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Windows 7: Error Code 99 on New Build with MSI M7 Motherboard

06 Feb 2016   #1
TDKMate

Win 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 
Error Code 99 on New Build with MSI M7 Motherboard

With the motherboard on the bench, I put in the CPU with heatsink/fan, and RAM and installed it into the case. Then after hooking up the bare minimum (onboard video, mouse, keyboard, case connections) the dang thing would not boot, giving me an error code of 99 and No beeps. (it's a beeper, not speaker, and I don't even know if it works...) And nothing on the monitor. I took the motherboard out of the case to see if that would make a difference: it didn't.

I tried all I could think of, but nothing changed: I took out all the RAM and tried several sticks one at a time in the primary slot the manual said to use if using only one stick. I tried both onboard HDMI slots. I installed the video card, still nothing on the screen. I tried the working power supply from the old build. No change. Cleared the CMOS several times. Even removed all case connections (front panel, USB cables, Power/Rest switches, and LED lights).

Something is going on, though. Sometimes takes only 3-4 seconds for the Debug Code LED to run thru a bunch of numbers before stopping at 99. On at least one occasion, however, it took several minutes as it cycled thru a bunch of numbers, stopping at 18 for a moment, then repeated a hand full of times. And the onboard HDD LED sometimes goes nuts like you're defragging a mechanical drive, though the one hooked up is an SSD. I didn't think of letting it run until the 18-cycle stopped or the HDD LED stopped as it was many minutes.

The heatsink and case fan both spin up.

That's all I know on what to do... What's my next step??

Any and all help, tips, and comments will be appreciated


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06 Feb 2016   #2
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

From what I read that's an input device code, pull everything but the keyboard and try again !
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06 Feb 2016   #3
TDKMate

Win 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
From what I read that's an input device code, pull everything but the keyboard and try again !
You hit the nail on the head, linnemeyerhere!

Short version:
It turned out to be an ID-Ten-T error...

Long version:
* I did as you suggested, and the error code changed to 64.
* I then plugged in the HDMI cable: still 64
* Then I hit the onboard restart switch and now got 39 (with a slight flicker of 38, and an occasional flicker of 40)
* Plugged in the mouse: now a solid 40.
* Restart: still 40.
* This is where it gets interesting. My monitor at this location was hooked up via VGA cable, which I didn't think would matter if the other end just dangled off to the side when I plugged in the the HDMI cable to the monitor, but I disconnected it anyway. And then instead of a monitor still in sleep mode, I got a little icon saying HDMI, but nothing else. I jumped for joy as at least there was a change!!
* Then I turned off then on the monitor and got an actual screen!! I was able to even get into BIOS!!

WooHoo!!

The ID-Ten-T part is when I remembered that the other end of the VGA cable wasn't just hanging there, it was attached to an A-B switch so apparently the monitor was still expecting a VGA signal since the A-B switch was still powered on.

Dang...

Thank you for the tips, linnemeyerhere! Now I have the confidence to put it back into the case, which I did.
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06 Feb 2016   #4
TDKMate

Win 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Not sure if there is a work around, but in my testing in the above, I used a clone backup of this computer's 'C' drive. Yes, I bought a fresh, legal copy of Win 7, but I want to test things before I get that far. I booted into Safe mode and had a keyboard but no mouse. I tried other USB ports but no luck. Using the Tab and Arrow keys I got to the Device Manager and Uninstalled all problem devices and USB ports, too. But still no mouse.

Any ideas?
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08 Feb 2016   #5
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Normally the generic mouse drivers are built into windows so you shouldn't be having difficulties. Try unplugging the usb mouse and then plugging it into the upper most usb port on the IO panel and wait as windows locates and loads it's drivers. Also when you have a chance double check in the bios that all your settings regarding your USB are activated. Do you have an old ps2 mouse or a ps2 to usb adapter you could try? Seems like you are so close to just loading the m7's mobo drivers and putting in your new Windows key that you can taste it!
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11 Feb 2016   #6
TDKMate

Win 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
Normally the generic mouse drivers are built into windows so you shouldn't be having difficulties. Try unplugging the usb mouse and then plugging it into the upper most usb port on the IO panel and wait as windows locates and loads it's drivers. Also when you have a chance double check in the bios that all your settings regarding your USB are activated. Do you have an old ps2 mouse or a ps2 to usb adapter you could try? Seems like you are so close to just loading the m7's mobo drivers and putting in your new Windows key that you can taste it!
Yeah, I kind of figured Windows would see a generic mouse. I tried all the rear USB ports, no change and not a hint of Windows searching for drivers. I didn't think of trying the front case ports which are now connected.

