Must press F1 on bootup (SATA error) ?

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April 27, 2011 at 06:21:40
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.793 GHz / 3070 MB
After performing a fresh install of my O/S WindowsXP MCE2005 , I recieved a prompt upon bootup that I must press F1 to proceed or F2 to enter setup ? It also states that SATA 1,2, & 3 are not detected? My internial Hard Drive a 250GB Saunsung 7200rpm SMART drive is on SATA 0. I only have one internial H.D. and one externial USB H.D. a Seagate FreeAgent 320G.B.. My H.D. in the BIOS is set to Autodetect/AHCI. I have read that after a re-install of this system I have to change the BIOS setting for the H./D. to Combination ,however when I try that I recieve a warning that my system may not be able to detect the H.D.,so Iam leaving it alone since all is working well except for the minor inconvience of pressing F1 during bootup.Iam curious since I have no additionial H.D's and none located in SATA 1,2&3 if turning those off would have any ill effects on my system or any other H.W ? By default the setting in the BIOS is ON !
Any help or input would be greatly appreciated,thanks to all whom reply.
Take Care NicRic
FYI> PC is a Dell XPS400 2.8GHz Dual Core Pentium D w/3 G.B. of DDR2 RAM,ATI PCI-E Graphics and an ATI TV Wonder TV tuner card PCI ! (I know Pentium D's are garbage)

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April 27, 2011 at 07:28:51
I am not familiar with the option you mention (combination). That said, could it be that you have an IDE optical drive and that is hanging the boot? To test this if you have an IDE optical drive try removing the optical drive from the boot order, or at least setting it after the HD.

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April 28, 2011 at 06:22:06
Both my opticial drives are listed as being on PATa not SATA and are listed after the H.D. in my BIOS ! Since SATA 1,2&3 has no drivers listed as being in use with them and all my H.W. in use is working Iam curious if turing them off would stop the "press F1 prompt to continue" at bootup ?
Thank You Very Much

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