You removed the hdd and it boots in to the OS anyway...? riiiggght o0
Well, you sure the CD is bootable?
You got a boot menu rather than bios you can pick from?
No, I said it fails to boot then. Justs asks me to reboot the machine. So at that point its failing to detect any bootable media. But when the HD is hooked up, it boots to it regardless of what I tell the bios.
Yes the CD should be bootable. I created the cd by using Windows create a recovery cd. I also tried my windows 7 install discs and a ubuntu live cd.
One other thing...
Not many realise that SATA is SCSI.
If you have SCSI disabled in your BIOS, that might be doing it.
Also, try changing the SATA mode setting from AHCI to Native IDE, if you can do that.
Well if that was true, everything would be failing. My entire setup is SATA, no ugly fat IDE in sight
I don't even have a IDE slot on my mobo
I don't have a setting for AHCI to Native IDE far as I can see. Its a newer system and should have better support for the newer technologies and not need that sorta configuration.
Got another drive to try, in case that one's buggered?
The BIOS notices that kinda thing before the OS will.
Sadly no. I would have to go purchase another drive and sata cable. I don't think its the drive though. Unless windows is doing some magic, it works when the OS is booted and the BIOS is detecting the drive. It even names it from its manufacture and other data, which means its fully recognizing it. But I guess I could get a new drive... Could always look into a blu-ray player, although I don't know if I could boot off that though
I am able to burn discs and read anything I pop in. So the drive seems to be working just fine. Which is why I am doubting the drive is faulty. Otherwise that drive wouldn't work at all in the OS. My dual boot is broken so I can't boot into Ubuntu and test to make sure it works there. I seem to of broken the display driver somehow on it and since the system is wireless and Ubuntu doesn't like the wireless card.
Oh also for the lulz, I hooked up a old keyboard that was wired. I was using my wireless keyboard, but my wireless works just fine at BIOS, so I doubted it was the problem.