Ginger @le, an alcoholic's best friend.
- Jan 1, 2008
First up if you go looking for problems with anything you will find them. MSI and other companies don't give a shit about people who bought boards before the B3 recall and then never had the boards fixed. The B3 recall was huge and information was all over the place. Using an unfixed boards is user error and no mainboard company should be on the hook for supporting neglected unfixed boards for 6 years.It gets better..... I flashed the motherboard to the very latest version, 4.3 (I thought 1.19 was the latest according to MSI's updater). This BIOS is needed to run newer GPU's (so it's not PCIe power afterall). But it turns out that this version kills motherboards (non B3 that weren't returned in the recall), there was no mention on the BIOS updates page. MSI's lack of warning (their only real documentation is buried in their forum) has reduced the motherboard to an endless boot-loop, with no easy fix. Plus their Dual BIOS and M-Flash features are literally useless on this board - further MSI cockups!
I will be contacting MSI, their errors have turned the old (but still decent) hardware into a paperweight. Isn't there a MSI rep around here?
All the time wasted. This has to be my worst worst enthusiast experience in 20 years. I thought a GPU would be a streightforward upgrade, wow!
The MSI tools for flashing boards usually work fine. Those MSI forum people have their head way up their ass complaining about the tools not working and acting like it's going to 100% nuke your board if you use an MSI tool.