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Q: Bare metal install 'reboot and select proper boot device...'

Hi All,

The story so far:
2008 server was hit by rootkit virus. Machine was taken to doctor for data recovery. (Raid 5 data set, we had low % hope of recovery) New hardware and Server 2012 replaced old server.

So far, so good.

Now we want to use the old machine as a workstation.
Raid 5 was reformatted as Raid 0. Two volumes on 4 disks.
When we go to boot from a Win 7 Ultimate x64 DVD, we get the "reboot and select proper etc.."

I seems that the IDE DVD drive is not being identified at boot. I have tried the predictable changes to boot order, but have not disconnected anything. We did try attaching a SATA DVD drive, but that was also not identified during the boot sequence.

I don't know that the Rootkit didn't affect the bios...not educated enough to know if that is possible.
At this point this has become a 'hobby level' problem, but I still want to find resolution.

Asus P5Q Turbo, 4 Seagate drives on Raid 0, IDE dvd drive, 3" IDE floppy (unplugged, either/or with DVD drive)

And there I am....

Preferred Solution: Bare metal install 'reboot and select proper boot device...'

I recommend downloading and running DRP. It's a recovery tool that has been proven to recover files that most other programs have no luck with. I've even recovered files from freshly formatted or partitioned drives.

You can download it direct from this link http://goo.gl/v51TwD. (This link will automatically start a download of DRP that you can save to your computer.)

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Why are you using dated RAID technology, which Win7 doesn't like and we see nothing be problems with? It confers no performance advantage and if you lose one drive you almost always lose all the data. So the only time it makes any sense is if working with huge files like full length movie editing and there are now drives big enough to handle those too.

Pick your fastest drive and follow the steps to Troubleshoot Windows 7 Installation Failures - Windows 7 Help Forums

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Hi! First of all, thanks for giving this a read. Second of all, I wanted to apologize in advance if I'm using the wrong terminology or if I'm not clear. If you'd like, let me know if there's anything I can expand on or rewrite.

System Information
Type AMD A6-7400K Radeon R5, 6 C
CPUID 630F01h
Speed 3495.14MHz
Clock 99.85MHz
Memory 8192MB​
I purchased a desktop system unit yesterday, and it came without an OS. In the past they came with a free OS installed and let the end user purchase Windows and install it themselves, but unfortunately this is not the case. I was feeling fairly confident that I could install an OS, I have Ubuntu mounted on a flash drive, and a Win XP (I know, I know) CD. The problem is that I get the "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key" prompt.

I went to UEFI BIOS to check the boot devices that were loaded, which were the following:
I tried moving them up and down the list and rebooting, going back to the default settings... Nothing. I don't have any experience, but I'm very surprised that it just won't start installing the OS.

Q-Flash Utility v1.05 says the following:
Model name: F2A68HM-H
Version: FC
BIOS date: 01/19/2016
Flash type/Size: MXIC 25L64 Series 8MB
Update BIOS from Drive
Save BIOS to Drive
Exit Q-Flash​
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64 -bit home to ultimate (Or Xp Mode) Changes- 64-Bit....
Gigabyte -uefi bios m.i.t status and full support(legacy only,uefi only,,pxe rom,network stack,vga,usb,ps,storage mode) bios

Sata hard drive toshiba 1tb
Today,  there is a first "?nactive pimary partition"  problem find...    

Today, there is a second "bios cannot find dvd-rw/cd rom drive"  second problem find   Or  Bios cannot find Win7 setup dvd installation disc                         

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Ok, I have googled this error and see this is common. Hopefully, I have missed something simple. I replaced my hard drive and installed the complete version of Windows 7 Home Premium. All worked great, till the next day when I turned the PC back on. I get the error message: reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in select boot device. If I restart and hold F2 and go in Bios, exiting with or without changes will allow the PC to boot into windows, however, once I power down and restart, I get the same error message. I have tried booting with the Window 7 disk, perform repair and even reloaded the entire OS again. Same issue. I arrange the boot order, found that windows recognized my hard drive, etc...all the things listed as possible fixes for this error. Any help or direction would be greatly appreciated. The new hard drive is a sata, 1 tb. It replaced the maxtor diamond 9, 260gig. Very frustrated here and it doesn't help that I have limted PC knowledge beyond what I have tried.

