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Thread: GA-EP45-UDP3 Rev. 1.6 fails to POST with an MSI R4890 Cyclone




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    Default GA-EP45-UDP3 Rev. 1.6 fails to POST with an MSI R4890 Cyclone

    Title pretty much says it all, the board will not POST nor is there any video output when the 4890 is installed. I've tried it with only 1 RAM chip and no other PCI cards installed and still no joy.

    It boots to Windows with an nVidia 260GTX installed.

    The 4890 works flawlessly in two other computers, both with lesser power supplies.

    This computer has a 750 watt power supply. I've tried it in this computer with a 910 watt power supply and still no joy.

    Anyone have any ideas?

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UDP3 Rev. 1.6 fails to POST with an MSI R4890 Cyclone

    Dont be offended but you have connected the Power plug's in the back when you try? Ok Im sure you have. If you have tested this card in other computers and with a different PSU then theres not much left to say other then maybe its a compatability issue with that board. Seems wierd but theres not too many other issues. Maybe try some different ram, stuff that you know works with that video card. IDK. Sorry buddy. oh and welcome to TweakTown
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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UDP3 Rev. 1.6 fails to POST with an MSI R4890 Cyclone

    Could be a incompatibility, you may need to ask both MSI and Gigabyte if they have tested this combination.

    Are you using the very latest BIOS? If not, please install and see if that corrects the issue >>
    http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/giga...st-bios-28441/

    Please use Qflash to update the BIOS, here is a guide >>
    http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/bios...h-guide-27576/

    Only other thing I can think of aside from an incompatibility is to be sure you have "Init First Display" set to PEG in Advanced BIOS section.

    Ohh, does it fail in both PCIE Slots? Just checking, be sure to set PEG2 if you test the second slot
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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UDP3 Rev. 1.6 fails to POST with an MSI R4890 Cyclone

    I THOUGHT I had the latest BIOS. According to the Gigabyte website FB is the latest BIOS for the board and that's what I had downloaded and ujpgraded to. This forum lists FDa as the latest, a few steps up from FB.

    I thought to myself - should I take a chance and try a BIOS from a source other than the manufacturers website?

    With fear and trepidation (motherboard wasn't useful to me anyhow) I downloaded and updated the BIOS to FDa. Voila! Everything now works.

    Thanks so much for your help and advice.

    I don't much care for Gigabyte's Flashspi.exe program, though. I prefer more control than offered by that utility. Whatever happened to Awdflash.exe? (No repsonse required, nor expected. Purely rhetorical).

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UDP3 Rev. 1.6 fails to POST with an MSI R4890 Cyclone

    We get all our BIOS directly from Gigabyte, most of the time. Either way they are all always made at Gigabyte's office in Taiwan anyway, so they are official just beta is why you do not see them on the main site

    Glad to see you took my advice and everything is working now!! AWDFlash still works, Gigabyte just does not use it, but you can if you want.

    I suggest Qflash always, it is the safest way other than DOS based flash like you mention. Qflash guide here for next time, please bookmark >>
    http://forums.tweaktown.com/f69/bios...h-guide-27576/

    You can ignore the above if you used Qflash, just wasn't sure due to the way you mentioned utility. If you meant @BIOS utility, please do not use it, that's why I made the Qflash comments again just to be sure for other reading later on

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UDP3 Rev. 1.6 fails to POST with an MSI R4890 Cyclone

    Unfortunately the new BIOS didn't fix everything although it did allow the computer to POST and boot into Windows.

    The board is horribly unstable. Numerous system hangs and 4 BSODs in the last 24 hours.

    Blue screen D1, 3B, 7E and 0C. Possibly the board isn't Windows 7 compatible, I dunno.

    I just don't have the time to continue fooling with the board. I've replaced it with a DFI board and Windows 7 is running like a well-oiled machine. The GA-EP45 is getting a free ride on the trash truck tomorrow.

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    Default Re: GA-EP45-UDP3 Rev. 1.6 fails to POST with an MSI R4890 Cyclone

    Or you could ship it to me for a good home...

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