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Windows shows different CPU frequency than CPU-Z/BIOS

Q: Windows shows different CPU frequency than CPU-Z/BIOS

Well, the title sums it up really...

I OC'ed my AMD Phenom II X3 720 BE to it's 16x multiplier, at a comfy 3.2 GHz, just to test things and familiarize myself with it's voltages. After I set the thing to 16x and rebooted, I checked windows to see if it actually showed 3200 MHz, but it didn't. I then ran CPU-Z and Core Temp, both of which showed exactly 3200 MHz and a 16x multiplier.

My question: Is this just a bug in windows and is my CPU actually 3,2 GHz, or is there something else going on?

The fact that CPU-Z shows higher, changing, voltages (BIOS Core Voltage is set to 'Auto') means to me that windows is doing it wrong. But I might be completely mistaking.

Also, on a sidenote, I wondered if the popular 'Can You Run It' webservice shows realtime CPU clock speed, or just the stock value. Because it's showing the stock value for me, but I thought it might just be getting that from where windows is getting it (the wrong location I hope that is).

Any assistance on the matter would be greatly appreciated.


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A: Windows shows different CPU frequency than CPU-Z/BIOS

CPU-Z is more accurate then windows with these things, i would say if both it and the bios says you have then windows isn't reading it properly

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I was at Goodwill yesterday and I found an ECS K7SEM v1.0 motherboard for $6. Assuming that it works, I wouldn't mind getting an AMD cpu and some RAM to get this going as a multi-purpose additional computer for my apartment.

The original intent of this board was for AMD processor running at either 100Mhz or 133Mhz FSB. The manual for the motherboard says that the RAM speed cannot be less than the processor FSB. For example: according to the manual, if the CPU has a FSB of 133Mhz, then PC133 RAM must be used and PC100 RAM cannot be used. If a CPU has a FSB of 100Mhz, then either PC100 or PC133 RAM can be used, but not PC66.

This manual was printed in 2001. However, in 2002/2003, a new BIOS upgrade was created for this board to allow support for Athalon XP 2100 and 2200 processors.

I was looking at an AMD XP processor at newegg and realized that the FSB is 266Mhz, according to the specs. I always get confused about FSB ratings. Are you supposed to divide this number by 2 with AMD chips? Like if the FSB is 266Mhz, should I use PC133 RAM to be compliant with the statement in the manual about using RAM that matches or exceeds the CPU FSB?

Another question I had is related to the new BIOS update that supports the newer processors. Would I need to use an old processor in order to update the BIOS before I can use the XP processor? Or will I be able to update to the XP supporting BIOS with the XP processor already in the socket?

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A:CPU FSB frequency and RAM frequency agreement, and BIOS CPU support.

When an AthlonXP is advertised with a 266mhz FSB, it is actually running at 133mhz but its DDR nature makes it run as fast as a 266mhz FSB. Any 266mhz AthlonXP should work on that board provided it isn't above the 2200+ ( 1800mhz ).

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Hi guys. I just upgraded my processor to an AMD 8350. It replaced my Phenom. This is the 3rd day the new processor has been in the computer. First two days everything went fine. Ran Prime 95 and IBT to make sure i was up and stable. This morning (3rd day) got up, turned on the computer, and now i have less usable ram than i had last night. No matter how many times i restart, it shows less in windows than what bios shows. It says either 4,6, or 8gb usable ram (it changed just about every time too). I have reseated all the ram. I have moved them around. I have reseated the processor. I have clean installed windows 7 home premium x64. Does anyone have any ideas? This is the first issue with RAM i have ever ran into. Also, when i am in bios, and i go to the RAM settings, everything shows up like it is supposed to. Details, options, timings, etc. Not really sure where to go from here.

A:12gb ram shows in bios, only 4,6,or 8 usable shows in windows

In most AMD CPUs, the memory controller is on-die in the CPU. Maybe your FX-8350 is malfunctioning.


- Do you have the correct voltage for your memory set in BIOS?
- What kind of memory is it? (brand name, model, and speed)
- Have you tried putting the Phenom back in to see if the 12GB memory comes back?

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So I am trying to get this T5400 to boot as a lab machine, and it has and shows all 8 DIMM Slots populated in the BIOS with 4GB sticks (all identical) but under installed memory it only shows 24GB. How can it see 32, but only accept 24? More importantly, how can i make it use the memory it sees?


A:T5400 BIOS shows all 8 slots populated with 4GB Ram / only shows 24GB as installed

You have bad ram or mixed ram or mixed rank or ecc and non ecc.

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I have read many posts attempting to solve my own issue all the while failing. Some proper assitance will be needed so I needed to create my own post.