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

Check all the cables.

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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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I'm trying to install win7 on my SSD, but when i try, i get "Reboot and select proper boot device " message.

Anyone know how to fix this?

A:"Reboot and select proper boot device" Win 7 won't install on SSD

You need to go into the BIOS Setup and change the setting for the SATA controller to AHCI mode.
Then "Save & Exit" the BIOS Setup (F10).

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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.

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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.

A:Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device an press a key...

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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My computer completely locked up while playing a game and I had to do a hard reboot. Now I continuously get the error:

"Reboot and select proper Boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key"

The only thing I can manage to pull up is the CMOS Setup Utility. Looking through the menu I found the Boot sequence menu; however, the only device listed is cd/dvd and I read that hard drive should be listed.

Any ideas on a possible problem?

I am thinking that my hard drive might be shot because I am almost positive it is not due to loose cables. On the other hand I was thinking that it could possibly be due to a virus because I had found a Trojan earlier with my virus scanner.

Appreciate any feedback I can get.

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I think i may need to install windows, but I cannot do anything past this message:

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

I don't have a disk or media to install and I cannot even get to a command prompt. Help!

Thank you!

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Are we to assume that you had a working system and you booted it up today and got this message?
If so, then it sounds like your hard drive is disconnected or broken.
Try rebooting a number of times, sometimes a failing hard drive will allow just one more boot.
If you can open up the computer, check to make sure the cables to the hard drive are well connected, to both the drive and the motherboard.

Do you have another working computer that you could plug this drive into as a second drive, so you can see if it works / see if your data is on it / run a diagnostic to see if it failed?

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Hi, I have a Gateway One zx6980 computer that was working just fine. Then today I turned it on and instead of starting up like normal...I get a black screen that states: "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected device and press a key".
I have no idea what it is asking me to do. But the computer won't respond to anything I have tried. Please help..thanks

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Hi guys,
I've just purchased a 250GB hard drive to replace my rather small 80GB one. I've had to buy a Molex 4pin > Sata because my old hard drive had the molex power input on it. Anyway, I get this error 'Reboot and select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key'

I'm using the AcerPower F6 Desktop PC with a few changes (ATI HD3850 graphics card installed no problems a while ago). Also the Bios seems to see the hard drive there, shows that its 250GB and everything so..

A:Reboot and select proper boot device.

Do you have any USB devices plugged in? If so, take them out until you have Windows fully installed.

Have you installed Windows on the new HDD yet?

Check the Boot order in BIOS too. Should be CD > HDD > Other (or something similar)

If the old HDD still works, I'd keep the 80gb as the primary drive and add the new one as slave for storage.

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Yesterday when I was working, my computer restarted itself. As it was restarting, some message about overclocking having failed appeared. I don't know much about hardware, but can't imagine that anything I was doing would caused it.
After it re-started, I worked for several hours more without issue. Shutdown was normal.
This morning, it wouldn't boot. The message I get is
Reboot and Select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key.
I went into the bios and looked at the boot sequence. There are two drives plus the CD drive. I didn't know which one should be first. Using one drive gives a message of no operating system, and the other gives the above message.
With the Win7 disc in, when the System Recovery options are up, there is no operating system showing. When I try to use Startup Repair, it says that it cannot fix the problems automatically.
Those error messages are:
Problem event name Startup Repair Offline
Problem Signature 01:
Problem Signature 02:
Problem Signature 03: unknown
Problem Signature 04: 0
Problem Signature 05: unknown
Problem Signature 06: 1
Problem Signature 07: unknown
OS version 6.17600.
Locale id 1033
Using the cmd prompt window, I was able to chkdsk c:/f/r
that took a few hours. Then end message was Failed to transfer logged messages to the event log with status 50
When the System Recovery Options window is open, it doesn't list an operating system
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I dug up a Hirens disc. Via it, I can do a boot into mini xp. I can access my D drive. When I attempt to open C it says it is not formatted and asks me if I want to.

