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Old 13th July 2005, 3:10 PM   #1
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Default MSI 865PE Neo3-F problems

I originally posted this in the Intel Hardware forum then realized it should probably be here. Sorry...

Hi guys,

I'm all out of ideas on this one. I bought a MSI 865PE Neo3-F board, an Intel P4 "531" 3GHz LGA775 chip, 2 x 512MB DDR400 Legend RAM sticks and a generic 400W power supply to upgrade my brothers computer. Everything is in the case and I started to load windows xp (with SP2 integrated) but when it gets to "Installing devices" with 34 minutes remaining it reboots and then starts again, gets to 34 minutes, reboots....

I found this link from Microsoft:


which I tried and but the Automatically restart was already cleared. I pulled every non essential peice of hardware out and it still does the same thing. I swapped the original GeForce 2 MX400 that was in it for an ATI card and the same thing happened. I ran memtest for over 4 hours with no problems. I then tries to update the bios and got the following message:

"Can't allocate a buffer at sequence physical memory" which lead me to this thread at MSI support:


As I said in my post over there, I've disabled hyper threading but I still can't flash the BIOS or install windows

Does anyone have any other ideas? Other threads on MSI's site and that one suggest power but I'm a little reluctant to go and spend $100 on a good power supply that may not fix the problem. I'm at my wit's end at the moment...

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