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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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  • NO_Joe Sep 07, 2007

    Nothing obviously damaged with any of the capacitors. I will have to try switching it out with a new CPU and see if it works. Thanks for the tip.

  • blackm Oct 02, 2009

    Maybe I have the same problem.
    If I use graphic card GForce 7300 with passive cooling and non external power supply, everithing works right.
    Now I would like to install graphic card GForce 8800 with external power supply and if PC boots, the graphics are garbled, letters are fuzzy and screen finishes black.
    I measured voltage on connectors with result 11,97 Volts. I mean it is right.
    I am agonized of it.
    Can anybody help ?

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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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