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Bricked Laptop after enabling SATA 4 and 5 in the BIOS (System Configuration - DRIVE)

Q: Bricked Laptop after enabling SATA 4 and 5 in the BIOS (System Configuration - DRIVE)

I foolishly enabled the options in the BIOS system configuration - Drive tab trying to make an external eSATA cable recognised my spare hard drive.
How the Dell E6230 will not boot and will not POST.
I am unable to access the BIOS to reset to default or to disable the SATA 4/5 toggles.
Is there any way to

1. Restore the default BIOS settings
2. Flash the BIOS from a USB or CD to get the computer to reboot.
I have discovered that the BIOS is doing something to the RAM modules
pressing FN+POWER cause the Battery LED to flash white. All other LED are BLANK
The RAM modules when placed in another E6230 then refuse to work until a memory test is carried out to wipe them!
This would go against everything I know about RAM modules not retaining information after powering off but this is what I found.
Thanks in advance.

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I was trying to get an eSATA Drive on a powered eSATA cable to be recognised by my E6230
I turned on the SATA mode 4 and 5 and rebooted !
However the laptop refused to respond at all
Unable to access the BIOS
The power LED turns on and then after a while the fan revs up to max and the laptop shuts down
I have tried disconnecting the backup CMOS battery but again no response

Can anyone help please? 

A:Bricked E6230 after BIOS SATA setting to RAID

Hi Bishop2,
It looks like the BIOS has become corrupted. Can you try removing the main battery and disconnect AC, then hold in the power button for 10+ seconds?
Then attach AC power, press and hold the Fn key whilst powering the system on. Please advise what the Diagnostic LEDs indicate (if anything):
(select the Legacy tab)

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Hi, We have a script using the HP BiOS Utility to change the vtx setting but we are currently experiencing problems. This script has been developped by a 3rd party and its been succesfully tested on multiple HP Models. In our environment, we are using the following HP workstations:HP Compaq 8100 Elite SFFHP Compaq 8200 Elite SFFHP Compaq Elite 8300 SFF By default, our BIOS doesn't have any password, the script will run the HP BIOS Utility with admin privilege, add a temporary password, enable the Vtx setting and remove the password. On the next reboot, we will run our software that needs vtx enable but the program will not see  that vtx is enable. If we enter the BIOS manually,  the Vtx setting will be enable, the only way that the software will recognize that vtx is enable is if we do another change to the BIOS and save that change.  It seems like Windows is not seeing the change that the BIOS utility did.  The intriging part is that on some machines, the script will work and the software will see the change. We have run the script numerous times, on multiple machines and on our different models but we can determine any patern and identify why it sometimes work. I was wondering if this is a known issue and if anyone already encoutered this. Thank you, 

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Model: Dell Insprion 15(R) 5537 Hello, so i was asked to upgrade my Bios from A07 to A08 so i turned off other programms and installed it while in the middle of it my laptop restarded and i dont know why the *** it happened and now when i turn on my laptop it shows the dell logo and then goes to a complete black screen that if i move my mouse i can see the cursor with a loading logo of windows, What i have tried: i tried holding power on button for 15 sec with end button and then dell logo came with also at the bottom corner saying F2 for options and F12 for boot options but when i click both of them it still dosent work,and nothing happens Help plz

A:My Dell Laptop is bricked from a Bios upgrade.

Please turn off computer completely. Now, power on computer again, quickly start tapping the F2 key continuously to get into BIOS setup.
Note: Please don't wait for windows logo to start pressing F2 key, soon as you power on system, start tapping. If you're able to get into BIOS then click on links below for possible solutions:
Posted by Buckly53e - Boot not possible after BIOS update:
Posted by MUSTARD647 -Dell Inspiron 5459/5559/5759 BIOS Update Error - WILL NOT REBOOT

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I tried this BIOS and it bricked my computer. I have tried  everything, pressing the power button for 45 seconds and then pressing it again to power on the pc, removing the battery and I also tried the novo button but nothing works. The only thing that happens when I power on the pc is that the backlight on the keyboard lights up for two seconds and then nothing. The power led stays on and so does the charging led when the charger is connected. I called Lenovo support and they told me to send them the computer for repair. It's only a month old. It's the 16Gb, 1 Tb glass lid model. This happened yesterday, 2017/03/24 The morning after this happened, 2017/03/25, I now have control over the keyboard backlight and if I put in a usb stick the little led on the usb stick flashes, I'm hopeful that it might indicate that the motherboard is not tried. Any help with this issue is greatly appreciated.

