Linux won't boot up!!! Help. Did Linux get hacked???
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There is always the possibility that the motherboard itself (or the BIOS chip) has developed a problem which is preventing the BIOS from running correctly, in which case it may be impossible to enter the setup screen to make any changes.
If replacing the battery doesn't cure the issue I'd suggest taking the machine to someone who knows how to troubleshoot it.
Do you have or have you downloaded your motherboard manual?
Find out which 3-pin array with a jumper on pins 1+2 you should move from 1+2 to 2+3 to clear your BIOS.
Open your case using safe procedures and remove the battery, then move the correct jumper from 1+2 to 2+3.
Wait about 2 minutes, then move the jumper back to 1+2. Replace the battery.
Close the case and power on to begin the startup, hitting the correct key to enter setup. Remember that you can hit the pause key to stop the startup so you can find and hit the key for setup.
If you can get startup and setup you have reset the BIOS to its most general settings. Then you can, if you get a boot, leave it as is, or ,if not, go in and, carefully following the given instructions for moving in and changing the BIOS, find and change the settings for RAID.
Again, when you have opened the BIOS pay attention to the directions for the keystrokes to use, particularly how to "exit without changes"
After a few days of trying all the tips given, I did get to reset the BIOS, and could enter setup. Then, after saving setup options which were basically the same except I changed the boot order of the disk, I got the same message again:
NVIDIA RAID BIOS
I do not have any RAID card installed. I think that the board is bad, so I think that I am going to get another board soon. In mean time I have older computer to use Linux with, and G4.