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Building up this new system and am having trouble getting it to bootup. Problem----after standard one beep post: ( BIOS award medallion bios ver 6.0 asus a7m266 acpi rev1004a). The initial boot screen system shows then it hangs at second screen showing cpu type,cache mem type, mem installed, Pci device listing is last thing shown and does not go any further. Cannot get an A-prompt and Control+alt+delete does not work (must reset to get back to bios).Have tried jumper/jumper free board settings.  AsusA7m266 socket A 266fsb freq set at 133 , AMD Athalon XP 1600 cpu rated 1400mhz, Matrix g400 dual head video card , 6.4gig Maxtor Hdd, 512 ddr pc2100 ram,  24x cd rom,1.44m floppy.  I know the board needs bios update 1005a to work with the Athalon XP 1600 processer. But I need an A: prompt before I can do the update.
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nwmsugrad earned 152 total points
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Are you sure you dont have either the power connection or data connection to your floppy drive in backwards?

Im not sure by your description whats wrong

If the floppy works fine but you need access in dos to upgrade your bios

try www.bootdisk.com and select the boot disk drdos7.x then add your bios upgrade for flashing

use this just like a startup disk

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by:elvis007
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Power and data connections are correct, also I tested the floppy drive in another unit and it works fine.

I've been to bootdisk.com and have tried drdos7x but its like it passes the floppy drive after checking for it for second or two right after powering up.

I changed the boot sequence in bios to boot the floppy
drive first but that did'nt help.


 
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have you tried resetting the bios to factory defaults?

this is a machine you spec'd and built yourself, right?

from your words, i assume it's not a brand name system.
has the board worked on any machine before or is it brand new?
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just occurred to me after i reread your post...

"I know the board needs bios update 1005a to work with the Athalon XP 1600 processer. But I need an A: prompt before I can do the update."

sounds like a catch-22. it's possible that you're going to have to install a proc that will work with your board as is, update the bios, and then pop your xp 1600 in there.
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by:nwmsugrad
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Do you have a cdrw You can make a bootable CDROM and flash your bios without using your floppy drive
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by:elvis007
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have you tried resetting the bios to factory defaults?
 Yes, I've tried resetting the bios to factory defaults.

this is a machine you spec'd and built yourself, right?  Yes... its a brand new case that came with a  Duro 400 watt P4/AMD-XP power supply. The motherboard and the ddr ram are also brand new...but the cpu, fan, heatsink,video card,floppy,cdrom, and hardrive where pulled from working systems.

Do you have a cdrw You can make a bootable CDROM and flash your bios without using your floppy drive?  I tried this too. The light on the cdrom comes on for a few seconds like its going to boot from it, the goes out and hangs on second screen.

What could be wrong?
took these pictures hope they come out.
This is the first screen.<img src="http://imagehosting.auctiondiner.com/image.php3?imgID=1607592" width="640" height="459"></p>
Then it hangs on this screen.<img src="http://imagehosting.auctiondiner.com/image.php3?imgID=1607593" width="640" height="459"></p>
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by:JMansford
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That's a pretty old harddrive if it's a 6.4Gb.  Disconnect it and any other IDE devices you have just so that they aren't messing up the boot process.

check the boot order in the bios, and that A: is now coming first.
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by:nwmsugrad
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Try setting the CDROM to primary master and pull your harddrive and see if you can boot from it

It seems to me that you stuck in a loop A bios update is needed to update the processor which cant be done without support for the processor

You dont have access to an older amd processor do you?
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by:night_monkey
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nwm has said addressed one of the potential problems i saw, and asked you about, too.

"sounds like a catch-22. it's possible that you're going to have to install a proc that will work with your board as is, update the bios, and then pop your xp 1600 in there. "

what are your chances of doing this, elvis?
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by:elvis007
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That's a pretty old harddrive if it's a 6.4Gb. Disconnect it and any other IDE devices you have just so that they aren't messing up the boot process.  check the boot order in the bios, and that A: is now coming first.              I tried booting without the hardrive and cdrom and with the floppy at the top of the boot order.          

Try setting the CDROM to primary master and pull your harddrive and see if you can boot from it  It seems to me that you stuck in a loop A bios update is needed to update the processor which cant be done without support for the processor  You dont have access to an older amd processor do you?  
I did this also but same thing...and I don't have another processor ...wish i did          

nwm has said addressed one of the potential problems i saw, and asked you about, too.   "sounds like a catch-22. it's possible that you're going to have to install a proc that will work with your board as is, update the bios, and then pop your xp 1600 in there. "  what are your chances of doing this, elvis?                                                                                                  You wanna tell me where i can find this "proc" I've looked all over the Asus website and eleswere on the net can't find anything on a proc for a Asus A7M266 motherboard......and what do you mean by.... " and then pop your xp 1600 in there".          

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by:nwmsugrad
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I am assuming that your harddrive isnt booting either
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by:night_monkey
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hey, look. i'm just trying to help you out, man.

let me rephrase things for you:

a "proc" is short for processor. thought that would be self explanatory. forgive me for assuming.

"...and then pop your xp 1600 in there."
in clearer english: replace the processor you plugged into the board to perform your bios update with the one you had in their originally, the athalon xp 1600.

as you've indicated that you have no other processors you can use to do perform these steps, my rephrasing is academic. but you seemed bothered by your lack of understanding, so because i'm a nice guy i cleared things up for you.

good luck with your problem.
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by:elvis007
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Thanks everybody...I'm getting a new cpu in a few days. I'll try it when it gets here...anyhow
Thank you,thank you very much.
elvis
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by:gaben1978
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Oddly enough I am having the exact same problem with the very same motherboard and pretty much identical system except for the HD (IBM 120gb).  I'm curious to know whether you were able to resolve your problem by using an older CPU... or if not if you ever managed to fix the problem.  
Looking forward to your reply.
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