Go Premium for a chance to win a PS4. Enter to Win

x
?
Solved

Issue with BIOS AHCI Controller issue

Posted on 2008-09-29
4
Medium Priority
?
3,345 Views
Last Modified: 2010-08-18
Guys,

I'm having an issue with my Dell Precision 490 workstation. Basically when i turn it on, it seems to get through the various POST tests ok, but just before it gets to booting, it says that AHCI BIOS not installed - strike F1 to continue or F2 for setup utility.

I'm basically having the same issues as Question ID: 22824272
Full error message below:

"Controller Bus#00, Device#1F, Function#02: 00 Ports
No device found
AHCI BIOS not installed.

No boot device available-
  strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility"

I've tried rebooting the PC, I've tried with both PS/2 and USB keyboards. I've swapped out the SAS controller card with an identical one. I've also removed the BIOS battery but nothing seems to be working.

I would be surprised if the hard drive was dead as the SAS card detects the drive in the POST tests.

I've tried the solutuions in the question ID i referenced above, but that doesn't seem to have made any difference. Does anyone have any  other suggestions?

Thanks
0
Comment
Question by:DRSSUPPORT
1 Comment
 
LVL 69

Accepted Solution

by:
Callandor earned 2000 total points
ID: 22740805
Has this machine ever worked properly?  It sounds like the SAS controller is missing a BIOS ROM - some controllers come with one and others do not.  You need a BIOS ROM on the controller if you want to boot from the SAS drive, even if the drive works fine.

If it used to work and now doesn't, there is something interfering with the boot process, and you will need to unplug everything and remove extra RAM and PCI cards to try to locate what is doing it.
0

Featured Post

New feature and membership benefit!

New feature! Upgrade and increase expert visibility of your issues with Priority Questions.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

This is an article based on some fact, and much personal opinion. While you may differ from me in the things you value in a personal computer, I hope this advice can serve to inspire a more objective comparison of two computers, help your figure out…
No single Antivirus application (despite claims by manufacturers) will catch or protect you from all Virus / Malware or Spyware threats. That doesn't stop you from further protecting yourself however - and this article is to show you how.
The viewer will learn how to successfully create a multiboot device using the SARDU utility on Windows 7. Start the SARDU utility: Change the image directory to wherever you store your ISOs, this will prevent you from having 2 copies of an ISO wit…
The viewer will learn how to successfully download and install the SARDU utility on Windows 7, without downloading adware.

824 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question