Very strange bootup problem
I have a Dell XPS. The hard drive is a Hitachi Deskstar 80GB. When I start the system the case speaker beeps, and it gives me a few options. It says:
"hit ctrl I to enter the configuration utility, Press F1 to continue, or press F2 to enter setup."
This has not happened before.
When I press CTRL+I, nothing happens. Pressing F1 to continue starts up the computer as normal. Pressing F2 brings me to the BIOS setup.
This is what it lists under drive configuration:
"SATA RAID ... On (always been this way as far as I know)
Primary Master Drive ... Hard Drive
Primary Slave, etc, Unknown*** "
This is what it says under hard disk drive sequence:
" 1. System BIOS boot devices
2. Unknown device (not installed)"
This is what it says under Boot Sequence:
"1. Hard-Disk drive C
2. CD-ROM device (not installed)***
3. Diskette Drive"
*** I disconnected the optical drives for debugging purposes. I had been fiddling around with the jumper settings to see if, perhaps, that was the problem. Currently, the jumper settings on the main drive is on 'cable select.' When I remove the jumpers altogether, the system does not start, e.g. hitting F1 to continue repeats the same message, and I cannot ever get into windows, must manually power down, and replace the jumpers.
I have tried every jumper setting.