|If the issue is spin-up time....would that be ruled out by a warm-boot?|
When the error message about no bootable volume found occurs (but it does see the drive).....I can wait a few moments....then press ctrl-alt-delete to reboot (since that allows a fresh boot...with the drive already at normal speed)...but the error still occurs after this warm, drive-spinning reboot (unless I go into the bios settings first).
I have done a Factory restore....updated the BIOS on the MOBO...and proceeded to the items below:
This mobo has 2 drive modes ( ATA or AHCI ). Default is AHCI....I tried ATA. The no-boot message does not appear...but the drive just continually reboots.
Have also tried other cables....tried other sata connections on the board....and changed the BOOT order around (HD first...CD first....etc).....with the same results.
NOTE: Other Odd Results: Using another Dell almost identical to this one (same HD, case, name, etc...except that it had an intel processor/mobo...this one has amd)....I can swap the drives. The other drive boots fine in this computer....and....the drive from this problem computer boots fine in the OTHER PC.
And just to restate the original issue...
Windows 7 Home Premium
If you start after being powered off.....but DON'T go in to the bios, the error will occur. I can do a WARM boot and the error will still occur after restarting.
You HAVE to F2 into the BIOS settings then Exit out (NOTE...exiting with "save" or "discard" does not matter)....to get it to boot...and it boots just fine...and runs fine. WARM Rebooting thereafter (can't power down) will result in it booting and running normally.
THANKS Very much for any help with this very puzzling issue.
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