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Unable to use F6to load raid controllers

I am not an expert but am comp literate to a degree. The computer will boot sometimes with or without the XP disc. The shop I had build the system has went out of business (of course). I am using a SATA hard drive that has the XP OS on it. I also tried to update the bios using the ASUS update tool, but it states that the bios version doesn't match the information or something like that. Please help, I am pulling my hair out and the wife is holding a gun to my head. (Not sure if that is caused by the computer though) haha.

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  • nwflcpl2k Mar 05, 2008

    I just got this. I am able to chat now live if you would like.

  • nwflcpl2k Mar 05, 2008

    I don't have a floppy drive. Downloaded flash tool and updated bios from ASUS and burned them to cd seperately. The last guy that I was chatting with, went on a smoke break about 30 mins ago. He said I had to do it from windows because of the kind of board it is. Help please.

  • nwflcpl2k Mar 05, 2008

    I can get to bios update. don't see my bios version shown anywhere though. I burned 2 CD's, one with bin file of new BIOS only and the other with only the flash file itself.

  • nwflcpl2k Mar 05, 2008

    I will try that. Did I get crewed by the other guy? It said 19.95 for assisitance till issue resolved. He said he was going for smoke break and never came back.

  • nwflcpl2k Mar 05, 2008

    It said loading freedos kernel yadayada, gave me choice of media center or XP pro. Chose media center. Then gave choice of safe mode, safe mode with prompt and so on. Also start normally. Chose normally and it rebooted back to same. will try safe mode now.

  • nwflcpl2k Mar 05, 2008

    Actually I chose last known good configuration, but it rebooted. Said loading FreeDOS Fat Kernel...Press any key to boot from cdrom....did that. Ended up with bad or missing command interpreter: 2 - /P /E:256 and now I have a flashing dos prompt.

  • nwflcpl2k Mar 05, 2008

    I'm back. Are you there? I just want to resolve this issue and move on. If you could help it would be great. I'll go premium if you have the time and think you can get me through this. Maybe I just got a bad seed last night. I am no further along than I was last night.

  • nwflcpl2k Mar 05, 2008

    I am in Pensacola, Florida, USA. IF I can get to a dos prompt I will try that. I haven't seen a Dos prompt the pass few times. What is Yabadeyaba?

  • nwflcpl2k Mar 05, 2008

    I have tried booting from the CD a few times. I have changed the boot order a few times. Tried a few different configurations. I changed the battery on the mobo just in case. When I boot from the cd rom, the computer goes through setting up windows (a blank blue screen that says 'setting up windows' in the top left and a gray bar across the bottom of the screen showing the files it is loading). Then it says that it doesn't recognize any hard drives installed. I swapped out for another hard drive and got the same result. I will try selecting XP only this times instead of Media Center and see what happens.

  • nwflcpl2k Mar 05, 2008

    I hit F8 during the splash screen for ASUS during POST after I changed the boot priority back to cd rom. F8 brought me to a boot menu screen. It gives me a choice of a scsi-0: 05:05-0 SiI JBOD as a Hard Disk option and 1st Master: HP DVD Writer 640. Previously I only had the DVD option. Now this screen is not in the BIOS setup utility but is by itself with no other options. I believe there is a problem with the BIOS and/or the SATA/ Raid controllers. But I have been unsuccessful with using the setup cd that came with my ASUS K8N4E-Deluxe mobo. I now the SATA is enabled.

  • nwflcpl2k Mar 05, 2008

    I try and hit F6 during reboot to install SATA/ RAID controllers as it ask, but it doesn't allow me to do anything. The computer just keeps booting as if I never hit F6.

  • nwflcpl2k Mar 05, 2008

    I mistakingly hit F5 while trying to hit F6 and now I have a menu that states 'setup could not determine the type of computer I have. It gives me the option to select either- standard PC with C-step i486 or other.'

  • nwflcpl2k Mar 05, 2008

    I have been trying off and on for a few months to get this unit fixed for the wife. I had a local computer shop build the system and now they are out of business, of course. I tried the premium service last night and a guy started to help, but then exactly at 1 hour into it, he stated that he needed a smoke break and never returned. I have never seen the screen I have up now and not sure what to select. It says if I select other to have the support disc from the manufacturer ready. I have a Windows XP and ASUS disc.

  • nwflcpl2k Mar 06, 2008

    I'm on now. Thanx

  • nwflcpl2k Mar 06, 2008

    Yes, I can get into the Bios Setup Utility Screen.

  • Anonymous Aug 28, 2008

    CMOS PROBLEM



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Hi,
Did you actually attempt a bios Flash, that failed ?
Have you also made sure that the device is set to recognised by the system bios ?

Mike @ Compurepair.

Posted @ 23.35 PM ( G.M.T )

Posted on Mar 04, 2008

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  • Mike Waldron Mar 05, 2008

    Hi,

    did you attempt to flash the bios with an update ?

    If so did it fail ?

    Mike.

  • Mike Waldron Mar 05, 2008

    Hi,

    So the computers dead, will not boot at all even to the bios screen ?

    The majority of boards will accept flashing from a floppy drive, but if your flash was the wrong one, or corrupt this may be an unusable board.

    I,m going to try to find you a bios update.

