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Q: no boot device available strike f1 to retry boot f2 for setup utility

Hi there,

I have a Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop running Win XP Home Edition SP2. Few days ago when I tried to run my laptop I suddenly out of nowhere got the error message "no boot device available strike f1 to retry boot f2 for setup utility". I believe my hard drive has died. I did some research online and have read several articles about this problem. At this stage I am only concered about recovering data from my hard drive. My hard drive is 100Gb with 2 partitions 50Gb each. Most of my data is on the 2nd partion. Reading few articles online, I have tried to run the recovery disk which came along with my laptop. While trying to use the repair option, it says that the disk is unpartioned and gives an option to format and create partion. I do not want to do this yet as all my data will be lost. I have also tried to fixbr and fixmbr, but I am still not able to boot my laptop.

I have now acquired 2.5" HDD USB Enclosure or caddy and 2.5" to 3.5" converter adapter. I tried to connect my Hard drive to the caddy and connected it to my PC. My PC is able to detect the hard drive but does not show any drive icon in "My Computer". In Disk Management hard drive is showing unallocated. I borrowed another hard drive (20Gb) from a friend and connected it to my PC via caddy and same thing happens, this hard drive also appears as unallocated.

I read the following article (see link below), now this could be because of the partition type FAT32 or NTFS. I am not sure about this yet ?

I am looking to get Norton Disk Doctor to see if it fix the boot record or sectors on the hard drive. Could you please guide me how to get Norton Disk Doctor ?

At this stage I am only concerned about recovering data from the hard drive. I have not tried using 2.5" to 3.5" Converter adapter.

I have not given up yet. Any help will be highly appreciated. I would like to shout few drinks to the person who can fix my problem.

Thank you for reading this long article.

Thanks again

Preferred Solution: no boot device available strike f1 to retry boot f2 for setup utility

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A: no boot device available strike f1 to retry boot f2 for setup utility

allocate the hard drive right click where it says unallocated and allocate that should work .

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A:strike F1 to retry boot,strike F2 for setup utility

Press F2 to enter Setup (Bios) Here set it to Failsafe Defaults (usually F5). Now look for Boot Priority. Change it so CD rom drive is First Boot Device. Look for SATA or HDD mode change the HDD mode from AHCI to IDE or Compatibility Mode. Save and Exit (usually F10) Now put the XP CD in the drive and restart the computer. You should see the message Press Any Key To Boot From CD. This starts the Windows XP CD and the Windows install. Then you would Create a Partition, Format the Partition NTFS, and Install Windows.

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Hey guys,

A newbie to the board so please go easy on me lol!

I got an old computer from a friend..a Dell Optiplex GX110. P3 733Mhz, 128mb, 10gb...no OS

So I turned on the computer and got the msg: Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility.

I popped in an XP Pro CD (its burnt), and pressed F1...restarts and comes back to the same page...
The other problem is: the CD tray closes, opens, closes, then opens and stays OPEN!...is this a hardware problem?...or the computer rejecting the CD?

My boot sequence has CDROM as #1...Anyone know the problem/solution?

ANY help would be appreciated! Thanks!

A:Installing XP but get 'strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility'

Firstly remove your email addy from your post (using "EDIT")
This is an Open Public Forum, all messages will be replied to here (like mine right now)

Is this version of Windows legitamit?
There are many reasons to answer this truthfully, as there are many different (known) Windows versions out there.

Now, that "Burnt CD" is it bootable in the first place?
The best way to tell, would be by putting it into another computer to test

Is your CD drive just a CD Drive and the disc is a DVD disc?
Usually Windows Xp comes on CD, but can be burnt to DVD

Do other bootable disks work in the drive?
You can download the Ultimate Boot CD to confirm this.

Waiting for your reply...

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Dell Optiplex 170L Series
Intel Celeron Processor 2.40 GHZ
Level 2 Cache: 256 KB Intergrated
Bios: A07

Turn on my sons computer today and after the dell logo screen comes up, i hear 2 beeps.The following message comes out.Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility. (Picture of what I see) ---> http://i34.tinypic.com/10d8pi0.jpg
I also tried to install windows on it again and this message comes up.(Look at the PIC) http://i36.tinypic.com/10qcc9y.jpg

Any help I would really appreciate it. Thank you.

A:Need Help ASAP Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility

This is an easy one.

You already know your computer does not detect the presence of a hard disk or other boot media.

I suggest you disconnect and reconnect the disk to be sure it is making connection. If that doesn't work, try replacing the cable with another known-good cable--perhaps one inside the machine currently connected to the DVD/CD drive, Try connecting the disk to another system to see if it is recognized there. It probably won't be, in which case you will simply have to replace the disk drive.

The good news is they are cheap these days.


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Trying to fix son's girlfriend's Dell Dimension 4600. We think the hard drive is bad. Put it in a sleeve and hooked it to another computer ... shows no files. So she bought a new WD 160GB hard drive. Installed the new hd after connecting it to another computer and using Disk Management to format it. Then installed it in the Dell 4600. When we start the computer it shows:

Dell System Dimension 4600 Series
BIOS Version A02

Performing Automatic IDE Configuration ...
Secondary Master: CD ROM Device
Secondary Slave: CD ROM Device

Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for Setup Utility

F1 does nothing but repeat prior line.
F2 brings up the BIOS settings.

