Bios not installed

March 4, 2009 at 06:44:16
Specs: DreamLinux, 3.2ghz/2gig
Hi since i got this machine from a neighbour a few weeks ago I get this error when booting. It does boot so I am not sure if the bios needs a firmware update or should I just leave it alone? I remember having the same error on another machine a couple of years ago and I had to get a firmware update from the motherboard manufacturers website but so many people say to me that if it is working it doesn't matter. Is this true?

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#1
March 4, 2009 at 06:51:40
Post the exact error for an exact answer.

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#2
March 4, 2009 at 07:02:13
Well that is what it says but the whole thing that is on the screen about 'bios not installed' is :
Sata378 TX2 plus
2002-2005 Promise technology
Detecting................
No device is found
Bios not installed

Then it goes onto boot anyway.

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#3
March 4, 2009 at 09:30:06
Do you have an add in controller card installed in that computer? If so, are you connecting any drives to it?

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#4
March 4, 2009 at 11:24:19
To expand on what Othehill said. You evidently have a Promise controller installed. So I think what the message is saying is there are no devices connected to it, so the bios is not being installed.

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#5
March 4, 2009 at 11:46:18
I agree with aegis1, it looks as if the previous owner had a SATA drive and removed it prior to passing it on.

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#6
March 4, 2009 at 18:08:26
There are two sata (raid)drives in this machine. No ide. Not that I know much about this really. I also don't know much about promis controllers so I am pretty clueless as to what they do and haven't had time to find out. Heard of it all before but haven't done the research. So would this be the reason? Is it a big deal? Because everything is working.
I know the previous owner said there was some kind of problems that his tech friend could never quite solve but they used windows and I didn't even want to try. Plus I prefer Linux. I just straight installed and didn't care.

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#7
March 4, 2009 at 21:53:18
The promise controller may be on-board. If you only have SATA drives it can probably be disabled. Check in cmos/bios setup

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#8
March 4, 2009 at 23:11:57
Ahhhhh maybe that is what one friend was trying to explain to me. OK will check that now.

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#9
March 4, 2009 at 23:18:13
Yippee you did it. That is exactly what I needed to do!!! Your a gem....thanks!!!! Now it even boots faster!

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#10
March 5, 2009 at 04:29:58
The point made in #7 is what I was trying to determine with my question in #3, which you didn't answer.

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#11
March 5, 2009 at 06:02:46
I haven't added anything in the computer! I didn't even know what a promise controller was. Still don't really. Didn't add the hard drives. Nothing!

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#12
March 5, 2009 at 06:13:05
I believe you. I thought you could take a look inside though.

Anyway the problem is now solved.


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#13
March 5, 2009 at 06:20:39
I don't know what it looks like. I am really not that good with puters yet. Thanks...

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#14
March 5, 2009 at 06:26:43
Well, you could tell if the cables going to the drives are connected directly to the motherboard or to an add in card can't you?

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#15
March 5, 2009 at 06:33:25
I didn't look. Someone told me something about this stuff when I read out what was in the bios but I am still being educated on it. I really don't know that much yet.

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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#16
March 5, 2009 at 06:35:36
Go to newegg.com and browse. Things like motherboards are almost always accompanied by multiple views of the hardware that can be viewed and enlarged.


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#17
March 5, 2009 at 06:37:25
Yep will when I have problems again. No real time . Thanks!

"The meaning of life is to be happy and useful" Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama


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