Hardware: BIOS problem with Intel DH77DF Motherboard

On Friday evening, I had a problem with the computer that I assembled, that incorporated an Intel DH77DF motherboard. Now and again I get a message saying to insert boot disk. As I already had Windows 8 installed on the hard drive, I thought there might be an issue with the BIOS.

I made a couple of changes in the BIOS, including setting the auto-entry setting. When I rebooted, I got nothing on the screen, and Windows 8 didn’t boot 😦

I tried changing the BIOS jumper to BIOS Configure, and could hear the Intel start up sound, but still couldn’t get in to the BIOS. I then removed the BIOS jumper, so I could attempt a BIOS Recovery.

I tried at first with a memory stick containing the .BIO file, but that didn’t work. Then tried a CD, again no joy. Then reading another post (http://communities.intel.com/thread/32793), I removed the connections to the hard drive and DVD drive, and then tried again with the memory stick.

Hooray, I got the auto-entry message, and was able to recover the BIOS by re-flashing. I put back the BIOS jumper in to the normal configuration, and rebooted. I then reset the BIOS settings, and everything is now working file.

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Hardware: D-Link DNS-323 RAID1 Format

Last month, I purchased the D-Link DNS-323 2-Bay Network Storage Enclosure (http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=509), along with two Samsung 750GB hard drives (mdel number HD753LJ).  I installed the two drives into the enclosure, and upgraded the firmware to v1.05.  However, when I tried to format the drives using RAID1, it just went up to 94% and stayed them everytime I tried to reformat the drives.  I have seen various posts on the internet from people having the same problem.

I was about to give up on the DNS-323, but as I had a Western Digital 500Gb drive (model number WD5000AAKS) in my desktop computer, I thought I would order another drive, and install them both in the enclosure.

When I had installed the two drives, I was suprised when the format of the drives completed, and now, everything works fine.  I can see the device in Vista.  I don’t use the Easy Search utility, I just map a network drive directly πŸ™‚

Please review the USA technical support FAQ section (http://support.dlink.com/faq/view.asp?prod_id=2399&question=dns%2D323), which lists the SATA hard drives that have been tested.

The WD5000AAKS is listed as “currently being used by end users”, but it has worked for me πŸ™‚