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.