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Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:34 pm
Ok, it was not easy but I got all the opening loading screen messages from bootitbm. Are these correct?:
"Bootit EMBR1 4.00
Bootit EMBRL 4.00
bootit Bare Metal 1.31c copyright 1996-2015 Terabyte,Inc.
Reading 1 BIOS hard drive(s) to gather data for SATA Bias option"
what is SATA "Bias option"?
Maybe the delays I have been experiencing and sometimes failure to load would be solved if I changed the BIOS HD controller to IDE instead of SATA?
Thu Dec 29, 2016 9:03 pm
I can only guess that the program author has a spelling handicapped and meant "bios".
That and the fact that he puts menu items on users screen that do not work.
Fri Dec 30, 2016 10:34 am
wizzleme, it not misspelling. It is BIAS and not BIOS. I had the same experience in the past including the long waiting time during which the "data for SATA Bias option" were being gathered.
I do not remember what the solution was then. But it was not a hardware problem.
You can find a lot of hits if you google for "SATA BIAS", e.g.viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1053viewtopic.php?f=2&t=851&start=10#p4078http://windowssecrets.com/forums/showth ... -Makedisk-
None of them offered a straightforward but rather fortuitous (if at all)
solution as far as I could see at a quick glance. But you may find nevertheless some helpful info in them.
The second link also results in there not being a hardware fault.
The third link is interesting in that this BIBM problem is addressed in a non-Terabyte forum. I may quote a few lines:
I am hoping there are other users of Terabyte Unlimited Image for DOS since it is Fred Langa's recommended backup program. I recently upgraded from version 1 to version 2 and am stymied by some of the new options in the Makedisk Utility. The ones that have me confused are:
ATAPI DMA (PATA)
Disable SATA Bias
Disable Global Geometry
Disable Align MBR for BIOS Auto Mode
Fri Dec 30, 2016 11:10 am
I just happened to detect this:
(scroll down to the second but last line)
- SATA BIAS Option .jpg (125.5 KiB) Viewed 1775 times
Fri Dec 30, 2016 8:27 pm
Those makedisk options are part of the bootitbm install usb? (from memory, no time to look it up).
Still don't know what the disable bias is, sorry.
Glad if it's not a hardware problem, I will google it later to see if I can determine (based on my limited hardware knowledge of SATA hds) why this is responsible for a delay to the boot screen and at times, no boot screen at all requiring a reboot.
Lately I have been questioning why I use my laptop at all. The internet keeps getting progressively worse, more crap, lies, garbage, threats, I am wondering if all the time I waste trying to get programs to run correctly is worth it. TB has saved my butt a number of times so I continue to use it, but I am still getting BSOD occasionally from windows 7, which supposedly is the "best" version of windows (I think XP is). It's a challenge, but without much reward at the end.
Fri Dec 30, 2016 11:50 pm
> Still don't know what the disable bias is, sorry.
just search the manual for bias and it's all there.
> I continue to use it, but I am still getting BSOD occasionally from
> windows 7, which supposedly is the "best" version of windows (I think XP
> is). It's a challenge, but without much reward at the end.
You may want run memtest86+ from memtest.org on your system overnight,
strange bsod type problems can be memory (as well as hardware or drivers).
Sat Dec 31, 2016 4:30 am
Yeah that's what I was thinking, so installed Burnitest (passmark).
But one thing I fear is if I test it, maybe that will push it over the edge and I will have a broken laptop.
Sat Dec 31, 2016 9:15 am
Memory is inexpensive. I chose to just change it and find out if that
WAS the problem.
In my case, it was.
On 12/31/2016 5:30 AM, wizzleme wrote:
> OK thanks,
> Yeah that's what I was thinking, so installed Burnitest (passmark).
> But one thing I fear is if I test it, maybe that will push it over the edge and I will have a broken laptop.
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