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I called Lenovo support and they told me to send them the computer for repair. It's only a month old. It's the 16Gb, 1 Tb glass lid model. This happened yesterday, 2017/03/24 The morning after this happened, 2017/03/25, I now have control over the keyboard backlight and if I put in a usb stick the little led on the usb stick flashes, I'm hopeful that it might indicate that the motherboard is not tried. Any help with this issue is greatly appreciated.

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I have a dell optiplex 755 using A22 bios, I mainly have a question in the drives section that deal with raid autodetect. The options are raid autodetect / ahci, ( get error with this setting ), raid autodetect /ata ( will boot and can sign into windows, raid only & legacy... I had to replace the dell hd because it crashed and was unreadable use western digital hard drives and work fine so what are the differences between th ahci and ata settings that allow one to work and not the other, also the dvd/cdrom that came with the system died a long time ago replaced it with another drive and get the error message of sata 1 (blah,blah,blah), I just press F1 and it boots into windows fine ... this is a refurb system from a company that replaced it's older dell systems with newer ones.

A:Bios Sata Configuration question

Always include version of Windows in your posts.
If you installed Windows on a new HDD and now get an error message when SATA Mode is set to RAID AutoDetect/AHCI in BIOS, it means you didn't install the SATA driver during the Windows installation.
Depending on the version of Windows, you may have overlooked the option to press F6 to install the SATA driver early in the installation process.
You can leave it as RAID AutoDetect/ATA without the SATA driver, but you won't have the benefits of Intel's Storage Management technology. (You might not notice any difference...)
As for the Press F1 error, power off, unplug and press/hold power button for ~15 sec. Remove motherboard battery and press/hold power button for ~30 sec. Now reinstall the battery.  
Note, removing the battery will reset all BIOS settings back to the defaults, so if RAID AutoDetect/AHCI is the default setting for this PC model, you'll have to go in and change that to /ATA, assuming you don't start over and install Windows again with the SATA driver...

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Hi -- on an Inspiron 15R 5521, on Widows 8, I wanted to do a reinstallation of Windows. Ran into difficulty getting that to work, so went to Drivers & Downloads. It suggested a Bios update. I downloaded and ran it. It said the current BIOS version was A06 and it would update to A14. It got 25% of the way into the Update, and failed.I left it on for a few hours in the stupid, vain hope it would somehow spring back to life by itself. Eventually disconnected power, removed the battery, reinstalled both and tried to reboot. No boot, nothing on the screen. From what I can find, this model does not support BIOS recovery. Is there some other way to re-update the BIOS? This is extremely frustrating -- I was just trying to go back to a clean OS install before selling it -- now Dell's software has provided me with an unsellable brick!

A:Inspiron 5521 BIOS update failed; laptop bricked?

Hi zlsmith,
Do you feel the fan spinning? Can you try to boot into BIOS <F2> or diagnostics <F12>?
Please click my DELL-username and send me a Private Message with the Dell Service Tag number and your email address, so that we can check on this for you.

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I have a Precision T1700, i install windows 10 with 1TB SATA HDD and it work fine.
Now i would like to use SATA SSD to replace the HDD for windows 10 installation.

I notice that the sata configuration in BIOS is RAID.

So my HDD is running OS in RAID mode before?
Can i keep the sata configuration (now is RAID) for my Single SSD to install Windows?

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Hey guys, first time posting here. Got a strange problem with my custom built system that's been going on for a couple weeks now.

Every time i shut down or restart my computer it gives me the error message "Missing Operating System". I fix this by restarting, going into the BIOS, and changing the SATA configuration to RAID. It seems like something is causing the SATA configuration to reset to defaults every time i shutdown or restart. I also have to manually reset the date/time every time i restart or shutdown.

This isn't a huge problem, just an inconvenience as I have to do this every time it shuts off so I've been leaving it in standby for the past couple days. I have Avira Antivirus and Malwarebytes installed with a generally clean system. Any help would be appreciated as I have only a basic understanding of BIOS and I can't think of anything that would cause this to happen. Also, I can provide any specs of my computer if requested.

Thanks for your help!

A:Bios resets SATA configuration on shutdown and restart

This is most likely a cause of a weak or dead cmos battery which sits in/on the motherboard. That battery is what maintains the date/time and also mantains the bios settings. Therefore; if it is weak or even dead; then your bios settings will most likely reset to defaults every time you shut your system off and will also reset the date/time making you reset it to the correct date/time. So try replcing the battery and see what happens. Post back if there is still a issue.

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 Dear all, I'm trying to automate the bios settings with the latest HP Bios Configuration Utility using SCCM 2012.When the task is rebooting the system, I get this message."The following configuration change has been requested"How do I automate to accept this up front? Kind regardsDries

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Ok here is my issue. I will appreciate any help I can get. If this topic has been done before I apologize and ask that you all bear with me.

