Hard drive installed - when booting up I have to go into BIOS to set the Primary IDE to Auto ...and then boots up

Posted on 2004-09-15
Last Modified: 2010-04-26
When I shutdown the computer, I have to go through this process everytime.  Is there any way to get this to work without having to go into the BIOS.   I save the settings, but it's like the computer/BIOS resets.  I am giving the computer to my father-in-law and this would be too difficult for him to figure out.  Am I missing something?
Question by:geena1
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Callandor earned 125 total points
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The CMOS battery might be weak - replace it with a new one.  The settings depend on this to keep them persistent.

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It still doesn't work.  Do I need to update the BIOS?

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HAve you tried clearing the CMOS?
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As a last resort, flashing the BIOS might help, but it's not guaranteed.

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ID: 12099101
You can try replacing the IDE round cable

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I have tried everyone of these options.  NOTHING.  I even tried using a different Hard Drive with windows 98 on it.  ANy other suggestions?

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Aparetnly I did not try using a different brand HD.  I guess this particular HP pavillion does not like the Maxtor HD.  I put in a Seagate and it works perfectly.  thank you all for your help and advice.

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