Quote: Originally Posted by Capt.Jack Sparrow
According to what you said it quiet clear that it might be the BIOS. Try to update the BIOS Firmware and see if that fixes the problem. Also try to reset the defaults and see if that makes any difference.
Resetting to defaults was the first thing I tried and it did lead to Windows 7 starting, but subsequent boots failed (status quo on problem). I also restored the original configuration, removing the extra disk and attempting to boot with the Gateway supplied disk/OS, but the result was the same.
Updating the BIOS firmware sounds like a good idea, but I have concerns about it. First, it's a brand new computer. Wouldn't Gateway put their newest/best BIOS in it? Maybe not.
It turns out to be difficult to find the right information to update firmware anyway. Eyeballing the MOBO for identification purposes yielded I believe:
I found from boot screen:
AMI BIOS version: P01-A2 12/14/2009 exclusive for Gateway
I looked for AMI codes and supposedly the 3rd part of that tells you the mobo manufacturer, but all the codes I see are only 4 numbers.
"Let's show you an example of an AMI BIOS id:
To find your motherboard manfacturer, please look at the third (3) set of numbers in your BIOS string. Find the corresponding numbers in your BIOS string and match them with the numbers below.
This BIOS string would indicate SUNLOGIX INC."
So basically I don't know how to go about changing the BIOS...
Thanks a lot, and if you know how to update my BIOS please let me know!
Also, additional ideas still welcomed!