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    Default Bios stuck on "Discard Changes"

    Hello! I will try to make my question as short as possible, but I feel that to better understand my issue you may need to know what has happened:

    Yesterday came home and turned on my computer and my comp was in an endless loop going to Windows Startup Recovery and Bios. Nothing helped. I did a clean install but I was a noob and left my HDD drive connected (I use my SSD for OS only pretty much) and after that there were major issues with Windows Boot Loader and my bios start up configuration. Flash forward to today, I disconnected everything except my SSD and keyboard, did a fresh install, took everything off my HDD, reformatted it, reinstalled all my drivers and Windows 7 and my computer runs magnificently.

    Here is my problem: Computer boots fine, but when I press F2 and go into BIOS, the BIOS screen pops up with a "Discard Changes, yes or no" option. No matter what I push it stays there and I can't access anything in the BIOS.

    I have tried F11 Boot Configuration, and my Boot Configuration is correct SSD, HDD but that stupid Windows Boot Loader is at the bottom of the boot configuration menu. When I press "Configuration" it goes into BIOS but Discard Changes pop up is still there.

    I have cleared CMOS and discharged power button, that didn't work. Not sure what I am missing here.

    I love that Windows is running just fine, but I would really like my BIOS to not be so messed up.

    Please help!

    Thanks,

    Erik

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    Default Re: Bios stuck on "Discard Changes"

    Sorry I thought it would have my build information posted.

    Mobo: Z68 Extreme 3 Gen 3
    CPU: I5-2500k
    OS: Windows 7 64bit

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    Default Re: Bios stuck on "Discard Changes"

    Describe how you "formatted" your ssd before you reinstalled windows.

    If you did NOT do a secure erase of your ssd, this is probably causing your problem.
    I use Diskpart when I need to secure erase my ssd, but the steps are too complicated for many users.
    There are many ways to secure erase your ssd, especially if you connect your ssd to another system.
    A web search using: secure erase will provide links for different ways to clean your ssd before you install your operating system.

    You must be very careful when you secure erase your ssd, if you select the wrong drive, you will erase that drive!!
    I use the windows installation or repair dvd with my ssd as the only connected drive on my system before I start Diskpart.
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    Default Re: Bios stuck on "Discard Changes"

    Quote Originally Posted by profJim View Post
    Describe how you "formatted" your ssd before you reinstalled windows.

    If you did NOT do a secure erase of your ssd, this is probably causing your problem.
    I use Diskpart when I need to secure erase my ssd, but the steps are too complicated for many users.
    There are many ways to secure erase your ssd, especially if you connect your ssd to another system.
    A web search using: secure erase will provide links for different ways to clean your ssd before you install your operating system.

    You must be very careful when you secure erase your ssd, if you select the wrong drive, you will erase that drive!!
    I use the windows installation or repair dvd with my ssd as the only connected drive on my system before I start Diskpart.
    I could not format my SSD so I pressed "delete" while in the Windows installation disc, since the amount of memory left was equal to the original amt I figured I was ok. So I suppose that is my issue, grrrr. I will do some reading and looks like I'm going to be doing another install :(

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    Default Re: Bios stuck on "Discard Changes"

    Most repair shortcuts turn out to be longcuts.
    Running Diskpart from a dos prompt using a windows dvd really isn't that difficult if you follow
    the directions in Z68XP-UD3 Stuck at "Loading Operating System", post #14.

    Here is the simplified procedure from the end of the post:

    Clean and simple for those who have only one disk connected and need no explanations
    --------------------
    Diskpart > Select Disk 0
    Diskpart > Clean
    Diskpart > Create Partition Primary Align=1024
    Diskpart > Format Quick FS=NTFS
    Diskpart > List Partition
    Diskpart > Active
    Diskpart > Exit
    --------------------
    After you have started Diskpart from the dos prompt, you only need to type the commands to the right of the " >" symbols.