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Ah damnit.
Well, I came home the other day, woke up my PC from 'sleep' mode, and my computer froze. Everything stopped responding. I though this was weird, so I powered off my computer, then started it up again. It was taking longer to start up than normal, and then I hit a black screen. I got text coming up saying "Reboot and select proper boot device...." I went into BIOS and changed my priority order so my main hard drive containing all my sys32 was first.

I figure a plug came loose in my comp. I've had it for around 2 years now, never had a problem. Months back, I had WIN7 installed and added a 2TB hard drive.
Any ideas?

(System specs at bottom left)

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Have you tried changing boot priority to your other hard drive?

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hi, I'm getting this error on my wife's HP Pavilion p3610y.

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

She said she was just surfing the net when it froze up, and got the error when she tried to restart the PC.

My first attempt at trying to Google the error said it might be a bad hard drive... but, I have the same PC, so I switched the Hard Drives and it started up fine with her Hard Drive in my PC.

So its NOT the Hard Drive right?

Also I noticed when I entered the F10 Setup screen, it didn't show a Hard Drive at all OR the DVD drive. Just said "None" in 4 spots ( 1st Drive, 2nd Drive, 3rd Drive and 4th Drive )

I'm pretty much lost at this point...

Thanks for any help!

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was told its a bad motherboard by the local PC shop... awwww crap...

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I switched on my pc the other night to find it displayed this message. I have two 80gb hard drives that have been functioning fine until this. I did not make any changes to jumpers or anything until the problem happened and have now tried this and have checked all the cables are firmly attached. In the bios it is not detecting either of the drives. I have tried a combination of having one and both drives plugged in with various jumper settings but nothing seems to be working. I have also tested the drives on a friends computer and both work fine. If anyone has any ideas i appreciate the help as i have lost of stuff i dont want to lose.

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When I turned on my computer I got a message :"Reboot and select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected boot and press a key"And also after some test I got a message error code BIOHD-2I Replaced a hard drive and it's still showing the first message.What should I do?Thanks.

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A few weeks ago I got a new lap top and it had everything in it you could ever want including the new SSD drive and windows 8 operating system. The only problem is that each time you turn the computer on it would not boot up windows 8; instead it would give a message and leave the following information:

For Bigfoot PCIE Ethernet controller v2.1.1.1(02/09/12)

Check cable connection!
PXE-MOF: Exiting Intel PXE ROM.

Reboot and select proper boot device
or insert boot media in selected boot device and press any key...

pressing any key would just bring you to similar types of statements.

I figured out that if I hit control alt delete that it would then boot up.
I contacted the company who sold it to me and they said it sounds like a bad hard drive and had me send it back to them to be replaced. I received the replacement and I am having the same issue.

I did not want to go another few weeks without a computer. Everything seems to be working fine except for the fact that every time I boot up I have to put in control alt delete.

It seems like there is a simple setting that could make this happen. Any ideas?
If computer is off you have to do control alt delete to make it boot up. If its already on and you restart it boots up normal on the restart.I have an SSD drive with the operating system on it and a regular drive for data. Something about the restart which is essentially what control alt delete does, that makes the operating system boot up that a regular power on doesn... Read more

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I'm in L.A. at the moment, trying to fix my cousin's cd tray issue, now its become a rebooting issue. I went into the BIOs and it recognises the HDD. and i set it up to boot from the HDD first but I'm still getting the "Reboot and select proper boot device" error. Is there a way to fix this w/o having to do the windows installer.

p.s. the CD trays are NOT working.


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select proper boot deviceClick to expand...

