My computer will not boot past the bios with my SATA HDD. All I get is a blank screen with a blinking cursor. I know all my parts work, because I put my HDD into another computer and it booted. I tried putting an IDE HDD into my computer and it booted, but it isn't mine. Also, when I try to use the Windows XP disk to reinstall, it checks the system's configurations, then goes blank. Can you help me?
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you are pretty much right it may be a corrupt bios, however before we come to a conclusion try isolating both Seagate Barracuda 7200 rpm 80gig ide hard drive and optical drive only and then see if it at least goes past the bios screen, if yes then the bios is ok and just needs to be resetted to defaults. dont expect it to load windows even if it goes past bios check as hard disk which helps to boot to windows would be removed. also in case if you are using 2 ram slots try connecting only 1 ram chip in 1 slot and then see if it goes past the bios test screen. do reply with results. Good luck.
Make sure the DVD is plugged into the left most SATA connector on the motherboard. ( I-SATA0 )
Make sure SATA1 is set to "Compatability" in the BIOS.
Do not use "Enhanced" for SATA1.
Make sure the Primary IDE setting is CD/DVD in the BIOS.
Do not use "Auto"
On the USB problem, Make sure Legacy USB is disabled in the BIOS.
WARNING! The default is, Legacy USB " Enabled".
SHUT DOWN COMPUTER AND CLEAR CMOS BY RESETTING JUMPER ON MOTHERBOARD AND THEN RETURN JUMPER TO NORMAL POSITION OR USE RESET BUTTON. UNPLUG ALL HDD SATA CONNECTORS FROM HDD. BOOT COMPUTER TO BIOS. MAKE SURE ENABLE ALL SATA IS ENABLED, PRESS F10 AND EXIT.YOU WANT TO SHUT DOWN AGAIN. NOW REATTACH SATA HDD AND CONNECTORS AND BOOT TO BIOS AGAIN. NOW HIT F10 AND LET COMPUTER RESTART AND LOAD INTO THE OS. LOGON AND CHECK DEVICE MANAGER..SHOULD BE THERE. IF NOT CHECK MOTHER BOARD WEB SITE FOR BIOS UPDATE. IF BIOS UPDATE DOESN'T DO THE TRICK, SHUT DOWN AND DISCONNECT THE IDE DRIVE, UNLESS IT CONTAINS YOUR OS. TRY BOOTING TO BIOS AND CHANGE ORDER OF 1ST BOOT OPTIONS, HIT F10 AND EXIT AND ALLOW COMPUTER TO BOOT TO OS, THEN LOGON, GO TO DEVICE MANAGER AND REMOVE IDE AND RESTART, ONLY IF THIS HDD DOES NOT CONTAIN OS. YOU SHOULD BE FINE AFTER THIS, OR INSTALL YOUR OS ON THE SATA HDD.
I would flash the BIOS, sounds like something is corrupted, if that doesn't work then the blame has to be the HDD, you need to try booting with a different one, maybe a PATA too see if your problem goes away or changes. Any PATA will do, this is only a test. http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en-us/mb/bios.php?S_ID=348
Another SATA would even be better. Good luck.
ok reboot you computer and press delete when your bios boot screen appear then go on your hdd-ide-sata screen and look your sata configuration and set it on sata-enhanced or compatible this is becose you are running on windows xp. bye and good look
Try to check connections to hard drive...If OK..then check boot device priority in BIOS and change 1st boot device as Hard drive..Then If not worked then chnage 1st boot device as cd rom and boot from a bootable CD and installl OS..
You must enter setup at boot and select the CD/DVD as first boot. Then ensure that the BIOS settings have SATA enabled. When CD/DVD is first boot watch the screen for 'press any key to boot from cd' message is displayed. The boot screen will say how to enter setup. Typical buttons are F2, Delete, F1, F10 -you did not say which manufacturer. OEM trumps mobo maker with BIOS setup.
the system is looking for a certain file or a command prompt.
1:) try re-installing your operating system, this will overwrite any corrupt or deleted files. ** backup important data first**
Although you should get the option to:- leave existing file system intact.
2:) if this is a recent problem, you could restore the computer ( windows XP ) to an earlier date. before the problem occured.
3:) enter the bios to ensure the computer is booting from HDD first.
Hope this helps.