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Solved: BIOS gone haywire?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by infojunky50, Aug 5, 2006.

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  1. infojunky50

    infojunky50 Thread Starter

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    I started to install Windows 2000 awhile back in a Dell P3 desktop. (It worked fine at this point. )The installation got to setup and wouldn't finish no matter what I did. I got disgusted and left it for about 3 weeks. I turned it on today and it finished installing fine. When it restarted it beeped twice and a line came on the screen saying" Secondary hard disk not found" WHen I went into BIOS It says this:
    Primary drive 0 --- hard drive
    Primary Drive 1----unknown device
    Secondary Drive 0---OFF
    Secondary Drive 1---unknown device
    In Boot Sequence it says:
    1. CD-ROM device (not installed)
    I looked around a bit and hit ESC and it loaded Win ok. I adjusted the display settings and when I restarted it won't go past the DELL logo screen. If I push F2 to go to Setup it says entering setup but nothing happens. I tried restarting several times but cannot get into BIOS at all now. Anyone know where to go next---other than the dump?
     
  2. Dan O

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    You may need to install a BIOS upgrade. I recommend you go to the Dell support web site and look for the latest once available.
     
  3. infojunky50

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    IT gets weirder. After about an hour's rest, it came on, gave me the message "Primary and Secondary disk not found; strike F1 to continue or F2 to enter Setup" So I hit F1 and Windows loaded and it's online now. I'm looking for Bios updates
     
  4. sockey99

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    A successful POST is one beep. That means all the hardware answered "Roll Call".
    Two beeps identifies a hardware problem. What problem depends on who manufactured your Bios.
    Phenox and AMI have 99% of Bios'. The Dell startup page should list the Bios info.
    Do a Google search for (Mfg's name)+ beep codes and you should find the answer.

    Maybe reflash the Bios and replace the battery.
     
  5. infojunky50

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    BIOS is Phoenix 2 beeps appears to be CMOS read/write failure What do I do now?
     
  6. sockey99

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    Replace CMOS battery on motherboard first. Then reflash the Bios if necessary.
     
  7. infojunky50

    infojunky50 Thread Starter

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    I removed and replaced the CMOS battery and it reset the BIOS I got my OS installed and it's working fine. Thanks a lot.
     
  8. sockey99

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    Great info, mark it solved
     
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