I have a Seagate 1.5TB HDD I have been using for a couple years. My girlfriend is a photographer and she filled up the drive. Prior to being able to afford a new one she crashed windows and it would no longer start up.

Bought a new drive, thought my task would be simple. however, upon booting windows 7 to my new drive the old drive had not shown up. I checked the bios and it is visible there. The Data on that drive is irreplaceble. So by attempting to solve my own issue here is what I have tried.

-Checking bios for other drive boot options
-switching the cables on the drive multiple times
-using a different computer
-checking disk management
-using seagate drive tools
-using windows boot disk
-using Memory Diagnostic Tools

only other method I have read but havent tried is using an external casing in an attempt to get it to apper, however I have my doubts on whether that would work. (If I am wrong please correct me)

So to be Clear
-HDD with essential data on it. (Seagate 1.5TB)
-Shows up in Bios
-Does not show up in Window 7, Disk management, or in Seatools. Also will not appear for a Windows install disk.

I appreciate The Help!!!!

A:HDD shows up in BIOS but not Windows

Is the 1.5 TB drive the one that had Windows installed to it? If so, it is pretty likely you are screwed.. I mean, there are some options you have, but none have a real high success rate on a drive that has failed.

Check out the tools on Hirens boot CD. Boot from that, and have a go with a few of those tools, that is your best chance now outside of professional recovery. Professional recovery costs will strongly test how "irreplaceable" those pictures are.

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windows xp sp2. lite-on dvd drive.

at first it worked fine. then it suddenly stopped showing up in my computer. if I try to manually access D:\ it still doesn't work

A:cd drive shows in bios, not in windows

acpo said:

windows xp sp2. lite-on dvd drive.

at first it worked fine. then it suddenly stopped showing up in my computer. if I try to manually access D:\ it still doesn't workClick to expand...

The very 1st thing to do is open up the case and reseat your IDE & molex connectors. It's not uncommon for one of these connectors become loose or slightly ajar. Boot up normally to Windows and see if you can access the DVD drive.

If that doesn't work, I would try booting up in safe mode and see if it shows up in the device mangler. If so, remove the device and reboot the system. XP has a large driver database, so it would search for a suitable driver upon reboot.

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Ok so i have 2 EVGA 9800GTX+ SLI'ed display works in windows but doesnt show anything until windows loads up.. im running it on a XFX 750a. athlon x2 4400+ 6 gigs ram 4 OCZ sli 2 random microtech 1 gig chips and it also likes to take a sweet long time starting also.. any ideas? (also i dont know much about sli these are the first 2 cards ive ever sli'd) but my frame rate hasnt increased that much since the upgrade to 2 GTX+s originally 1 XFX9800GT < junk crap right out of the box

A:Display Shows Windows but not BIOS

fixed it, just needed 1.4 bios xD

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Hi, i wouldn't have noticed it if i hadn't gone to install something (Flight Simulator 98, yes i was that bored ) but my LG CD-RW Drive is no longer showing up in Windows. I opened up my case and swapped the IDE cable and checked the power connection but it still doesn't show.

I checked my BIOS and it shows up there and it opens, closes and spins up butWindows doesn't recognise it. Something must have happened recently because about a week ago i burnt a cd.

If anybody knows anytihng that could be the problem then let me know, because i'm totally confused on this one.

A:CD Drive shows in BIOS, not in Windows

Do you have a bootable CD? If so see if you can boot from it. That will rule out the drive being faulty and make it a Windows issue.

If it boots from that drive, then remove the drive and if possible the IDE ATAPI controller it is on from device manager and reboot.

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I have a a GeFORCE6100SM-M HT2000 motherboard, an AMD Sempron 3400+ processor, and two sticks of 1 GB DDR2 800 MHz ram. When I go into BIOS, it says that my "CPU Frequency" is 200 MHz. I was wondering if this is the same thing as my processor's clock speed. It allows me to increase this number, but only in very small increments between 200 and 300 MHz. Obviously, these numbers are far too low for my processor, so I was wondering if there is something that I need to do on my motherboard like putting those little plastic caps on the pins or perhaps changing a different option in BIOS. I did not see anything in my manual about the little plastic caps though. Thanks.

A:CPU Frequency in BIOS

That should be your BUS speed, not your clock speed.

Download CPU-Z and check your Bus Speed and your multiplier.

200MHz should be nowhere near your clock speed, and the only reason you should even change that number in BIOS would be in an attempt of overclock your CPU. I'm sure you do need jumpers etc. for doing that.

You can also check your clock speed by right clicking "My Computer" then clicking "Properties".

