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bios does not automatically select Hard Drive that contains WindowsXP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by aaronep@pacbell.net, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. aaronep@pacbell.net

    aaronep@pacbell.net Flightless Bird

    I have an HP PC computer with a single built in hard drive which
    contains Windows XP. Recently, when I turn computer power on to
    start computer, it the computer does not access the hard drive that
    contains XP.

    I am able to boot up only by pressing the ESC key when starting the
    computer, which forces the computer to
    access the BOOT MENU screen. Once there, I must select the single
    hard drive, and then exit the boot menu and the Windows completes the
    boot process.

    Is there anything I can do to force the BIOS to access the hard drive
    automatically, and not one of the other USB flash drives, so that
    these extra steps are not required?

    All replies welcomed! Aaron
     
  2. peter

    peter Flightless Bird

    Re: bios does not automatically select Hard Drive that contains Windows XP

    Put the HD as the 1st boot device in the BIOS
    then SAVE and exit.........
    let us know if that does not work

    peter

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    <aaronep@pacbell.net> wrote in message
    news:966c63ac-4454-4c09-a999-6ed9a68f3e41@a39g2000prb.googlegroups.com...
    > I have an HP PC computer with a single built in hard drive which
    > contains Windows XP. Recently, when I turn computer power on to
    > start computer, it the computer does not access the hard drive that
    > contains XP.
    >
    > I am able to boot up only by pressing the ESC key when starting the
    > computer, which forces the computer to
    > access the BOOT MENU screen. Once there, I must select the single
    > hard drive, and then exit the boot menu and the Windows completes the
    > boot process.
    >
    > Is there anything I can do to force the BIOS to access the hard drive
    > automatically, and not one of the other USB flash drives, so that
    > these extra steps are not required?
    >
    > All replies welcomed! Aaron
     
  3. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    Re: bios does not automatically select Hard Drive that contains Windows XP

    aaronep@pacbell.net wrote:
    > I have an HP PC computer with a single built in hard drive which
    > contains Windows XP. Recently, when I turn computer power on to
    > start computer, it the computer does not access the hard drive that
    > contains XP.
    >
    > I am able to boot up only by pressing the ESC key when starting the
    > computer, which forces the computer to
    > access the BOOT MENU screen. Once there, I must select the single
    > hard drive, and then exit the boot menu and the Windows completes the
    > boot process.
    >
    > Is there anything I can do to force the BIOS to access the hard drive
    > automatically, and not one of the other USB flash drives, so that
    > these extra steps are not required?
    >
    > All replies welcomed! Aaron


    Enter the BIOS and correct the boot order:

    http://michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm

    Remember to save your changes!
     
  4. Paul

    Paul Flightless Bird

    aaronep@pacbell.net wrote:
    > I have an HP PC computer with a single built in hard drive which
    > contains Windows XP. Recently, when I turn computer power on to
    > start computer, it the computer does not access the hard drive that
    > contains XP.
    >
    > I am able to boot up only by pressing the ESC key when starting the
    > computer, which forces the computer to
    > access the BOOT MENU screen. Once there, I must select the single
    > hard drive, and then exit the boot menu and the Windows completes the
    > boot process.
    >
    > Is there anything I can do to force the BIOS to access the hard drive
    > automatically, and not one of the other USB flash drives, so that
    > these extra steps are not required?
    >
    > All replies welcomed! Aaron


    Is the hard drive being detected in time, to be considered a candidate
    for booting ? Maybe you should change a BIOS setting, such that the
    POST (power up test) takes longer to execute, giving the hard drive
    more time to start. For example, enable the short memory test that
    some motherboards do. Since it is an HP computer, it might not have
    a lot of options like that to choose from.

    Another thing you can check, is download a copy of HDTune.

    (Free version)
    http://www.hdtune.com/files/hdtune_255.exe

    Use the "SMART" tab, to view the SMART statistics from the hard
    drive. Perhaps the hard drive has some problems, and the SMART
    statistics can tell you whether the drive is failing.

    This is an example of some SMART statistics. If any are marked
    as "failing", that might hint that the hard drive has a problem.

    http://pics.blutschlumpf.de/hdd/6268_health.png

    Paul
     

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