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MSI April Fools joke launches early and angers users.

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#1 Boeing 787

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 01:08

The MSI-forum and MSI-support team are fed-up with explaining you what can be found in the manual.
I mean, come on, how hard is it to read a manual?

They are printed on paper so you see them.

We have been talking to MSI for a couple of years and came up with a solution.
It has been implemented on a few boards for some time and with big success.
It had various names, like CoreCenter (1st gathering tool) upto DrMOS (fully automatic)

Some of you noticed because Windows wanted you to install a driver, but you couldn't find the manufacturer.
On AMD systems this was called the Away-driver.

What you didn't know is this, this driver activates the RTFM-chip. (Re-Turn inFormation to Manufacturer chip)
It means it can detect if you read a manual as well stores the parameters you have set in the BIOS.
As soon as you start Windows we are informed about your settings and manual readings.

As we have been monitoring peoples behavior for some time and combined those with the RMA information from returned boards.
At the same time monitoring questions on the forum and matched the IP's.
We have made a discovery.

A lot of RMA is unneeded and unwanted, many happens due to user mistakes, numbers show that 90% of the RMA is OC people killing boards and
newbies connecting the wrong connectors or insert parts that should not be inserted.
Or simply forget to remove standoffs or CPU-power.
MSI plans on tackles those numbers, and the RTFM-chip will give a readout of what you have done when it did post or attempted to post!

Checking on you isn't new, Homeland-security done this ever you installed XP-SP3 or above, but their info in encrypted so useless to MSI.
So MSI decided to ban people from support, RMA and the forum who has done the damage themselves or didn't read the manual the first of next month.
We know who you are, and we have gathered enough information via our RTFM-chip.

The only question is, should MSI continue to do this? As some information is real bad.
Will this hurt your relation towards MSI products?

Please let us know, as we have to talk to MSI management the first of next month and make them decide what to do with the information.

Second email:

Hi there,

We are sorry people took this for prank for serious.

Nobody seem to have wondered what RTFM really means.
If you put the term in Google, you will find it is telling you to read the manual.

Just think, how would a chip check if you read manuals?
We thought of this prank after answering the many posts where people ask the obvious that is already in the manual.

But we learned a valuable lesson, no more April-fools jokes from the forum, a 10 year old thing just died.

Sorry that you took it for real and got mad.

PS: RTFM = Read The F***ing Manual

#2 Tech Star

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 01:11


People get their panties in a bundle for no reason. :rofl:

I love jokes, but if they did this on April 1st it would not be as funny, so that's why it's funny now.

#3 Tekkerson


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Posted 27 March 2010 - 01:19

This gave me a good laugh! :D

#4 vetColin-uk


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Posted 27 March 2010 - 01:57

the apology is funnier than the actual gag, i love it, LOL.

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 02:04

If you didn't read the manual and asked a silly question, you did have it coming in the end... Posted Image

#6 Andrew Lyle

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 05:39

What a bad April fools joke... I laughed at the apology email

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 14:40

I found the apology email much more entertaining than the original joke. :laugh:

#8 carmatic


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Posted 27 March 2010 - 14:51

Just think, how would a chip check if you read manuals?

its a conspiracy, i say! a CONSPIRACY! they know how to do it, they know something we dont!

#9 tiagosilva29


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Posted 27 March 2010 - 16:22

Serious Business.

#10 C_Guy


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Posted 27 March 2010 - 16:29

The joke and apology are both hilarious. People need to relax and get a sense of humor! :p

#11 vetSkyyPunk


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Posted 27 March 2010 - 16:41

Hah! I got that email yesterday...and at first was confused since it didn't make much sense...then figured they must have accidentally sent out the april fools joke early....guess they planned to :p

#12 tiagosilva29


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Posted 27 March 2010 - 17:06

The joke and apology are both hilarious. People need to relax and get a sense of humor! :p

As I said before, serious business. Some don't seem to understand what it means.

#13 NightSt@lk3r



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Posted 27 March 2010 - 17:09

So basicly what they are trying to say is, Read The ****ing Manual n00bs.

#14 ViZioN


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Posted 27 March 2010 - 17:46

That's pretty hilarious :laugh:

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 01:45

Wonderful. :D