1. Computer problem? Tech Support Guy is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations. Click here to join today! If you're new to Tech Support Guy, we highly recommend that you visit our Guide for New Members.

ACHI/Realtek BIOS Problems

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Moderate, Dec 26, 2010.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Moderate

    Moderate Thread Starter

    Dec 26, 2010
    Hey guys, first post. I've been having a a lot of computer problems the past 3 weeks and it's really gotten old. 3 weeks ago, after coming home from vacation, I plugged in my desktop and it wouldn't turn on. It had a light on the back of the case and a light on the motherboard, but that was it. I took it to the tech department at my high school and we tested the psu with a multimeter and found that it had power and then went on to test virtually every other component and decided that it was the motherboard. I ordered a new one-the exact same model I'd had-and it still wouldn't turn on. We grabbed an old power supply and all of a sudden we had take off. However, the hard drive started making that clicking noise that is rapidly followed by death and, low and behold, it won't go past the dual boot screen. So I grabbed an old hd with xp on it and tried to boot into it. It made it to the first screen but froze. I grabbed a Linux cd and tried to replace xp but every time I turn on the computer I get this error message "AHCI BIOS not installed!" and it boots straight to the hd even when I change the boot order to load Linux. When I unplug the hard drive, I still get the error message, but the cd loads fine. I have a Dell Inspiron 518, nVidia 9600 gt, 2 gb ddr2 Ram, 350 watt power supply (the fresh one; the old one was 300w) 250gb hd dual booted windows 7 and vista. As a side note, when the computer would still boot a month ago, for whatever reason, I had to let my computer boot to a cd and then exit before it'd boot to windows 7. Vista booted fine. I don't think it's related but you never know. Thanks in advance.
As Seen On
As Seen On...

Welcome to Tech Support Guy!

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Join our site today to ask your question. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations.

If you're not already familiar with forums, watch our Welcome Guide to get started.

Join over 733,556 other people just like you!

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Short URL to this thread: https://techguy.org/970755

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice