Unfortunately, I am still learning...
If I shutdown the computer, it starts up just fine as long as the power strip feeding my gear is kept on.
If I shutdown the computer and flip the switch on the power strip, the BIOS does not retain its settings. The power strip feeds the PC, the monitor, eSATA drive, network switch, and speakers. It seemed simpler to kill the the power for all, instead of individually shutting down everything.
Upon boot, the screen shows:
Please enter Setup to recover BIOS setting
Press F1 to run setup
Press F2 to continue with default setting
Pressing F1 and entering the setup shows the correct time/date and all of the devices are detected. AFAICS, these are the settings that are changed:
Note: The SSD is connected to the Marvell chip and shows up as Disk 5 in Windows. Disk 0 is the HDD connected to on board SATA II port 0.
- Storage type: ACHI to IDE
- Boot order: Disk 5 to Disk 0
Change the boot order, save settings, and Windows boots just fine, albeit a bit slower than with ACHI settings. Once in Windows, the system runs just fine without noticeable performance decrease. The AHCI had not been enabled yet to prevent Windows going bunkers with "Found new devices..." and reboots.
I did flush the BIOS to the latest version, but that did not make any difference. When the power is killed after shutting down the PC, the BIOS settings are not retained.
About six month ego, the BIOS did loose the boot order settings couple of times. Instead of entering setup, pressing F8 and selecting the SSD drive (Drive 5) to boot had fixed the problem then.
In retrospect, it seems that the Asus motherboard BIOS is progressively getting worse; the next phase may even be no post whatsoever. Other than changing the motherboard, is there anything else that could be done to revive this POC?
I hate learn about the BIOS... especially on my own system...