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Windows 7: Dual boot-Stopped working!

08 Jan 2010   #1
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Dual boot-Stopped working!

Hi.
I've been running a dual boot with Vista x64 and W7 x64.
I've been doing this for a while and am presented with a choice between W7 and Vista at boot.
Today I tried to boot into Vista and I can't move the choice with the keyboard arrows.
I cannot choose Vista (2nd choice) and the up down arrows won't move at all so I can't make any other choices eg memory diagnostic.
Similarly the enter key doesn't work so I have to sit and wait for it to boot into W7.

I've been into the BIOS and all seems well. Could this be a keyboard problem?

Thanks, John


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08 Jan 2010   #2
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Well it doesn't appear to be a keyboard problem.
I have a Logitech Wave keyboard and I just reinstalled the drivers.
This has not solved the issue and I still can't make any boot choices.

Anybody got any ideas?
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08 Jan 2010   #3
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

It won't be an o/s problem , John. I assume once you are in 7 the keyboard works fine.

EDIT : just saw your second post _ odd bios doesn't seem to be picking up the keyboard all of a sudden .

Is there a bios update ava from mfrs site?
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08 Jan 2010   #4
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Not sure. I'll have a look.
Am I likely to run into problems with this I've never done a BIOS upgrade. Is this the same as "flashing" the BIOS?
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08 Jan 2010   #5
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes - the same thing . I did it a couple of times without issue.

It is easy in Vista/7 for my ASRock mobo - it just runs from the desktop - no messing about, might be the same for yours
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08 Jan 2010   #6
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Found a BIOS upgrade from Gigabyte.

It seems to more recent than the one I have. My current one is May and this is September.
So I downloaded a zip file, extracted it and Windows can't open it.

What am I doing wrong?
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08 Jan 2010   #7
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Aren't there instructions on the site? I believe with bios updates - you either burn something to a bootable media if you have an ancient o/s , or there is a program that just does it from the desktop - if you have Vista /7.

They are separate downloads - at least with ASRock mobo's.

Do you have the link ?
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08 Jan 2010   #8
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

GA-X58A-UD5 (rev. 1.0) - GIGABYTE - Support&Download - Motherboard - BIOS

This is from December so has to be the latest.
As I say I downloaded it as a zip. extracted it and tried to open it and got the "Windows cannot..." message.
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08 Jan 2010   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

No info on the link you provided about how to do it.

ASRock have windows or Dos d/l - I choose windows and follow this:

How to Update

I assumed they would all do it like that.
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08 Jan 2010   #10
mckillwashere

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

John,
Have you moved the placement of your usb keyboard on your usb ports?

On the back if my pc I have two ports next to my ps/2 ports,
My mouse and keyboard have to be plugged into those for boot use.
If they are not they are not recognized by the bios for access to the bios or dual boot programs.
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