Boot sequence only shows:
Diskette Drive

no new HD listed.

I also cannot get it to boot from Windows XP disk even after I change the boot sequence to IDE CD ROM Drive in the first position. Although, yesterday it did attempt to load XP, but ended at a BSOD - Unmountable_boot_volume.

Help. What should my next step be?

Thanks for any and all help.

A:Solved: Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for Setup Utility

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my hd supposedly went bad after a diagnostics test so i installed a new hd that dell sent me and still get this error..as if my cd-rom isn't working but the light is on and if i put a dell diagnostics cd in it it will run that..not sure what else to do here...i;ve downloaded Windows Server 2003 r2 from the website thinking maybe it's the cd and nothing..what am i missing??

A:No bootable devices-strike F1 to retry boot F2 for setup utility

Will F2 get you in to the setup utility screen?

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i have a dell latitude d610
bios version ao3 ( 03/02/2005)
when i start the machine up it loads up with the dell logo page
then the next page that comes up says "no bootable devices -- strike f1 to retry boot, f2 for setup utility "
completely black screen except for those words
what is wrong? how can i get to the desktop?

A:no bootable devices -- strike f1 to retry boot, f2 for setup utility

Hit F2...go into BIOS/Setup...and verify two things:a. Your hard drive is properly reflected on the main page (along with date/time, etc.).b. That your hard drive is the first item in the boot options section of your BIOS.You might as well also ensure that your date/time data is correct.Worth Reading, IMO.Louis

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my client get this msg everytime when i shutdown my laptop directly on power button .

Not yet performed diagnostics or changed the bios settings for now.

what are the best options to fix this ?

its a dell xps - Windows Vista OS

for now removed threats using hitman pro

waiting for your suggestions.

thanks in advance .

A:strike f1 to retry boot, f2 for setup utility, press f5 to run diagnos

Quote: Originally Posted by abhinani24

my client get this msg everytime when i shutdown my laptop directly on power button .

Not yet performed diagnostics or changed the bios settings for now.

what are the best options to fix this ?

its a dell xps - Windows Vista OS

for now removed threats using hitman pro

waiting for your suggestions.

thanks in advance .

Hi abhinani24,

Is this the complete error message that you receive. If possible kindly provide us with the complete error message that you receive.

Also, please set the system hard-drive as the first boot device to ensure it boots without any issues.

Please update your system details here and if you need help then follow this.

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I have an old Dell Latitude C610 Laptop, Pentium III, that I got from a friend who's son got some wicked virus on it and the computer was pretty much useless. It would boot and load windows but once it finished loading, it would freeze, wouldn't let me run a virus scan, nothing.

To make a long story short, I used a utility on my 'Ultimate Boot CD" to wipe the drive clean. Oh, my friend didn't have the restore disk either. Now I get this message "No boot sector on hard disk - No bootable devices - strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility" I have a Windows XP disk that I tried using to reinstall the OS but kept getting the same message. I set the bios so the CD Rom would boot first, did no good. My UBCD boots just fine so, it is not a bad HD. The laptop doesn't have a floppy drive either so, I can't make boot floppies.


A:"No bootable devices strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility"


did you buy any chance remove the drive from the laptop at all... ?

the c610 has a little blade adaptor that changes the standard IDE pins into a flat set of pins, they sometimes dont sit right or the drive isnt snugly in the drive bay....

take it out and reinsert it,,on boot up go into the BIOS (F2 at boot) and check the drive shows, if it doesnt then the drive has died and needs to be replaced.



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It started when I was playing Overwatch then for some reason the screen completely froze. I wait for around a minute and then when I held down the power button to turn it off, a second before it turned off it showed blue screen saying error occured. Since that time my Pc have been running diagnostic, scanning,repairing but it always ended up in some extremely long black screen thats lasts hours so I turn it off. Then the next day when I turn on my pc it says "No bootable device" and under it "Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility." I tried clicking F1 and it doesn't work, I get lead back to the same screen. I read somewhere to try doing ALT+TAB with E,F,B with Num Lock, Cap Lock, and Scroll Lock on but I just get a black screen.
My PC is Alienware x51 R2. I've had it for around 4 years now and all the specs of the PC is default. I am running Windows 10.

A:"Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility"

Replace the hard drive - it has failed.

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Thanks to the links from Catdancin" and the Roman's advice from 2005 on your forum, I very confidently tried the steps listed and followed the previous Dell Techs recommended proceedure. Alas, I am still getting the screen for F1 and F2... on my Dell Dimension 2400.

I removed each PCI, and disconnected each drive, then reconnected each individually... The new hard drive passed the diagnostics. I am attempting to boot up on the Windows XP S2 system disk that came with the Dell.
Oh my...
I set the boot sequence in the Bios screen to the DVD drive which is the secondary master, and I "uninstalled" the floppy drive though there is still the "diskette seek failure".
I am also getting the two beeps...then the F1, F2 set-up screen. The indicator lights show that a cable to a drive may be not working, but I haven't changed IDE cables yet...
I will so appreciate assistance!!!!!!

