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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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That is exactly what I was trying to say....

by Darryl~ Moderator In reply to This is exactly what we a ...

You are just much better at explaining it than I am :)

PurpleSkys had an old computer about the same age....every time I had to reinstall XP, I always had to delete the partitions & recreate them or else I would have all kinds of weird things happeniing....Blue Screens...reboot loops....it was very frustrating until I figured it out.

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I know.

by seanferd In reply to That is exactly what I wa ...

I thought that maybe being entirely long-winded and explicit might help.

But the fact that all the hardware has been replaced it a total game-changer! No point in even considering the original system!

I'm on a headdesk safari now.

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Maybe something me & seanferd aren't understanding

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

Are you reinstalling XP or are you just trying to boot the computer?

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OK I can not find this M'Board listed on the Tyan Site

by OH Smeg In reply to F8 will not bring up boot ...

Which just means that it's not one of the new ones and has a few years on it.

If this came from a working system I would say replace the BIOS Battery and then enter the BIOS and set the Date & Time then set the System to Performance Defaults and set the Boot Order. Remember to save the changes as you exit the BIOS and try again to load the system.

If this came as a replacement M'Board make sure that you have the right family of CPU on it and that the BIOS Clear Jumper isn't set to Clear. If it is set to clear it saves the BIOS Battery but doesn't save any changes that you make to the BIOS so what you are describing will happen every time that you try to load the system.

You also have to check that the HDD is correctly identified as well as the installed RAM and CPU. If any of this is incorrect you need to reset the BIOS to get this right before attempting to install the OS.

Also after the system gets to the first reboot after formatting the HDD and copying files you can try removing the Install Disc and see if that makes any difference when the system reboots. Most times you do not need the Install Disc in the Optical Drive to install the OS but if you are prompted for it you can always refit it to the drive to allow the install to complete.

You could also set the HDD in the BIOS to Manual and set the Drive Parameters as some times Auto doesn't work well.

Also if this is a SATA Drive it should be connected to the 0 or 1 SATA Socket on the M'Board or the M'Board will not recognize it as a Boot Drive just a HDD that it can not access directly to boot from.

If it is a IDE Drive it should be set to Master and connected tot he Primary or number 1 IDE Socket on the M'Board not the Secondary IDE Socket and it should not be set to Slave on any IDS Channel.

Lets know if that was of any help.

Col

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Thanks for coming to the "dark side" Col...LOL

by Darryl~ Moderator In reply to OK I can not find this M' ...

It works much better when everyone is working on the "same" question.

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Well Darryl

by OH Smeg In reply to Thanks for coming to the ...

I actually thought that you guys had this pretty well covered and I didn't need to respond.

Col

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