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Stuck on Boot Manager! Samsung NP900X4D A03

Discussion in 'Samsung' started by booze87, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. Sputnick69

    Sputnick69 Notebook Guru

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    I also lost the way to get into the Bios through Windows troubleshoot completely, most likely because I change the secure boot option to CSM, in order to get it to recognize my Crucial SSD. :(
    I got the laptop to recognize the Crucial SSD after partitioning and formatting it using Gparted, and installed a clean Win8. The new install could not be activated though and the access to Bios through Windows troubleshoot didn't show.
    I'll try contacting Samsung support again, but I think I have to send it in for repair now.
    I'm so tired of this UEFI ... :mad:
     
  2. booze87

    booze87 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I read about bricked mainboards and all those things with series 9 after installing linux... hope that they repair mine w/o any problems
     
  3. Thors.Hammer

    Thors.Hammer Notebook Enthusiast

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    I had no issues but I didn't use gparted. I just let Windows 8 partition and format the Crucial M4.
     
  4. booze87

    booze87 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I'll clone Windows 8 partition with EaseUs Disk Copy. Had no problems with it in the past. ;-)

    btw: my device is in the repairs now - they're replacing some parts
     
  5. Sputnick69

    Sputnick69 Notebook Guru

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    I managed to get the Bios to recognize the Sandisk SSD again, and have now access to UEFI Bios again through Windows 8.
    The trick was to do a Bios reset which resets it to defaults.:
    Unplug battery and Cmos battery, press hold powerbutton for min. 1 minute, after min. 1 hour reconnect batteries and boot.
    However I'm still having problems recognizing my Crucial SSD via USB so I can make copy of the Sandisk SSD.
    If I install the Crucial SSD in the laptop I can do a clean install of Win 8, but then I miss an activation key.
    Any ideas?
     
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    Thors.Hammer Notebook Enthusiast

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    Why do you think this? I had no issues installing Windows 8 using the embedded key that came with my NP900X3D-A02US. It activated immediately after a connection to the internet was made.
     
  7. Sputnick69

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    I´ll give it a try. :)
    My problem activating was probably that I installed Windows 8 Pro (since I had a key for it, which unfortunately has been used to many times)
     
  8. booze87

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    Update: I sent it to Samsung on Monday and received it on Friday with a replaced main board ... quite fast for a repair service, isn't it?

    First things I did were replacing the SSD with the crucial m4 256GB and a little RAM update to 16 GB (Nobody needs 16 GB but I've got a cheap source for RAM :p )
    Does somebody know how to create a recovery partition with samsung's software? I tried to clone the recovery partition but it says that it can't find any recovery partition.
    If it won't work I'll use acronis for backups.
     
  9. John Ratsey

    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    One can't complain about that turnaround speed. They obviously have some spare parts (which country?). I presume they have the wherewithal to fix the BIOS or other problems and then can use the board in the next machine that comes in with a bricked BIOS.

    To create a recovery partition you will have to put back the original SSD and follow Dannemand's instructions here to create the USB Admin tool. Personally I use Acronis to image onto an external USB 3.0 HDD.

    John
     
  10. Sputnick69

    Sputnick69 Notebook Guru

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    I ended up returning the Crucial M4 drive to the supplier and hopefully I will get a new working replacement drive tomorrow
     

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