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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

MSI K9A2 Motherboard Beeps Two Times

While this is not a computer hardware blog, I just have to share this super annoying story of my new motherboard, MSI K9A2 CF-F beeping twice on boot (after the "normal" boot beep that is) and making me crazy. I looked all over the net for an explanation and all sites said this was a sign of "parity error" so I spent over an hour checking the cables, reseating RAM modules and almost was convinced that my motherboard was faulty - despite everything actually working normally.

Turns out this MSI motherboard BIOS beeps for the number of USB devices that are connected to your PC. I had my USB mouse and USB keyboard connected, so there. Removed the mouse, booted the PC - only 1 additional beep. Connected my mouse back and added a printer - 3 quick successive beeps. Does that makes sense? No! Stupid MSI decision, imagine if you had 6 USB devices and have to listen to six additional BIOS beeps on every PC boot up sequence?

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for writing about this - i was getting worried as the pattern of beeps from my K9A2 Platinum had changed. After reading this, and a bit of experimenting, i'd like to mention that the pattern of beeps also varies depending on which port usb stuff is plugged into.

I'll agree i think it's a bloody stupid idea to beep for usb devices at boot up.

Anonymous said...

Nice post. I was working on a new PC hardware upgrade with a new MSI MB (P45 Neo3-FR) for my friend and was annoyed with the beep codes. I figured it was nothing but wanted to confirm this. I found nothing on the MSI website to confirm these strange beep codes. All MSI provides is what you said which does not explain these erronius beeps. Just for the fun of it and to confirm what you said, I tried varius combinations of USB devices too. What I found is that the MB always sends one beep to the PC speaker and then what I would call one tick per USB device. That tick does seem to sound a bit different depending on what USB port you use but then again it is hard to differentiate between the sounds and it might just be the godmothers I had rather than an acutal difference in sound. :-) Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

LOL!! I love MSI, they're like "Ford"! Have you ever tried to work on a Ford? I just purchased this Motherboard on ebay and I alost purchased the v1.0, Thank God I spent the few extra bucks and got the v2.0! Sounds to me, after doing some reads on some reviews, that this v1.0 was a fire hazard and that you should have the fire Dept. on speed dile! Thank you for the post, now I have a heads up on the beeps that would have had me scrambling around like a freaked out cat, trying to figure out the code..LOL
All I can say is (Awesome) Thanks for the tip :)

Anonymous said...

you could unplug the source of de bios beep (the little box connected to the motherboard :P

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the post, mate! This was driving me crazy, too! I usually got three beeps, then now four. You're absolutely right - it's the usb devices. What a bunch of morons! Did they think people would want this?

Anonymous said...

I have the same situation with a MSI KA780GM. IT beeps 1-3 at boot, which according to AMI POST codes means a problem with the memory; as a result I returned memories from OCZ and bought other more expensive to discover the same anoying post code and that its related to USB ports.
MSI should post a warning about this in the motherboard box/manual.

Anonymous said...

what i can say thanks you so much, home built and thought I had made an arse of it. Why would any company have this as default.

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU.
I've spent last 4 hours trying to figure out the reason of 5 beeps at boot!! (5 usb connected).
It's an useless feature, MSI should write this info on the manual...
thanks again

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! a thousand times from Romania. I think I will kill the little chinese who had that silly idea.
He`s the successor of "chinese drop" torture inventor and he deserve to die.

Anonymous said...

Can one also ask for refunds at MSI for all the new stuff i bought to figure out what was broke in my pc :(

Janice Clements said...

That's the usual problem of MSI computers. It'll be great if they find solutions to the issue.


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