I owned a laptop. Things went sour eventually and I ended up removing my hard drive from the laptop. I got a new laptop and wanted some extra storage space. Flash drives just weren't working for me as they didn't provide enough gigs for what I wanted to store. I ended up buying an external hard drive kit (Rocket Fish) and put my old hard drive inside of it so that it would function as a USB drive. Things worked out swell for a while until I wanted to clear up the old data from my previous computer. When I tried to delete the old folders with my desktop info and in the folder labeled "Windows" (for example) and it said that I didn't have permission. I got frustrated when I realized that I now had seriously limited storage capacity. Aside form that my "new external hard drive" needed a power source or it would go to sleep. I ended up just buying a regular external (Iomega 500gb) and have it now. It doesn't have an external power source but seems to just turn off randomly or go to sleep which worries me. I have a lot of info on it. (Thats another issue though) I am now resorting back to my Rocket Fish but can't just get the darn thing to be read as a USB and have permission to do whatever I want to on it. Instead I don't have permission to delete any of my old data. I looked up master sla... Read more

A:Help understanding SATA and master/slave configuration (laptop)

SATA drives don't have a master/slave relationship. So you won't need to mess with jumpers.

To be able to delete the files you probably need to take ownership of them.

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I want to transfer data from my hard drive in my laptop (Lenovo Y480) to a hard drive in my desktop. the cables for the sata adapter do not fit the hard drive from the laptop. Is there a different form for a 2.5 hard drive and a 3.5 hard drive?

A:sata to usb adapter cable dosen't fit sata hard drive in laptop?

Does the drive have an adapter need to remove to expose the SATA conenctors? I don;t see anything about the Y480 not having a standard SATA drive and laptop and desktop SATA connectors are the same.

Maybe post pictures of both the drive and your SATA cables.

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Trying to install window in this new laptop.Unable to find usb 3.0 configuration in pre os in system configuration in bios menu. 

A:Bios system configuration settings issue

Hi: If you are trying to install W7 on that model, you need to run this tool to put the USB3 drivers into your W7 USB installation flash drive. https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/25476/NUCs-Windows-7-USB-3-0-Creator-Utility There is a readme link on the page for how to use the tool. Download the file for the operating system you plan to run the tool on (W10/W8.1) or (W7). 

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Trying to install window in this new laptop.Unable to find usb 3.0 configuration in pre os in system configuration in bios menu. 

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Hi. I did some upgrading on my computer. Here are the details:

I had dual SATA drives (both 250 gig) with XP home.

I removed both drives, replaced with two Hitachi SATA drives (1 TB each) and installed Win 7.

But my BIOS will only see one of the drives. I have successfully installed Win 7 on that drive and I can boot with it. But I get a boot error - "no drive found in SATA port "x" - the port with the 2nd drive. If I select "continue" it will boot into Win successfully, but without the 2nd drive.

Here are some things I have tried:
I have removed the 2nd drive and replaced with either of my old drives and Win 7 will boot and see both drives. Also, if I replace with both old drives it boots just fine (still as an XP machine).
I have moved to different SATA ports - same problem.
I have tried different SATA cables - it's not the cables.
I created a bootable disc from Hitachi's HD support page. But,as I get the "not found" error before the disc boots, it still will only see the first (working) drive.
Not sure what else to try. I'm beginning to think I have a bad hard drive. Keep in mind, both Hitachi drives are the same model number.

I hope my details of the problem here make sense.

Ideas?? Thanks very much, in advance!

A:BIOS not seeing 2nd SATA drive

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Terribly confused here folks... I am trying to install windows xp pro into this system that has 2 sata 160 gb drives. When the machine boots both drives are detected and labled healthy. I can hit ctrl A to enter into the raid array configuration utility. I thought I created a successful array. I then move on to boot from the xp pro disk, but after getting into setup, and attempting to install windows, I get a message telling me that no hard drives are detected, and the only option is to quit the setup utility. Please help me to see what I am missing. Any and all advice welcome. Thanks!

A:How to set up Sata Raid 0 in system bios, to install xp pro.

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Hey guys!

I recently brought a new harddrive to replace my old drive as a primary one(it died), problem was that it was a sata drive, my a7n8x doesnt include sata(only the deluxe version does) so i had to invested in a sata PC adapter card that slots into a PCI slot. The drive is working perfectly, i've partitioned it to prepare it for a OS installation. Problem is, when installing windows it doesnt even recognise the harddrive. I checked the bios and the harddrive doesnt exist there either since the only way the bios detects harddrives is through IDE. I;ve been looking for a driver that could remedy this, but nothing is helping.
Its particularly important since my other harddrive(which is currently running windows) needs to be formatted because partition magic believes there are huge issues in how its configured.
Any info would help!

