As I said, many of their models were / are actually made by Hsing Tech, who market their models retail as PCChips models. If the mboard has no ECS model number printed on the mboard surface, it was probably made by Hsing Tech.
If it was made by Hsing Tech....
- the ECS model usually has a bios string that indicates the bios version was made by / for Hsing Tech, not ECS.
- the mboard manual is often generic - it has no brand name in it.
However, ECS has been known to make their own bios version and they often make their own manual version for Hsing Tech mboards..
Did your Load Bios Defaults after flashing the bios ?
If you didn't, DO THAT !
If you can't do that, clear the Cmos by
- remove the mboard battery when the AC power has been removed to the PS, install it again after ten seconds, making sure the + is on the top of the battery when it is installed.
- or - by moving the clear Cmos jumper on the mboard, wait ten seconds, move it back, when the AC power has been removed to the PS.
As I said at the end of response 17......
"................. You MUST load bios defaults (or Clear the CMOS by moving a jumper on the mboard) in order to make sure the bios update is fully accepted by the mboard's bios - otherwise, the contents of the Cmos part of the bios and what you see in the bios Setup may not match the bios version, and your settings in the bios Setup may not work properly."
"the Via vt8237 SATA/RAID Driver post Screen"
No info about the SATA driver version appears on the post screen. The POST cannot detect the SATA driver installed in Windows on the hard drive.
The line appears when the bios has detected a SATA drive - the controller's bios loads to give you the option of setting up a RAID array - typically it times out in 5 seconds if you don't press a key then the POST continues.
"I lose this screen when I enable my Onchip USB Controller setting in the bios that screen doesn’t show up so I have to disable it that’s also why I get the windows error."
Is the monitor you're trying to use connected via a DVI connection?
Troubleshooting Common DVI Flat Panel Display Issues
"It cant find that installtion of windows on the sata drive."
I know from previous experience that you can install Windows XP (or 2000) successfully even when the bios Boot Order settings are NOT correct.
In that situation, it's only AFTER Windows Setup has finished that the bios does not boot from the drive you installed Windows on.
Also, on mboards that support both IDE and SATA drives, some bioses default to try booting from an IDE hard drive first when both types of drives are connected; some bioses default to try booting from a SATA hard drive first when both types of drives are connected.
When you have more than one hard drive connected,if the bios is not booting from the drive you want it to boot from, either....
- there is a list of hard drives in the bios, often near the Boot Order or similar settings - the model of the hard drive you want to boot from must be first (on top) in the list, Save bios settings.
-or - there is no list of hard drives, but there is more than one hard drive listed in the Boot Order or similar list - the hard drive you want to boot from must be first (on top) in the list, Save bios settings.
If models are not listed, they are listed generically, in the order in which the bios is presently detecting them, according to which connectors they are connected to, and in the case of IDE drives according to how they are jumpered - e.g. HDD0, HDD1, etc.
"I think the reason for the bios update was the version they loaded to the board when it was new wasn’t loading the correct information so windows could read it and apply what it needs to to work with it. In other words, It didn’t work right."
The original bios version worked fine overall , but according to that FAQ info you pointed me too, it must have had bugs that prevented SATA drives from being detected.