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ok i turn on the computer and the bios says "BOOT FROM CD/DVD" or something liek that, so i think ok my dvd drive is working, then i go to My Computer and ITS NOT THERE!!! it only has my hard drive but not my dvd drive even though my bios already knows that it is there. i also went to device manager and its not even there!!! please someone help me.

A:Solved: dvd drive shows up in bios but not in windows

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The computer boots up, I can access the UEFI bios and everything before but as soon as I try to let it go into windows, the point where the login screen usually opens up... instead it just blanks out and states no signal on my display.
I just refilled my watercooling loop and everything was working fine prior to this, I was worried that I did something to the video card but I dont think that would be the case since the display its connected to shows the post screen and the UEFI bios.

A:PC boots, shows bios, but "no signal" when going into Windows

The BIOS and Safe Mode both use a different graphics driver than the one used in normal operation.
Boot into Safe Mode and see if the problem persists.

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Hi there,
I currently have an acer aspire 5745G that will not boot up. I am currently running windows 7 home premium 64 bit. When I boot it up I see the bios screen, then it skips to a black screen with a solid white line in the upper left hand corner. I am able to access the bios settings and choose the boot order. However, I am not able to access the advanced boot menu using the f8 key and I am unable to reset to factory defaults by holding alt and spamming f10 (which is default with acer laptops) I also enabled d2d in the bios which is required for the restore but with no luck. I have also tried doing a boot from a usb stick running linux ubuntu but I am still seeing the same screen. If there is anything you could suggest me try to do that would be greatly appreciated.


A:Laptop won't boot. Shows bios but will not run windows.

If booting to the USB Linux flash drive, boot into Setup (Bios) go to Boot Priority and change it to USB first boot device. There may be a setting in the Bios for Drives or HDD. Here the USB drive may be listed and you can choose it from there to allow it to boot.
You can also download the ISO image for Seatools in my signature. Burn the image to CD using IMGBurn also in my signature. Boot off of the newly created CD and run the short and long tests on the drive. If either test fails, the HDD needs to be replaced.

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My PC has been crashing for some time now and I have been chalking it up to Vista, until today it beeped at me and gave me a black screen saying I had to reset my memory frequency in bios. I compared it to what my RAM says, and the volts are correct, but my RAM says 7 - 7 - 7 @ 1.9v, when I checked the frequency, my bios is set at 8 - 8 - 8 - 28. I could change the 8s to 7s but I have no idea what to change the tRAS to(currently set at 28). Also, should command per clock still be set to 2T? I am using 2 sticks of 2 gig RAM if that makes a difference.

A:BIOS RAM frequency setup

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i have recently upgrade my processor from a intel pentium d 950 to a intel core 2 duo e8400.

i have a ASUS P5N-E SLI motherboard which the E8400 is compatible with and seems to restrict the frequency of the processor from 3.0ghz which it should be running to 2.0ghz, has anyone got any advice on this matter?

A:Bios restricting cpu frequency

You might need a BIOS update. Have you checked with Asus?

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I need to change the multiplier in the voltage/frequency option in bios. But I can only change FSB, I dont know how to change multiplier. My board is MSI PT8 Neo LSR (Intel)Socket 478, (I really dont think it is necessary to mention all this). Reason I need to do this is that my Pc is heating up, I have to lower it.

A:Changing the multiplier in voltage/frequency option in Bios?

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Hello, Thank you for your time, my issue started with a broken screen, I asked for a replacement through mail, when I installed the new screen it seemed to work fine. At a certain time of turning off the computer and starting it, the resolution is off by 86 pixels horizontal, the original resolution is 1366x768 (16:9), and now shows 1280x800 or multiples (w=1280,h=*). At first I thought it was an issue with drivers with Windows 10 the forums entries I found seem to indicate this, tried all of them. I also tried the custom screen resolution tool from Intel, it adds the resolution inside the tool, but it does not list the new resolution in the "graphics properties" section. With no luck at solving the problem I tried to boot a GNU/Linux Live version from a FlashDrive, with GNU/Linux showing the same resolution limitation. I've noticed that going to the BIOS is showing the same screen usage. After this, my old screen still works it just the crystal that got cracked, I reinstalled and noticed that has the same screen size problem, so is not the new screen it seems. This is the point till I've gotten, don't know much about UEFI maybe it saves screen resolution information at a place I can't reach, and is not adapting itself correctly imposing it screen scan to the OS that start to work after UEFI. The only thing that comes to mind. Your help is appreciated,Thank you.

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Hi. After upgrading BIOS to 2.12 the CPU frequency is locked to the lowest possible (disregarding BIOS settings). Plugging in the battery makes it work again.For the sake of prolonging my battery life I ususally run without it when safely docked at home.Anyone else experiencing this? I assume it's a bug?