Thanks in advance!

A:sata drive recognition on bios

Ok, you will not see a sata drive connected to a controller card in the system bios. You WILL see the sata drive in the card bios.
You need to load the driver for the card via the F6 prompt during the first part of setup. You should have received a driver disk with the card. If you did not, you can download the driver from whoever made the card; ie promise, highpoint, etc.

Next you never partition and format the driver prior to installing xp/win2k/vista; all partitioning and formatting is done from setup. You are just asking for a problem using something like partition magic to format a drive for you.

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Which of these three Bios settings should I be using for a SATA drive?
1.) 4P(IDE)+2S(IDE)
2.) 4P(IDE)+2S(RAID)
3.) 4P(IDE)+2S(AHCI)

See screenshot of these BIOS settings here, http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/ind...dID=75594228&albumID=2645700&imageID=42626260

A:Which of these three Bios settings should I be using for a SATA drive?

depends on the OS that you are booting to.
1 or 2 for xp and 3 for vista.

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I have 2 drives connected to my computer, an IDE and a SATA. They both work fine from within Windows but I was just wondering why only the IDE drive shows up in the BIOS?

A:SATA drive not showing in BIOS

Check jumpers on the unit, drivers, or maybe (hopefully not) may be defective?

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Hey there. I'm using a brand new PC with Windows 7 Professional (64bit).

My motherboard is the Asus P6X58D Premium Motherboard.

My problem is this:

My brand spankin' new PC uses a fresh 500g Western Digital SATA drive. This drive is plugged into the SATA1 port. The OS is installed on this drive.

After conducting the installation and checking that everything is hunky-dory I decide to pop in my "older" (3 months) 500g western digital SATA drive. I have it placed in the SATA2 port. This older drive came from an older PC that used Windows XP. Admittedly I am very new to this sort of maneuver, I sort of assumed that the BIOS would just detect the second drive and that I could just transfer over all my old data, regardless of the OS that was on it.

And yes, I have tried several of the other SATA ports just in case SATA2 was malfunctioning.

My question is this... Why isn't the BIOS detecting this older drive? How can I cause it to detect so that I can have both drives at my disposal?

Any and all help will be greatly appreciated :)


A:BIOS not detecting 2nd SATA drive


You have tried using the working SATA cable on the non-working drive?
And vice versa?
Make sure that all the plugs are plugged in firmly especially power.
Make sure that the drive does spin up when you turn the computer on.
If you have access to another PC check if the drive can be read on a different machine.
This sounds like it could be an error in how the BIOS is set to detect the drives, but as always it pays to check the simple things first.


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I have had some trouble with my Maxtor drive, seems to be a pretty common problem, which I am replacing with a WD 250GB drive.

The Maxtor drive (also 250GB) failed with a Block: 0 Unrecoverable data error, however the Bios still was able to see it and provide the Brand and ID. I was also able to run the Dell Diagnostics on it. I'd like to see if I can get any data off the old drive, because, of course I don't have any good backups. I know, stupid and all too common!

The new drive was added and plugged into the SATA0 position, the old maxtor is plugged into the SATA1 position. The machine recognizes the new WD drive, I've installed XP and am adding the rest of my programs... so far so good.

My question is on the secondary/slave drive. It is no longer recognized in the Bios. When I reboot I get an error and have to press F1. The system then boots. When I enter the Bios it shows the new western digital in SATA0, but doesn't show a drive in SATA1.

Is there anything else I need to do to get the secondary drive recognized? Can you think of anything that might help? I'm not really a hardware person, so it is quite possible I'm missing something very obvious!

I'm also interested in advice to get the data back if I can access the drive. I have heard a utility by runtime called GetDataBack might work as well as booting with Knoppix which I've heard may succeed in cases like these where windows XP fails.

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A:Configuring a second SATA Drive... not seen by bios

SATA drive data recovery

Try NTFS Dos, I used it to recover files on a Maxtor SATA HDD with error 7..

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My motherboard is an ASUS A7V8X. Until now I have been using a 40GB Seagate IDE HDD as my master drive however I now own a 120GB SATA. What i am trying to do is make my 40GB Seagate a slave for backup purposes and use my new SATA WD1200JD as a master and boot drive.

I have managed to make Windows (Win XP Prof.) acknowledge both hard drives and am able to access the 120GB SATA in the OS (which tells me the cabling is fine and it is getting power). Windows, however, is irrelevant as I am going to format both drives as soon as I have solved this problem, I am holding off though as I don't want to format unless i am going to be unable to make my 120GB SATA my boot drive upon reinstallation of the OS.

