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Reboot and Select.. After bios update

  1. #11


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    Saltgrass: I've done the manual selection- as long as the added drive isn't plugged in, it works. O/S independant- even an Ubuntu live key.

    I have my bios set for UEFI/Legacy- since I never installed WIn8 through UEFI (which I should've for the speedup).

    XweaponX: Floppy. ... What is that? J/K! I threw out all my floppy drives years ago. I do have a built in sd reader though that I may try if this keeps up.

    I'm still working on recovering Boss' hard drive- pretty sure it's toast though- I/O trying to even load it into seatools
    I swear I will try the bios recovery today.

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  2. #12


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Download Hiren's Boot CD, burn it, boot to it. Go into Dos Programs and into Hard Drive Tools. Look for ViVard - Use that, try a 'Smart Remap"

    It will remap the drive even if you have hundreds of bad sectors, it will run until it is done, takes about 4 hours.

    You may have to buy a USB floppy, the Dos version of the flasher program can't be run otherwise, and it has to be Drive A or B, which a card will not do. I actually prefer updating BIOS this way, because I don't trust the ones that are on the board, they depend on the BIOS thats in there. Unless there is a BIOS updater that will run in the OS, but not all board makers have those.

    I always keep USB floppy drives around, and I have a supply of fresh floppies, I actually have hundreds of viable programs on Floppy disks, I have to dig in to them constantly.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    I am finalizing my Boss' install right now- still no luck getting a chance to reflash.

    I don't know if you missed it though- I can't boot to _anything_ if the drive is connected- I've tried dvd/cd/usb/osx/winboot. As long as the secondary drive is plugged, I can access nothing. Normally, I'd disconnect it just to run the tools, but it needs to be connected for said tools and I am not terribly comfortable just plugging it in without a hotswap-capable O/S running to catch it.

    I'll try the flash (I have 10.8 on a better key right now) when I get the chance- this weekend just turned out to be my chance to help every person I know instead of myself, is all.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    Reflashed to 10.08 with the drive in. Still not booting.

    Reflashed again, using a different key- BOOTED!

    W00T!

    Thanks for the assist. Marked Solved.

    Solution: Ensure usb key formatted to Fat32, format it again, don't flash bios unless you actually need to, and most of all- with this particular board and multiple hard drives, do not update bios to 10.10.
    Last edited by HardRom; 28 Oct 2013 at 00:08.
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  5. #15


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Excellent! Yah I forgot to mention it has to be on a Fat32 disk. So you had no problem, locating the Flash Drive and doing the BIOS?

    I would keep my eye on the Driver page and see when a new BIOS comes out, also, you should report your problems to who made the motherboard. Usually BIOS updates don't cause problems, but once in a while they do. If it works, don't be in a hurry to "update" it, that applies to OSes, Drivers, even hardware.

    I always read the specs for everything I update, if it doesn't look like it will help me out, I avoid it.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    Sadly, I updated since I was having an issue updating the drivers for the MB- chipset and such.

    They're definitely going to aware of my issue with 10.10.

    Thanks for the assist, it's been... a blast?
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  7. #17


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Hope you find out if it was a bad BIOS file or not. Thanx
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