A:Bios upgrade to 2.12 on T460p locks cpu frequency to lowest when running without battery

It sounds like a bug might have been fixed.  I would expect it to slow down if you had just a battery (no A/C) or just A/C (no battery).  The charhing circuity won't "cook" the battery.  It will stop charging when it is fully charged.

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I have a list of terms like:

Phrase Frequency
Hello Mother 5
Hello Brother 2
Hello Jackal 1

Is there a way I can get the cumulative frequency of each word in the list?

From the above example, the answer would be:
Hello 8
Mother 5
Brother 2
Jackal 1

Any help would be most appreciated.



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Hi - running patch current Windows 8.1, and am having an ongoing but not always constant issue regarding how much memory I have available to me on any given boot of Windows.
I have 32 GB of memory installed on the computer, and yet almost 17.3 GB of that is not available to me, and is shown as Hardware Reserved when I look at the Physical Memory in the Resource Monitor.
I have validated the memory is error free through multiple runs of Memtest, have removed memory strips and blown out any possible dust from memory slots, and SOMETIMES, it properly will show me around 30.4 GB available, however most boots it is showing pretty
consistently that 17.3 GB is flaged as Hardware Reserved.

I did some searching, and have tried some of the suggestions, such as making sure the Maximum Memory box is not checked in MSCONFIG, and have also tried editing ClearPageFileAtShutdown in the Registry to change it from the default value of '0' to a
new value of '1'.  Nothing has worked thus far.
I DO need access to as much of that 32 GB of memory as possible, due to this computer using huge amounts of memory as a Digital Audio Workstation, recording music with huge volumes of samples loaded fully into memory.  Performance suffers greatly when
half of what is installed is not available.
I have also looked in the BIOS for any ways to adjust video memory and memory mapping and neither exists in the BIOS at all for me to try anything with.  The CPU happens to be an AMD ... Read more

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New modem installed by ATT.  Before new modem installed, networked printer and laptop were both on-line and working.  After putting  the modem ID and password into  HP photosmart-C6180 All in one printer, it  shows connected.  However, the online HP Pavilion dv6-2150 recognizes the printer, but shows it "off line". 

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I have a 80gb Maxtor diamondMax 20 STM3802110A hard drive. It partitioned into 2, and it was working fine until the one partition got slow and now the hard drive shows in the BIOS, But not on xp. I tried installing linux opensuse on it but it doesnt work. Help me please !!!!!!! Im desperate

A:Hardrive shows on bios, but not on OS

Well at least BIOS (cmos) sees it.

I believe your best approach would be to download your Hard Drive diagnostic tool, to test for any errors.
Please click here-->http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic7602.html

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Hey guys,
Reaching out for some help on this weird one here...
I have a clients Toshiba Portege M400-S4031 laptop which got a pretty crazy virus. Long story short I tried to format the drive and reinstall windows, formatting the drive proved no issue... Ive tried a few different methods, windows format, diskpart... but everytime I run thru the win 7 setup it says no HDD found even though it shows up in BIOS.
I combed thru the BIOS for AHCI\SATA settings, anything that may help.... no luck,
I then tried for kicks to install win 7 on the HDD in a different PC, then put that HDD in the Toshiba and it started the windows loading screen then obviously blued out due to incompatible drivers, but shows me the HDD is def being seen, just not in the install!!!
To top it off I went into UBCD environment, again the HDD shows up! I can run a chkdsk on it, diagnostic (which passes). I was going to try to install it to a USB but that got shut down quick due to the partition issue.
Any ideas??? Installing Win 7 Ulti, 32 bit. Tried 2 DVDs and my USB install drive so far, same results on all. Any ideas are welcome!!!
Oh PS i also already tried updating the BIOS to the latest 3.7 version... no change :-\

A:HDD shows in BIOS but not in Win 7 install...

Just to add Ive also tried multiple known working hard drives in this machine, all same result.

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Just as the title said, I'm having problem getting all 4 sticks of RAM to work.

My memory are OCZ SLI-Ready (4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400), model OCZ2N800SR2GK. I've tested each of them with memtest86+ and determined that they are working.

My motherboard is a BFG nForice 650i Ultra, which according to the manual, should support up to 8GB of DDR2 800 memory. So this shouldn't be a mobo restriction either.

As for OS, I am dual-booting with Ubuntu 8.04 and Windows Vista Ultimate (both are 32-bit). NOTE that I am fully aware of the 32-bit vs 64-bit limitation when it come to large memory support. However, I want to know why even the BIOS would report only 3GB. Only then would I go out and get a 64-bit OS for replacement.