My BIOS is recognising the 40GB Seagate as my slave but it will not acknowledge the SATA drive at all and is still booting from the slave (I don't know if it is relevant but i updated my bios only yesterday).

How can I make my BIOS recognise both drives, have it make my 40GB IDE a slave and my 120GB SATA a master AND then boot from it?

Hypothetically, If i had bought both these hard drives brand new without any OS on them, installed both of them and connected them up as a slave and master on my factory default ASUS A7V8X would i still have this problem? If so how would I fix it because once I've formatted both drives, that will pretty much be my situation.

A:BIOS is not recognising my new SATA drive

I have a IDE slave and SATA master on my Gigabyte MoBo, and it doesnt mention anywhere the SATA drive - never has even since before I sintalled the IDE slave HDD.

AS long as you have the BIOS settings setup so that the raid controller is on, you should be fine. You wont be able to change the boot order tho - it will just boot the SATA first if it is the master drive.

I am pretty sure it is just a weird setup for the SATA drives, although i see no reason as to why they cannot be listed in the bios.

For me, the SATA hdd is booted post bios when the raid controller is turned on.


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I had a power failure and after the event my XP pc wouldn't boot. The bios loads but message reads "no bios installed" and "No drive for Fasttrack file". I used the Maxtor utility and it can't detect the drive either. I thought Sata was the way to go but now I'm not sure. Please help if you have any suggestions. I think the drive got fried but I sure hope not. Thanks, m3guitar

A:Sata Drive Undetected By Bios

Well, you need to determine if the drive or the MB controller took the hit, it appears that one of them didn't survive the power adventure. Have you tried plugging the SATA drive into the other MB SATA port? Does the drive spin up when you apply power?

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I was running windows 8.1 just fine but i decided to completely wipe my hard drive and clean install windows 10. The wipe went fine with deriks boot and nuke but partly through my install of windows it said some files were missing. Now my bios will not detect my hard drive. i put the hard drive into another laptop and its detected there. I also tried putting a different hard drive in the Alienware but it wont detect it either. The only thing i can do is boot from usb drive. Any help would be greatly apreciated. 

A:Alienware M11X R3 Bios will not detect any SATA HDD put into the system

Are you installing 9.5 mm height drives, or 7 mm drives?  If you're installing 7 mm drives, you may need a spacer so the drive properly connects to the mainboard.
For example,

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Hi,I just updated the bios in my aspire es1-131 from 1.11 to 1.17. All seemed to be progressing OK, but after finalization (100%) and reboot the computer is dead. Just a black screen. No logo, not possible to hit F2 or anything. Isvthere any way to fix this?? Or is it totally bricked?Thanks in advance.

A:Aspire es1-131 bios v1.17 bricked!?

Hopefully you made a backup of your BIOS before you updated it, that way you can restore it back. If not, there are ways to fix it (crisis BIOS recovery) or you can contact Acer technical support in your area for options.

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Hi,I just updated the bios in my aspire es1-131 from 1.11 to 1.17. All seemed to be progressing OK, but after finalization (100%) and reboot the computer is dead. Just a black screen. No logo, not possible to hit F2 or anything. Isvthere any way to fix this?? Or is it totally bricked?Thanks in advance.

A:Aspire es1-131 bios v1.17 bricked!?

Hopefully you made a backup of your BIOS before you updated it, that way you can restore it back. If not, there are ways to fix it (crisis BIOS recovery) or you can contact Acer technical support in your area for options.

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 I have had a y510p for 3 years now and have had numerous problems with it. Having replaced it I decided to use it as a desktop (Screen broke and I just use it connected to a monitor). I wanted to backflash my bios to an earlier verson (from 3.08 to 2.07) and backed up my bios on a bootable USB. The bios backflash was somewhat successful (could get into BIOS and showed that 2.07 was installed) But the screen kept flashing off and on (black background, no image displayed aside from the lenovo splash screen for about .1 of a second). I then tried re-installing my bios from the USB but the machine turned off soon as it started despite being plugged into the wall with no other outlets used and having full charge on the battery.After that, the laptop would start but no image would be displayed (keyboard light would remain on). I got desperate and flashed and attempted to flash crisis BIOS per this guide http://blog.jimsjump.com/2016/02/07/lenovo-y510p-v305-b... and after a minutes of constant beeping the laptop turned off. Now when I try turning it on, it quickly turns off and on about 3 times before starting. The keyboard lights up, the fans spin for up to 30 seconds and then the machine turns off and the cycle repeats indefinitely. I'm 100% sure It's bricked to death now, I was just wondering if there was anything else I could try? I can't even get into BIOS anymore. I was contemplating purchasing new bios chips and re-soldering them, What are your opinions guys?

