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Windows 7: Reboot and select proper boot device error.

02 Jun 2010   #1
SlimaniacJim

Windows 7
 
 
Reboot and select proper boot device error.

My hard disk crashed a week back and so i got it replaced but now when i try installing an OS i get the error "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key".
I have never had this problem before.

I've set proper boot device priority..my hdd and dvd rom both get detected in BIOS. I cant figure whats the problem?! Can anybody please help me?


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02 Jun 2010   #2
gregrocker

 

Try resetting the CMOS: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixthe.../clearcmos.htm

What is the SATA controller setting? Try AHCI, then IDE if necessary.

Did the HD initialize upon install?
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02 Jun 2010   #3
SlimaniacJim

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you for the reply gregrocker..
I tried resetting the CMOS from BIOS and by removing the battery..SATA is configured to "SATA and IDE combined mode" by default..i tried AHCI but didnt help. BIOS detects the HD but the first thing that happened after i installed and started my pc was the error ..
Dont understand what to do?!
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02 Jun 2010   #4
gregrocker

 

Can you install any other OS to the HD? What error does that give?
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02 Jun 2010   #5
SlimaniacJim

Windows 7
 
 

No i cant..i tried XP n Windows 7..both the cds are bootable and work fine on other pc..i get the same error all the time "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key."

Also tried using an old 40 gb IDE hd i have..same problem..
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02 Jun 2010   #6
gregrocker

 

Check for a newer BIOS version for your mobo on manufacturer's Support Downloads webpage for your model computer or mobo.

Do you have a floppy in the boot order? Remove it completely.

Remember that WIn7 installer is a DVD, not CD, so set DVD drive first to boot.

Try switching SATA ports for DVD drive, then HD. Check all cable connections carefully, swap cables.

Or is DVD drive IDE? How is it jumpered?

Do you have another DVD drive to try?

What are the other choices for your SATA controller?
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02 Jun 2010   #7
SlimaniacJim

Windows 7
 
 

Yes theres floppy in boot order even though i dont have floppy installed..yes i tried using a different cd rom but it didnt work..i tried it with XP as its a cd.
Dvd rom is the 1st priority..
I tried switchin the ports..both hard disk and dvd rom are SATA..the options i have for SATA controller are AHCI,
RAID,
SATA and IDE combined.
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02 Jun 2010   #8
gregrocker

 

Disable the floppy both in Boot order and wherever else it appears in BIOS.

How about trying another DVD drive?

Normally the error message means HD is disabled or disconnected so reinstall it and check its connections carefully so that it gets correctly initialized. If you just bought it new, then use included Tech Support to walk you through correct install.

I realize you tried another IDE HD and got the same error so that seems to narrow it to controller, since these have different cabling.

Can you try installing from USB flash stick? USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

Hopefully others will pitch in.
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03 Jun 2010   #9
SlimaniacJim

Windows 7
 
 

I will try the usb stick and let u know what happens. I have checked the data cables and they work fine.
Thank you.
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03 Jun 2010   #10
SlimaniacJim

Windows 7
 
 

I tried using the USB stick by following the steps on the link u gave me. Everything happened as its stated but when i tried installin OS from the usb pendrive nothin happens. PC gets stuck at "press del to enter setup, press tab to display bios post message" screen.

I have set USB disk as 1st priority device. Can there be somethin wrong with the hardware? May be wid the Motherboard?
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