Computer Hanging at BIOS

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booboothechicken

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I have a computer about two months old that a friend built for me. It has been working flawlessly up until today. Nothing new has been installed in at least 10 reboots, and I don't have any reason to believe I've obtained any kind of virus or otherwise.

I have a 64gb kingston SSD that normally booted to windows very fast. Now, the initial loading screen before the BIOS screen takes about 10-12 seconds to load. It used to take about 2 seconds, barely noticeable, and then flash to the BIOS screen which would be up about 4 seconds now just sits there for approx a minute.

It then flashes to a black screen for a split second that I had to catch on a video camera to read that says:

"PCI Express to SATAII HOST Controller - Detecting Drives, Please Wait - Done; No Drives Found"

Then goes to a black screen with a small blinking white line in the upper left corner.

My OS drive is a 64gb Kingston SSD, My data drive is a Seagate 1tb 7200 RPM, both connected through 2 SATA cables. My mobo is an ASUS M4A87TD EVO.

I checked my SATA cables and they seem securely snug. There are no warning lights on the mobo

While hung at the BIOS screen, 4 options are present:
DEL - BIOS Setup
TAB - Display BIOS POST message
F8 - Boot Menu
Alt+F2 - Ez Flash 2

However, when pressing any of these buttons, nothing happens.

Any help is appreciated.
 
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if this was an old mobo that was newly rebuilt perhaps the cmos battery could be bad and it's:
A resulting in default values to be loaded and/or proper settings to not be saved
B not remembering that you have a usb KB and
C not defaulting to sata enabled

it's a bit of a long shot but may be a 2 dollar fix if it's applicable in your case
 

crjdriver

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With the system OFF, open the case and pull the pw connectors from ALL drives both hd and optical. Disconnect any usb type device ie printer, scanner, hub, etc. Reseat ram and make sure it is fully seated in the slot.

Now pw ON and see if the system completes post and if you can access the bios. If you can, then shutdown and connect devices one at a time until you find what is stopping post. If the system does not complete post in the above config, then you will need to swap basic parts ie mb, ram, cpu, video with known good units.
 
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