boot problems after restore

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  1. hadje

    hadje Registered Member

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    hi

    i had problems with my mobo and flashed to a new bois (asus p5b-e)

    something was wrong and i could not boot to windows after post

    i used my acronis backup image from my external drive and restored my full partition image of my os drive

    now my computer will not boot to windows unless i unplug my external drive during boot up

    if i disconnect the drive then i boot up no problem, and i can turn the drive on once i have reached my desktop screen

    i have tries deleting all traces of acronis backups from the external drive to no avail and i have removed the backup drive from my boot list in bios

    any ideas?
     
  2. MudCrab

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    When you changed the BIOS boot list, did you do it with the external drive connected?

    Some new computers automatically select the "newest" external device plugged in to boot from unless the BIOS is setup with a different drive (internal, for example) to boot first. However, the external needs to be plugged in so the BIOS knows it. In other words, you need to make sure your BIOS has your internal hard drive booting first when the external IS connected and when it IS NOT connected. The BIOS may keep several "boot order lists" in its memory (one of my computers does).

    Also, you may need to reset your BIOS. That is sometimes necessary after a flash update to fix various problems. There should be instructions for this in your MB manual. Sometimes a jumper or a button or you remove power and take the battery out. If you have any custom settings, make note of them so you can restore them after the reset (RAID, memory speed, voltage, etc.)
     
  3. hadje

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    i have tried every conceivable setting and combination of settings in the bios to no avail...both with the external drive connected and disconnected
    i would like to try resetting the bios as you describe but there are no instructions for this in my manual...i tried searching for old posts on this in various forums but they always say "refer to yuor manual"

    i have an asus p5b-e mobo

    any ideas?

    peace
     
  4. MudCrab

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    Since you can successfully boot into Windows if the external drive is disconnected, it seems that the problem may have been caused by the BIOS update.

    Can you flash back to the previous BIOS and see if the system boots as expected? (I don't know exactly what problems you were having, so this may not be possible.)

    You might want to post on the ASUS support forum for your board. There might be some help there if the problem is the BIOS.

    I downloaded the manual and the instructions are in there for clearing the CMOS memory.
    p5b-e_reset_2.jpg

    Also, if you haven't tried it, you could try setting the default values:
    p5b-e_reset_1.jpg
     
  5. hadje

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    hey there

    thanks for the reply...i must be pretty fried after two solid days of troubleshooting...i looked through the manual for quite some time , but perhaps should have waited until after a good night's sleep! :)

    i have already tried the f5 reset and flashing the bios again. unfortunately it will not allow me to flash back to my original bios because it says my original bios version is older than my mobo...

    i will try the cmos reset and another bios flash

    thanks again

    peace
     
  6. hadje

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    MudCrab thank you so much for your follow-up post!

    the cmos reset did the trick. in my fatigue induced stupor i had been looking through the later part of the manual in the bios chapter...they put the reset instructions toward the beginning...
    i am back to where i was at the start of my saga; trying to figure out why one of my temp readings is getting whacky...the bios flash was an attempt to see if that would solve the issue...
    thanks again

    peace
     
  7. MudCrab

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    You're welcome. I take it you can now boot correctly to the selected hard drive whether or not the external is connected during the bootup.

    I thought this was odd too. Most times the "reset/clear" procedure is in the BIOS section.
     
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  8. hadje

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    yes, all booting issues have been resolved

    i also finally got a reply on the asus forum that may solve my temp readings as well(conflict between onboard and 3rd party monitoring apps)...i'm almost home!

    thanks

    peace
     
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