My computer sometimes doesn’t want to boot and/or shutdown anymore and gives the warning at boot time in plain text (not graphically): The ME FW of system was found abnormal. It happened last night and because I had this before, I still had a USB stick with firmwares on it from last time, it was quickly recovered. But, I did need to refresh my memory about which version to use. Last time I used the most recent version, and that caused problems. So, hence this blog post.

As a reminder to myself: the emergency firmware E7971IMS.B50 is located on two USB sticks: the one on my key chain and the ‘switch blade’ one on my desk.

Mainboard: MSI H170A PC MATE (MS-7971)