A:Strike F1 to retry boot or F2 set up utility

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OK so, I was trying to run a GMER scan but the computer froze. The only thing that was moving was my cursor. So I decided to turn it off by holding down my power button. I turned it back on then it gives me this error "strike F1 to retry reboot or F2 to enter system utility. I didn't know what to do so Im using my iPad to post this. I am using a Windows xP Home Edition. I also tried doing alt tab E then alt tab F and alt tab B but they didn't seem to do anything except for the alt tab F. But it says the same hinge, F1 or F2.

A:Strike F1 to retry boot or F2 to enter system utility

Sorry when I typed "hinge", I meant "thing".

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I tryed reinstalling my OS to clean up my hardrive and halfway through installing my os my computer reset and I got this error

Strike f1 to retry boot, f2 to enter system utility

I figured that maybe it was a hardrive problem so I went out and bought a new hardrive

I put my new hardrive in the dell screen loads up. The computer beeps twice and it goes to a black screen with nothing but

Strike f1 to retry boot, f2 to enter system utility

on the screen. When I hit f1 it repeats the message. When I hit f2 it takes me to my bios. I checked my bios and under harddrive it has my hardrives model and capacity, Everything is ok and it locates my hardrive. I also ran my IDE Diagnostics and It passed. So if it can find my hardrive what else could be the problem?

I am running a Dell Dimension 4600, It doesnt have a floppy drive and All I have are the dell discs with it including the os disc. I tried putting the os disc in but I still get the error.

Your thoughts?

A:Strike f1 to retry boot, f2 to enter system utility

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Hi,I use Windows 8.1 and yesterday it started to run very slow and
at the moment I've given it a reset, as I could do absolutely nothing. Evereything 
was loading for ages. And then it happened while loading the desktop. After couple tries 
and automatic repair said that it is something with the HDD I've been asked do I want to
go back to factory settings I've pressed cancel. 
And from that moment on I get the message "No boot available SATA 1: Installed mSATA: None
Strike the F1 key to retry boot, F2 to run the setup utility."This is what I've done so far, I've tried to switch RAID and AHCI SATA mode and see what happens, nothing, then set BIOS on default settings, nothing yet.Any ideas? simple solutions? how to get the computer back to booting/move back to the last working settings.
Kind regards,Chris

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Hi Chris,
Thank you for writing to us!
Kindly follow the steps below :
Solution 1
This solution is to disable the automatic repair from starting if your computer fails to boot into windows.
What you will need - A Windows 8 or 8.1 CD
Step 1: Place the CD in your drive and proceed to boot from it
Step 2: When the install screen pops up, look to the bottom left and select "Repair Your Computer".
Step 3: You will now see a screen that says "Choose an option". Select "Troubleshoot", then "Advanced Options", and finally "Command Prompt".
Step 4: You should now see the command prompt. Type "bcdedit" (without quotes) and hit enter.
Step 5: A list should have appeared. Towards the top, you should see "resumeobject" (It is under "default"). Highlight the long number, including the brackets, and copy.
Step 6: Now type "bcdedit /set (the long number you copied) recoveryenabled No" (Without quotes). Hit enter.
Step 7: You should now see the message "The operation completed successfully"
Step 8: Type "Exit" (Without quotes)
Step 9: Reboot
Solution 2
Booting into safe mode first, then rebooting the computer.
What you will need - nothing
So you are at the screen that says something on the lines of "Windows did not load properly".
Step 1: Select "Advanced repair options"
Step 2:... Read more

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I own a Dell Dimension 3000 with Windows XP. A month ago I got the BSOD with the 000000024 error. Since I wanted to upgrade the 40 GB hard drive anyway I purchased a Western Digital 80 GB hard drive. I installed the HD and the computer beeped two times and took me to the "strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility" screen. If I hit F1 it just repeats the same command. If I hit F2 it takes me to the BIOS screen. When I go into drive configuration it shows that the primary master drive is the hard drive and the secondary drive is the cd rom device. the diskette drive A is off since my computer does not have a floppy disk drive. When I try to save changes and exit it beeps twice and takes me back the F1, F2 screen again. I have tried resetting the computer by pulling the battery out for 10 minutes and replacing but nothing has changed. Any ideas?

A:I can't get past the F1 to retry boot, F2 setup utility

Is the date right? Is the battery good?

Is the drive set to autodetect in BIOS and/or does BIOS recognize all the correct drive parameters?

What is on the new drive? Did you install an operating system? If it is blank, nothing will boot up.

