Building New Computer...HELP!

By TheElite42 ยท 15 replies
Nov 28, 2004
  1. Ok, here's the deal, i built a computer w/ a ASUS K8V SE Deluxe MOBO, a AMD 3400+ CPU, Radeon 9800XT 256mb AGP, and a Soundblaster LIVE soundcard...everything put together turned the machine on, and no roasting here is my problem... BIOS!!!

    System runs and well IDK WAT THE HELL TO DO!

    my HD is set up on my IDE Master, and my 2 drives (DVD, and CDR/RW) are on my IDE Secondary... no RAID, just one HD, and nothing in harddrive comes from another computer w/ lots of files on it already including Windows XP, but i never even get to Windows cause i get

    Serial CH0 : Not found (or something like that)
    Serial CH1 : Not found

    and BIOS not installed...PLEASE HELP!!
  2. TheElite42

    TheElite42 TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Please guys i really would appreciate assistance, cause the computer is just sitting there, the power and capability being wasted on BIOS!
  3. The Best Alias

    The Best Alias TS Rookie Posts: 113

    Try to clear CMOS. There's a little jumper you short out for 5 seconds. It should be depicted in the manual. If that doesn't work, then you've got no BIOS which leaves you with 2 options: 1. return the mobo cuz it's defective, 2. Get a bigger hammer.
  4. TheElite42

    TheElite42 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    what do you mean i wont have any BIOS if that doesnt work? isnt that like a RISKY idea?
  5. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    When does that messahe appear ? To me it sounds like an error message printed by the onboard Promise SATA controller when it does not find any SATA drives attached to it. It is not the motherboard's BIOS giving you that error message.
  6. TheElite42

    TheElite42 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    umm it happens like after the boot screen and right as it starts trying to load windows...:-\ do i have to go in BIOS and turn of SATA or wat should i try to do?
  7. Crazy

    Crazy TS Rookie Posts: 139

    You say you have no SATA drives?, so the hard drive connected is an ATA one.
    I don't have any experiance with sata ect(still have an old system), but it seems that on SATA CH0 and CH1 isn't detecting anything, what is normal because you haven't connected anything to it. What I get from your post is that your hd is ATA and not SATA? Could be you have to select ATA in the bios or something?

    Just a thought thou :), probably i got it wrong, but it's worth a look
  8. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,978   +15

    Ya look in your manual for a SerialATA (SATA) jumper or something, to turn it off, anything like that.

    It has a bios, otherwise the mobo wouldnt work, and you wouldnt be getting that message.

    Your hard drive will not boot to windows, you'll have to reinstall windows, possibly format, you cant take a hard drive out of a previous computer, put it into a new computer with completely different hardware and expect windows to boot, because it wont. They did the dileberly, so you couldnt install windows on a bunch of hard drives, then sell or give away the hard drives with windows already on them. That way when they get in the new/next computer, it wont work & you have to reinstall.
  9. TheElite42

    TheElite42 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    well thnx u guys, i'm definately trying both options! first the SATA one, then the reinstalling windows...wat i'm thinking about doing is buying a new HD and then installing it onto that, then just adding the old HD to it...u htink that might work?
  10. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,978   +15

    Defently, thats a great idea. Just mount the hard drive as a slave and go :)

    That'll also give you a completly fresh, happy, windows installation :)
  11. Crazy

    Crazy TS Rookie Posts: 139

    Thats a great idea, but i don't know if you can use sata and ata both at the same time?, maybe someone can confirm this?

    But the idea is great :), thats what i'm planing to do when i got the money to build myself a new system. Putting my old hard drives on my pci raid controller and buy one sata drive(a cheap one :p). That way i can upgrade to sata later(got 440gb hd in my comp now).
  12. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,978   +15

    Ya man you can use SATA & ATA at the same time! why not? anyways, you can :D
  13. Shiney

    Shiney TS Booster Posts: 160

    Go into bios, disable sata/raid support, check the boot order is set to boot from ata, on first bios screen check that the hd's are set to auto. Do a autofind hard drives if this is available. (Usually on last bios screen)

    It just sounds like you have it set to boot from sata or raid and nothing else :)
  14. EvilFallenAngel

    EvilFallenAngel TS Rookie

    Bro, I feel you on this one, I just aquired a MSI KT6V with a Athlon XP 2600+ barton. I was getting the same message on a blue screen right. We you will have to press f5 or whatever key your bios tells you to get to your boot know the options like boot with network support, boot from floppy and so on....well this is what you need to do, you will need to boot from cd, and this sucks but it fixed my problem, make sure you have your os cd in it and reinstall your os, and format accordingly. This fixed my problem, but Im still looking for my antivirus cd to reinstall.....Hope this works for you too.

  15. Shaggy

    Shaggy TS Rookie


    yo...i had something of the same problem..make sure there is power to your HD first of all :D . Then look in your BIOS like everyone else said. I had to turned off my RAID controller because im runnning my Raptor drive base (1)Sata, and im loving it...Laterz :wave:
  16. TheElite42

    TheElite42 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i turned RAID off and it still doesnt work, if i turn RAID off and SATA off then it says BIOS not installed...
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