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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I do this occasionally

by Jacky Howe In reply to Update: The Road to Madne ...

turn the keyboard over so that the keys are on the downside. Hold it about 4 inches 100mm above the desk and let it go. Frees up sticky keys and displaces the crap.

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Crap Displacement

by VAR1016 In reply to I do this occasionally

Well, I didn't do this to get it going but I just tried it...

The results were amazing: a surprising quantity of tobacco!


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by Jacky Howe In reply to Crap Displacement

save it up and roll your own.

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You do not want to this too often or you might have people at your door..

Asking for a free Roll up. Either that or start selling it. :)

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

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What Like

by Dumphrey In reply to You do not want to this t ...

"Captain Jacks Ol` Keyboard -- Smooth, Refreshing?"

Hmmm, I have heard of worse ideas, like that coffee that's "processed" by some little rodents in the weasel family.

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"Captain Jacks Ol` Keyboard -- Smooth, Refreshing"

Sounds good to me. lol. :)

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Captain Jack

by VAR1016 In reply to "Captain Jacks Ol` Keyboa ...

Sounds appetising to me too: I now think that perhaps I should design a keyboard/humidor combo; the tobacco looks too dry to roll/sell and such a device might even get me on Gizmodo!


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SATA is the interface of the drive not the mode

by VAR1016 In reply to "Captain Jacks Ol` Keyboa ...

Thanks Peconet.

If I am running in SATA, I wonder how this could be?

After all, a newly-built computer, blank hard drives, new OS.

Where did the SATA drivers come from? I haven't installed them!

Best wishes


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Sometimes the drives them selves have the drivers on them..

When you buy some sata drives these come with drivers already built in, so maybe that is why you did not have to install them separately.
Only when you do a full drive wipe do you need the sata drivers. Just some more info to keep.

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

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Drives with Drivers

by VAR1016 In reply to Sometimes the drives them ...

This is very interesting.

One drive is a Seagate SATA II, brand new that I installed on Saturday; I have partitioned it so I suppose some formatting went on - in fact when I started with Seagate's Disk WIzard it was a big problem - Paragon couldn't partition the drive as it said it was "invalid". Then I tried formatting with the XP disc. This took ages and didn't work either. I assumed the HDD was damaged. Somehow I managed in the end using Paragon, to copy partitions from the other HDD and from then on it was straightforward.

The other drive is a S/H Samsung 40Gb, obviously SATA I. I imagine that the seller formatted the disc before shipping. But from what you say it seems that the SATA drivers remain.

One more question if you don't mind: is there a utility that will definitely confirm that these discs are running correctly with the drivers etc? I am still as you can see, having difficulty with all this!

Thanks again,


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