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i tried to update my bios on my laptop i got for christmas and now it wont boot. i had a feeling that something wrong would happen, and something did. i tried the windows + b key method but after about 30-60 seconds, the num lock and caps lock keys blink. am i doing this right and should i leave the laptop alone? any solutions?

A:bricked from bios update

how many blinks you have from caps lock?

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I have recently updated My laptop (HP Probook 450 G3 Notebook) and after first restart, the machine shows HP logo and then (Powe Led Switch off) and restarts, earlier version was 1.05 which from the upgrade switched to 1.05. I have tried combination keys method windows key+ B button, also made a recovery Flash drive from the latest BIOS, but no luck.

A:BIOS Update Bricked

I also tried to find out the version installed in the machine which was 1.05 which may have helped, but on HP site there is only 1.10 version available.

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Hi, So I have an old ENVY 15-3000 that I was performing a BIOS update on a few days ago. The SSD in it isn't the factory original OEM one so there isn't an HP_TOOLS partition. So after the update ran inside Windows, it rebooted and is now in a bricked state. The caps lock light is flashing, and the airplane mode key is solid orange. Following HPs instructions on how to make a BIOS recovery USB stick, I have found that the installer files HP provides for this model are outdated and do not have the capability to make a recovery USB drive. Is there anything I can do about this or is it just bricked for good? Thanks,Rashed.

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hi,my laptop when turned on only until the logo acer .. in wait for an hour remain so. regulatory sign bios can not (hit F2).then I pull the battery for 1-5 minutes, after it emerged selection UEFI mode or legacy, then I select UEFI.and reboot the computer is off. Only a black screen. No logo, it is impossible to hit F2 or whatever. but connected via hdmi using existing computer monitor acer logo then no hdd bootable, in continued use an external keyboard also could not hit F2. aspire es1-131how to fix this ??Thanks in advance.  

A:Aspire es1-131 bios v1.17 bricked!?

Quotes from our greatest Acer Techie Blayn:"If it won't boot past a black screen, most likely the system requires repair service. We would suggest contacting technical support in your region for further assistance with this issue. Acer Service and Support"Source: http://community.acer.com/t5/E-and-M-Series-Laptops/acer-aspire-E1-521-0694-bios-flash-failure/m-p/4... Good luck! 

First, CALM DOWN and look at my profile picture. Calm? Now post your message. If I helped, a Kudos would be great! Marking as solution will help others as well, thank you!

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In my bios I see that the setting was set in the ACHI mode.?

Award Software Bios-
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 965 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 4 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8188 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4300/4500 Series , 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 238368 MB, Free - 192442 MB; D: Total - 238467 MB, Free - 238370 MB; E: Total - 95385 MB, Free - 89351 MB; F: Total - 95385 MB, Free - 95293 MB; G: Total - 476937 MB, Free - 318811 MB; H: Total - 953867 MB, Free - 379385 MB;
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., GA-MA785GM-US2H, x.x,
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A:Solved: Bios setting for sata drive

Im guessing its in that mode because you have windows 7 in the computer and a SATA drive. vista and windows 7 are set for ACHI. to run windows xp the setting is usually SATA,ATA,IDE, or compatability.if theres another reason why maybe someone will be along with a better answer.most brand new computers at least laptops now have SATA drives and no longer use IDE drives.

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Hi Guys
I have just fitted a SSD drive in my computer windows 7 64 bit system, when I installed windows onto the new SSD I just unplugged my old hard drive and fitted the SSD and just installed windows 7 and all worked ok.
But after the new install was working I was told I needed to make a change in the BIOS to alter the settings from treat Sata as IDE to treat Sata as AHCI.
I did this and all was ok with the new drive the installation worked and the new drive is running ok.
But now I have since read that I should have made the bios change before installing windows nad should not be done after the install,
So do I need to reinstall windows 7 with the bios changes to treat sata as AHCI before I install or will it work ok it seems to be ok but im not sure now.
I was also under the impression that I could still have my old hard drive fitted and just select the hard drive I wanted to boot from as the computer started, I wanted to do this so I could still has access to all my old stuff if I needed it.
But now my old hard drive will not boot until I change the Bios back to treat Sata as IDE, so is this not going to work or will I have to change the bios each time I need access to my old drive.
Also I have an Asus P6T SE motherboard so can I plug the SSD into any Sata port or is it better to plug it into number 1 if so how do I find which one is number one.

