K7vm3 bios hangs on start with pexagon storeit drive in USB
This computer has a k7vm3 mother board that was put in as a replacement several years ago, and has an upgrade version of XP Professional SP3. It had BIOS version 1.3 on it and has been updated to 1.5. Before the update, when a Pexagon Store-It Colors 160 gb drive 2.5" HDD on a USB port is plugged in, the system hangs on start up, apparantly before the sequence where would detect a floppy or CD rom to boot from. I have tried it both ways with the boot up sequence set to detect other sources either off or on in the BIOS settings. It still hangs after updating everything possible, including reinstalling the drivers for the USB ports. Pexagontech has been NO help on solving this issue. This same drive worked just fine on another computer running XP Home edition.
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1.If your drive is a usb and the BIOS on the mother board will accommodate the drive all you have to do is connect the 2.0 USB drive to the the 2.0 USB ports and the drive should be seen in "my computer" / "computer" (if Windows 7) window> unless the drive is to big to be seen by the PC's mother board and is not compatible.
Ok, you've got your work cut out for you here. Several ways to approach this problem. 1st. Reset the existing bios, simply remove all power from the system then simply remove the bios battery located on the physical mother board. Be careful not to touch any connectors or circuits as you can easily "fry" the mother board with static discharge. Once battery is out wait about 30 seconds then replace the battery ( watch the polarity and make sure to put it back in the way it came out and dont bend/break the contacts), and this should put the motherboard back to its factory settings. There is a bios reset built into the mother board and unless you know where it is and how to use it you'd be safer just to remove the battery. 2nd. Completely erase the hard drive using a military grade eraser program (similar to DiscWasher brand). Don't waste your time using the format that comes with Windows to do this the 1st time as it does not clear files in the parameters (hidden part of Hard Drive). A military grade eraser will take some time to run like maybe 1 to 2 days pending on how large your drive/s are. You could opt for a quick wipe of drive using 1's and 0's which would only take about 2 hrs pending on drive size. Windows will format the drive which it must do, so let it run its course as Windows will see the drive as being new and will reset the parameters as new at this time. If this works then there you go Windows should install now. (don't have a HDD wipe program? I can send you a copy of mine if you need it) You will need a cd burner and blank cd to make a copy of the program. I can send you to get the program and you will need to make a disc to run it from as it will not run from a flash drive or floppy If still not installing: Check/replace your bios battery (about $3.00) these batteries are only good for about 3 years but can die after a few weeks, some batteries have lasted 10+ years pending many variables. I believe the batery should read 1.5 volts dc on a volt meter but no less than 0.9 volts dc. If battery was not problem and you still can't install Windows 7, well now this is gonna be aggravating as heck... You will need to roll back your bios as this mother board was not designed to run anything over XP sp2 but works at its best with Windows 2000 pro. This is very time consuming so if you need the info on rolling back the bios let me know and I'll post it. Let us know how it goes and Good Luck!
When you first turn your computer on, during the first few seconds the screen should give you information about what is happening, AND it should tell you to press the delete key in order to get to the bios settings. Do that (press the key several times to make sure you get there). Once you get to the bios settings find the ones that control the boot disc (usually you will see 1st boot and 2nd boot, and each will allow several possibilities, including floppy boot, if you have one, as well as cd or dvd boot, etc.) Make sure your hard disk is selected as your first boot choice, then save the selection and reboot.
I think this will work for you.