I've done some googling, some one from another forum said in order for their BIOS to properly recognize over 3GB of RAM they had to enable something called 'Memory Mapping'. I don't see anything like that in my BIOS (not a surprise since the person above used a mobo from a different manufacturer).

So, any idea what's going on here?

A:4GB installed, but only 3GB shows up in OS & BIOS

Might want to boot with each stick of memory and see if one of them is bad - and/or run memtest to find any errors. Could just be a bad stick.

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please help. i just added a larger hard drive (250G) -- master/primary to my system. i already had a 120G slave drive that i used for data storage only. the old drive shows up in BIOS fine and also shows up in device manager under XP and shows no evidence of problems there either. IT'S JUST INVISIBLE!!!! i can't get it to see it in disk management. this is nuts. someone please help.

A:HD not found by XP -- shows up in BIOS

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Just built a new PC and i installed windows 10 onto the SSD. When I was first installing me it prompted me to selected a drive where both my SSD and 2TB HDD were presented as options. I selected the SSD and proceeded to install windows 10. However after loading into windows my HDD was not present in my computer. Additionally I went to the disk management hoping to initialise it but it doesn't show in there either. I restarted my computer and looked in the BIOS and the HDD is set as secondary boot and Hard Disk Drive BBS priorities are also set correctly. Can anyone please assist me to help windows recognise my HDD.

Seagate SATA 3 2TB Barracuda 64mb Cache
Kingston 240GB HyperX SSD SATA 3 2.5 SSD
Intel Core i5 6600K Quad Core LGA 1151 3.5GHz Unlocker CPU
Gigabyte GA-Z170-HD3 Z170 LGA 1151 DDR4 Motherboard
Corsair 16GB DDR4 LED RAM

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Put together an i7 win8 PC with asrock killer z97 board. Everything works fine until I took an old samsung sata drive out of a vista PC and put it into this win8 PC. The bios sees this drive but it does not show in windows 8, not in device manager nor disk management. There is no yellow alert in device manager on anything either.

There are three other drives (2 SSDs and 1 mechanical) in the win8 PC and they all show up no problem.

Out of desperation, I change the BIOS drive setting of the samsung drive:

external drive from disabled to enabled
hot plug from disabled to enabled

When I rebooted, the drive shows up in windows! I went and disabled both those settings and reboot, and the drive is still there. I cannot narrow down which of the two settings did the trick.

Can anyone explain why the drive was not recognized at first?

A:Drive shows in BIOS not in win8 until...

I ran into this issue with a Dell. In my case, disabling secure boot allowed Windows to pick up on the new hardware and then I could go back and enable secure boot again if I so desired.

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yeh i just resolved an issue and happy so everything turns on great but at start up screen nothing comes up the monitor picks up the signal but just pitch black. how can i get to the bio screen if its doing this? help would be appreciated thanks

A:my cpu shows black screen no bios please help

Hello again!

There is a chance that you have fried your motherboard (from trying to turn it on without the riser pins installed).

Here's what I would try (and confirm) before RMAing the board.
1. Reset CMOS using the jumpers (look in your manual). If your board doesn't have CMOS reset jumpers, then unplug all power, and take the CMOS battery out for a half hour.
2. Can you test parts on another computer? Are you sure your monitor works? What about that video card? What is it? Does it require a connection of its own to the PSU? (many do).

Probably a good idea to list your system components in detail.

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using 32 bit home premium win7 installed on 320gb wd. Installed a 500gb wd caviar green .

the bios setup sees it as the 4th drive and the smart NCQ says not supported
transfermode says P10 0

does not show up in devices or window storage under management.

checked 7 compatiable not shown but the box says win 7..

need some help

A:wd caviar green shows up in bios only

You don't give us any system information, but here's what pops into my head off hand;
Your BIOS may not be addressing the drive properly, so it can't present it to the OS, so to speak.
Check your BIOS settings and tinker with them a bit. See if that helps.

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i've purchased a new ssd for extra storage, but it does not show up after plugging it in, currently running os on a different ssd.

A:new ssd shows in bios but not disk management

In order to help you, you need to post a LOT more info; exact system specs, exact drive you are having problems accessing, if your board has more than one sata controller, what controller you are using for the drive, etc, etc.
Post a screenshot of disk management.

