Is this a successful POST??

  Admiral Allstar 23:54 03 Aug 06


I have built a new PC using the ASUS M2N32 SLI Deluxe wireless motherboard.

However, when I turn on the PC to test whether my build is good all I get is a flashing cursor on the screen after the BIOS entry screen has gone. I do not get any beeps or a message saying no operating system is present. I have attached my speakers to the motherboards speaker connectors but no sound is heard (yes they are turned up).

I am able to access the BIOS and amend settings there. Does that mean i have passed POST??

  woodchip 00:05 04 Aug 06

Remove all drive cables and all cards but leave Graphics and one stick memory. Then see if you get a beep. also press Del to see if it will go to BIOS

  Admiral Allstar 00:08 04 Aug 06


Thanks, I will try that. I CAN already access the BIOS.

  phono 00:21 04 Aug 06

Once you have tried woodchip's suggestion make sur that all cables are connected properly and that all expansion cards are properly seated.

  Admiral Allstar 00:27 04 Aug 06

no beep, but...i did get the message "Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter.

  Admiral Allstar 00:28 04 Aug 06

i will now try to add the bits one at a time.

  phono 00:58 04 Aug 06

That's the way to do it. ;^)

  Admiral Allstar 01:05 04 Aug 06

well, I added one bit at a time until the hard disks.

I have 2 x Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB 2500KS SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM

I have tried three different cables (one of which is western digital). but each time i only get the flashing cursor, not the "disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter" message.

any ideas?? is ther a bios setting for sata drives ? I cant see one but its the first time i have used one. i have tried different power cables on the psu aswell.

  .:?:. 01:08 04 Aug 06

Can you see the hard disks in BIOS?

  Admiral Allstar 01:10 04 Aug 06


  phono 01:20 04 Aug 06

Have you tried booting from an XP CD and seeing if it recognises the drive(s) and attempts an install?

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