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Failure to boot after bios update

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I think so.


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I think so.

 

Ok, Another question by any chance you did change the port where the Hard Disk is connected?


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No. No changes other than flashing the bios.


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No. No changes other than flashing the bios.

 

Ok, One test set the SATA mode to RAID and force windows to boot normally.


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That should not have worked, it really should not. But it did. Windows has booted up.

 

I am now on my desktop with a window saying I must restart my computer to apply these changes - I suspect this might just be about me having all my peripherals unplugged.

 

Should I save, or just plug everything back in and reboot.

 

More to the point, does this mean the computer was initially set up with a single HD as  a RAID array - I didn't know that was meaningful or possible? I did ask the people who assembled the computer if this was a possible setting, and they said no.

 

Anyway, significant progress, so thanks. But is there more to do?

 

Len


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PS Just looking at my files/drives in explorer - my DVD drive is not showing up.


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Hi,

 

Very good news :yeah:

 

Let the system restart and then plug the rest some times a Bios update can make windows detect changes and it have to adjust itself.

 

It's not RAID because you only have one HDD but this option change something on the Sata controller and Windows doesn't like those changes when already installed.


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USB ports active.

 

Have network and internet access

 

All peripherals attached and apparently OK (not yet tested).

 

Reboot complete, took at little longer than usual as windows configured itself.

 

Only thing missing appears to be the DVD drive - putting a disk in brought it back online though. So everything appears to be working.

 

I am in your debt, SleepyDude.


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Any further tests I should run?

 

I still, of course, have the issue that brought me to this point. I have a new video card which was not being recognised. I wanted to change the Bios video selection from Auto to PEG, but the setting wouldn't stick. If we (you) decide my primary problem is over, do you want to stick with me while I power down, fit the video card and see what happens when I fire up the machine again?

 

Thanks again for all the help already.

 

Len


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That should not have worked, it really should not. But it did. Windows has booted up.

 

Hey Hey! I would have never believed it. Good job SleepyDude!

You owe the forum big time lenbowers. I expect to see you here on the forum passing all this knowledge forward when ever you have the free time. Share those 30 years of experience here on the forum. :spoton:


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Any further tests I should run?

 
Due to the failed starts its good idea to run chkdsk on the system drive.

  • open the Command Prompt as Administrator (Tutorial)
  • type the command:
    chkdsk /f /x C:
    Note: When it ask if you want to checked the volume next time the system restarts answer Yes
  • restart the computer.

I still, of course, have the issue that brought me to this point. I have a new video card which was not being recognised. I wanted to change the Bios video selection from Auto to PEG, but the setting wouldn't stick. If we (you) decide my primary problem is over, do you want to stick with me while I power down, fit the video card and see what happens when I fire up the machine again?

 

It's not mandatory to change from Auto to PEG. What happens when you install the card now?

 

Thanks again for all the help already.

 

No problem.


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Plugged in the card, now it works, instantly recognised. So I was right that the bios did need updating for that reason. But had I known the trouble I would get into .... I think I would just have bought another card instead  :yes:

 

Interestingly the bios update has resolved a number of niggling problems I had before. Windows update was stuck, would not update MSIE (which I don't use much anyway) to 9 or 10, an issue that was not resolved with the windows update repair tool or anything else. As soon as we got the machine going last night, windows update started and installed 88  :headscratch: updates.

 

All seems to be working well. I'll run chkdsk with a scan overnight tonight, but don't expect any problems. I did run it before buying the video card, just to make sure the computer was in a good state of health. Absolutely no problems were discovered at that stage.

 

Thanks to all those here on the forum who helped me resolve this, or who looked on encouragingly.

 

Computers. Don't you just love them.  :smashcomp:

 

Len


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Plugged in the card, now it works, instantly recognised. So I was right that the bios did need updating for that reason. But had I known the trouble I would get into .... I think I would just have bought another card instead  :yes:
 
Interestingly the bios update has resolved a number of niggling problems I had before. Windows update was stuck, would not update MSIE (which I don't use much anyway) to 9 or 10, an issue that was not resolved with the windows update repair tool or anything else. As soon as we got the machine going last night, windows update started and installed 88  :headscratch: updates.

 
Good. :)
 

All seems to be working well. I'll run chkdsk with a scan overnight tonight, but don't expect any problems. I did run it before buying the video card, just to make sure the computer was in a good state of health. Absolutely no problems were discovered at that stage.


chkdsk will not take long. It's not a full disk scan /F it's only a File System check.
 

Computers. Don't you just love them.  :smashcomp:

Yhe but it's good to keep my job :lol:
 


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