Error Messages. Part V

In this article you can find the main error messages for AMIBIOS and AwardBIOS.


Press ESC to skip Memory Test After the occurrence of the message, you may press ESC to permit a full memory test that will speed the POST passing.
Press F1 to disable NMI, F2 to reboot An error of NMI interruption. Pressing F1 will allow blocking NMI, and F2 – its rebooting.
Press TAB to show POST Screen This message informs that the user will see a window with POST messages after pressing TAB, if there is a logo of motherboard manufacturer or another image.
Primary Boot Device Not Found The device, stated as the primary one for booting in BIOS, was not found.
Primary IDE Channel no 80 conductor cable installed 40 conductor cable is used on the primary IDE channel instead of 80 one. This may significantly decrease the speed of data exchange between a hard disk and controller.
Primary Master Hard Disk Fail;

Primary Slave Hard Disk Fail

An error of the hard disk, connected to IDE-channel Primary Master or Primary Slave. Make sure you have connected a disk and set a jumper properly, try to replace 40- or 80-conductor cable. Check disk parameters in BIOS and set appropriate values if necessary.
Primary Master Hard Disk S.M.A.R.T. Status Bad;

Primary Slave Hard Disk S.M.A.R.T. Status Bad

Self-test function of hard disks S.M.A.R.T. warns about a possible failure of the drives connected to Primary Master or Primary Slave channel.
PS2 Keyboard Not Found;

PS2 Mouse not found

Keyboard or mouse, connected to PS2 port, were not found. Check the device connection to the system block and if an error does not disappear after changing the keyboard or mouse, then the PS2 controller is faulty.
Resuming from disk, Press TAB to show POST screen This message occurs during the system recovery form a hard disk. Press TAB and the window with POST messages will appear.