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Bios doesn't hand off to correct HDD

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  • Started 4 years ago by rebell1952
  • Latest reply from G41M
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When I first turn on my desktop after a full shut down it goes through the POST and the startup screen, but then the cursor drops about 4 lines and just blinks at me. No error message, just the blinking cursor. If I shut down and restart I get the same thing, however, if from the hang I Ctrl+Alt+Del or press the reset button it restarts, goes through POST and the startup screen and right into Windows, necessitating that I hit the reset button each and every time it starts from full shut down.

I have 3 HDDs (1 Hitachi internal sata [with 2 partitions - Windows 7 and Common Folders], 1 Seagate pata for iTunes, an external Seagate USB drive) and 1 sata Blu-ray/DVD rewriter. I have them connected as SATA1 - Optical drive, SATA2 Primary HDD (the Windows partition is set as Primary and Active and the Common Folders partition is set as Logical) and the pata is connected by an IDE cable and is set as Logical {I had the PATA HDD connected with a PATA to SATA converter as SATA3, but the phenominon is identical} and the USB drive is set as Primary (only setting option I have for it) and Inactive. In BIOS all drives are listed and in the Boot Sequence I have them set as 1st Boot Device - Optical drive, 2nd Boot Device - Hitachi HDD, 3rd Boot Device - Disabled, 4th Boot Device - Disabled and I have Boot From Other Device set as Enabled. [Sometimes the Boot Sequence resets all by itself and sets the Boot Order as, Seagate iTunes HDD, Hitachi HDD, Optical drive and Seagate external drive {prior to installing the iTunes HDD the Boot Order would be reset as Seagate external drive, Optical drive and Hitachi drive with the Boot From Other Device set as Enabled}, however whenever this happens and I start or restart the machine I always get an error message].

If I start the machine and hit F11 it goes to the Boot Menu which lists the drives as 1. Seagate iTunes HDD 2. Optical drive 3. Hitachi HDD 4. Seagate external drive [prior to installing the iTunes HDD the Boot Menu was 1. Seagate external drive 2. Optical drive 3. Hitachi HDD] regardless of how they are listed in the Boot Sequence in BIOS.

Any thoughts on why the BIOS insists on handing off to a drive that is not set as Primary or Active?

My System:

Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 245 Processor, 2900 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date: American Megatrends Inc. V1.15, 3/4/2011 (latest version)
OS Name: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
System Manufacturer: MSI CO.,LTD Model: MS-7599
Boot Device: \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Total Physical Memory: 8.00 GB

Windows Boot Manager
identifier {9dea862c-5cdd-4e70-acc1-f32b344d4795}
device partition=C:
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {7ea2e1ac-2e61-4728-aaa3-896d9d0a9f0e}
default {5fc11d18-5219-11e2-8cc8-c89f5e50f0e7}
resumeobject {5fc11d17-5219-11e2-8cc8-c89f5e50f0e7}
displayorder {5fc11d18-5219-11e2-8cc8-c89f5e50f0e7}
toolsdisplayorder {b2721d73-1db4-4c62-bf78-c548a880142d}
timeout 30

Windows Boot Loader
identifier {5fc11d18-5219-11e2-8cc8-c89f5e50f0e7}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows 7
locale en-US
inherit {6efb52bf-1766-41db-a6b3-0ee5eff72bd7}
recoverysequence {5fc11d19-5219-11e2-8cc8-c89f5e50f0e7}
recoveryenabled Yes
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {5fc11d17-5219-11e2-8cc8-c89f5e50f0e7}
nx OptIn

Posted 4 years ago
Posts: 902

Not sure what you mean by "why the BIOS insists on handing off to a drive that is not set as Primary or Active", but on booting the OS, the bios will act according to the boot order - 1st/2nd/3rd , etc.boot device configuration and if you have several hdds, bootable media search depends on how "hard disk boot priority" is configured (not sure if this option is present in your bios setup). Just making sure, did you save the settings before exiting the bios setup?

Posted 4 years ago

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