I have some time off so I'll get the time to check BIOS (I did figure USB would be on by default but I'll double check).

I'll see if I have a PS2 mouse. I just recently gave Goodwill about 12 mice...hopefully I kept one or two. But now that you mention it, my spare USB keyboard didn't work but the PS2 one does. I guess I thought it was a bad keyboard...

Yep, real anxious to get this thing running. Hopefully with some time off I can get to it.
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14 Feb 2016   #7
TDKMate

Win 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

I finally got a couple of hours to play with it yesterday, and it was no fun.

Before I forget, are there any adapters to take two USB devices (mouse and keyboard) and adapt to One PS2 port at a reasonable price? There are tons of single units out there for a few bucks (and I already have one) but itís a one-to-one adapter. The only two, two USB to one PS2 units I found were for $75 and $125!!! OUCH!

Apparently either the M7 is not compatible during a Win 7 install, or Win 7 is not new enough to provide support for the latest chipsets/controllers. The USB ports simply donít work (more on this below).

Hereís some of what I did:

Tried Win 7 repair: failed on multiple attempts, with or without the fresh copy of Win 7 in the DVD player. It keeps telling me I have some sort of incompatible Ďdeviceí connected.

I tried loading the motherboard drivers but couldnít as I need both a keyboard and mouse: the motherboard has only one PS2, so I canít have both hooked up at one time. And my understanding is that PS2 is Not hot swappable so I didnít want to risk damaging the motherboard to try.

So I tried a fresh OS install. Still no USB support, but at least it was now working good enough that I was able to install the motherboard drivers. After that, then things worked as normal. Oh, except Windows tells me itís not a legit copy: rest assured itís a fresh, brand new legal copy I bought from Newegg when I bought the motherboard and other parts.

And, naturally, I lost all my programs and data, which is exactly what Iím trying to avoid.

So how do I get the motherboard drivers loaded on an existing copy of Windows when I canít have a mouse and keyboard at the same time?

Can I re-clone this drive, boot from the fresh clone, leaving it in this machine with the original drive pulled, then install the drivers? Then move it to the new machine and use the new product code to activate?

Any and all help will be appreciated!!!
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15 Feb 2016   #8
TDKMate

Win 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 
another update

Short version: why canít I get the motherboard drivers loaded?

Long version:

- Reluctant to believe the motherboard or Windows couldnít handle generic mouse, I recloned the drive and started over.
- Booted in Safe Mode: still no USB support.
- Rebooted in Normal mode: no USB support, but after while Windows wanted to reboot as it detected something. I thought finally! After another reboot into Normal mode, no change, but did have the PS2 keyboard plugged in. I removed the Windows password so I could navigate with a PS2 mouse. Shut down again and rebooted with the mouse hooked up.
- I loaded the motherboard CD. It took AutoRun about 3-4 minutes to come up.
- Clicked on the setup program. No dialog window appeared, and had an icon in the Task Bar. After a while I opened Task Manager and it said Setup was running. I gave it 45 minutes and nothing happened (including no HDD light) and no window popped up. Rebooted, no change.
- I used Windows Explorer to Ďmanuallyí run Setup but it still would not do anything. So I tried installing things one at a time, first being the USB drivers. That worked. Got the onboard video drivers to install, too. But got error messages of ďcould not find Ö.Ē on each other driver install attempts.
- In Device Manager there are all kinds of items with an Exclamation mark, saying the drivers are not loaded.

Thatís all I had time for because that all took about 5 hours to do.

Any ideas??
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22 Feb 2016   #9
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

I would reach out to the good people at MSI for suggestions @ 626.271.1004
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22 Feb 2016   #10
TDKMate

Win 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
I would reach out to the good people at MSI for suggestions @ 626.271.1004
OK, thanks linnemeyerhere.
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