    You,ll then have to create a bios Boot CD, which comprises several files.

    Mike @ compurepair.

  • Mike Waldron Mar 05, 2008

    Hi,

    Looking at asus site,

    This is a crash-free Bios.

    You need to insert the motherboard Support Cd, And reboot the computer.

    According to them, this will reinstall all your drivers, and return the system to it,s default.

    If you have the motherboard support CD, And a working DVD Drive you should be able to recover It.

    Mike @ compurepair.


  • Mike Waldron Mar 05, 2008

    Ah,

    Thats where your problem is.

    It,s not just the matter of burning files onto a disk, you have to create a Bios Boot Disk.

    This can comprise of 3 or 4 files The actual bios.Bin file A phlash.exe And others depending.

    you may be lucky, as i stated in the last post.

    You have a crash-free bios.

    Talk about Lucky.

    Mike @ compurepair.

  • Mike Waldron Mar 05, 2008

    ASUS AI BIOS
    CrashFree BIOS2
    Whenever BIOS gets corrupted, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2 allows users to reboot the computer and perform an smart auto-recovery procedure through the motherboard support CD.

  • Mike Waldron Mar 05, 2008

    Hi,

    no problem, i was,nt aware this was a premium solution.

    Let me know when you back on later, if you can,t get help, i,ll talk you through.

    Mike @ Compurepair.

  • Mike Waldron Mar 05, 2008

    Hi Buddy,

    I,m here for about 15-20 Minutes.

    If you can boot Into The Bios Screen Usually F2.

    Change the first boot drive To Read The CD Rom.

    Put Windows CD in The Drive and re-install windows over your existing System.

    You should be able to do the restoration CD too, if you get a prompt boot into safe mode, once you can get to windows, you should be able to repair the faults.

    I,m here for 10-15 minutes, try these solutions and tell me what you Have.

    Mike @ compurepair.

  • Mike Waldron Mar 05, 2008

    Hi,

    I,m not sure where you Are UK-U.S.A et,c.

    But i have to go out shortly. If you follow the steps to get back to Yabadeyaba when prompted with a dos prompt. Type D:/ setup.exe if thats where your CD Drive is. With windows Cd in the drive this will start the Windows installation, if it does you,ll be asked To format the drive ( N ) No.

    keep existing file system intact ( Yes to this )

    This will re-install windows leaving your existing file system intact, replacing faulty-corrupt-missing files.

    Alternatively, where you got the option to boot to XP Or Media Player Boot To XP. this will also help restore your operating system.

    Hope this Helps Mike @ Compurepair.

  • Mike Waldron Mar 05, 2008

    Hi,

    You mentioned it a few posts yabayada i think it was ?

    The main thing is to try to get the restoration disk to do it,s job.

    If you get into Bios setup, Ensure that You have SATA drives configured, usually at the bottom of page 1 or 2,they differ from manufacturer. i.e Pheonix-AMI et,c.

    Mike @ compurepair.

  • Mike Waldron Mar 05, 2008

    Go for it,

    trial and error.

    Ensure SATA is selected in the bios F2 to enter setup.



    Mike @ Compurepair.

  • Mike Waldron Mar 05, 2008

    I think you,ve just gotta keep at it, My only other Idea is that you may have a faulty SATA Drive, have you checked The DATA And Power leads from Motherboard to Drive ?

    Also if you have another IDE Drive Or Rxternal Hard-Disk you Could Try That.

    I,ve gotta go Buddy, My missus will Skin Me alive.

    Also if you have the side case off, see if you can feel any movement from the SATA Drive, by putting your hand on top.

    You can usually feel a hum.



    If you can,t resolve This, Go premium For $19.99 people will be queing up to help you solve It.



    I,d try yourself for a while Though, good for experience.



    Mike @ Compurepair.

  • Mike Waldron Mar 06, 2008

    Hi,

    I was,nt aware that you,d paid for premium assistance, usually experts are falling over themselves to get a solve, as they get a small percentage of the Earnings.

    If you had a guy on live, and he did,nt get a result for you.

    I,d e-mail fixya. And ask what happened to your premium Assistance. in the meantime, if i can catch you online, i,ll try and get you sorted out with this.



    mike @ compurepair.


  • Mike Waldron Mar 06, 2008

    Hey Buddy,

    i,m back on, lets see if we can,t sort this Problem Out.

    I remember My First SATA Hard-drive was a pain in the Butt, to setup.

    It,s getting it configured in the Bios.

    Ok,

    Can we actually Get into the Bios Screen with F2 ?

    Mike.

  • Mike Waldron Mar 06, 2008

    Hi,

    Okay thats a great Start, we might be able to get this to Work.

    do you have a page in the bios that gives you Drive Information ?

    should have CD-DVD Hard-drive SATA et,c.

    Mike.

  • Mike Waldron Mar 06, 2008

    If you Have A SATA drive connected, it should be recognised in the bios setup. if you click or double click on the icon or drive name, it will give you more info.

    The Other Thing to Try, Is to Find The Pages To save And Exit To CMOS. And Select F9 Or F7 whichever applies.

    Restore Setup Or Optimized Defaults. Y For Yes.

    Save And Exit Y for Yes.

    Mike.

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