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Windows 7: Can't enter bios on HP P6000

29 Dec 2013   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
Can't enter bios on HP P6000

It had a message that said hard drive failure imminent and should be replaced. I swapped it out with a old HD and am trying to install Windows 7 on it.

The problem is that I can't get to the bios. On start it says to press f10 to enter setup, but it doesn't do anything. When I disconnect the drive then it'll boot from CD if I press shift + f10 (still can't enter bios). And I just plug the HD back in. Now it's giving the following error when trying to install Windows:

Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu.

I'm at a loss as to what to do.

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30 Dec 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP


You should not be hot plugging the HD, if you are. Plug it in before powering up.

Try resetting the CMOS using battery or jumper: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS

Change cables, ports, try another drive.
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