This issue arises while waiting for the BIOS to return control to the program. There are a few things you can try:
- If you have a ZIP drive (or any other device that is not a hard drive) then be sure that it is set up as a removable drive type and not configured to appear as a hard drive. Most often, you need to set the appropriate channel master/slave devices to NONE instead of AUTO in your system BIOS.
- If you have any media readers (music players, card readers, printers, cameras, etc.) connected, try disconnecting them.
- Double check the BIOS to be sure the number of hard drives and type/size are set correctly.
- Redetect the hard drives.
- Clear configuration data under the PNP/PCI section (ESCD).
- Reset the BIOS to its default configuration.
- Be sure your system BIOS is up to date.
- Disable Legacy USB support in the BIOS.
- Disable S.M.A.R.T. in the BIOS. On some older systems, strange behavior may occur when S.M.A.R.T. is enabled.
- For ATA add-in adapters, be sure the adapter BIOS is up to date.
- For SCSI controllers, be sure the SCSI BIOS is set up correctly (see below) and is up to date (if so, you may want to try a slightly older version if available).
SCSI BIOS setup (the wording below is taken from the documentation for the Adaptec AHA2940UW):
Extended BIOS Translation for DOS Drives: Enabled
BIOS Support for Int13 Extension: Enabled
Support Removable Disks Under BIOS as Fixed Disks: Boot Only
(other values may work).
BIOS Support for Bootable CD-ROM: Enabled
(toggle to see if it makes a difference)
For each hard drive device, it should have the Include in BIOS Scan option set to Yes.
For each non-hard drive device, it should have the Include in BIOS Scan option set to No.