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Incompatible Bios?

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#1 Mish


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Posted 12 August 2007 - 08:50 PM

Unfortunately my 3yo decided to turn off the BSOD before I could write down what the code on it was (ohhh that made me mad!) so I'll try my best to describe the issue...so sorry if I don't do it well enough!

When booting up my system for a few weeks I have been getting the message that the primary slave drive is ATAPI incompatible. I only have one hard drive, so as far as I knew I didn't have a slave drive, only the master one.

Today when I turned on my DH's PC, the BSOD came up with a warning that the BIOS is something incompatible (began with an A... it's the only letter I remember UGH) and to log onto http://www.hardware-update.com for the latest BIOS update. I've wandered in circles for AGES on the site & can't find a dang thing other than page links to more page links. No actual information or anything.

I've managed to re-boot using last known good configuration & the computer is now running CHKDSK, but I can't for the life of me work out what the BIOS issue might be.

The PC is about 4yrs old & is the Athlon version of a Pentium 3 with 512meg RAM & I run Windows XP.

I totally understand if this isn't enough info, if there's something else needed, I can probably get it for you if I'm told how.

Thanks so much~!

Edited by Mish, 12 August 2007 - 08:53 PM.

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Posted 12 August 2007 - 09:39 PM

Is your date and time accurate? This could be as simple as your CMOS battery going south.

If you go to the control panel, click on administrative tools, and then event viewer you can look in the event column to see what errors have occurred. In the event column just right click on the item and choose properties to see what it's about. Let us know what you find please.

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Posted 14 August 2007 - 08:19 AM

Check your Event Viewer for error messages around the time of the BSOD - often there's a record of it in there.

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