I've got a problem with an Acer Aspire laptop that refuses to automatically boot to any device. When powering on, it shows the BIOS screen and gives options to go into setup or choose a boot device, and then hangs on the blank black screen with flashing white cursor and constantly short beeps until I power it off.
If I choose to choose my boot device manually (HDD or CD) it works without issue.
Any ideas? I've updated the BIOS to the latest version and checked RAM and hard drive connections.
No mention of floppy in the bios - it's a very basic BIOS (Insydeh20 v1.10, latest update for this bios) - you can't even disable the optical drive. All you can do is change the boot order and some basic settings (quiet boot, network boot etc.)
The strange thing about the problem is that it will happily boot to either HDD or CD/DVD when chosen manually in the "change boot device" menu, yet it refuses to boot automatically, whichever device is set to top of the boot list. Could it be anything but the board/BIOS at fault?