I am working on and Acer s285 system. MB has 2 SATA connectors. I just purchased a dvd-rw burner with SATA interface and installed.
Problem is this. When turned on the computer sits at the screen where I should have the option to "del" to enter bios setup or F12 for boot options, but neither on will accept any key strokes. After about 30 seconds, the computer re-boots and the whole process begins again.
Computer will boot fine if the data cable is unplugged. So far, I have tried another dvd burner, but results are the same.
What bios settings should I be looking at. I have moved the HD cable to the other connector and bios display shows it fine and the computer will boot this way too. Drive is an LG
Dave, I'm not familiar with Acer M/B's or BIOS but what you might try is boot system WITHOUT hooking up DVD drive, go into BIOS and check to make sure the Drive Interface setting is not set to IDE but should be SATA. It sounds like the M/B can't communicate correctly with the drive because one is speaking IDE and the drive speaks SATA. Make sure the drive Type is set to Removable or CD/DVD. Also make sure the Boot order is set to DVD-RW drive is first followed by HDD. Hope this helps.
Thanks for your input. However, I started out with the boot order as 1. cd 2. HDD and results were the same. The computer will boot, no matter which of the two connectors I plug into. What I haven't checked is the status of removable media. I will do this later today, as this is an office computer, and they can't afford to be without it while I work on it.