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Computer doesn't start normally. Hangs everytime.

Hi. My computer doesn't start up normally. when i try to boot it, the first thing that appears is the computer brand. There are multiple options in that screen. When you press the delete key, you can enter the settings, when you press the tab key. you display the bios post message.

when i try both. after 30 seconds. a message appears saying auto detecting pri -slave.

then after that, the computer hangs. Everytime I turn on my computer. It always happens.


Your help will be greatly appreciated!

tnx :)

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  • razon_zean_k May 08, 2009



    @sir jeff


    you said to change the battery.. as I'm not into these stuff ( not techie and all )

    Pls guide me on how to change the battery..

    Step by step tutorial will be greatly appreciated.

    thank you very much sir!!

  • Ryan Oaks May 11, 2010

    Do you have secondary hard drive? Also, have you tried pressing nothing? Have you installed any new hardware recently?

  • Chris Hingee
    Chris Hingee May 11, 2010

    It appears that your C drive (ie hard drive has failed) do it make a clicking noise?

  • Ben Wabnick
    Ben Wabnick May 11, 2010

    Go into the BIOS by pressing F2 and tell me if your hard drive is being detected in there.




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Your going to need a new hard drive put into the system. The one you have now is bad.

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Your battery is dead change the battery the bios is not saving your setting due to battery and popping up to find hard drive again it is using the defaults settings

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