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PC Illiterate / CMOS Features

by jllyr6r / July 1, 2004 7:53 AM PDT

Compaq Pressario // Win. ME .... When I get into BIOS I do not have a way to "auto run" CMOS to check my CDR-W/DVD Is it my sys. or me ? And if me could I please find someone kind enough to help this wanna be. Thanks ...

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Re: PC Illiterate / CMOS Features
by flyguy952 / July 1, 2004 8:31 AM PDT

Um... What do you mean by "auto run" to check your DVD/CDRW Drive? And what do you want it to check?

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Re: PC Illiterate / CMOS Features
by jllyr6r / July 1, 2004 8:40 AM PDT

I was scanning other posts and saw something about checking to see if they are listed and cannot get it to work right .....

"3. If devices are recognized as attached peripherals they will be listed as resident on the "System Configuration Summary" (BIOS Startup Screen) at boot. Press the Pause key as soon as you see this screen start displaying so it can be stopped and read. Press any other key to continue. If the CMOS/BIOS does not recognize and display peripheral information on this screen, Windows certainly will not.

Note: Enter the BIOS and set the particular controller where a single CD-ROM drive is attached to None instead of AutoDetect.

(PCGuide Web site quote)

The BIOS is not autodetecting the CD-ROM drive when the system boots up:

Explanation: Your BIOS supports detecting CD-ROM drives when it autodetects at boot time, but either consistently or intermittently does not detect your drive." That is was I was talking about

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Re: PC Illiterate / CMOS Features
by jllyr6r / July 1, 2004 8:44 AM PDT

"Make sure your BIOS is set to AUTO for any installed drives, forgetting to do this can slow boot." And this too...

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Re: PC Illiterate / CMOS Features
by flyguy952 / July 2, 2004 1:01 AM PDT

Alright, I think I know what you mean now. If you enter BIOS upon startup (I have a Dell, so my BIOS is likely to be slightly different than yours) you should see several fields to choose from that you can hit enter on go to a new screen where you can adjust various settings.

If you have a field that says ADVANCED, enter there. If not, search thru them all untill you find one that displays something to the effect of IDE CONFIG. Enter this field too. Now you should have 4 choices, Primary Master, Primary Slave, Secondary Master, and Secondary Slave. You choose which one is your CDRW/DVD drive and hit enter. There should be a box that says TYPE and to the right of it it should say NONE. Scroll over to NONE, hit enter, and find AUTO. Click enter on AUTO, and save changes and restart!

It sounds really confusing, I know, but try it and tell me how it goes!

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Re: PC Illiterate / CMOS Features
by jllyr6r / July 4, 2004 3:39 PM PDT

I have nothing that says IDE CONFIG. and under my Advanced all I have is Power On Self Test, Power Loss Management , PCI Devices, Bus Options , Device Options ... So I'm at a loss yet again.
Thanks For everyones help...

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