I should have been more patient, but I used flashrom to attempt to install
a bios update from MSI, and it kept looping through the attempt giving an
error message about "unable to erase". I eventually got the pid # with top,
and killed the job. Everything seemed OK, so it was late and I shut the
computer down with the normal Ubuntu shutdown. The next day, it would not
boot. By not boot, the fan & lights came on, I thought I heard hard drives,
but absolutely no video. I messed with it for several days, then ordered a
new motherboard. After installing the new mb, hopefully correctly, I have
the same problem. I can't think of anything left undone. Is it possible a
failed flash can fry the video card? I re-used memory, etc, but the monitor
shows no activity.
When I built this computer in September 2019, the motherboard worked out of
the box, and already had a bios installed. I am assuming the new
motherboard has a bios installed too.
Any help appreciated,