bios 'load fail-safe' needed to boot to HDD

By Riley50
Sep 2, 2007
  1. Hi - I have a G81915P Duo Pro mobo, XP and Vista on separate drives. I was (happily!) changing the boot order to select the OS. Then I increased (exchanged) my ram from 1GB to 2GB. The bios saw the new ram but XP sys info did not. It was recommended that I update my bios. So I went from F1 thru F3, F5 to F6. After each change I booted in bios fail-safe to XP. I did not notice that my Vista drive (IDE under a sata controller) was not shown in the boot up sequence selection.
    So then I changed bios settings back to my original ones, saw my other IDE drives and booted into Vista.
    Now I can only boot to XP by resetting my bios to 'failsafe' and to Vista by changing any bios setting. All very irritating!!
    I have changed my bios back to F1 but it makes no difference.
    Any ideas? TKIA
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Put back the latest BIOS version.

    Start applying your own BIOS settings and see exactly which setting makes XP unbootable.
  3. Riley50

    Riley50 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    Hi Nodsu thanks for your time. I have now put my bios back to the latest version. I also made my HHD master on the IDE cable vice the DVD writer ( I know! - I cannot remember how it happened but it did work!). Now I can enter the bios and change HDD priorities and get to XP or Vista as desired. So now I need to get a dual boot working!!
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