A:SSD hard drive do i use Sata as IDE or AHCI in Bios

See this tutorial: AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista

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the only wat to launch windows from a cold start is to use ctrl+alt+del and then it boots up.
When starting it up from a cold start up the bios does not see the hdd but after using ctrl+alt+del and booting into windows and then resart windows but not powering it down and then go into the bios it sees it. This issue is only when I completly power down and start up

A:hp slimeline bios does not recognize sata drive

Typically the result of the drive aging and not spinning up fast enough upon power on. Not likely on an HP, but some BIOS versions allow a boot delay to be set to account for this type of drive issue.

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System = Dell Inspiron 531

Had issue with boot drive, so replaced and re-loaded Windows Vista OS.

Decided to add original drive to grab some data; so installed the old drive in Sata Port 2. The drive did not work -- I thot is might be a bad SATA cable, so started switching things around.

Net is -- drive works fine if new boot drive is in SATA port 0; and prior hard drive is plugged in SATA port 1 (where CD had been plugged). Copied data, etc.

So -- knew I needed to ENABLE SATA Port 2 in BIOS -- but when I go there -- those items are 'Greyed out' and not selectable.

KEY QUESTION - Is there some other change that has to be made to enable SATA ports in BIOS? I went in Device Manager -- found the 'controller' entry -- but nothing seemed out of place there.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Regards, HisRocker

A:Adding 2nd SATA Drive -- Can't Enable in BIOS?

Under Integrated Peripherals in the BIOS are the SATA ports greyed out even if there is a device plugged into one of them? I wish your manual would show illustrations of the BIOS pages but they don't.

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I'm switching over from IDE to Sata Western Digital Model WD2500AAJS on my HP A620N with a ASUS A7V8Z-LA Motherboard.

I'm going to use the Sata drive as the drive for my O/S and other programs, rather than as a data storage.

I have no other hd connected at this time.

I have both the power cable plugged in and the data cable plugged into the Sata 1 port on the motherboard.

I'm having trouble getting the Bios to see that I've installed the Sata drive.

I'm not sure how to change the Bios so it knows the Sata drive is there.

Any ideas? Thanks in advance!


A:Changing Bios to show Sata Drive

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Hi All,
I have searched and tried several different things that are suggested to fix this problem, but can't figure it out..... I'm simply trying to add a extra storage drive to my HTPC and when I install the drive it's recognized in the bios, but when I start up windows 7 it says it's installing new hardware then comes up with the error "Hardware drivers could not be installed for your device" or something along that line..... and the drive shows up in device managers unknown devices with a yellow mark. I have tried two sperate drives a 1TB WD Blue and a 2TB Seagate both are Sata3 6g drives and my Motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H that has 6 sata3 ports.
Here's what I've tried
As I said 2 seperate drives, both reacted this same.
Tried different sata cables.
Tried going into disk management to make the disk usable BUT it is not listed there.
I used a Linux based "recovery tools" cd to boot the system (which BTW sees the drive just fine) to use the Seagate drive utility to partition the drive and format it NTFS.
I also read here to try uninstalling the drive controllers in the device manager and reboot and let windows set them back up.
Obviously.... None of this has worked, and I'm at the end of my wits here... lol
Any suggestions that you all can give me would be VERY appreciated!

A:Bios see's sata drive but windows doesn't?

Hmmm..... no suggestions?

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I just built a new computer using an Asus P4P800-E mobo and a 2.8 P4. I installed XP PRO on it when it was just the SATA drive and everything worked fine. I added two ATA drives on the IDE primary and a DVD drive and a zip drive on the secondary IDE. I went into the BIOS and set it to boot from the SATA drive but now I'm getting a BIOS checksum error at boot.

Any ideas on what might be wrong ?

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I just bought a wd 320 giga SATA hard drive. I have an asus a7n8x Deluxe motherboard. The SATA/Raid controller is installed or at least the bios says it is. The drive is recognized as the "primary", but it will not put it as the Master hard drive--only says it's the primary later in the bios post. Windows does not recognize it at all. When I try to install Windows XP, it says no hard drive detected, and tells me to hit F3 and Goodby. I have re-flashed the Bios about 2 dozen times with versions 1005 thru 1008 (the latest). I've changed the data cable. Nothing works. Anybody got a great idea i've missed? Would like to have the SATA, but will have to return it if I can't get bios to recognize it.

A:can't get bios to recognize new sata hard drive

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Have an HP Pavilion 620 computer that uses a A7V8X-LA mobo. Noticed that the board has two SATA connectors that were not operational. I went into the BIOS to see if they could be enabled there, but there was no reference anywhere to SATA, so I couldn't enable them.

I did an internet lookup of the BIOS and found a reference to enabling SATA ports in the BIOS under the ADVANCED tab. Unfortunately the BIOS seems to be different on my machine the SATA enable feature is missing.

So far I have not found a BIOS update that provides this feature. Is it a lost cause?

