First of all I am almost too embarrassed to post this. I feel like a total ninkompoop.
A few days ago I thought my new Seasonic Gold 850 had gone bad. Tested all the leads and the motherboard power leads showed no or low power. Well, the problem was not the PSU but the modular connections had come loose from the power supply itself (very, very hard to see in the maze of wiring in my computers; don't ask)
Well, the result was like a light switch being switch on-off, there was some partial bootup and then a crash. Couldn't even get into the bios, so I knew it was either a motherboard or power problem - Duh!
OK, after fixing the modular connection to the PSU the computer of course could boot and I got into the bios. In the boot section I noticed that everything was scrambled, hard drive order, boot order, everything. So I reset all (pics attached).
Problem: Upon bootup, although the boot devices are CD/DVD optical #1 and then the 120 GB SSD #2, I continue to get the error message "Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device".
My conclusion: The OS kernel and boot loader were corrupted - again a big Duh!
Tried: Put Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit setup disk in and did "system repair", after which the computer will successfully come up into Windows - if and only
if the setup disk remains in the optical drive. Same if I do system restore.
Rant: One of the things that has always annoyed me with Windows is the SATA connections come up all willy-nilly in Computer (Disk) Management - basically to hell with order, we will call your SATA connections what we want to.
Note: I have 2 SSD's - #1 is 120 GB for OS and important programs and #2 is 80 GB for less important programs. I had intended to put SSD #1 (120 Gb) on SATA 1 and #2 (80 Gb) on SATA 2 but #2 is actually on SATA 3. This was not a problem before I had the on-off switching of the PSU due to the bad modular connection, which I believe corrupted my OS.
Question: How to Fix It.
Footnote: Please feel free to tell me what a raving idiot I am. I don't mind being publicly humiliated. I just wanna learn.