Not seeing any booting device in the bios

July 22, 2011 at 02:41:30
Specs: Windows XP
i start my acer laptop and it does nothing, i go to the BIOS and this is what i see
1: IDE 0:
2: IDE 1:
3: SATA:
4: PCI BEV: REALTEK BOOK AGENT
5: USB CDROM:
6: USB HHD:
7: USB FDD:
8: USB KEY:
Please tell what to do to solve this
THANKS

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#1
July 22, 2011 at 06:44:26
What is the list you have posted? Is that the boot order?

Describe what went on just prior to your not being able to boot to Windows. Can you boot to a bootable CD/DVD?


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#2
July 26, 2011 at 06:12:04
no, i can't boot in a CD/DVD since the DVD ROM does not even show up in the BIOS(CMOS) Setup. what can i do

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#3
July 26, 2011 at 07:43:42
Tell us the model of your laptop, or more likely, the model of your netbook.
It's on the label on the outside of the computer.
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I suspect your computer is an older notebook, not a laptop.
It sounds like you may have the my computer won't boot from the hard drive problem, or it does boot from the hard drive but Windows will not load properly problem.


If your computer will no longer boot from the hard drive, or if it does but Windows will not load properly, TELL US THAT !
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Test your hard drive with hard drive manufacturer's diagnostics.

E.g.
Seagate's SeaTools will test (almost) any brand of hard drive.
http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...

Do the long test.

The Dos bootable versions of SeaTools can test the hard drive when Windows will not load properly, or even when the drive has no data on it.

It the drive itself passes the test, any data problems on the drive can be fixed one way or another
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If your computer will no longer boot from the hard drive, or if it does but Windows will not load properly......

In that case, you will probably have to

- if your hard drive itself is still okay, and if the hard drive still has the data on the second partition on the hard drive that it came with and there's nothing wrong with that data
- follow an Acer Recovery procedure that will re-load the original Acer software installation. READ the Owner's or User's manual for your model ! Find the info about running the Recovery procedure for your model on the Acer web site if you need to !
-or - follow a procedure to install XP from scratch from a USB flash drive
- or - remove the hard drive, connect it to another computer, and follow a procedure so that you can install XP by running the Setup from a file in the \i386 folder when the hard drive has been re-installed on your computer

- if your hard drive itself is NOT still okay, you will need to replace it, then
- follow a procedure to install XP from scratch from a USB flash drive
- or - remove the hard drive, connect it to another computer, and follow a procedure so that you can install XP by running the Setup from a file in the \i386 folder when the hard drive has been re-installed on your computer
- or - if available - buy a Recovery disk set from the Acer web site, and use that to install the entire original Acer software installation.

If you DO NOT want to lose personal data that you have added to the hard drive, if the hard drive works at all, you can boot the computer from something and copy the personal data to something else, BEFORE you do any of the above things.
E.g. boot the computer from a bootable Linux CD or DVD.
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What you have listed appears to be a Boot Order or similar list for a netbook, not a laptop, because it does not have CD drive or similar listed.- most netbooks do not have a built in optical drive.

You do not see any indication whether drives are being detected when you look at that list, but you should see indications that they are - at least a hard drive - elsewhere in the bios Setup.

If you want a bootable optical disk to be detected while booting, USB CDROM must be listed BEFORE IDE 0, IDE 1, and SATA, but it doesn't necessarily have to be first in the list.
The optical drive must be working properly, and it must be capable od reading the disk, of course - e.g. if you insert a DVD it must be capable of reading a DVD. Some models cannot read DVD-RAM disks,

NOTE that in most if not all cases, you CANNOT load the contents of an XP or 2000 CD, because the contents of the CD cannot recognize the USB optical drive model. In that case, the CD is detected as bootable but all you see is a blue screen and nothing further happens.

You computer probably comes with an IDE (EIDE) hard drive.
Most laptops and netbooks have only one internal hard drive.
I assume IDE 0 and IDE 1 are listed because you can choose to have two operating systems installed on two different partitions on the one hard drive.

I assume SATA is listed because the computer may have an eSATA port that a external hard drive with a eSATA port can be connected to.

PCI Bev: Realtek Boot Agent = is your bootable wired network adapter.
That is never listed before any of IDE 0, IDE 1, or SATA, unless you normally have the computer connected via a network cable to an external network, such as a business or institutional (e.g. educational) network.

If you want to be able to boot the computer from a floppy disk in a USB floppy drive, USB floppy drive must be listed before any of IDE 0, IDE 1, or SATA.

NOTE that
- the 2000 and XP CDs cannot recognize USB floppy drives unless the model is one of the ones that was available when the operating system was first released, e.g. in the case of XP, circa 2001.
- if you can't get an XP or 2000 operating system disk to load files from a USB optical drive, it will NOT work to use the USB floppy drive to load the available Microsoft floppy disk set that loads the same files as the CD normally initially loads when you can do that (that is intended for computers that can't boot from a bootable optical disk in an internal optical drive), e.g. the 6 disk set for your version of XP. You will have the same problem after the contents of the floppy disks have loaded - when you do something that attempst to load files from the CD, you see a blue screen and nothing further happens.

USB key = some laptop and netbook computers have the option of you using a USB flash drive that has software on it that can lock the computer from being accessed unless the USB flash drive that has the key is inserted while booting.
See the User's or Owner's manual for your model.
That may need to be listed first in the Boot Order or similar list if you're using that feature




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