Cannot Access BIOS

By VAR1016 ·
Hello all.

I have just installed a new SATA hard drive which has registered itself as "slave" Drive E. The drive is Seagate, 160GB SATA II, the original drive is a Samsung 40GB SATA (don't know if it is I or II).

I want the new HD to be drive C and Master - i.e. the boot drive. Using Sagate's Disk Wizard, I have copied over all the files. I have no idea if the disks are running correctly as SATA - I have not knowingly installed any SATA drivers - first because I don't have a floppy available - I do have a USB FDD drive and because despite reading the procedure several times I find it rather confusing and difficult to understand.

Problem is I cannot access the BIOS (Award). I have had this trouble before: press Del and nothing happens, although pressing F12 does give the Boot menu. M/board is Gigabyte M55 plus S3G.

Does anyone have any idea how I can get into the BIOS?



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Keyboards & SATA

by VAR1016 In reply to Before you go any further ...

Thanks very much.

My keyboard is I believe PS/2 - small round plug not USB.

I don't have a disc for the motherboard, but I have downloaded the drivers from the website; I have installed the chipset and audio drivers and the VGA (which I don't need because I have a separate graphics card installed). The fourth driver is called:
motherboard_driver_raid_nvidia-C51_bootdisk_XP. I presume that this contains the SATA stuff you referred to? I can burn it onto a CD of course.

Before I can go further I have to find a floppy disc!

Finally I see I have to use the XP installation disc and press F6. After the drivers are loaded I presume I can abort the installation - that is I do not have to make a fresh install of XP?

Thanks again,


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"Abort the installation"?.

"Finally I see I have to use the XP installation disc and press F6. After the drivers are loaded I presume I can abort the installation".

As long as the drivers are copied from the floppy, you can take the floppy out, if that is what you mean. Do not abort the installation of Windows or you will have to do it ALL over again. :)

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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Install WIndows

by VAR1016 In reply to "Abort the installation"? ...

Ah... the point is that this computer is up and running with XP installed together with other programs.

Are you saying that SATA can only be installed before the OS is installed?

By the way I have SIW installed and under storage devices I see that the interfaces for the hard drives are stated as:


Does this suggest that they are already running in full SATA mode?

Thanks very much,

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Sata is the interface of the drive, it is not the mode..

The mode part is when you do raid. I:E. raid 0 or Raid 1. Raid0 = stripping, of which two drives become one under Windows and some Linux operating systems. Raid1 = Mirror, of which you lose one drive in Windows and other operating systems because it copies (mirrors) the drive that it is attached/paired up with. If you need to do Raid then you will have the option when you boot up, you will see "F4" or F10" to get to the raid part. Anyway a new board and more fiddling around. Sounds like you have the sata drivers on anyway.

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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Dang Duplicate Posts <nt>

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Cannot Access BIOS
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Try the other Del Key

by Jacky Howe In reply to Cannot Access BIOS

if that doesn't work try pressing and holding down a Key as the PC starts up. Ignore the beeps as you will force a keyboard error and then you should be able to press DEL to enter the BIOS.

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If you are trying to use the Arrow Keys on the numerical pad you will have to turn off Numlock. The other Arrow keys should also work.

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Del Keys and Little Arrows

by VAR1016 In reply to Try the other Del Key

Hello again.

I have found that I can get into the Bios by pressing Del, provided I do it absolutely at the beginning, unlike with other computers, where you have at least 20 secs!

I have just tried an experiment: I am now working on the other computer with the same keyboard. I just entered the Bios and there is no problem with the arrow keys, so I presume I have a problem with the BIOS on the Gigabyte board. I have had this for some time ever since I stupidly enabled the RAID thing (now disabled). I have since updated the bios from Gigabyte's @bios site.

Best wishes,

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Update: The Road to Madness

by VAR1016 In reply to Del Keys and Little Arrow ...

I have just fired up the computer with the Gigabyte board, accessed the BIOS and amazingly today, the arrow keys are working perfectly...

I swear that I have done absolutely nothing at all today on this computer that might have changed this.



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Maybe it just wanted a rest. :)

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by VAR1016 In reply to Maybe it just wanted a re ...


I am sure you must be right - there cannot be another explanation - and I am sympathetic: I would like a nice rest too!

Best wishes,

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