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Posted 23 April 2014 - 05:58 AM
Posted 23 April 2014 - 07:10 AM
Did you try it with 1 stick of ram and move that stick to each slot? Try this with both sticks. It could be a bad stick of ram or bad slot.
Disconnect all non essential hardware from the mainboard such as: dvd drives, hard drives, usb devices (including mouse and keyboard), disconnect front case usb header from the mainboard. Leave only the psu, motherboard, cpu/cpu cooler, 1 stick of ram, and use the onboard video (pull the video card out).
Generally this: "Seems to start ok but everything is in weird fonts/scrambled and when I go to put my password in the box it looks like it's the wrong one."
Is caused by faulty memory. It could be the cpu or the mainboard as well but for now test each slot with 1 stick of ram and try both sticks in all slots.
Posted 23 April 2014 - 09:52 AM
Posted 23 April 2014 - 09:56 AM
For now don't worry about getting into the bios, just see if it will post and display an image correctly. With no hard drive you will likely get a prompt that says ~ no bootable device detected.
If the image on the screen appears nomrally, then connect a usb keyboard, restart and go into bios.
Posted 27 April 2014 - 11:44 AM
So with any combination of ram/slots but no HD a message comes up saying:
EFI Shell version 2.31 [4.653]
Currrent running mode 1.1.2
map: Cannot find required map name.
Press ESC in 1 seconds to skip startup.nsh, any other key to continue.
If I connect the HD and power up, windows starts but with unreadable fonts/graphics.
If I press F1 or ESC on start up (which MSI say will access setup/bios) the machine restarts but does not enter setup.
Posted 28 April 2014 - 07:41 AM
If you can not get into setup, there must be some issue with hardware. You could try running memtest86, download and burn it to a disc then burn to the disc.
Edited by zingo156, 28 April 2014 - 07:57 AM.
Posted 28 April 2014 - 01:33 PM
Posted 28 April 2014 - 01:39 PM
It might... It would be worth a try.
Posted 28 April 2014 - 05:05 PM
I'd replace the CMOS battery, if easily done.
Posted 29 April 2014 - 07:15 AM
When you reset the bios before, how did you do this? Did you use the clrcmos jumper, or did you pull out the cmos battery? If you reset by removing the cmos battery, the power plug must be unplugged for a while for it to "reset", I have found with large psu's this sometimes can be a few minutes.
Posted 30 April 2014 - 10:33 AM
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