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After Bios Flash, System Will Not Boot


New build, was working fine except it did not recognize all 12 gb memory. I decided to update the bios. Followed directions and afterwards, i can get to the bios and everything seems to be ok. After post, i just get a black screen with a flashing cursor in the upper left hand of the screen. I have re-flashed the bios and have taken the cmos battery out for a few minutes. I also move jumper as described in manual. Any ideas?  Did i mess up the mb?

Icore7 920
Asus p6t mb
Kingston hyperx ddr3 ram
Hitachi hd


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Bios Cannot See Any Devices To Boot

I performed a full hard disk encryption on my laptop using truecrypt. Now i cannot boot. Before i started i took the precaution to take a full image backup using norton ghost. I used the latest stable version - 6. 3a of truecrypt. I created a truecrypt rescue disk.

My hp laptop was running windows 7 ultimate (32-bit). The laptop contains 2 x 640 gigabyte hard disks from western digital - wd6400bevt blue scope 5400rpm - part number 591192-001 - model number wd6400bevt-60aort0. The system disk had 4 partitions before i started.

When i ran truecrypt i opted for: "encrpt the system partition or the entire system drive"; "standard truecrypt volume" i.e. No cascades; serpent encryption algorithm; the ripemd-160 hash algorithm; and 7 passes. The truecrypt program checked my parameter choices and did a test reboot without any error messages. The encryption process continued for 32 hours.

After the encryption finished with a "successful" message i was a little surprised that the program didn't suggest an immediate reboot. So i looked around on the disk. My file systems appeared normal. I was able to get into microsoft outlook and download new mail. I was able to browse my favorite sites on the internet. I was also able to look inside word documents.

So i decided to reboot. Since then i have not been able to get my system to run at all. I have had no luck using the truecrypt rescue disk; or a system recovery cd; or even the original windows 7 installation disk.

I get a black screen with a 4-5cm diameter blue disk displayed in the middle with the white letters, "hp". Down in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen it says "press the esc key for startup menu". Pressing esc does nothing, unless you press it 8-10 times, when it causes a "beep" noise to sound.

The problem is that the insyde h20 bios supplied by hp is unable to communicate with either of the hard disks or the cd drive; or a usb thumb drive. The bios program does talk to the keyboard.

I have tried a strategy to reset the bios back to default. I removed the battery and power cord from my laptop. Then held down the power-up button for 15 seconds to ensure any residual power had drained. Then i plugged the power supply back in, and hit the power up key. I still get the black screen with the hp logo and the press esc message.

I tried powering up and pressing a range of function keys.
F1 gives me a , "f1.system information" message.
F2 gives me a , "f2. Startup check" message.
F9 gives me a , "f9. Change boot device order" message.
F10 gives me a , "f10. Bios setup options" message.
F11 gives me a , "f11.system recovery" message.
Esc gives me a , "esc. Pause startup" message.
. But none of these options actually work.

To me this indicates that the bios programme is working partially and able to intepret keystrokes from my keyboard. But nothing else happens other than the whirr of my fan, the led lights displaying normally around my keyboard and the sound of my dvd/cd drive spinning up, and then slowing down again. It appears that in order to bootstrap my hard disk or even bootstrap from a bootable cd the bios needs to talk to one of the (now encrypted) partitions on my system hard drive.

I have tried re-seating the hard drive cables and contacts, and even swapping the hard drives over. I've probably voided my warranty by unscrewing the covers off the underside of my laptop to access these hard drives. I don't have access to another laptop or desktop capable of mounting my western digital hard drives. So i haven't been able to try the option of decrypting my system hard drive by that method.


Posted On: 2010-05-29 . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

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In addition to my new hard drive, i have an old seagate hdd and a newer samsung drive. Neither of these have ever given me problems aside from the excessive noise from the, presumably dying, sg drive. The error, which i cannot provide a screen shot of (for hopefully obvious reasons), is "s. M. R. T. Error" next too the serial number of the drive. Additionally my computer soft reboots shortly afterwards (a second or two), before grub loads. After going through post a second time, everything functions as if i had restarted from linux (meaning properly).

This happens consistently and without any other observable effects. I'm not sure what the proper term is for the list of smart information collected by a hard drive, so i will just call it the "smart log". The smart log shows absolutely no abnormalities. I have run benchmarks and self-tests, both read and write, and forced a check for bad blocks. There are no indications of a problem. When i reboot from linux, specifically ubuntu 9. 10 x64, i do not have this problem nor any other.

I also don't have any problems booting either operating system. While there are no obvious negative (nor positive) effects, it is extremely unnerving. Given that i spent money for this supposedly glorious operating system (windows, i didn't spend a dime on linux) i expect it to work at least as well as something that is free. After skipping over vista, i'm looking to switch back to windows, mostly because i'm getting tired of only being able to play old games that work in wine (compatibility layer for *nix systems which).

Having to listen to a error involving my hdd is very disturbing. I don't want to just hear "ignore it" or "it means nothing", i want an answer. What is causing this problem?[Edit]additionally, if you cannot answer this question, it would be helpful to know where else i can go.google wasn't of any help, and i'm unfamiliar with windows help forums.

[Edit2] it probably would be helpful for the reader to know that i installed this installation of windows 7 back in, i believe, in november without any noteworthy problems. I've used it off an on, but not that i have extra space to install things on (or so i think) i will be using it more.


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My system is 64 bit compatible with:intel core i7-930 2. 8ghz lga 1366 130w quad-core desktop processor corsair dominator 6gb (3 x 2gb) 240-pin ddr3 sdram ddr3 1600 (pc3 12800) desktop memory xfx radeon hd 5770 (juniper xt) hd-577a-znfc video card gigabyte ga-x58a-ud3r atx intel motherboard me and the tech rep also ran windows 7 upgrade tool advisor to double check the my system was 64bit compatible, and the test showed that my system passed. So our next idea was to try the 32 bit disc to check if maybe the labels on the two discs were mixed up. When trying to boot the 32 bit disc, i hit f12 which takes me to the boot menu.

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Within about 5 minutes of startup, regardless of whether i have begun the install or are in some other portion of the setup, the computer will completely freeze and the only option is to hardboot. Shortly after the system freezes, the optical drive stops spinning (though i can still open and close the optical drives). I had no previous problems with xp so i would tend to doubt a hardware issue.


Posted On: 2010-02-03 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

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Error message: http://imgur.com/flqhs.jpgsfc/scannow
Log file: http://www.Megaupload.com/?D=w54gr6kn

(I apologize for the external links)also, i forgot to mention; the snipping tool in windows 7 has also gone missing randomly. I also ran into a few other problems (task scheduler will not start when i click on it).microsoft management console "stops working" instantly.


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Problem event name : startuprepairoffline
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Problem signature 02: 6. 1. 7600. 16385
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Posted On: 2010-01-24 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-02-11 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Bios Problems

I have a compaq presario i am trying to sell, i need to wipe the hard drive, some people have recommended using dban, darik's boot and nuke. I downloaded the . Iso, and reset my bios to cd-rom through the f10 key, saved the changes and everything. However, the computer does not boot from the cd, period. Basically i need to wipe the computer, completely. Any suggestions for the bios etc. Would be amazing, however as long as all data can be wiped from the computer, ill be satisfied.

Posted On: 2010-04-22 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .