A peculiar booting problem with my Asus K8V SE Deluxe mother


Jun 8, 2007
I have an Asus K8V SE Deluxe motherboard with AMD Athlon 64 3200+ CPU and 1.5 GB RAM for almost 3 years.

In general, the machine works fine, but when I insert an external USB Hard Drive or an USB Flash drive, and reboot the computer, the ROM BIOS attempts to boot from the newly inserted drive instead of from drive C: .
I then have to change the BIOS settings again to instruct it to boot from C:. As long as the external drive is inserted at the boot time, it boots OK, but if I remove it, sure enough, the same booting issue reappears.

Asus tech support is aware of that “issue” with that particular board, but the head honcho claims that it is by design, and it is same for all the 754 and 939 boards. He says that the board was designed to allow automatic booting when inserting an external drive. He also claims that only the socket AM2 boards let you control it.

My questions are:

* Is anyone aware of this problem?
* Is it true that those Asus boards were purposely designed that way?
* Am I getting a snow job from the head honcho ( the head of the call center/lead technician)?

Thanks for any input on that matter.