No Bios? No Hard Drive detected? Please help!

By kushty
Apr 25, 2006
  1. Hi,
    My wife has a PC with 2 SATA drives and it has been working fine for about 3 years. Now, when we came to boot it up it would start to load windows the screen would go dark nothing else would happen. We rebooted pressed the Tab key and got a screen with the boot settings in we didn't alter anything in that just exited and rebooted. Now it doesn't even try to boot windows. We can't get the boot screen back by pressing the Tab key. It just goes to another screen saying. VIA Technologies, Inc VIA VT8237 Serial ATA RAID BIOS Setting Utility V2.01

    Scan Devices, Please wait....
    Press <Tab> key into user window!

    Hardware initiate failed, Please check device!!!
    The BIOS does not be installed. Press <g> to continue!

    When we do that we get the first screen we get when we boot up saying:
    Press DEL to enter setup
    Press <F8> for BBS POPUP
    then it lists the controllers
    then lists
    Auto detecting Sec Master...ATAPI CD-ROM
    Sec Master: SONY DVD RW DW_U14A 1.0d
    ULTRA DMA Mode -2
    Auto Detecting USB Mass Storage devices..
    00 USB Mass storage devices found and configured.

    NO Hard Disk Drive Detected.
    Press F1 to resume.

    When we select F8 we get a choice of the DVD drive or the floppy drive.

    I hope I have explained well enough and hope someone can help. Thanks

  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Looks like the hard drive(s) or the controller has failed. Could be something as simple as a loose cable too of course.
  3. kushty

    kushty TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks Nodsu,

    that's what it was a bad 2nd drive.

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