I just tried to do all the things you told me, and none of it worked. I can't get to the right screen by hitting F12, I couldn't find my serial numbers for the Olympus by using the AIDA or Belarc Adviser, and the two times I tried diagnostics on Dell, I got a message saying that type of thing couldn't run on my computer, and I had to quit. So now I am stumped all all three things.
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Re: Me and my BIOS and drivers and all that
You were looking for the serial number for the DSS player pro weren't you ? The Olympus should have the serial number on the recorder itself. I was hoping the program could help you recover your serial number, it does not work in all instances. Hopefully you registered it with Olympus and a phone call should be all it takes to get the number again. I will be more than happy to connect with you and try to help you discover the reason that your onboard usb ports are not working. However, it may be easier on you to just take it to a technician in your area. Let me know what you would like to do.
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Go to HP's website and download the procedure from their website. You can try this also. Turn the PC on. As soon as you see anything on the screen start pressing the F1 key. That should take you into the BIOS. If F1 doesn't work, try the F12 key or the Delete key the same way.
this sounds like a BIOS update needed, I have a jetway motherboard that did the exact same thing and after visiting the manufacturers website and obtaining a BIOS Update my PC is now as fast booting up as it is when it fully loaded. Visit the dell website if you haven't already and go to the download and drivers section enter your service tag scroll down find the BIOS part in the drivers section, Then follow the on-screen prompts carefully read how to install it write it down if necessary then update your BIOS and within a very short time you should be booting up at light speed instead of turtle speed. Hope this helps.
most likely, RAID is disabled. Restart the computer, tap F2 as soon as the computer starts until it takes you to the BIOS screen. Look on the Drives section and verify if your SATA or SATA OPERATIONS are set to RAID ON. Save the changes.
Afterwards, restart the computer and see if it works. Note, when it displays the Dell Splash screen, you may try to hit CTRL + i or CTRL + N to enter the RAID BIOS.
If none works, you can also visit http://support.dell.com and go to the Drivers and Downloads page. Enter your Service Tag or select your system model. Then check for an available update that you can download and install for the BIOS and Chipset of your computer.
If yo are sure that you have a working operating system on your hard disk , and this error started after you (probably) defaulted the Bios settings or something else did ....Than I think the lack of sata raid driver makes the reading of your hard disk impossible ..To fix this ..either try to reinstall the operation system and during it ..choose to add a 3rd party driver (look for raid driver on your motherboard cd ..or on the manufacturer's support site ) ..or ..just get into Bios again ..look for the HDD in the advanced options ..and select the hdd 0 ..and eliminate the achi feature ..and replace it with sata as ide ..or compatible ..and save settings with F10 and restart ..It will make the hdd visible ..and support installation if it has non ...or just boot up ..but will work as IDE and not raid ..
Does the board have onboard graphics? If it does you will have to dissable it in the bios. Try updating the the driver, goto my computer and right click, enter properties, goto device driver, click on the "+" next to video adapters and right click choose update driver and the the internet option, it takes a few minutes so be patient, also if you see any exclamation marks in the device manager tree do the same thing with them. pls post back your findings.
You may need to update/reinstall the drivers for your keyboard/mouse. If you able to get online, that would be faster. If not, use a) your restore disk, b) Press update drives in the Control Panel>Keyboard/Mouse.
For the BIOS try F1 usually for IBM. For the safe mode the key is F8 tap it a couple of tyme quickly after the BIOS screen.
If i understood correctly you changed the display resolution and now you can't see on your screen. If this is right when you will tap the F8 button, in the menu you will see an option saying: VGA mode witch will start windows in 640x480. You will be able to see something then.
I think this is more of a problem on your computer instead of the monitor, ofcourse you could try another monitor and see if the same happens. I suspect your computer goes into standby or hibernation on its own, and it does work fine if you reset the computer right?
if you go into power management again, disable or turn off hibernation completely, its on one of the pages.
Make sure its not set to standby, and also disable your screen saver.
Right click on desktop - properties - then screensaver. turn it to none.
Also you could look into the computer bios and make sure its not set to standby or hibernation from there. thats unlikely but you could check.
how to get into bios.. depends on the computer, right when you turn it on, on one of the corners of the screen you will get a message, press button to enter setup or bios. press that to enter bios when its presented.