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    Boot Problem with SATA Bios

    Hi,

    I've been having problems with no input on my Lilliput when booting - just the message "over range" is displayed. I've done some searching here, and I think I know the solution, so I hooked up a normal desktop monitor to change the required settings - the computer turned on, the bios screen displayed (but I was unable to interupt the boot with a USB keyboard plugged in), and then I was greeted with this screen:



    I have seen this screen before when the carputer was working ok, but it displayed for a fraction of a second - now on boot it just hangs on this screen.

    Any idea what's gone wrong? Have I inadvertily destroyed the HD?

    Thanks for the help given so far!

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    in your bios...change the sata setting from RAID to IDE.

    try that

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    I can't seem to access the bios though mate - the bios asked for the "ESC" key to be pressed to interupt the boot, but pressing it does nothing ?? The keyboard is a USB one, will a P/S2 one be recognised?

    Can I ask - why do I need to change the bios settings from RAID to IDE?

    I think my Bios was reset due to static when carrying out installing a power supply - do you think the bios settings could have been "reset" so hence the HD isn't recognised?

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    Looks like you need to clear CMOS. If you can't access the BIOS, then just pull the CMOS battery out from the motherboard. It's the little, flat and circular silver battery on the mobo. That should clear your CMOS. But you should get into BIOS by pressing Delete for Dells, I think... or try F12, F10, or F2... one of those is bound to work.

    Easiest way is to pull CMOS battery after turning off the computer. Otherwise, there should be a the ESCD setting which can clear BIOS settings. Either way, you will have to reconfigure BIOS or just use optimized settings. You should be good to go after that.

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    Thank you for your helpful suggestion!

    To clear a few points -

    I can "see" the bios (I.E it is displayed), but I can't assess the bios settings menus - The bios asks for either "ESC" or "DEL" to enter the settings menu, but neither of these seem to work from the USB keyboard.

    The PC is a VIA EPIA C7 (1.5gig) - the monitor I was "borrowing" was a dell, and so the bios was a "dell" one.

    So what is CMOS? And if I pull the battery out, what risks am I taking? I dont want any more of the BIOS settings to reset!

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    EDIT: There are many ways to clear CMOS, so you should read your manual or look it up. It could be a jumper used to clear it. This is easier than pulling the battery.

    EDIT2: Yeah... page 32-
    Mobo Manual

    Well... hmmm, what you say makes me wonder if you are calling . You won't have a Dell BIOS by just using a Dell monitor. BIOS is set on a ROM chip on the motherboard, no matter what other hardware you use.

    In any case, clearing CMOS is not harmful. It just resets settings. You will need to clear CMOS settings in order to get it working again. I've had this happen before and I went into BIOS and set ESCD to clear on next bootup and it boot up just fine.

    You should try pressing a bunch of those keys I mentioned repeatedly... I believe for VIA boards it is F2 key when the machine is in POST, when it first starts up.

    If you can find the ESCD, set that to enable and it will reset itself on the next boot only. Otherwise, turn off the system and clear the CMOS by pulling the battery.

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    Morning Zulu

    Thanks again for your detailed reply - much appreciated!

    I do know that a computers BIOS is "independent" from the computer manufacturer...it' just you said:

    But you should get into BIOS by pressing Delete for Dells
    I thought you'd assumed my computer was a dell machine because I was using a DELL monitor!!

    Anyway - I will try your suggestions on the weekend, and if I can't enter the BIOS I will pull the battery, replace it, and see what happens. Will report back here once done to let you know how I got on!

    Thanks again

    Darren

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    Why dont you just use a ps/2 keyboard and enter the bios that way?
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    ps/2 keyboard will allow you to enter the bios and adjust setting. Most likely something in your bios has change and its not letting you post thru to windows. go in there and start messing around. Be careful =)

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    Sorry about the Dell confusion. No big deal haha... If you can't get into BIOS though, I'd try what others suggested, use a PS/2 keyboard. I think I remember an older VIA nano board that wouldn't hit BIOS from USB keyboard. I assumed your newer board would. Maybe not though.

    Anyhow... the way I fixed my issue is outlined in the manual. If you can get into BIOS, look at page 66. It talks about setting ESCD which clears extended BIOS info. That is what I did to clear the SATA boot problem that you are having. Just set Reset Configuration Data to ENABLED, save settings and reboot. Then make sure that it boots into Windows and go back to BIOS and make sure that setting disabled itself again.

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