The little blinking cursor is suppose to do that . Right before it boots .
Yes, but not for unlimited time. Longest I have had the patience to wait was overnight (~8 hrs).
What kind of Hard drive are you using ?? another question in your BIOS do you have the option to set to AHCI ??
BIOS 131 does work on the DG45ID I have two of them , But I have them running in AHCI mode.
currently I have connected:
SATA0 - Hitachi 200GB SATA 2.5" 7200rpm
SATA1 - WDC WD15EARS
SATA2 - NEC DVD/RW
However, I have tried multiple --at least 3-- hard drives (the setup then was 1hdd on sata0 and dvdrw on sata2), different vendors, different capacity. It did not matter.
As for "131 works": I am sure that it works for some. It may work for the majority. Doesn't for me (well, it does in other aspect --see below--, but as far as we talk about the boot process, it did not).
From what I have read on this forum, there are multiple hw revisions of the board. It might be the case that mine differs from yours. (If you know an easy way how to determine hw rev, I'd be glad to look it up.)
I have not tried AHCI yet. In fact, I was pretty happy with Native, as long as 131, but Legacy works as well.
I am not willing to go back below 131. The main reason I did the update was that 131 contains newer vga code than 117. I've noticed some problems playing HD video on 117, that's why I did the upgrade. After flashing 131, without any change in configuration apart from Native->Legacy, HD plays fine. The video file in question I am streaming from the homeserver over the network, so I can pretty well assume that the bios upgrade helped me in this case.
However, thanks for your concern.
Update: For the sake of my mind, I have tried as you suggested. The results are:
Legacy - boot ok
Native/IDE - stuck at blank screen with blinking cursor
AHCI - boot ok*
RAID - boot ok*
where * means that Win7 starts booting, and the machine restarts itself while the windows flying flag (or whatever it is) is displayed, which is quote correct, as I have not installed the AHCI nor RAID drivers.
I might upgrade the drivers to AHCI tomorrow. No use for RAID here, and with RAID on, the boot takes a few seconds longer to process the RAID bios.
However, the issue stands: the board would not boot the OS when set to Native/IDE.
PS: I wonder why you've asked whether I have the AHCI option -- I am on 131, the same as you have as you've said, so of course, the option is there. I just did not explicitly have the need for ahci, but if it works... why not.
These boards run a lot better in AHCI mode , BUT there is a specific way to enable it after you have alreadt installed the OS , google microsoft on how to enable AHCI after OS is installed , it involves some registry editing and you have to do it step by step or you will get blue screen. But the other advantages is you can install ,Intel RST , and other software so if someday you want to go SSD you will already be set up . Did I mention on my two DG45ID sys one has a two Raptor set-up and the other is a intel 160 gig SSD , adding the SSD was like adding 24 gigs and a QX9650 , the SSD made that much difference.
I have SSDs in my 2 desktops --ocz, not intel--, and I know what you're talking about.
I know the steps to upgrade standard ide to ahci/raid, I'm just too lazy / not in the mood to do it now -- it's about 2am here now.
Had to read your orginal post for a sec you did'nt mention are you using a graphics card ?? or onboard graphics ??
2 AM man you ought to go to bed it's only 8:00 pm here I'll talk tomarrow .
I'm using onboard vga -- good enough for htpc. TV & sound on hdmi, and built-in touch LCD on dvi.