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I tried to download and install a new version of BIOS (F.26, June 2014) after having some issues with the laptop getting hot and some programs freezing. The download details indicated that it was highly recommended. I tried this today and the system showed that it was already installed. I looked at C drive and it shows it under SWSetup\sp66805\0183AF26 bin. I have no idea what this means. It shows a date of 6/17/16 as installed. I have been looking into this for a while but I know that I did not install it. I do not understand why the system information still shows: BIOS version Insyde F.25, 5/29/2013 if it is supposed to have been updated. Please help! Thank you, AG  

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First of all the BIOS is set to AHCI.
All drivers are up to date and yes I've tried uninstalling controller drivers, the drive itself to no avail.
It's a 3TB LaCie eSata GPT volume (so Windows would accept an over-2TB drive), formatted NTFS (4 partitions).
It replaces a LaCie 1TB one which suddenly conked out - which was connected in exactly the same manner and showed OK as an ATA drive and as an HDD in the BIOS.
Furthermore that ATA Channel is now running at "Ultra DMA Mode 0" as distinct from Ultra DMA 6 with the old drive.
I set AHCI recently with the OS already in place, so that may be a partial cause.
Any ideas to remedy this situation, or isn't it dire? I did some searching and found similar threads which I'm afraid didn't answer anything.
(See my system details & attached pic for more info).

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Hello everyone,

My Zenbook crashed yesterday when I clicked OK to a "LiveUpdate" pop-up on my desktop. Guess it was from Asus but I'm not sure, as the pop-up didn't contain any text...

When I boot it gets to the (pulsating) Windows logo - after that I just get a black screen with a movable cursor.

None of the safe modes works - just black screens with "safe mode" written in every corner.

I've made a bootable USB with Win7, and that boots up fine to the install/recovery mode - sometimes. Sometimes it doesn't get that far, it just goes to the black screen even though I'm certain it boots from the USB. Weird.

Anyway, the recovery mode can't find any system images, and I can't see the SSD when I try the 'load the drivers' option. HOWEVER, the harddrive DOES show up in the BIOS, but only IF the USB is in the machine?

I have an option to reinstall Windows (I think...), but I would very much like to safe some files before the drive is formatted...

Help please!!

A:Can't boot - SSD shows up in BIOS but not in the recovery mode

Do any keyboard shortcuts work when you're left with a black screen and a lone cursor?

Ctrl+Shift+Esc would be the best to try. Does it show the Task Manager? From there you might be able to start Explorer or other programs.

Failing this, can you clarify a little bit? Booting in to Windows 7 Recovery shows that there isn't an operating system to repair, is that correct? Are you using the right Recovery CD/image for your version of Windows? Windows 7 x86, for example.

Have you tried booting in to safe mode with Command Prompt?

I have an option to reinstall Windows (I think...), but I would very much like to safe some files before the drive is formatted...

Don't stress. It looks like you're able to recover your files, even if you have to resort to a LiveCD or something.

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As the title says, Earlier today windows wouldnt even load up as i kept getting a blue screen. after i get this fixed, my 40 GIG I:/ Drive will not show up in My Computer. Any help?

*Clicked on wrong forum, would a mod please move it.

A:Hard drive shows up in BIOS but not in My Computer

Is the drive a secondary one?

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If you guys/gals have any free time at all today I've got something nasty brewing on my home desktop PC. First off, I'm connected to the internet through a hardline/cable modem which is plugged directly into my wireless router which is then plugged into my desktop through one of my router's ports (fairly standard setup). The desktop displays a message that it is connected however firefox just starts and then is killed by some rogue process. Internet explorer cannot connect to the internet and I cannot start my antivirus software. I fear it may be the dreaded zero access trojan but I'm not sure.
Some further detail. I ping google.com and I get nothing. Under ipconfig /all I can see that the netbios tcp is disabled even though I can see that the service is enabled. I also see a message for "media disconnected" using ipconfig /all.

A:Net tcp bios is disabled- but shows enabled in services

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I have the exact same problem others have posted here with no solutions listed...

Upgraded to Win7 Pro x64 from Home Premium x64 (Anytime Upgrade online), specifically to add second physical processor...

Used MSCONFIG and EasyBCD 2.2 to "force" Windows to look for more cores... nada!

Mobo BIOS will not "see" second processor, at all. Only recognizes one in either socket.

Dell docs and forums insist it is dual-socket supported in "Pro" and "Ultimate" versions of Windows.

Replaced mobo and running latest Dell BIOS (A08) to no avail...

Two tubes of thermal paste and two mobo's later and I'm outta patience.


A:Dell 490 BIOS & Win 7 Pro not seeing 2nd Xeon. SiSoft shows it.

See the other post. If the bios does not see the 2nd CPU then neither will Windows. Do you have RAM installed for the 2nd CPU???

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My computer froze at HP screen while booting. Replaced the Seagate 7200.12 500gb model ST3500418AS hard drive with another Seagate 7200 500gb model ST3500641AS-RK. The computer now boots but the old model shows in the Bios and disk management. How do I get it to reflect the correct model?