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Dell Insiron 2350 AIO upgraded to Windows 10. I Had a Power failure while shutting down my computer.When trying to reboot, computer posts:
No Boot device availableSATA1: InstalledmSATA: NoneF1 to retry F2 for setup
Did Dell's ePSA diagnostics, all hardware passed, Tried backup and recovery usb drive, computer booted to drive, tried the 5 minute repair, could not repair partition. I do not want to lose all my data by reformatting and replacing the system.This is information using the Mini-tool Partition Wizard Boot Disc 9 
Partition     Capacity     Used       Unused       FileSystem       Type        Status Disk 1 System 99.98 mb 29.54 mb 70.44 mb Fat32 GPT (EFI System Partition) Active and Boot System 128 mb 128 mb 0 B other GPT (Reserved Partition) None OS 918.15 gb 576.75 gb 341.40 gb NTFS GPT (Data Partition) System 450 mb 357.34 mb 92.66 mb NTFS GPT (Recovery Partition) None PBR Image 12.35 gb 11.75 gb 620.57 mb NTFS GPT (Recovery Partition) None 350.00 mb 289.48 mb 60.52 mb NTFS GPT (Recovery Partition) None Disk 2 29.82 gb 0 B 29.82 gb Unallocated Logical None Disk 2 is a mSata Samsung SSD PM83 which was used as a cache disk. I tried to perform the Partition Recovery Wizard on this drive with no success. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what all these partitions are for, and how I get my computer to working again. I am not sure what the GPT type means either.Any hel... Read more

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I have Dell XPS running Windows XP. I used Disk Cleaner which came pre-installed on my computer and it moved and lost files, now it will not boot up. I have XP re-install disk but I need to export my files to an external hard drive before I do so. I have Knoppix, and many other live cd's I have downloaded but when I try to boot from cd with these, I get the "strike F1 to retry boot" message.
Please help me figure out what I can do to get by this.

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When I turn on the computer it says:
No bootable devices--strike F1 to retry boot. F2 for setup utility. F5 to run onboard diagnostics.
I have tried booting it from the windows vista disc but it acts like it is going to load the files then goes to a black screen with a mouse pointer. It is a dell inspiron 1525 running windows vista home premium.

A:No bootable devices--strike f1 to retry boot..etc

Press the F2 button and check in BIOS that a hard disk and an optical drive are both showing as present and working.


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I just bought a couple year old Dimension 8300 desktop. I put a new WD 1TB hard drive in it and replaced the dead clock battery, hoping that that would be enough to get it up and running..however it was not.

I'm trying to install ubuntu 10.10 on it and have a CD with the program installed on it. I can get it to work fine on other systems so that's not the problem.

My computer is detecting the new hard drive as the primary SATA drive. Here's exactly what it says under the hard drive portion of the setup utility:
SATA primary drive: Hard Drive (Drive I just put in the tower) - 1000 GB Capacity
SATA secondary drive: off
Primary Master Drive: off
Primary Slave Drive: off
Secondary Master Drive: CD-ROM device (standard DVD drive)
Secondary Slave Drive: CD-ROM device (DVD RW)
IDE Drive UDMA: off

I am telling it to boot off of the IDE CD drive, but when I try it, I either instantly get the message telling me to push "F1 to retry or F2 to go into setup" or it will try for a little while (15 seconds or less) and then give me the same message I just stated.

Any ideas what I should try? Or more info you need? Thanks!

A:Solved: Press F1 to retry, F2 for setup. Can't boot

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My computer started to run very slow and will lock up when I go into Internet Explorer or Google Chrome.  I can go to one website and maybe follow a couple links before the computer locks up with the message that the website is not responding.  It will eventually go to a black screen with the message: "NO BOOT DEVICE AVAILABLE  HIT ENTER TO RETRY"  The power has to be turned off and back on to restart the computer, only to repeat the process.  Any help will be appreciated.

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Hey I just bought a computer and when I try to start it up, this message pops up.
it also says
SATA 0 - not installed
I just wanted to ask for some tips and maybe a resolution to my problem so I can use the new computer. Thank you in advance!

A:No boot device available. Press enter key to retry

Hey I just bought a computer and when I try to start it up, this message pops up.Click to expand...

if this is a new computer, id take it back.

Drive not enabled in the BIOS
Serial ATA drivers are not properly installed
Faulty or unplugged data cable
Drive is not spinning up
Incorrect jumper settings on the drive
Faulty hard drive
there isnt a hdd in the computer


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hi every one :)

when my PC starts 2 tern on , I started getting this message:
"Alert! cover was previously removed. Strike the f1 key to continue, f2 to run the setup utility."
I googeled the alert message and followed a suggestion that  I change the bios setting:

BUT, I still get
"strike the f1 key to continue, f2 to run the setup utility".

plzzzz help 
i'm gonna cry :,(

A:strike the f1 key to continue f2 to run the setup utility :(

Hi jasmine1990,
Please tell me the model of your Dell desktop and your operating system.

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Can Anyone help help help pls
I keep getting this error Strike F1 to reboot, F2 for setup utility error

I have tried : Replacing a New Cmos Battery
Switched HDD
Installed New Memory
Reset Bios by disconnecting the onboard jumper
Remove all connections to HDD, CD-Rom and all power cables

this is a dell dimension 4300s model
when the screen loads at the DELL LOGO there's strange funny letters and hearts.
Can anyone help me with this problem?

A:Strike F1 to reboot, F2 for setup utility error

Are you sure it is "Strike F1 to restart" and not Strike F1 to continue? You probably have very limited bios, but is there an option to select the boot drive? If so, this option may not be set right

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hi i need some help with this problem pls.

