Will Not Boot with PCI Wireless Card Removed

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Blue-Baron

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I am trying to remove a Linksys WMP54G V4.1 PCI wireless adapter from my PC. I have uninstalled the drivers and software for it, but after I removed the card, the system would not boot. The BIOS is set to boot first from a CD and then the hard drive. However, it will not boot from a CD or the hard drive. It completes the POST up to the point where it is supposed to start Windows (XP SP3) but Windows does not start and the system locks up. I have tried setting the CMOS back to default values, but that did nothing. If I put the card back in the machine, it will boot normally, but not without the card. There are no error messages. I have an Alienware Area 51 7500 desktop, 4GB of memory, a 1.5TB RAID 5 with 3 drives and a 1TB disk for the C drive, and a 2.7GH quad processor.:(
 
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You could try removing the cmos battery, for a minute or 2, after getting rid of the pci adapter. It's a long shot, but who knows.
 

leroys1000

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There should be a setting in the bios like reset escd
or reset configuration data.
Remove the wireless card,boot to the bios and set it to
yes or enable.
Save settings and exit.
See if that helps.
 

Blue-Baron

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OK, I tried removing the battery and that did nothing. I also tried reseting the configuration data, but that did not work either.
 

Blue-Baron

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There is a video card in the PCI Express slot and a Promise RAID card in the other PCI slot
 

leroys1000

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If the windows drive is connected to the controller card,you
may need to select addin controller in the bios for first boot device.
Might give that a try any way,in case the windows boot loader
was installed to a drive on that card.
 

Blue-Baron

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Could you give me some more detail? I have not seen addin controller in my BIOS
 

leroys1000

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I can't seem to find a manual for that particular model of
area 51 on the dell or alienware website.
Can't check the boise layout.
It still does sound like the hardware change is changing the default
boot device,but if the pci controller isn't showing as a selectable
device in the bios,I am kind of stumped.
Wouls you happen to know what the motherboard model is?
It may be marked on the board.
 
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If you are running a RAID then the BIOS should be set to boot off the RAID controller, not the hard drive directly.
 

Blue-Baron

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The C drive is not part of the RAID. The RAID has 3 drives, the C drive is a fouth drive not part of the RAID.
 

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Thank you leroys1000 for your suggestion. Windows has indead been installed with the wireless card in the machine. I checked the hard disk boot priority and found that the add in card are third after the C drive and RAID. Also, the first boot device has always been the CD drive, but the machine will not boot from a CD when the wireless card is gone.
 

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Try moving the add in card up to the first boot device.
Save settings and exit.
See if it finds the boot loader and boots.
I am thinking that raid card is causing conflicts.
I was wondering why you are using an add in raid card
when that motherboard has onboard raid and plenty of
drive connections,at least according to the manual.
Also,the add in card should have it's own secondary bios display that
says how to enter the configuration.
You may need to set the addin card as first boot in the main bios,then set
the drive in the addin card bios.
 
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