A:Enabling SATA ports

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Here is a method that worked to rescue a HDX18 laptop running an Insyde BIOS. Download the latest BIOS for this model.  ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp51501-52000/sp51618.exe Save it to the desk top and use 7-Zip to "Extract Files, when you open it you will find a file by the name of 3610F34.fd Rename that file to 3610.BIN (I used capitols) Grab a USB flash drive 2 GB or smaller and it should automatically be formatted with FAT32, when it's done copy and paste your newly named BIOS file on to the flash drive, safely eject the drive from your computer. (do not just pull it out from the USB port)  On my Bricked HDX18.   Remove the battery and adapter and hold down the power button for 30 seconds to do a hard reset.  Plug in the flash drive in one of the left USB ports, hold down the "Windows"+"B" key and while your holding it down plug in the adapter.   Boot up and the laptop should start to beep and read the flash drive, release the keys and when finished the laptop will shut down. Leave it sit for 3 minutes and boot to Windows.  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  This method did not work on my dv8, nor did it work here for mrtranmsb :  http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Operating-systems-and/Please-help-recovery-Bios-HP-DV4-1326TX/... Read more

A:Bricked Machine After BIOS Update

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Earlier today I downloaded BIOS_Acer_1.11_A_A.zip from Acer's web site and ran the TMBI0111.exe executable it contained.My laptop rebooted as expected and the flashing process ran to completion (100%).It rebooted again but remained stuck at the Acer boot logo (without the dancing dots).Now the laptop won't boot at all. If I switch the machine off, then on, the same thing happens: stuck at Acer boot logo. I cannot enter the setup utility (F2) either.Note that the machine still reboots when pressing Ctrl-Alt-Delete, and the keyboard illumination command (Fn-F9) still works.Any idea?

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Hello, everyone. It turns out that the BIOS of my Lenovo IdeaPad Z475 laptop has been bricked. When I turn it on, it stays on for about 7 seconds with the black screen, not even the LCD backlit is turned on, after 7 seconds the backlit is turned on, but the screen is still black, after 3 seconds a white line flashes at the top left, and after 1 second the screen turns black again with the backlit on. I don't know if I'm making myself clear. The Lenovo logo doesn't even appear. I also don't know why the BIOS has been bricked. I've read that Phoenix firmwares have a hidden feature that automatically installs a BIOS firmware file from USB, but I don't know how to do this. Greetings.


UPDATE: Forgot to mention that I took apart the computer and removed the CMOS battery for a few minutes and then I put it back on. I also tried to identify the BIOS chip, I think this is it, but I'm not sure. I googled the model and I found that is it a "Serial Flash Memory" chip.

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Well I mistakenly decided to try updating the BIOS on the Stick 300 before I was going to try slapping x64 Windows 10 on there.....and it bricked spectacularly, using the EFI USB method.  Found these forums and I have the same behavior as others, blue light on for a bit, flash flash activity on attached usb memory stick, blue light off, and it repeats, zero HDMI output to the monitor at any point. I cannot find a way to ask Lenovo about a repair option.  I would like to talk or email someone about sending it in to be addressed for a certain price type of deal. It is out of warranty, which I find strange that the warranty is so short on this product, and that seems to make it about impossible to contact support. Anyone know of a way to get their attention to get replies?

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After finished bios update downloaded from: https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/pl/pl/products/LAPTOPS-AND-NETBOOKS/LENOVO-B-SERIES-LAPTOPS/LENOVO-B540...laptop rebooted and then my screen went black, only power led was on.I wrote ticket on this issue but nobody responded. I contacted with support via chat, but he wasn't able to help me.

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Hi all, Need help on my Lenovo G40-70 that I've just bought 6 months ago where I accidently bricked the laptop after BIOS update. It seems during the BIOS updating process it when well but after 2nd reboot there's some message on the screen that the BIOS failed to update factory setting and it freeze on the message for quiet sometimes. After a long wait I decided to long press Start button for hard reboot. Then the scary part comes in where it seems the laptop can't longer shows the Lenovo logo & cannot even boot to Windows, just black screen. Hope anyone can help me on this and give some advice on what I'm going to do. I would like to tried myself first before ending up with warranty claim since I'm worried I've brick the warranty due to wrong BIOS update procedure....

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A:Lenovo G40-70 Bricked by BIOS Update

hi mahdhir2005,
Im sorry to hear that.
  I would suggest you call the Lenovo Technical Team regarding the Issue. If it is the BIOS that's causing the issue then there maybe no source or option to have it fixed without they're help or service.
  If the BIOS software you downloaded was from a legit Lenovo Site and correct model, then I think It will be ok to Just report them what happened and ask for possible option.
Hope this helped

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