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Does this computer have an operating system?


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#1 ChrisCulp

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 11:05 AM

Hello,

 

I have a computer here at my work, a Gigabyte GB-BXi5-4570R.

 

I'm not sure the computer has an operating system.

It's brand new, but was bought before my time at the company - they just never utilized it. I found it and hooked it up.

 

The computer boots straight into BIOS. 

"Boot Configuration" is grayed out under the BOOT tab so I can't access it to see the boot order.

 

I created an administrative password and signed into the BIOS with it, no avail. Still grayed out.

 

So the computer boots straight into BIOS with no invoking on my part, and I can't access the boot configuration.

 

Are these the symptoms of a computer without an operating system?

 

 

Thanks for your help,

 

Chris


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Posted 13 April 2017 - 11:42 AM

Is the cabling inside the computer hooked up to the motherboard and to their respective devices?


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Posted 13 April 2017 - 11:49 AM

Hey ChrisCulp,

 

Is this the computer you have?

If so not a bad discovery.

 

http://www.gigabyte.com/Mini-PcBarebone/GB-BXi5-4570R-rev-10#ov


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Posted 13 April 2017 - 12:11 PM

Is the cabling inside the computer hooked up to the motherboard and to their respective devices?

 

Yes, I confirmed the SSD is connected to the motherboard.


Hey ChrisCulp,

 

Is this the computer you have?

If so not a bad discovery.

 

http://www.gigabyte.com/Mini-PcBarebone/GB-BXi5-4570R-rev-10#ov

 

Yes, that's the computer!



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Posted 13 April 2017 - 12:30 PM

AFAIK they're usually supplied as a bare bones system (no memory, no storage, no OS).  They need to be installed by the end user.

 

If there's a storage device hooked up properly, it should be detected in the BIOS.  It should show the make and model code of whatever is attached.  You should be able to boot off USB, if you have a stick with an operating system on it.


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Posted 13 April 2017 - 01:02 PM

AFAIK they're usually supplied as a bare bones system (no memory, no storage, no OS).  They need to be installed by the end user.

 

If there's a storage device hooked up properly, it should be detected in the BIOS.  It should show the make and model code of whatever is attached.  You should be able to boot off USB, if you have a stick with an operating system on it.

 

Ok, thank you. Where in the BIOS would it show the attached SSD? I know it shows it in the boot order, but i can't access that. I suppose it's possible the SSD is bad and that's why there is no information in the BIOS about it.



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Posted 13 April 2017 - 01:30 PM

It should be in the part of the Bios where you set boot order. If drives are detected but have no EFI partition, they show up by model name and port, e.g "P0: ST2000DM001" - in that case a 2 Tb Seagate hdd. If no drives detected, there,ll be nothing to show. USB storage should also show here if attached.

If an EFI partition is detected it would also show something like "UEFI: Windows Boot Manager".

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Posted 13 April 2017 - 05:53 PM

Yeah its a barebones so it would not come with much.

Did you open it up?


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Posted 13 April 2017 - 08:16 PM

Boot a live linux disk and see what's on the SSD. I am assuming there is RAM installed. That would show in your BIOS.






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