A:New hard drive operating but old one shows in bios

Have you tried the F5 command to reset the bios back to default? Sometimes this can happen if the HDD controller is not set to auto detect your drive. Most, if not all new mobo bios are by default set to auto detect. While in setup or bios hit the F5 key on your keyboard it will ask you to say yes hit y and the system will restart. Then go back in to check if the correct model is listed in IDE settings. If it isnt let me know and Ill tell you how to manually select auto detect. I will need to know what model of bios you have in order to do this because not all bios have settings in the same place.

Hope this helps you

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I can see the HDD in BIOS, and according to my device manager it's working properly. But I cant see the partition in Windows Explorer. Basically, what I want is to access the files on the HDD and copy them to my other disc.

Heres some background information which may (or may not) be relevant:
The HDD is a Seagate Barracuda ATA V drive with 120 GB (model: ST3120024A).

My master disk is another Seagate running off the ATA-cable, while this HDD, along with the DVD-player runs off of the IDE-cable. Ive tried using a separate IDE cable for the HDD (there are two IDE-connectors on motherboard) with no success.

There is no jumpers set on this HDD, which according to the documentation should set it as master. However it is still my ATA-cabled disc that boots the system. (The only way to specifically set the HDD as slave is by a jumper setting to activate cable select.)

The IDE-connector was damaged with one pin slightly pushed in on my previous system. I remedied this by simply using a pair of pliers and pulling out again. When I switched this HDD into my current system it seems the PIN was pushed all the way in and even fell off. Im not sure how this came about as it was my borther who helped me build the system and it may even have been me breaking the pin while trying to access the HDD in the new system.

Ive had a new pin inserted and soldered on the right connector on the HDD controller card. Ive verified that there is an electrical connection between the two.

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A:HDD detected in BIOS and XP devicemanager, yet shows nothing in Explorer

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Hi, Can someone help me regarding this issue here at this link? https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/28990026/HP-BIOS-Application-Error-501-shows-up-at-bootin... That's right, i have already contacted experts and experts-echange and they have advised me but the problem still exist. One member at the expert-exchange said, it is time to replace the motherboard? Is it true? I have done all i can and it seems that the problem still there? Can someone advise? Regards,Bakaka

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I just got a FM2-A75MA-E35 motherboard and a installing Windows 8 on a freshly formatted SATA HDD. My BIOS see's the drive and has it second in the boot order, just after the DVD-ROM drive. It has a label with the drive serial number and everything, along with the drive being 'enabled' in BIOS. When I get up to the spot to choose what drive to install Windows to, its says 'No drives were found, please select a storage driver'. After much fiddling, I found that it shows C: when I browse for drivers. Any thoughts as to why this isn't working? I've been at it for hours.

A:Setup doesn't find my HDD, but it shows in BIOS.

As the new MOBO's now have a uEFI/BIOS firmware.
How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI/BIOS firmware:
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
For more info on uEFI:
Windows and GPT FAQ
Unified Extensible Firmware Interface - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
UEFI Firmware
Technical Note: UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS, Advantech(EN) - YouTube
Sample: Configure UEFI/GPT-Based Hard Drive Partitions by Using Windows PE and DiskPart

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My sister asked me to update her laptop (Toshiba Satellite Pro C660D-1GR; from Windows 7 pro (64-bit) to Windows 10 pro (64-bit).
So I did.

Then I went to Toshiba's UK website to check if there were any drivers I needed to install for Windows 10. The only one was a BIOS update (to BIOS v1.70). I have no idea what the previous BIOS version number was.

So I run the update application within Windows 8. Phoenix Technologies WinPhlash starts and then halfway through the update, the whole thing freezes.

The trackpad wouldn't move the cursor or anything. I had no option but to unplug the laptop from the wall and remove the battery. The laptop is not under warranty.

Of course, now it won't turn on. It beeps once when I press the power button, but the system doesn't turn on. A couple of minutes later, it sounds one long beep then two short beeps. It then keeps repeating this "one long beep, two short beeps" sequence every couple of minutes.

I have Googled and read website after blog after forum post, but nothing works. The links to the software suggested on these websites/blogs/forums are usually dead, so I cannot try what they suggest.

The most common solution is the Phoenix Crisis Recovery Tool. I have managed to download v1.0.0.4 which is supposed to enable me to make a bootable USB key. The version of this tool that I have downloaded is meant to be for a Lenovo ThinkPad X200. I have the correct BIOS.rom for the Satellite Pro C660 (which I hav... Read more

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OK so one day a month or so back probably after shutting down and installing updates my PC is rebooted and it takes over 30 secs just to get to the BIOS image where the option to enter the BIOS with F2 is shown.After finally getting into windows I discovered that my date and time had gone back to 2006 and I was getting some error messages which led me to realise that my 2nd drive that I use for personal files and have my libraries pointing to was no longer showing as a visible drive.

