Problems with Hardware

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SATA harddisks:

 

Problem:

The SATA harddisks are not recognized by BootStar under DOS.

 

Solution:

If applicable, change the SATA mode in the BIOS from "AHCI" or "RAID" to "Native IDE" or "Legacy IDE", otherwise special drivers are needed that are not available for DOS. Do not change the SATA mode if you have already installed an operating system because this may result in an unbootable system. In this case you should not use BootStar.

 

 

RAID:

 

Problem:

A Hardware- or Fake-RAID is used but not recognised.

 

Solution:

There is no simple solution for this. If it is a SATA-RAID, you may experience problems for the reason above. IDE-RAIDs generally do not cause any problems, but here may also occur problems with some special older RAID controllers (e.g. HighPoint/Abit IDE-Controller) because they store their configurations inside the MBR. To avoid potential data loss, you should not install BootStar on these RAIDs.

 

 

USB mouse / keyboard:

 

Problem:

USB keyboard does not work with DOS.

 

Solution:

Try to activate the "USB legacy support" for the keyboard in the BIOS.

 

Problem:

After selecting a boot profile with <Enter> an error messages like "Boot Error" occurs.

 

Description:

This bug occurs, since the BIOS of the USB keyboard reports a pressed <Shift> key. Because of the bootmanager tries to boot from CD ROM.

 

Solutions:

1.If a fixed BIOS update is available use this one
2.Select the boot profile with <Space>

 

 

Mainboard ASUS (mainly P2B / P5A):

 

Problem:

The partition tables contains errors.

 

Solution:

BIOS update
Removing the "BootStar Dummy" entries from the partition table by using "BSDOS.EXE /Dummies:Off"

 

Problem:

After installing the bootmanager BootStar the computer does not boot anymore, also booting form floppy disk is not possible.

 

Solution:

1.Enter the following onto the BIOS Setup: "LBA" -> "Normal", "Cylinder" -> 100
2.Boot from floppy disk
3.Removing the "BootStar Dummy" entries from the partition table by using "BSDOS.EXE /Dummies:Off"
4.Enter the original information into the BIOS Setup

 

 

ABIT Controller:

 

Problem:

The partition tables contains errors.

 

Solution:

Perhaps a BIOS update.

 

 

SCSI Controller Adaptec 2940 Firmware Version 1.20-1.22:

 

Problem:

The partition tables contains errors.

 

Solution:

Deactivate "Interrupt 13 BIOS Extensions Support" (Harddisks smaller than 8 GigaBytes)
Firmware Update to version 1.23 or higher

 

 

IOMEGA ZIP Drives and Windows NT

 

Problem:

Single error message "Drive not Ready" when starting the prorgam.

 

Solution:

Select "Ignore". (This prompt is based on a Windows NT bug.)

 

 

BIOS with Anti-Virus Options (Almost All BIOS):

 

Problem:

Warning after which a program tries to modify the master boot record. This is most likely a virus.

 

Solution:

This might be a message from an anti-virus program: The boot manager BootStar modifies the master boot record. That is the reason why some anti-virus programs erroneously eport this as a virus. Please permit the modification because the boot manager program BootStar can otherwise not be installed.

 

 

See also:

Problems (Overview)

Problems with DOS / Windows 95/98/ME

Problems with Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista

Problems with Linux