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Posted 09 February 2009 - 05:13 PM
Posted 09 February 2009 - 06:31 PM
Posted 09 February 2009 - 06:47 PM
When you boot up your computer does it say "boot menu" at any time? Dpending on the manufacturer it could be F2, F10, F12 or the delete key. Not the F8 to go to safe mode, but another option that should be on the BIOS splash screen. Look for this, and be quick about hitting whichever button it says. Hope that helps. This sounds like an obvous question, but I have to ask - did you save your changes to the boot sequence in the BIOS before you exited? And you are sure that there are no problems with the DVD drive? Just eliminating possibilities.
Posted 09 February 2009 - 06:54 PM
Posted 09 February 2009 - 07:19 PM
Posted 09 February 2009 - 08:59 PM
Try updating the driver for your DVD player and try again. If that doesn't work then let's hope some other kind hearted geek will read this and know the answer. If I think of anything else I will post again. Good luck!
That black screen with the blinking cursor in the upper left corner...usually indicates an MBR or boot option problem.
Are you sure that you are using a bootable DVD?
Posted 09 February 2009 - 09:53 PM
Posted 09 February 2009 - 10:33 PM
Maybe you didn't understand the question...where did this DVD for Vista come from?
Is it a valid Microsoft CD acquired by purchase, complete with valid license/key? That would definitely be a bootable DVD.
Or is it a DVD burned from some other source or by someone?
When some users attempt to create bootable CDs or DVDs...they fail and don't find out until later.
I cannot see your system and I really have no idea of what system you might have...the BIOS screens and keys that you describe are totally unfamiliar to me. I don't have any keys that I press to access my BIOS, other than the Delete key.
System manufacturer and model?
Posted 09 February 2009 - 11:09 PM
Posted 10 February 2009 - 09:20 AM
Posted 10 February 2009 - 10:48 AM
I have an AMI BIOS on this system, similar to yours.
From what I see...your problem seems to be that this Plextor drive is not detected on the main BIOS screen. That screen doesn't detect any drives at all, other than a Seagate hard drive...in reality, it should reflect every drive which is properly attached to the motherboard. External drives, of course, would not be reflected.
The fact that your other drives show up as boot devices...conflicts with the fact that they don't show up on the main screen.
Which might indicate that you have them set up in RAID mode...on the RAID portion of your BIOS. The Silicon Image screen (2d one) indicates that you have a RAID controller on this motherboard.
That's the only explanation that makes sense to me for what I see on your BIOS screens.
Disable the RAID controller or take the system out of RAID mode...according to your motherboard manual or Asus website, and all drives ought to be reflected as they should...in a non-RAID mode and reflected correctly on the main BIOS screen.
That's my best guess .
Posted 10 February 2009 - 10:58 AM
Posted 10 February 2009 - 11:18 AM
Well...I don't know what to tell you, other than I don't think your BIOS is acting properly.
If a drive is connected to the motherboard, it needs to appear on one of the two BIOS screens (main and RAID) or something is wrong with the drive, the connection, or the motherboard's capabilities for perceiving such.
You may want to check the Asustek forums for possible help, if your owner's manual doesn't cover BIOS settings.
Have you tried resetting your BIOS to default settings (following the guidance for doing so in the BIOS itself)?
Posted 10 February 2009 - 11:31 AM
Posted 10 February 2009 - 11:59 AM
Control Panel is not the problem...it's the BIOS which is supposed to reflect that information.
The only thing I haven't suggested which makes some sort of sense...you might want to replace your CMOS battery.
FWIW: The info you posted re the controller...is supposed to appear in Device Manager. With the possible exception of printers...that is where controllers and all devices attached to the motherboard...should appear.
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