I have recently replaced the BIOS battery and can confirm it was completely dead so that explains losing the time. However the slow boot up still exists after a month and my HDD whilst showing in the BIOS won't in wind 7. I've swapped the SATA cables over the 2 HDD's but it is the same HDD with the problem so it's not a SATA cable issue.

I would like to fix the slow boot up issue but my priority is the HDD problem. I went onto a Microsoft help page and downloaded Microsoft Fixit hoping this would resolve the problem but no luck it didn't even realise there was a problem.

Any ideas?

A:Super slow bootup and 2nd HDD shows in Bios but not Win7

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Hello and greetings to all of you. Im quite new here, so i don't know a lot about solutions to fixing hardwares.

Recently, my sister couldn't access her laptop ( Toshiba Satellite C660D-1GR ) as her hard drive was empty. I added windows 10 on it and noticed when i turn it on, it doesn't show the Toshiba boot up logo ( Recovery or BIOS etc ) and heads straight to the windows boot up logo. That's when i notice windows couldn't install without it and i had to use another laptop to install it instead.

After it was installed and added all the necessary apps i know, i wanted to install the driver for the laptop. I searched for it and followed the instructions as shown. It said it'll install the BIOS when its restarting. I waited a long time and noticed the screen is just plain blank. I restarted it again and it showed the same thing.

Im assuming i put in the wrong BIOS. I looked through other people having the same problem but the thing is that they're using HP.
Please help!


This topic is marked as "solved"???

Assuming it's not solved, what exact steps did you do? Unless the other laptop was identical, you can't install the OS onto the HDD in one computer and then move the drive to the other computer (as least not with a high probability of success).

The splash screen can often simply be disabled in the BIOS. So not seeing the splash screen isn't an indication of an actual problem.

To update the BIOS, you would need to boot from a USB stick or CD/DVD with the firmware (preferred) or boot into Windows and run a Windows based application. From the description above, it doesn't sound like you did that, so I don't know that you actually have a BIOS issue.

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I flashed the BIOS to A04 some months ago and never paid much attetion to it. The flash said it was successful. But when I looked at System Properties, it gives the BIOS date as 10/21/2010; the BIOS was released 10/31/2011. Is this correct? It seems that date is older than BIOS A02.

A:Studio XPS 9100 BIOS A04 shows date of 10/21/2010

I only run a bios update to fix a specific issue. If you just went to A04 because it was newer, I wouldn't worry about the date thing. Now, if your correcting a specific issue, try reflashing A04. But understand, if the bios update fails, your motherboard is bricked.

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Hello Everyone,

Over the last couple days, I built a new PC and installed windows 8.1. Initially I had some issues installing windows, so I unplugged all my drives except the SSD and DVD. I installed windows to my SSD.

Everything works great!

Now I started adding my drives back in 1 at a time. When I plugged my 2nd SSD in, it showed up in BIOS, but not in Disk Management or Device Manager. So I booted back into the install CD, it showed up in the disk manager there. Since this was also a blank SSD, I partitioned and formated the drive from the install CD, then exited the installer and booted back to my windows drive.

I have 2 SSD drives working great!

Now to add my 2TB HDD... Same issue, it shows up in BIOS and the install disc, but not in Disk Management or Device Manager. This drive does not have a boot partition on it, however, it does have two existing data partitions. They were made from my previous windows 7 system and the option to delete these partitions is grayed out in the install disc menu. I also have some data that I would like to keep on it. I have a USB dock that I can use to read the contents of the disk just fine. Everything is there and in working order.

Can anyone help me out here? What is different about Windows 8.1 that is preventing my hard drives from showing up in windows proper? I am reading things about UEFI online, but nothing seems to fit my exact scenario. I will try and post some screen shots when I get back at it.

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A:2nd hard drive shows in BIOS but not Disk Management

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I had updated my driver with BIOS version 2.10 from windows. BIOS installed successfully but after restart, screen went black. Screen is totally off, no activity with hardisk, no beep sounds, shows power is turned on and fan is spinning. I let it on for about 3-4 minutes and showed no progress. So, I turned off holding power button. Later every time I turn on the laptop nothing shows up with power is on and fan spinning. Someone please help me to recover my BIOS.

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My Inspiron 17R just had a Windows 10 update.  Immediately afterward (by coincidence or ??), the battery would not function.  If I do not have the adapter connected, it is dead.  According to the BIOS, it is not a Dell battery.  Well, yes it is, original to the machine.  Meanwhile, the battery meter shows at 100% and plugged in.
Any ideas?

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