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MSI K9N4 display garbled

I am building a new PC with a MSI K9N4 SLI-F and AMD 4400+ AM2 Processor. The video card is a GEforce 8300 AGP card. When the machine boots, the graphics are garbled and all squirrelly. For example, the bios screen has bars and streaks and "faded-looking". It's readable, but not acceptable at all. I re-seated all of the components, and I have tried replacing the video with a junky video card I had hanging around, but it did not seem to change the behavior. Also, sometimes it would not boot up at all. I figured this to be a motherboard problem, maybe a short of some sort from the standoffs, so I re-built it. In the process, I noticed that the CPU had a pin broken off. I do not have the parts to interchange to further troubleshoot whether the CPU was the only problem, or if the board is bad as well. Has anyone experienced these kind of symptoms?

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Re: MSI K9N4 display garbled

Hi, have a real close examination of the capacitors on the board. [round things that stand up in groups] if any of these are buldged out on top or bottom discard the board. If they are ok just fit another CPU and you should be ok, MSI make a reliable and very stable board. I have used them for several years without any problems. Regards mistyman

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What graphics cards can i use with it

Hello here is the homepage:

The mainboard has 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, for the graphic card.

Almost all new graphic cards, has this socket type.
The old type is AGP, but it does not fit this mainboard.

I recommed to use ATI/AMD HD series.

A big graphic card also needs, a bigger power supply.
At least 500 watts.

Good luck

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Does the MSI K8n NEO4 Platinum SLI motherboard support the Geforce GTX 550 Video Card?

The MSI K8N NEO 4 Platinum Edition mobo, has an AGP graphics expansion slot. (Accelerated Graphics Port)

It uses AGP graphics cards that are either 4X, or 8X. (Supports 1.5 Volt AGP graphics cards, hence 8X)

Click on the Specification tab. Look under the bold - Slots - subheading.

(Overview, { Which is the tab it automatically opens to}, Specification, Download, Support, News and Awards, Where to Buy )

This is Evga's version of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 550,

Click on the Details tab. (Overview, Details, Feedback)

Under the bold - Interface - heading, and to the right of the subheading - Interface, we see the interface is - PCI-Express 2.0 x16.

Tells you a lot right off the bat, if you know what you are looking at.

1) The graphics expansion slot you need on your motherboard, is a PCI-Express x16 slot.

You have an AGP graphics expansion slot. (That uses either 4X, or 8X AGP graphics cards)

2) The PCI-Express technology used is PCI-Express 2.0

Therefore the answer is No, Stephen.

[ More info on AGP graphics technology, and PCI-Express technology,

1) AGP:

2) PCI-Express:

Now if someone asks you, why the GeForce GTX 550 graphics card will not work on your motherboard, you can explain why in detail, instead of just saying some dude/dudette on FixYa, said it will not work.

Are you sure some 'Mom and Pop' computer store will not trade out, a decent AGP graphics card, for the Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 you have?
Always worth a shot. Just MHO.


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Hi, Sir. For my MSI K8MM-v motherboard, I want to buy an AGP graphics card. I am not a video gamer, but I want to watch TV and films at the best quality as this old system suppports. Can you recommend a...

What you need is AGP 8x video cards.
Please refer to this link for the specification of your motherboard
Here's one of the available graphic card for your motherboard
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Id like to buy a msi nf725gtm-p31 mobo but am unsure if it supports am2 processors and ddr2 can u pls advice thanks

Here are the specs of the motherboard, both answers to your questions are "Yes". Happy purchase and have fun with it !

• Support socket AM2 for AMD® Athlon 64/Athlon 64X2 CPU / AM2+ for AMD® Phenom CPU / AM3 for AMD® Phenom II / Athlon II CPU . (95W only)
Please refer to CPU Support for compatible CPU; the above description is for reference only.
bult_ar_org.gifHyper Transport Bus

• HyperTransport 1.0 supporting speed up to 1000MT/s

NVIDIA® nForce 630a & GeForce 7025 chipset


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• Supports Dual Channel DDR2 667/800
- 2 DDR2 DIMMs (240pin / 1.8V)
- Supports a maximum memory size up to 8GB.



• One PCI Express 1.0 x16 slot.
• One PCI Express 1.0 x1 slot.
• Two PCI slots (support 3.3v/5v PCI bus interface).

bult_ar_org.gifOn-Board IDE

• One IDE port by NVIDIA® nForce 630a & GeForce 7025 chipset
- Supports Ultra DMA 66/100/133 mode
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bult_ar_org.gifOn-Board SATA

• Two SATA II ports by NVIDIA® nForce 630a & GeForce 7025 chipset
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- SATA II 1~2 supports RAID 0, 1 mode by NVIDIA® nForce 630a & GeForce 7025 chipset

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Hi, the thing to do here is to narrow down what could be causing the problem, initial suspects would be the RAM chips. If you have known working ones you can try in it, try these, if not, try without one, then swap them over, or even try without both.

Also, remove any components that aren't strictly necessary, i.e. hard drives & cables, cd-rom/dvd drives, extra PCI cards,network cards etc

Another suspect may be just a loose connection, try taking everything out, re-seating it. Again, pay particular attention to the RAM chips.

It could possibly even be a faulty processor, have you another you could try? Try taking it out and re-seating it.

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MSI K9N4 SLI Motherboard

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MSI K9N4 SLI-F / Vid Card question

Hi, for the best graphics always go for dual graphic cards. This is the best way to obtain realistic 3D effects. The onboard audio chips is every bit as good as stated, MSI systems are equal to the best but at a lower price. The only change I can see that you need to make is to install a better power supply. A minimum 500w is needed with your system and if your budget allows then anthing up to 600w. Have fun with your games. Regards mistyman

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