Dell Dimension 4300s

When i start up the computer i get this Strike F1 to reboot, F2 for setup utility error message. I press F1 and it restarted over again and it did the same thing again. I reseat the memory, plug out the cables and put them back in but it keeps saying the same thing. I also repair my windows cause it had errors on them. Also when i started it up i noticed like funny writing etc.like hearts, and letters before the message came up on the screen can this be caused by memory problem?

A:Strike F1 to reboot, F2 for setup utility error

When do you get the error?
On the POST screen, or in Windows itself?

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So today my computer was turned on and said the above and not do anything but sometimes it would get on to chrome and shortly there after freeze.

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Ok well the office at my work had the blue screen of death when I came in (left it on) and when I rebooted I got "unmountable_boot_volume" Error. So I think the hard drive had bad volumes... so I put a scsi drive in the pc (with a scsi pci card) and now I get the "strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility error" when i hit F1 is just keeps bring the error up and F2 goes to the bios settings. But there is no way to get past this... I've cleared the bios (ALT+TAB+A, etc) and I jsut can't figure out whats wrong.

Computer: Dell 8250
SCSI drive is 32gb


A:Solved: strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility error?

For some reason I just tried hitting F1 again and it seems to boot to the disk media... but the error still comes up... installing a fresh windows copy now.

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Hello everyone,

I have been receiving the following message for over a year now

Alert! Previous Fan Failure Strike the f1 key to continue, F2 to run setup utility The entire screen is blank, with this text only. (followed by 2 beeps)

Normally I just strike the F1 key to continue the pc boots and
everything runs fine; recently my pc has begun to shut itself off
after about 20-30 mins. I am wondering could the above message
message be causing this? If so why did it take so long for something?
like this to occur? How do I check to see if the fan has failed? Is there
more than one fan? Are fans easy to replace? Where do I get one?

If the fan is not the cause do you have any possible suggestions as to
What might be the cause? I realize I should have addressed this issue
A long time ago. I want to get this fixed these shutdowns are very

Here are some details of my P.C

DELL Dimension 8250 P4 3.06GHZ
Purchased in 12/02 (5 years old)
Windows Home XP SP1
80 Gig hard drive
512 RDRAM memory

Thanks for any replies, responses

A:Alert! Previous Fan Failure Strike the f1 key to continue, F2 to run setup utility

Well it must be the fan. probably on the cpu. If this is the case when you ignore this you allowing the cpu too run with no cooling and it shuts off when it overheats. seeing as how you have a Pentium 4 from back in 02 its probably a socket 478.

its pretty straight foward changing this fan old off new on. but to make sure remove the side panel on you computer and when you power it up there should be a fan some what to the top of the mainboard if it doesnt spin then you know thats your problem. If thats the case heres a decently priced fan for your needs>>> http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1800600&CatId=795
and after you fix the fan problem id upgrading to SP2

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ok... idk how this happened but one day my computer froze and i had to manually shut it down... now it is saying this message and will not start up. im sure some of you guys are familiar with this because i have read some of the posts. please help!

A:No boot device available press f1 to retry press f2 for support?

It appears there is a problem with the hard drive. It's probably dead or dying. If you have data on it that you want to save, you could place it in a USB external enclosure or an inexpensive docking station (if a SATA hard drive) and try to access the files with another PC.

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was long time member unfortunately it seems that my account got wiped? Or im assuming you guys have some cap on non-active accounts.

Non the less, im here about my x751s. Today i turned it on and it made 5 rapid sequential beeps and goes straight to the BIO's menu.
Ive tried launch csm route, but that gives me the " No bootable driver" error, On startup ive tried esc, f1, f8, f9, f10, f11, f12 none of them work.

I opened my laptop and looked around, safely unclipped the mother board connections and nothing looks out of place i unscrewed the HDD it looks good none of the small slits are moved and the pins are also fine.

Any ideas?

Thank you,

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I have a Dell Inspiron 5000 series laptop that keeps getting stuck in the Aptio utility loop and BIOS stuff and doesn?t allow me to load Windows 10 successfully. The other day my PC randomly had a blue screen of death and crashed and now it?s preventing me from getting back to my OS ever since. Sometimes upon booting it loads a PCI white screen saying ?Hard drive not installed.?

I ran the ePSA diagnostics to check and scan the system, but it only keeps saying it finished the tests with a yellow caution sign next to my hard drive. Is there anything I can do to get a successful boot? I just don?t want to lose everything I was working on.

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I have an XPS 8500 that will not boot normally. It was running fine and all of a sudden came up with the message "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press any key". I have figured out if I go into BIOS first the PC will boot up but is very slow in doing so. I googled the issue and found something telling me to default the BIOS. I did this and it booted once. Trying to decide if the HD is out. I ran diagnostics and it does not see a HD. But if that's the case why does it even boot after going into BIOS. I am running Windows 10 Pro. I updated Windows 7 Pro. I am a strong believer in Dell and find it hard to believe that a HD would go out after only 4 years. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi All,

I really nned some help with my Dell dimension 4600 desktop pc. My 120gb Hard drive started to make a clicking sound and the pc would not boot up, i guessed the drive has died. So i purchased a nw 320gb Western Digital Pata drive (ide connection). took out old drive and straight swapped it with new one. when i bought pc from dell around 6,7 yrs now it came with xp home edition. i don't have the original disks but i have an xp pro disk.
after fitting new h/drive in i pressed power button but keep gettin the message "F1 TO RE BOOT, F2 FOR SETUP UTILITY"
removin cr2032 battery for 30 mins from m/board (power cable pulled out" then tried but same message.

i have removed all the ide connections and re inserted but to no AVAIL.


