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Computer sometimes doesn't boot. Could it be BIOS issue or hardware failure?

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Hi, so I flashed the firmware on my MB bios. The desktop would go on infinite loop rebooting (i.e. won't fully reboot), so I had to reseat the battery and clear the CMOS.

After the reset. the computer booted but halted. I had to press delete and enter BIOS. I don't know much about setting up BIOS, since someone else had set it up for me. So I did a little research, and learned that I could fix my boot problem by changing from IDE to AHCI mode. I went into integrated peripherals to change from IDE to AHCI mode. Thanks to that, the computer booted up.

Infinite reboot issue fixed. Computer won't boot issue fixed. But now I have another problem. This time it is also a boot problem. Only 1 out of 10 times my computer would halt during boot up. I would see a black screen that lists my SATA devices. And if this black screen appears, the computer will not reboot until I press CTRL+ALT+DEL. I not sure if it because of 1) hardware failure or 2) bad BIOS settings or 3) something else.

About my PC:
  • I have three storage devices connected via a single SATA capable with a 1st connector, a 2nd connector, and a 3rd. I noticed that my computer won't boot unless I connect my system hard drive to the 1st connector.
  • The system hard drive is a 256GB SSD, the secondary drive is a 1TB HDD for media files, the tertiary drive is also a 1TB HDD for creativity and learning.
  • My motherboard is the EVGA X58 SLI3 and I running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit.

About my BIOS settings:
  • My computer has the HALT on settings for all errors, but I recently switched it to "HALT on except for keyboard errors". Before clearingthe CMOS, it was HALT "no errors" in other words disabled.
  • Under integrated peripherals, I see my SSD, and my 1TB HDD, but the other 1TB HDD is missing. It also shows my DVD writer and Sony BluRay device. I know that it lists only AHCI devices. But why is my other 1TB HDD not an AHCI device? I am using two of the same 1TB hard drive..
  • However under the hard disk boot priority, all three drives are visible. My SSD is listed as AHCI-HDD2, my 1TB HDD is listed as AHCI-HDD1, and my other 1TB HDD is listed as SCSI-0. What does that mean? Is this the cause of my problem?

Resources:
http://www.evga.com/support/manuals/files/131-GT-E767.pdf

Integrated Peripherals

Hard Disk Priority

Edited by poetryrocksalot - 7/29/13 at 3:40pm
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Sounds too me like bad bios. I'd try to reflash to an older version or try the same version again. Reflashing resets everything and ide for some reason is default, so make sure you switch right away to ahci.



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