I submitted a bootup problem:
"When I start up the system it tries to networkboot (4th in the boot up sequence). Using F2 for system utilities shows that the system doesn't think that it has a Primary master drive. Persevering with multiple starts, the system then boots up and works flawlessly until I shut down, pack it away and then bring it out the next time when the problem recurrs. Once running the system correctly identifies the hard drive."
I should have added that using F2 to get system utilies shows the primary master as "none". Highlighting this + "enter" shows that the detect method is set at "auto". Continually rebooting eventually starts windows and the hard drive is correctly identified. If the system is not plugged into the net-work the the Intel Boot Manager error message says to check the cable etc, no system disk found.
I tried the hard disc in another laptop and it booted up with no problem. Annoyingly a different hard disc booted up OK first time in the NEC and, when replaced by the original disc, the system also booted up first time. Later I shut the NEC down, left it for a couple of hours without moving it and tried starting it - same boot error messages as before. It started up after 6 reboots. Once started, the sytem runs flawlessly as long as I keep it switched on.
In searching for I solution I have already updated the BIOS but it has made no difference.
Before I lose all my hair can anyone throw any light on the problem?
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I have had this problem many many times at the Lab over the years, in fact I have even owned a PC that did exactly as you describe! ... What I found out was... SOME hard Drives seem to work OK, others??? It seems to be a "Timing" issue with the Hard Disk Controller..
There is NO FIX as such.. that I have ever found, Sometimes ya can find a brand of Drive that will work with.. ALWAYS.. but for the most part.. it's either put up with it.. OR get a new motherboard/PC. I have torn my hair out more than once as I said..
But essentially it is a Motherboard fault, specifically, the Hard Drive Controller, thats is at fault..
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Try going into safe mode. Press F8 when you start the computer and then select "Safe Mode with networking" you should then be able to run a couple of diagnostic programs or a virus checker. You can even do a system restore from there.
Can you bootup in Safe Mode?
Press F8 when you bootup.
Then select LAST KNOWN GOOD CONFIGURATION. then check the Device Manager to see if the Video driver is OK and enabled. If OK then shut down and bootup again to see if it boots up normally.
If this doesn't work select SAFE MODE instead of Last Known ......
When Windows starts then select a Restore Point prior to the installation of the driver update and when it boots up again with luck it will be OK. The graphic card update maybe causing the problem.
Hi there. Boot the machine into safe mode by restarting the PC, as it boots up hit the F8 key until it giver you a sub menu with safe mode at the top and select that. Hopefully the system will boot into safe mode, if it does you want system restore (if you use Vista a pop up window will appear on the right hand side of the screen, click on system restore, with XP just follow on-screen instructions) All you have to do is select a date to before you performed the updated and restore from there. Please keep us posted!!
I've seen systems that default to booting from the latest installed drive. I suspect that your BIOS has this set. Go into the setup and check. If it has this set, set it to the drive you want to boot to. This will probably keep happening if you like to boot the system without the drive connected unless their is a BIOS update.
when you get into utilities in F2 command, the hard drive should be able to be shown by highlighting the first boot device line and then pressing the up or down key, or the + or -keys or pageup/page down key,to change the selection it will be there it is just not selected.