Could it be my xp pro boot up cd is faulty?, i have put the cd in laptop(which has vista home prem on it) and it loads up to the main xp screen so i assume it is a bootable disk.

on the problem dimension machine i have 2 cd rom drives and a floppy drive if thats of any help.

I would really appreciate some kind soul/s help on this. my kids have no pc and i can't afford a new one at the moment hence why i spent the ?50 on a new hard drive.

A:[SOLVED] Dell dimension 4600, F1 to re boot, F2 to setup utility ERROR

Boot order set floppy, cd, hd?


edit again: was the 'old' drive an IDE?

With the 'new' drive in, does it show in Bios?

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Usually when I see this error its the Power supply, or and bios issue. Anyone have any Ideas. I can actually boot to windows but the computer shuts down in about 20 min and give that error. I am use to seeing that when it will not start, but it starts and stays on for a bit but not long enough to save stuff. I even tried to reload it and it wouldn't let me. I am figuring its the hard drive. Any Ideas

"reboot and select proper boot device. Or insert boot media in selected boot device and press any key.

A:"reboot and select proper boot device. Or insert boot media in selected boot device

First of all, no one has any idea what we are attempting to diagnose. Post ALL of your exact system specs; ie exact mb, exact ram, exact video card, etc, etc. If this is a big box system, then post the exact brand and model# If you have a service tag# post that as well.

Note do not post "500W pw supply" Post the exact brand and model# Do that for all of your parts.

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Hi There!
I am having a problem starting my PC! I have to start it in the boot menu under the RAID option. If I do not do this a message saying "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key.." comes up, and just keeps popping up regardless of what I press! I would try using my boot disk but for the life of me I can't find it, and as windows 7 was already installed on this computer when we got it 3 year ago, I can't accurately recall if it came with one!
I am no expert on BIOS, but I have read other problems similar to this one, and know that if I don't have the boot disk or the OS disk, I will need to know that at least. So my boot sequence is as follows:
Boot 1: (Hard drive)
Boot 3: USB: Generic-Compa
Boot 4: Lan

I am curious if the (Hard drive) is the issue. The BIOS tells me that anything in parentheses is disabled from corresponding type menu. But I truly have no idea how to change that. Which brings me here.
If anyone can offer any help to this, I would greatly appreciate it.

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HiYou will have to give a little more information.What is the make and model of the computer?If it isn't a brand name what make and model of the motherboard.Or you can post a Speccy that will give that information.[ Go to Piriform's website, and click the big button.

Next, click Download from Piriform.com (the FileHippo link requires an extra click). Or if you want to use a portable version of Speccy (which doesn't require installation), click the builds page link and download the portable version.

You will now be asked where you want to save the file. The best place to put it is the Desktop, as it will be easy to find later.
After the file finishes downloading, you are ready to run Speccy. If you downloaded the installer, simply double-click on it and follow the prompts until installation is complete. If you downloaded the portable version, you will need to unzip it before use. Right-click the ZIP file and click Extract all. Click Next. Open up the extracted folder and double-click on Speccy.
Once inside Speccy, it will look similar to this (with your computer's specifications, of course):
Now, at the top, click File > Publish Snapshot

You will see the following prompt:
Click Yes > then Copy to Clipboard

Now, once you are back in the forum topic you are posting in, click the button. Right-click in the empty space of the Reply box and click Paste. Then, click Add Reply below the Reply box.

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hello ,
so i have this 2 weeks old acer predator pc that came with windows 8 on it. I didn't like windows 8 so i took the hard disk out and put it on my other pc to format it and to install windows 7. everything worked fine windows 7 was installed . I moved it back to the acer and now i have the boot problem . i tried to set it to boot form hard drive but i still have the same problem , i tried to put my other hard drive which is working, but still the same problem. i can see in the bios that there is a hard drive ( AHCI PORT 0 : WDC then the serial number ) anyone can help ???
and sorry for my bad English .

A:Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and

you cannot install windows on one machine and then move the drive to another machine

it looks for the system it was installed on and then when it does not find it ,it stops dead

you need to install it in the machine you are going to use it on

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I cannot seem to figure out what's wrong with this computer.

The hard drive is a 500GB SATA. The hard drive is clearly plugged in (both cables plugged in)... Since it's a SATA, doesn't need a pin.

I took this hard drive from a working desktop and put it in a customized desktop... The thing is, it's a partly customized desktop, just a different DVD drive, hard drive, and graphics card. The motherboard and everything else is the same as was in this computer.

Anyways, the hard drive is empty and was working as a slave, simply to put things on it. Now, I'm trying to put it in a different desktop and it's simply not working. Both the DVD and HDD are recognized as the Primary SATA master and slave. This seems correct to me.

