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Windows 7: dual boot not working....cant choose between the choices

04 Apr 2013   #1
msongs

 
 
dual boot not working....cant choose between the choices

hello. tried a dual boot setup. when the black screen shows after bios runs, the one that offers the choice of 2 systems. there is no way to choose one over the other. down arrows dont do anything, enter does nothing, tab does nothing either. so after 30 seconds the screen changes to the windows needs repair thing and I have to push the off button.

wondering how to get the up down arrows or tab to move and let choose


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04 Apr 2013   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Have you done a startup repair to get into either system yet ?

Startup Repair


What 2 systems did you d boot ?
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04 Apr 2013   #3
msongs

 
 

i put a linux program in its own partition on my second hd. the bios option shows choose between win7 and the linux. just can't get the arrows etc to move from one to the other. i have boot options set to hard drive first, but i have 2 hard drives so not sure how to tell them apart in bios
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04 Apr 2013   #4
msongs

 
 
got into win 7 so

guess I will go to the 2nd hd and delete linux. maybe that will remove the non functioning dual boot option.
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04 Apr 2013   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Delete it and unplug it til you get windows booting again.

You will probably have to wipe it clean using the Diskpart command, Gregrocker is an expert on that
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04 Apr 2013   #6
msongs

 
 
win 7 loading up now but first...

I get the dual boot choice screen that is not selectable. then win 7 goes ahead and boots, just a delay while that process occurs. bit mistake trying to get linux working....cause it dont
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04 Apr 2013   #7
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

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04 Apr 2013   #8
King Arthur

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Just to clarify, can you confirm that your keyboard is functioning properly? Can you still not interact with your bootloader with a different keyboard connected? It would be sad to find out later down the road that it was all just your keyboard being faulty.
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04 Apr 2013   #9
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

I would sure hope that was checked out.

The dual boot should have been done with the 7 hard drive unplugged.
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04 Apr 2013   #10
3D Jed

Windows 7 pro x64 SP1
 
 

Just a long shot here - is the keyboard USB? If so does it work during POST ie can you hit del (or whatever) and get into BIOS? If the BIOS needs USB legacy enabled, this can prevent a USB keyboard working before Windows starts. I have an old ps/2 keyboard ti get into BIOS when this problem arises.

my 2 cents . . .
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