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Newly built computer won't recognize drives
NoMoreDebt Jan-03-02 06:54 AM
I just built a new 1 ghz duron for my kids that completes POST and I can config BIOS. After that, none of the drives (floppy, hard drive)will allow me to boot to load the operating system. POST recognizes each drive and I have checked cables and jumpers. I am using an Asus A7VL-VM motherboard (on-board sound and video) and this is the 3rd computer I have built with using an Asus motherboard, but not this particular model. Any ideas?

1. RE: Newly built computer won't recognize drives
lbyard Jan-03-02 05:23 PM
In response to message 0
What operating system do you wish to install? Larry

2. RE: Newly built computer won't recognize drives
NoMoreDebt Jan-03-02 08:07 PM
In response to message 1
I am installing Windows 98SE. I have both a start up disc and bootable CD-ROM (OEM)

3. RE: Newly built computer won't recognize drives
sp0rk Jan-13-02 02:01 PM
In response to message 0
Did you make sure that you set the boot devices in your BIOS? I have never worked with an ASUS board but it seems kind of odd if they didn't have the floppy defaulty set to boot...

4. RE: Newly built computer won't recognize drives
NoMoreDebt Jan-13-02 05:06 PM
In response to message 3
During POST, all drives are listed, but when the motherboard should access these drives, it just freezes. After several days of contacting technical support with the retailer, I have found that I can either pay $20 plus shipping to have my BIOS upgraded or put in a slower processor, upgrade the BIOS, then put the faster processor back in. It seems this board will work with Atlon up to 1.3 just fine, but if you want to run a Morgan processor (Duron 1 GHz or faster), then you have to do a BIOS upgrade. Of course, none of this was mentioned when I bought the board and processor as a package. Just a little bitter....

5. RE: Newly built computer won't recognize drives
lbyard Jan-13-02 05:52 PM
In response to message 4
I would be more than a little bitter. Will it boot to a floppy if you disconnect and disable all other drives? Can you purposely underclock the Duron in the CMOS Setup or by jumpering the clock slower? Larry

6. RE: Newly built computer won't recognize drives
NoMoreDebt Jan-13-02 09:53 PM
In response to message 5
I hadn't thought of underclocking. I may try that. I already have a slower processor on the way (but not from the company I bought the first one from). The tech support from the company actually suggested that I buy a Duron locally, use it to update the BIOS, then return it. What a joke! I asked if he would sell me one and let me return it for full credit. I guess you know the answer to that one.

7. RE: Newly built computer won't recognize drives
lbyard Jan-13-02 10:40 PM
In response to message 6
>the company actually suggested that I buy a Duron locally, use it to update the BIOS, then return it. What a joke!

That's not a joke. It is outright dishonest and may be illegal. I would write a letter to the President/Owner of the company. Larry


8. RE: Newly built computer won't recognize drives
mcwajsf Apr-04-02 09:37 AM
In response to message 7
I have exactly the same problem.
Is the problem solved? How?
Do you know the BIOS level that can solve it?

Thanks for the help.


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