Finished build last night. Everything went well....until it didn't. The machine will boot into Windows 7 with no problem, but I can't get into the bios at post. Pressing delete during startup like a hundred times before with other builds (I've been building on occassion for 15 years, since we used to overclock Celerons), but it bypasses bios and goes straight to Windows. Changed to wired keyboard for Logitech 270 wireless, no help. Tried F1 and other keys, too. Noting but straight to Windows.
I'm going to reset CMOS and start over tonight. Already activated my OEM Windows so I have make it work or do some fast talking to Microsoft.
Setup: Asus Maximus IV Genie-Z
Corsair Vengence low profile 1600 DRAM
i5 2500K (no overclock)
HIS Radeon 6950
Cooler Master 212 Plus with push/pull fans
Asus optical drive
1 tetrabyte Seagate 7200 rpm HD
Corsair Nova SSD 32gb
Logitech wireless keyboard 270 and trackball 570
Corsair professional 750 watt PSU
Lian Li case with five fans
Never over heated or other problem. I switched to EZ in the bios after configuring to boot from optical drive and loaded Windows onto Seagate with intention to use Inrel Smart Response with SSD.
Any thoughts other than resetting CMOS? Asus utility program to update bios tells me I'm not on the internet and won't update. I am, however, able to use the internet for everything else. I get an "AA" reading on the debug LED. Also tried reset button.
I'm going to leave my post though, in case it might help someone else down the line.
Here are a few things to try to get into bios. First off, DEL is the correct key to get into bios for our motherboard - per the manual.
1 - Turn off the computer and unplug from the wall for about 2 minutes. While unplugged, leave the switch (if you have one) on your PSU to the on position (1 not 0). Then press the power button on your case - this will discharge any remaining power left in the PSU (yes, PSU's retain residual power even after being unplugged). Turn the switch on the PSU off, plug the cable back into the wall (or PSU if that is where you unplugged the cable), turn the switch on the PSU on and turn the computer on. As soon as you turn it on, keep hitting the DEL key repeatedly, but don't hold it down. (you may get beeping sounds after a little bit - this is fine, keep hitting DEL)
If that doesn't work:
2 - You need to do a hard reset. Load Windows and let it finish loading completely, then hit the Reset button on your computer - do not go to start menu then reset - this will not work (I'll explain below). As soon as you hit the reset button on your computer, start hitting the DEL key, like above. This should get you into bios. This method is not the best because windows does not like to be hard reset. It's not bad for it per se, windows will just run some diagnostics on the next boot.
The reason this works, is because some bios will "remember" that the last time it booted, all the attached devices (including memory, which is the big one in this instance) passed testing last time, therefore it skips checking these devices to save on boot time. When you do a hard reset, the computer thinks it crashed and will run checks on the attached devices. This gives you the time you need to hit the DEL key.
ASUS EEE PCs use a fast boot method that reserves a little bit of the harddrive for remembering these bios checks. Because of this, they are notoriously fast booting and are a pain to get into their BIOS. The first method usually works for these though, but sometimes not.
Give these two methods a try and let me know if you still have problems.
Edited by NIS1169 - 7/27/11 at 11:25pm