F8 will not bring up boot menu

I'm loading XP PRO and the computer reboots to the bios screen after loading system files...then repeats the process of format, load files, etc. I can't get it to stop the reboot to bios! help! It's a Tyan S2380 Trinity K7 motherboard.

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Installation will normally reboot several times.

by seanferd In reply to F8 will not bring up boot ...

Did you install any necessary drivers when prompted? Particularly SATA drivers, which XP does ship with?

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I'm having the same problem

The HD is recognized and all the prompts are right but, when the computer resarts as it should during the install it goes directly back to the bios screen asking you to setup the bios or F1 to continue...

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Just a shot in the dark.....

by Darryl~ Moderator In reply to I'm having the same probl ...

When you get prompted with that screen (set up BIOS or F1 to continue)....the only time I've seen that is when something was changed inside (RAM, Video Card, HDD, etc) <b>or</b> when the clock was reset (CMOS battery went dead or was removed)....none of this is the case is it? Did to check the BIOS settings or have you just been pressing F1?

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Both....bios is set to boot from (1)cd (2) HD (3) floppy

I've tried continuing by pressing F1. Thats when the cycle of formatting and loading of files restarts. What I'm doing is replacing an ASUS P4R800-vm with this Trinity, the ASUS went bad. The HD had XP on it previously but I was looking for a fressh, clean instal.

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Okay....regarding the email you sent me.

by Darryl~ Moderator In reply to Both....bios is set to bo ...

From: elong904
Subject: All of the things you asked are true
The motherboard, case, cd, hd,power supply are all new to each other. When the ASUS MB went bad I switched cases and put new DVD and so on in it.


You <u>must</u> delete all current partitions on the would have a totally different chipset because of the different MB...that's where your trouble is coming from.


You're booting with the XP Pro CD....right?

It loads the system files needed to install stops at one point and asks which partition you want to iinstall on. (this is all happening with a "blue" screen & "white" text)

At this point...highlight each partition (one at a time) by using the up/down "D" to delete then "L" to confirm.

After they are all deleted, press "C" to create a partition (whatever size you like) & install XP on that partition....format it NTFS.

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Total. Game. Changer.

by seanferd In reply to Okay....regarding the ema ...

And if we are using an OEM CD which came with the original system, we are looking at FAIL, without possibly doing some very complex stuff.

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In addition to seanferd's questions...

by Darryl~ Moderator In reply to F8 will not bring up boot ...

Have you also deleted <u>ALL</u> partitions then recreated a partition for a fresh install of XP? I've seen times when that's helped solve similar problems.

And like senferd said....try pressing F6 at the beginning of the install when prompted to install external HDD drivers...I've even seen situations where I've had to press F5 & not F6 to do things a little differently...have a look at the following may give you some ideas.

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Nice call.

by seanferd In reply to In addition to seanferd's ...

I've found that particularly useful especially when an install fails on the HAL. Repeatedly.

So, you may actually want to nuke the disk as well with something like DBAN or Killdisk before creating new partition(s) and formatting.

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My problem is when I get to step 14 & 15 of the link you posted

I don't get the splash screen...the system boots back to the bios and starts the whole process again. I've tried F6, F8, F10, F12, Tab, Esc and I can't get the menu up that allows disable restart, lat known good config, etc. Any ideas????

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This is exactly what we are talking about.

by seanferd In reply to My problem is when I get ...

All those keys are relevant only to Windows. As you very well know, you Windows install has failed. hence, those keys will do nothing. You will not ever get disable restart, lat known good config, etc without an installed OS.

The F6 to install drivers may be moot - your machine came out circa 2000, so most drivers should be covered by what ships with XP. If, somehow, the drive is SATA (not IDE/ATA), then you would have to press F6 to install additional drivers <i>when prompted thus in the early stages of installation</i>, only then, and not at any other time.

But, as Darryl~ mentions, it might just be that you need to entirely wipe the drive before attempting to install. This is why I suggest using DBAN or Killdisk on the drive, then partion, format, install. Leftover bits from previous installs (even after formatting!) can really bugger your attempt at a fresh installation.

Until the Windows installation recognizes 1) a hard drive 2) with installation files already copied to this drive, the install will loop as you have experienced.

Is this system known to have functioned properly prior to this attempted install of XP, with all the same hardware, including the hard drive? If not, you may want to run a hard drive test with the vendor's utility (get it from the HDD maker's site) before wiping the drive as suggested and trying to install again.

Find out which hardware shipped with you exact system - there is the distinct possibilty that you do need to install AMD chipset/processor drivers and/or SATA/RAID drivers as <i>XP does not ship with any SATA drivers</i>.

Check all manuals/FAQs etc., at the Tyan site until you know what is exactly required by your particular system.

If you do need to install the drivers, make sure you have them ready in a usable form (unzipped, follow instructions, etc.) on a floppy, CD, or whatever removable media for when XP installation asks you to press F6 (may be different, as Darryl~ mentions) to install any necessary drivers. It doesn't matter if BIOS can see the drive, it matters that Windows can see the drive when it first attempts to take control of the hardware.

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