Archived: Why Do Certain Dell, Gateway, and Micron Computers Hang on Boot-up If a PCI-GPIB Board Is Installed?This document has been archived and is no longer updated by National Instruments
Hardware: GPIB>>Plug-in Controllers>>PCI-GPIB
Why does my Dell Dimension 4100 (or Gateway or Micron computer) hang during boot-up if I have my PCI-GPIB board installed? Why does the computer boot correctly if I remove the PCI-GPIB board?
The problem exists in the BIOS on these machines. The BIOS attempts to execute code on the PCI-GPIB board's expanded ROM, which is meant for Sun and Macintosh platforms only. An x86 platform machine should not attempt to execute this code. All of these machines share the same Intel D815EEA motherboard.
Dell, Micron, Gateway, and Intel have released the fixed versions of their BIOS. Please contact the appropriate vendor for a BIOS upgrade:
Dell FTP Site
Gateway Download Page
Intel D815EEA Support Page with BIOS update Link
Report Date: 09/12/2000
Last Updated: 10/28/2005
Document ID: 21BA19EC