Computer Freezes on BIOS

September 13, 2009 at 08:48:15
Specs: Windows Vista, 4 gigs
My computer freezes almost instantly before the first screen before startup BIOS, when I hit Delete to go to startup it will at first, but as soon as it reads that it is detecting SATA port 1, it completely freezes just as if I do nothing. Please, I'm in desperate need of help.

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#1
September 13, 2009 at 08:57:36
do you receive any errors or see something unusual ?

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#2
September 13, 2009 at 09:28:05
No the system looks like it's starting up normally. I only get
two options tab for the setup menu and delete for setup after
only a moment pressing them becomes impossible. In the
setup menu I cam hit delete again and f11 for a pop up menu
or some such which never gives me anything. After the setup
bits get going it completely freezes at detecting SATA port 1
and no other messages

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#3
September 13, 2009 at 09:30:45
you sure you didn`t mess up with BIOS settings recently ?

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#4
September 13, 2009 at 09:32:25
I haven't touched the bios for a few months

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#5
September 13, 2009 at 09:35:29
press delete or f11 button to get into bios settings
then press f5 to load defaults and press f10 to save settings and exit

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#6
September 13, 2009 at 09:39:28
I'll have to try that when I get home. I didn't see f5 as an
option in the settings

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#7
September 13, 2009 at 09:41:19
you can`t see it because you`ll see it as soon as you press delete or f11

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#8
September 13, 2009 at 10:03:59
Any other suggestions in the meantime? I can't get to it for a
couple of hours and I'm trying to put my mind to rest. I'm
hoping your suggestion works and the motherboard hasn't
gone bad all of a sudden

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#9
September 13, 2009 at 10:11:50
I mean the only thing I did different yesterday was install the
pinnacle station dlc for mass effect which somehow caused
the game to stop working and restarted then uninstalled and
reinstalled the game. Then when I woke up started it and the
freeze started occuring

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#10
September 13, 2009 at 10:42:56
oh man, i`l dissappoint you now, but it`s not the bios, then it`s the vista

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#11
September 13, 2009 at 11:04:28
Why is it vista? I've had it nearly a year with no problems

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#12
September 13, 2009 at 11:06:01
Plus it never gets passed bios into the vista loading screen

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#13
September 13, 2009 at 11:09:03
nnnnnnn...
do you have vista installation disk ?

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#14
September 13, 2009 at 11:10:07
Yes why

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#15
September 13, 2009 at 11:13:14
with no matter if the vista went fine for a year, it can go bad

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#16
September 13, 2009 at 11:15:24
Possible but then why would it stop before the bios even
really boots up?

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#17
September 13, 2009 at 11:32:53
imperator is a newb to this forum (started yesterday I believe?) & has been giving out some questionable advice.

You are correct that the BIOS & Vista are two separate issues & nothing you've written indicates that your problem has anything to do with Windows. It's either a BIOS problem or a hardware problem.

Have you made any hardware changes or changed any BIOS settings which may have brouhgt this on? Which device is connected to SATA1? Try temporarily disconnecting it to see if it stops the freezing. If SATA1 is the HDD, you obviously won't get into Windows, but if the system doesn't freeze with it being disconnected, it *may* point to a problem with the HDD.


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#18
September 13, 2009 at 11:36:19
I believe the hdd IS what's connected to SATA 1. When I get
to working on it I'll see about switching the port hopefully it's
only the port and not the hdd itself.

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#19
September 13, 2009 at 11:46:02
Also I haven't made any hardware or bios changes since I
built it myself

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#20
September 13, 2009 at 13:20:05
"When I get to working on it I'll see about switching the port hopefully it's only the port and not the hdd itself"

I didn't say to switch the port, I said to unplug the drive from SATA1. If the system doesn't freeze with the HDD disconnected, it's probably a HDD problem.


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#21
September 13, 2009 at 13:29:35
Oh okay, so what could I do about recovering my data if that
is the case and if it isn't what would you recommend?

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#22
September 13, 2009 at 15:56:56
Yup looks like it was the hard drive totally and completely :/ I tried connecting it in other ports, but the didn't seem to detect it

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#23
September 13, 2009 at 15:58:54
So anything you guys can recommend to get my old data out of there?

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#24
September 13, 2009 at 17:42:08
First get a new drive and set it up. Leave your old drive out.
When that is running then attach the old drive as a secondary and use diagnostic software to test the old drive.

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#25
September 13, 2009 at 17:50:45
Okay, just got my new drive and I'm updating right now, so how do I go about making it the secondary drive?

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#26
September 13, 2009 at 18:01:18
If it is SATA just install it in the next channel. If IDE check for master slave conflict in the jumpers. The boot up may be slow depending on what is wrong.

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#27
September 13, 2009 at 19:11:55
Thankfully it is a SATA, and the start up was slow before the break down only right at the end.

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#28
September 13, 2009 at 20:55:13
If you can backup as much as possible. It may take a reformat to cure the slow reading.

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