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February 16, 2014 1:57:47 AM

Hey guys, I need some help and the reason for it might be pretty stupid...

Anyway, I just finished piecing together my first build tonight and I've got an issue where I managed to get to the BIOS, I noticed the primary hard drive listed wasn't the one I wanted (cables were in the wrong slots and I want my SSD to be the primary one), I shut down the computer without saving or doing anything in the BIOS, switched the cables on the hard drives, and now I can't get back to the BIOS.

Is it related to me switching the hard drives after booting the BIOS once already? I had my case open when I first got to the BIOS, but I put the case's sides on, so is it possible I bumped a cable which is the reason?

Do I have to do something to the hard drives in order to fix this?

Stupid move on my part...

EDIT: Also this is my build since the parts could matter:

PCPartPicker part list: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2RL3X
Price breakdown by merchant: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2RL3X/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2RL3X/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (Purchased For $285.50)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (Purchased For $36.73)
Motherboard: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (Purchased For $172.50)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (Purchased For $95.39)
Storage: Toshiba 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (Purchased For $169.99)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $73.21)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card (Purchased For $330.00)
Case: Corsair 400R ATX Mid Tower Case (Purchased For $102.58)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 620W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply (Purchased For $84.09)
Total: $1349.99
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-16 04:58 EST-0500)

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a b V Motherboard
February 16, 2014 2:10:37 AM

actually you don't need to swap between primary or secondary drives nowadays. You could just have put the HDD you want to boot from on top of "Boot Priority List" among other HDD's.

""You can't get back to BIOS ?? " Is your computer able to POST (Power on Self Test) ie. in simple words turn on and give some beeps,fans start rotating and all ?
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February 16, 2014 2:13:19 AM

khicharkumar said:
actually you don't need to swap between primary or secondary drives nowadays. You could just have put the HDD you want to boot from on top of "Boot Priority List" among other HDD's.

""You can't get back to BIOS ?? " Is your computer able to POST (Power on Self Test) ie. in simple words turn on and give some beeps,fans start rotating and all ?


Yeah, the fans are running, the GPU fans are running, the LEDs in the case are all working. I'm not getting video output which was a problem earlier until I realized that I had to plug it into the GPU, not the motherboard.

Couple more things to add:

Now, when I start it up, it'll shut down after a few seconds, then power on immediately after that. Also, I was having a problem where an LED would light up on the motherboard (BOOT DEVICE LED), but I thought it was related to the CPU fan (from an old forum post on here from someone who was having the same issue). It's still lit up too though.

Also, I'll apologize in advance if I'm not being entirely clear. It's 5am here and I was about to take a break for the night until I hit this dead end :/ 
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a b G Storage
February 16, 2014 2:16:32 AM

What happens if you allow the PC to continue booting the OS?
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February 16, 2014 2:17:47 AM

bicycle_repair_man said:
What happens if you allow the PC to continue booting the OS?


I don't actually have an OS installed yet. I never got past setting up the BIOS.
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a b V Motherboard
February 16, 2014 2:21:18 AM

try resetting your BIOS. Either there is a switch for that (or jumpers) or you can remove that battery on motherboard for a while.
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February 16, 2014 2:23:03 AM

khicharkumar said:
try resetting your BIOS. Either there is a switch for that (or jumpers) or you can remove that battery on motherboard for a while.


I did try clearing CMOS (something I found in the manual), but I'm not sure it did anything. I'll give the battery removal a shot.
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a b G Storage
February 16, 2014 2:23:36 AM

Ok, so if you can now get into the BIOS can you see all the drives you'd expect (HDD, SSD, optical drive, etc)? If you can, then you'd good to go. If not, then you may want to attach the "missing" drive into another SATA port. That way, you can tell if there's a problem with the drive, cable or motherboard. The fact that an OS isn't installed is probably the cause of the LED, so don't worry about that at the moment.
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a b V Motherboard
February 16, 2014 2:35:55 AM

Clearing BIOS is equivalent to battery removal. Now only thing you can do as a last resort is to redo the entire cables (turn of the mains and plug out all power cables and data cables from components and plug them again) and RAM (plug them out and in keeping in mind the dual channel config and use the slots nearer to CPU slot) and probably GPU too.Will surely be a tedious task redoing that.

Continuous beeps and power on and offs indicate Power or RAM problem (your motherboard manual has what those continuous 4 beeps or the alike signify) .

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February 16, 2014 3:09:40 AM

Alright prepare for this. As it turns out, it was my TV crapping out on me. The screen froze with No Input on the screen... Thanks for the help though guys. Unbelievable.
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a b V Motherboard
February 16, 2014 3:11:23 AM

Phat_Raccoon said:
Alright prepare for this. As it turns out, it was my TV crapping out on me. The screen froze with No Input on the screen... Thanks for the help though guys. Unbelievable.


lol,,, the little culprit.
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February 17, 2014 12:44:13 AM

Phat_Raccoon said:
Alright prepare for this. As it turns out, it was my TV crapping out on me. The screen froze with No Input on the screen... Thanks for the help though guys. Unbelievable.


Lol, no probs.
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