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Hi my computer is having trouble booting, it gets stuck and stays on the asus motherboard screen. its says press del key to access bios setting but i cant even do that.

weird thing is if i disconnect the ssd drive, which windows 7 is installed on it then allows be to press the del key and enter into bios screen, on looks to boot better going onto a screen saying its looking for a drive.

is it possible that the ssd drive needs replacing? its not that old so seems strange. have played around resetting cmos, trying to update bios. but still the same. problem seemed to begin when running windows update, then clicking restart but it never properly restarted.

motherboard is a asus p9x79.
any ideas on what i can try?
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That seems like a failed SSD to me...
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weird, have ordered another one needed a larger one anyway. is this usual? its only a year old.i never turn off my computer could this be affect it?
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weird, have ordered another one needed a larger one anyway. is this usual? its only a year old.i never turn off my computer could this be affect it?
Well... Considering you never turned off the PC, probably?
I am just hoping my 60gb will last another 2 years at the most.
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What SSD is it that you have?
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Originally Posted by dylanb2 View Post

Hi my computer is having trouble booting, it gets stuck and stays on the asus motherboard screen. its says press del key to access bios setting but i cant even do that.

weird thing is if i disconnect the ssd drive, which windows 7 is installed on it then allows be to press the del key and enter into bios screen, on looks to boot better going onto a screen saying its looking for a drive.

is it possible that the ssd drive needs replacing? its not that old so seems strange. have played around resetting cmos, trying to update bios. but still the same. problem seemed to begin when running windows update, then clicking restart but it never properly restarted.

motherboard is a asus p9x79.
any ideas on what i can try?

It sounds like something is causing POST to fail, since you are unable to start the BIOS UI. The board's start up screen is displayed, including the message about entering the BIOS, but if you can't do that, POST did not complete. Since you can start the BIOS UI with that SSD removed, the problem is at least related to the SSD, and it might have failed.

Your board has the ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED) feature, that indicates if any of those devices failed POST and/or a set of tests that ASUS runs. An LED for each device lights up until its tests have passed, otherwise the LED stays on. Check the manual for the location of the Boot Device LED (probably near SATA ports) with the SSD connected to the board, and see if the LED stays on (problem) or shuts off (Ok.)

But at this point, it seems that SSD is the problem. It is definitely worth replacing the SATA data cable in case that is the problem, and checking the SATA power connection to the SSD. If you have access to another PC, you can try the SSD there, but not as the boot/OS device, just as if it was a data drive.

Another test is get into the BIOS with the SSD removed, and set the boot device to anything else, the DVD drive, a USB flash drive, data drive, etc. Save and exit the BIOS, and then shut off the PC. Connect the SSD to the PC, start it up and see if you can get into the BIOS. If that fails again, with the SSD not set as the boot device, then it must be the SSD.

Any all electronic component like a SSD, TV, stereo, etc, can just seemingly fail randomly, or at least as we see things. Electronic parts rarely give any kind of warning that they are failing, until they just fail. That is really not strange, that's just how they are.
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