Whenever the computer goes past the manufacturer's boot screen, a black screen with "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key"

Any idea what's wrong?


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I'm doing an upgrade on a computer with a new: PSU/Mobo/RAM/CPU but I get this error upon start up. I've verified that the IDE cables are plugged in correctly and I've tried all the jumper settings on the hard drive but no devices show up in the BIOS. I've set the boot order as CD/DVD, Floppy, Hard drive. I've tried two sets of IDE cables but to no avail. Any other solutions to this problem?

A:reboot and select proper boot device, or insert boot media in selected boot device

Make certain your IDE cables are not just plugged in correctly but their also correctly placed. The side of the cable with the color strip is generally closest to the PSU plug up.
The boot order with your OS in your CD drive on boot should be CD - HD and then Floppy. Keep us up to date as to what's happening. There's a lot of folks willing to help. Jazz
I should ask what settings you've left your HDD on with the jumpers? What setting is you CD on with the jumpers?

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I haven't installed anything new on my computer but today after having my computer shipped to me via UPS I cut on my computer and where the XP load bar screen was I got:

"reboot and select proper boot device
or insert boot media in selected boot device"

Seeing this I knew I went into the BIOS setup and tried to turn the system priority to look at the HDD. Instead I only had the option of the DVD drive and the CD drive.

I have no idea how to solve this problem and don't have any of the recovery CD's!!!! I DO NOT WANT TO REFORMAT because like a bad little boy I did not backup my 4 years worth of work.

I know this problem is often user specific so PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME!!!!

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Hey guys, quick question for you.. Now my friend has this error: "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press any key?" and I've been trying to help him for a while with it. He told me he took out his hard drive and RAM for some reason, then a little bit later put them back in.

And now all of a sudden hes getting this error. He has an HP e9300z computer and I guess has a gaming keyboard and mouse plugged in, which also don't work. So he can't get into his bios to check boot order. He also doesn't have access to a linux live CD or a repair disk CD. He is using windows 7 as well.

So if anyone has any ideas or had this happen to them, any info would be awesome!!

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He may need to connect a PS/2 keyboard to get into the BIOS Setup (assuming his PC has a pair of PS/2 ports for mouse & keyboard). Some computers don't respond to USB keyboard input for BIOS access. Mine is like that and it's a new PC - good job I kept my old PS/2 keyboard because they are difficult to find these days.

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Hi everyone,

I've been encountering a problem where upon booting I receive the following message: "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device."

To provide more context, the computer that is showing this problem recently received a hardware upgrade. I figured out that my PSU was insufficient for some of my current tasks, and decided to upgrade my power supply. Since I decided to do so, I thought of upgrading the video card and the RAM (since it was a rather old computer as well).

Upon installation, I received the following message. The OS is Windows 7.

Thanks in advance for any tips.


A:Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device

Boot into the BIOS, and check your boot devices. It maybe trying to boot from a USB device, or CD.

To enter the BIOS, reboot system then press either the Delete key, or maybe the F2 you will see a message about which key to "enter setup"

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I have upgraded the RAM of my pc last friday. I have added another 1GB of DDR400 and everything seems working fine. But this morning, when my brother just informed me. that when he tried to turn on our pc and errors come up:

"Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device"

I have not had this PC for more than a year now since I bought this from my previous employer.

Here are the specs of my pc:

HP Compaq dx2000 MT:
-Intel Pentium 4
-256 MB RAM (currently upgraded and added 1GB RAM)
-80 GB harddisk
-CDRW combo drive

I don't have WinXP CD.
Maybe interface cables may have become loose when I installed the RAM last friday?
I'm not really sure.. I'll have to check it, once I get back home..

A:Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device

Since you installed new ram and had no issues before that is where I would start, run Memtest. If it shows any faults whatsoever the ram has a problem. New items can fail during initial burn in, Memtest is free and has good approval ratings here and on other boards.Look for "free down load on the left" http://www.memtest86.com/

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I've come across this error while re-installing Windows 7. I've wiped the drive and started the installation and while installing I got an error stating that there was a required driver missing. When I restarted, I received this error "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key. I've reset the CMOS and checked the cables and drives but still the same issue. Neither my DVD drive or HDD are showing up in the BIOS so I can't boot to the Windows 7 disc to get to the command prompt. I was wondering if I need to replace my HD or would that just be a waste of my time and money?