    Post back if you have any questions.
    If you do everything correctly, it takes less than 5 minutes once you start the dos prompt from the windows repair or installation dvd.
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
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    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
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    Default Re: Bios stuck on "Discard Changes"

    So I only had my ssd and cd drive connected, cleaned the ssd and did a fresh install. I was able to get into my bios which was a plus. However, Windows Boot Manager is still listed under the bootable menu. I never saw this when I first set up my computer a year ago and now it won't go away. I played around with it some more and now it just goes straight to Bios menu and it won't even let me boot from cd/DVD. This is very frustrating so taking a break and will come back later. Thanks for the help so far, ill let you know how it goes later

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    Default Re: Bios stuck on "Discard Changes"

    I think that I might have left out one step that might have prevented your current issue.
    Clearing your CMOS before you re-installed your operating system might have prevented the current problem.
    Parsec is a very knowledgeable, especially with ASRock systems.
    He can best advise how you should proceed with your current issues.

    On the positive side, it sounds like running Diskpart successfully wasn't a big deal.
    You are hereby promoted to Diskpart guru, second class.
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium ~~ CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD U.P.S
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    Default Re: Bios stuck on "Discard Changes"

    Hmm, a Chicagoguy living in Orlando, I'm originally from Chicago and lived in Altamonte Springs for ~5 years (that's near Orlando for those that don't know), I miss it in many ways, except for I4 of course...

    First, STOP "playing around" with things, that is how things get worse. Fixing things that way is just luck, with just as much chance (really more) to damage things. You end up not remembering what you did, or are not sure what did what, and it's almost impossible for someone else to know what's up.

    That Windows Boot Manager entry reminds me of something, a Windows UEFI boot installation. That is what the entry for the OS/boot drive is called when Windows was installed as UEFI booting. Are you familiar with that?

    Would the HDD (not SSD) that you also have, happen to be larger than 2.2TB? So it was GPT formatted to allow the full capacity to be used in Windows? If not, never mind, if so, when you did the first installation with the SSD and HDD installed Windows may have seen the GPT formatting and applied that to your SSD. That would explain some of your earlier issues (at a very high level, if you don't know about this stuff don't worry.)

    When your PC is going right into the BIOS/UEFI as you mentioned, that means there is a setting that it does not "like", and is trying to force you to fix it. That seems to be a either a new UEFI feature, or an ASRock thing, which is fine if you understand what is going on, not that it is documented anywhere that I have seen.

    I need you to check something first, start Windows Disk Management, find your SSD/OS drive in the list, hopefully Disk 0. Right click on Disk 0 and select Properties. A box will appear, click on the Volumes tab. Check the Partition style line, and tell us what is listed there.

    There is another possibility, but I need to have the question answered first.

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    Default Re: Bios stuck on "Discard Changes"

    To speed things up and more importantly, to avoid confusion, create a detailed hardware list of all of your installed and connected hardware, and be sure to include brand names, model numbers, sizes, etc. Go to http://forums.tweaktown.com/profile....=editsignature which is the Edit Profile page where you will list all of your hardware information one time. When you are done with the list, click on the Save Signature button. While you are creating the detailed hardware list, you can click on the Preview Signature button at any time.

    Look at the amount of detail in my forum signature, this is the type of information we need.
    Including this information will speed things up and solve your problems much sooner.
    Q9650 @ 4.10GHz [9x456MHz]
    P35-DS4 [rev: 2.0] ~ Bios: F14
    4x2GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1094MHz @5-5-5-15
    MSI N460GTX Hawk Talon Attack (1GB) video card <---- SLI ---->
    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
    WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data)
    Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD (boot)
    SLI @ 16/4 works when running HyperSLI
    Cooler Master 120XL Seidon push/pull AIO cpu water cooling
    Cooler Master HAF XB computer case (RC-902XB-KKN1)
    Asus VH242H 24" monitor [1920x1080]
    MSI N460GTX Hawk (1GB) video card
    Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium
    HT|Omega Claro plus+ sound card
    CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD UPS
    E6300 (R0) @ 3.504GHz [8x438MHz] ~~ P35-DS3L [rev: 1.0] ~ Bios: F9 ~~ 4x2GB Kingston HyperX T1 PC2-8500, 876MHz @4-4-4-10
    Seasonic X650 80+ gold psu (650w) ~~ Xigmatek Balder HDT 1283 cpu cooler ~~ Cooler Master CM 690 case (RC-690-KKN1-GP)
    Samsung 830 128GB SSD MZ-7PC128B/WW (boot) ~~ WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (data) ~~ ZM-MFC2 fan controller
    HT|Omega Striker 7.1 sound card ~~ Asus VH242H monitor [1920x1080] ~~ Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers
    win7 x64 sp1 Home Premium ~~ CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD U.P.S
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