OS/Bios/startup problem...

By Corki
Dec 1, 2006
  1. Hello, thanks for your time.

    I have a slight problem with my PC on starting up. It's an annoyance rather than a severe problem.

    System Specs:

    ASUS P4S800D motherboard
    3.00ghz Pentium 4 Processor (HT)
    1024mb RAM (recently upgraded)

    I doubled my RAM for two reasons, gaming(!) and to boost the overall speed fo my computer. However, when stating up, shortly after you see all of the BIOS doing its work i get another screen, which says:
    "Press esc to continue loading", or something like that, and then comes up with the following message:

    Primary Master:SATA device not found
    Secondary Master: SATA device not found

    So, i have always just pressed esc to skip the process. Its not much of a problem but it makes my PC take about 3 minutes to startup which is an annoyance.

    Has anyone encountered this before? Does anyone have a clue what i can do to get my PC to startup at the speed it should do considering my specs?

    Cheers guys.
  2. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415

    If your not using SATA drives , go in to the BIOS and disable the section which specifies it.

    It may be the boot order where it will say
    First boot device SATA 1
    Second Boot device SATA2
    third Boot device IDE0

    You need to move the boot order so that IDE0 or IDE1 is first, that way the POST will just boot from the drive that has windows on it,

    Most people see

    Floppy drive boot record not found
    Trying CD rom
    CD rom boot record not found.

    This is because there boot order is set to Floppy > CD > then Hard drive.

    Hope this helps

  3. Corki

    Corki TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you very much.

    Most obliged.
  4. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415

    Your most welcome, glad to help...

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