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Windows 7: "Reboot & Select Proper Boot Device"

13 Feb 2013   #61
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

I think you would have a different view if someone was making liquid rocket fuel in your house. Unless you have a particular interest in seeing explosions up close and personal.

But, the best way to clear CMOS is unplug the PSU, hold the start button down for about 30 seconds to drain all power, remove the battery from the motherboard, noting which side is where, leave it out for 20 minutes at least. Put it back in, plug in the power, and start up going straight to bios.

Unpluging the power and moving the jumpers, or using the clear CMOS button will usually work, but the battery removal is probably the most sure fire way.


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13 Feb 2013   #62
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

BTW< a repair install is not a 'defacto' reinstall. Personally, I have done several but never had one that worked. A repair install is usually the last step before a clean install. In fact, after clearing CMOS, if you still have the same issue, why not use a blank HD and do a quick clean install just to see if it will boot correctly without the DVD. That would be a good test, to make sure the problem is what you think it is.
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13 Feb 2013   #63
incurablegeek

Win 7-64
 
 

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Unpluging the power and moving the jumpers, or using the clear CMOS button will usually work, but the battery removal is probably the most sure fire way.
I agree completely. Glad I pointed you in the right direction on that one. I did loosen the cap, you know.

I'll try that now.

If it doesn't work, well then -->

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why not use a blank HD and do a quick clean install just to see if it will boot correctly without the DVD. That would be a good test, to make sure the problem is what you think it is.
Wow, that is a powerfully smart idea. So logical I didn't even think of it. Really good idea!
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13 Feb 2013   #64
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Even a blind squirrel will find an acorn once in a while.
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13 Feb 2013   #65
incurablegeek

Win 7-64
 
 

Steve, make no mistake about it: You are a highly intelligent and very resourceful person. And I sincerely appreciate all your assistance.

I have noticed, however, that TC has chosen not to participate in this discussion. I can only assume the topic is way over his head.


Also, let it be known that, although I am rather Spock-like in my addiction to logic, I am also very lazy. Instead of crawling around on the floor to remove the CMOS battery, etc., I have opted to disconnect my SSD and install the OS to an extra HDD I have here. It's a totally unprofessional install in that I didn't disconnect all the other drives. Yep, too lazy to crawl around on the floor.

What I hope to learn: Well, if the OS install goes fine and the computer boots up nicely into this install, I will then know that the OS on the SSD is the culprit. If not, I will know that the BIOS is the problem. If essenbe's suggestion about a "hard clearing" of the CMOS does not work, well then I have to look into purchasing another EPROM (used to sell them years ago so I know where to shop - about $16.00).

And yes, I do know I am Brilliant!



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13 Feb 2013   #66
incurablegeek

Win 7-64
 
 

My Life Sux!

It's the BIOS for sure. I just installed Win 7 on a separate HDD. When I asked it to reboot, I again come to: "Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device - or Insert Boot Media ...."

Note: I did clear the CMOS with the back button several times.

Any chance the EPROM chip has been damaged?

BTW, http://www.ebay.com/itm/BIOS-Chip-AS...-/260887585099
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13 Feb 2013   #67
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

If you don't want to remove the CMOS battery, pressing and holding the clear CMOS button, or switching the jumper over would be sufficient. It's one of the first things I do when working with the BIOS, either flashing or reflashing.
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13 Feb 2013   #68
incurablegeek

Win 7-64
 
 

CMOS battery out now, after holding the Start Button down for about 45 seconds.

Gonna bet the CMOS chip is damaged though.
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13 Feb 2013   #69
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 


Denni.s, it is times like these when I really regret quitting drinking
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13 Feb 2013   #70
incurablegeek

Win 7-64
 
 

Steve, every time I think about drinking again, I realize just how much destruction that brought upon my life. It cost me lots of friends and plenty of opportunities I will never have again.

Don't resort to alcohol. It is extremely destructive.

I would recommend you move to Colorado and buy a bong instead.
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