 19:59:53 »

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After trying all the updates in series 2.2 up to current I gave installing the OS another shot out of curiosity and it again stops at 85% of preparing devices phase, just goes to a black blank screen with no activity even after leaving it for about an hour.

which updates exactly?

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Thats was my initial thought as well. They are the correct updates, sn 601-7693-020b1301083471, 970a-g46

im not convinced, if it was the right one, DOS .exe will not complain about not supported system
based on S/N listed, for 02S, 1.xx are correct updated, not 2.xx biosses.

and you still didnt say what is your current BIOS version installed,
you can check this in BIOS Setup, System Info.


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Re: MSI 970a G46 - Bios issues
« Reply #13 on: 14-December-13, 04:18:05 »

The bios came with 2.0 which is what I am on now.
I will try to be more concise.
Board : 970a-g46
Stock factory bios version : 2.0
Bios versions used in update attempts: 2.2,  2.3,  2.4,  2.5 , 2.6
This board: http://www.msi.com/product/mb/970A-G46.html#/?div=BIOS



I've attempted tech support several times but am striking out with seasonal highers...I just feel like this can be fixed, the bios operates well (other than odd temp readings) .
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Re: MSI 970a G46 - Bios issues
« Reply #14 on: 14-December-13, 06:34:44 »

here is latest version .271

flash it by booting from USB key, guide how to make it bootable: http://www.bay-wolf.com/usbmemstick.htm
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Re: MSI 970a G46 - Bios issues
« Reply #15 on: 26-December-13, 01:03:22 »

Here's how I have updated every bios since 1.1 (all of the 2.x UEFIs in sequence up to the current 2.6):

https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=174277.0

No problems whatever.  Remember that your FAT32 USB device (mine is a SanDisk with a removable floppy) also has to be bootable (or, at least, mine is.)  Hope this helps.  I've rarely used an easier, more pain-free method, I have to say.

My guess is that 2.6 may be it for the 970a-G46, though, unless AMD ships a new AM3+ cpu sometime soon.

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Re: MSI 970a G46 - Bios issues
« Reply #16 on: 14-June-15, 10:50:25 »

I am having the same issue. There is a utility in the bios to update itself but raw bios files are not available with v2.0 and higher(that I can Find). When I boot from my bootable 256MB flash drive (the same drive I use for all bios updates). I get the same error that the OP got "The tool does not support this board". What the hell? I have probably updated hundreds of BIOSs and have never seen such crap(except once with a crappy Foxconn early-UEFI MB). Usually there are multiple methods and I can get 1 to work. If MSI just would make the raw ROM for the BIOS to do it itself.
Their website is also jacked. If I go to the US site for this board, no BIOS updates are listed, I have to go to the www site. There are also versions of the site with 970ag46 in the address but you can get to almost the same site with 970a-g46 (an added dash) but it will have different downloads. I am sick of sites in general having crappy quality control.
BTW I am trying to go from v2.5 to the just listed as being released (5/19/2015) v2.7

Also the link posted by WaltC is no longer valid. Can someone just list these instruction please.
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Re: MSI 970a G46 - Bios issues
« Reply #17 on: 14-June-15, 20:51:46 »

a2myke, this thread is two years old. Don't resurrect old topics but open your own for your own issue: >>Please read and comply with the Forum Rules.<<

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