I have the HP Pavilion p6115y

8GB Ram
AMD Athlon x2

Any feedback will be helpful

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Welcome to TSF

That message is indicating that it does not see the hard dive to boot to it. Odd the BIOS doesn't see the hard drive or the optical drive. I'm assuming Windows 7 ran successfully prior to the wipe and reinstall? Can I ask why you reformatted in the first place? What driver did it say was missing? Did the install halt at that point requiring a reboot or did you just reboot because of the missing driver message? Make sure you have no USB devices attached to the system as it may be trying to boot to USB device. Also you may want to change boot order in BIOS

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Today I went out and bought a WD1600JB 160GB hard drive. I installed the hard drive and it was recognized by the bios but not by windows. I went to the western digital website and downloaded the drivers to get windows to recognize the drive. Everything was working fine, I logged out of my windows user (I'm the only user, but I log out anyways). I came back several hours later and went to go log in. I was entering my correct password (i made sure) and it wasn't logging me in. This has happened a few times before, and everytime it was fixed by rebooting. I rebooted the computer properly, and after the BIOS load, where the windows XP loading bar should have come up, i got instead:

"reboot and select proper boot device
or insert boot media in selected boot device"

I have searched the internet for about an hour now, trying different jumper combinations (cable select on both HD's, my master on master and slave on slave) I have even removed my slave drive and tried different jumper settings with my master drive. I have plugged in different power supply cords, set BIOS priority to hard drive first. I took everything off the BIOS boot list except for the harddrive and still no go. I disconnected both HD's and attempted to boot from a CD drive and got the same message. Same with floppy drive. I restored BIOS settings to default and tried again with all of the above. Nothing has worked. I have ensured that power cables and IDE ca... Read more

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I forgot to mention, my motherboard IS detecting Both my CD drives, both my HD's and my floppy drive.

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The problem is that it won't boot up. After the intel screen loads it shows:

Fastrack... Bios Version 2.00 0.33... then
"Scanning IDE Drives" then it turns to "No Array is defined...
Press <Ctrl-F> to enter FastBuild(tm) Utility or Press <Esc> to continue booting"

That's no problem but I can't press F8 or F2 or anything like that.

Pressing CTRL F is useless because i don't have that fast build thing, and when i press ESC or just wait a short while it turns to a black screen and all it shows is "Reboot and select proper boot device, or insert boot media in selected boot device and press any key" if i press any button it just shows that again but another row and it makes a click sound.

Problem happened after power shortage. No floppy discs or usb devices inserted at the moment. There could have been a CD in there but probably not.

Computer is custom built, don't know specs. is XP, built just for a vet (made by intravet).


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I have similar problem that says: "Reboot and select proper boot device.... "
It's my small cute laptop and I have data on it that I don't want to lose.
If any help can save my data and keep use my laptop after repairing?

Or should I make a new thread for this?


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Now I know this topic has already been covered a while ago on here and I read it from beginning to end and tried everything and it did not fix my issues. So my computer got hit by lighting through the phone line. I have replaced the power supply and the motherboard and cpu which came as a unit. And when I boot up it finds my HDD and both my Cd-Roms but then I get "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device." I ran Knoppix and looked at the hard drive and everything is still on there. So I am guessing the problem is in the Bios but I have no idea where to go from here.

Here is what I have going:
Elitegroup Goal3+ Motherboard
AMD Athlon Sempron
Master Drive - Hitachi 2500GB HDD
CD Drive 1 - Pioneer DVD-R/RW
CD Drive 2 - Samsung CD-R/RW SW
Generic Floppy Drive 3.5"
1024MB Kingston DDR Ram

Thanks in advance for any help!

A:Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device

When you say you "tried everything," what did you try? Give us a clue regarding your prior efforts so we don't waste time suggesting the same old thing again.

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I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing. I tried to get my desktop computer set up for the school year, but found myself with a Blue Screen Error every time I would turn it on. I had this problem on my laptop just weeks earlier, and when I turned it into the shop, they informed me that it was caused by corrupted RAM. So, instead of wanting to pay another $300 to get the desktop fixed, I chose to take out the RAM myself. Bad idea...

For some reason, the RAM appeared to be melted or scratched away a little bit at the bottom (gold part that goes into the slot). So I took that RAM out. Only now when I turn on the computer, it gives me a screen saying "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device". I go into the Boot Menu, and it gives me two options, both bringing me back to the same "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device" message. I tried taking out a RAM drive from a different desktop computer and putting it into the one I'm trying to fix, but then the monitor wouldn't read the computer being on. I switched monitors, but to no avail. I switched RAMs from other computers, but that doesn't work either. I can't afford to take this into the shop or buy new parts for it, but I really need it for school. I don't even care about it running slower or files on their disappearing forever. I just want my computer to run.

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A:Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device?

I just want to be clear here (point form is sometimes good)

PC Bluescreens
Removed Ram (looks to be physically faulty, gold plate scratched off)
Turned on computer (not sure if you re-inserted the original Ram here again)
Now cannot find HardDrive boot sector
Tried Ram from another (unknown) computer (Note: Ram specs may be incorrect)
Would not POST (Power On Self Test)
Put the original Ram back in
From here, I don't know what's happening, probably not Booting again (ie your long heading)

This is what I recommend (even though I'm still a little unsure where your at!)

Remove the Ram (By the way 1 or 2 Ram Cards?)
Blow out (either compressed air in a can, or just using your breath) the Ram slots
Re-insert the Ram (you usually just need one in there to test with) Note: They click in
Unplug the cables going to your HardDrive (HardDrive end and Motherboard end)
Re-insert the HardDrive data cable (securely)
Do the same for the HardDrive Power Connector (pull it out, then push it in with a little force)
Now do the same for the CD/DVD Drive data and power cables (you can even just leave these cables fully out)

Turn on !

Did it work?

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