Means it is not finding any valid bootmanager

There are ways to repair the bootmanager, ie

You could try bootcfg /rebuild

But in most cases you just need to select one of the following

Microsoft's Windows XP Professional Repair Install step by step

Microsoft's Windows XP Home Repair Install step by step

Vista Repair:

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Basically i went to turn on my computer and it seemed to take a slight longer to load up and it came up to a black screen with bold white text saying 'reboot and select proper boot device' and bla bla bla..

The first thing i tried to do was restarting my computer and trying that over and over again, i've unplugged everything and changed sockets etc.

I've also checked the BIOS and it has everything in the right order
I then check the CMOS and it says that that only the CDROM is detected

also seeing as windows 7 was already pre-installed, i tried using a windows xp cd to try and use the repair feature but it came up with a blue screen and said it had some sort of error and it says that it can't proceed because of a fault.

Help fast would be really appreciated.

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and welcome to the Forum

If the HDD is not detected in BIOS, it may have failed . . you can try reseating the data and power connectors

What Brand and Model is this pc?

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Hi, so I think my hard drive died but not positive. A week ago I was using my computer and it worked fine, after I was done I shut it down like every time for the past 3 years. The next day I powered my system up and it went to gateway screen and I noticed it was taking forever to jump into windows. Well it never did, it went to a screen saying reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key. Im not getting anywhere by pressing f8 or using recovery disc. I go into BIOS and my hard drive isn't listed, I've checked and switched cables to make sure it wasnt that. I can also hear the hard drive spinning. Any advice would be appreciated.

A:Reboot and select proper boot device.

Could simply be a loose cable (data or power) to the HDD. But most likely it has failed, especially as it's not recognized by the BIOS.

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One of my hard drives started to fail (using 100% of the drive when accessing anything) and I recently purchased another drive to back up the media from the failing drive. My OS is on a separate ssd and is first on the boot order. The pc posted a few times but required the failing drive to be connected but now it won't post at all even when it detects the drive.

What I have tried so far is...
Rebooting with c drive as the it drive connected.
Connected failing drive and c.
Just failing drive.
Pretty much all combinations (5 drives total, 2 ssd 3 hdd bad drive is one of the 3.
Disconnected and reconnected sata cables/swapped new cables.
Cmos reset
Removed all usb attached devices.
Changed boot order.

None of these worked.

P.s. typed this up on mobile and boy was it annoying with autocorrect.

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For some reason, when I turned on my Eee netbook Win XP, it reads,
"reboot and select proper boot device".

I tried to read previous answers and have no idea what Bios and/or IDE means.
My computer Asus read NOT to download the TSG SysInfo as advised above.

A:Reboot and select proper boot device.

go to bios then chose boot using arrow up and down to select boot. then press enter after you select boot. the select boot priority. then chose HDD by pressing arrow down to select the HDD then press enter to make it your default hdd to boot.

see below link to get in bios set up.

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This morning my display wouldn't turn on when I booted up my computer. I swapped the video card and now get the message "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key."

I checked all connectors, and they seem to be good. When I go into the repair option on my Xp disc, it says it did not find any hard disk drives installed on my computer. No hardrive show up in Boot device priority in bios either.

What could be the problem? Is it the power supply?

A:Reboot and select proper boot device

A dead hard drive would be a better guess

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Hi all,

i recently build a custome computer but i'm having problem with it since i put all parts togther. It giving me the following error:

"Reboot and select proper boot device, or insert Boot Media in selected Boot Device"

My build is:

WD VelociRaptor 150GB SATA HD 10K/16MB/SATA-3
Kingwin Mach 1 600w ATX Modular Power Supply
HIS Radeon HD 4870 IceQ4 + Turbo 1GB PCIe
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy SE
Intel Core i7-920 2.66Ghz 8M LGA1366 CPU
Asus P6T Intel X58 Socket LGA1366 Motherboard
Corsair XMS 6144MB PC12800 DDR3 1600MHz (3x2048)


Ok so far what i have done is:
- I set dvd-room as primary boot device at BIOS
- HD is in First sata port
- DVD-ROM is at second sata port
- Using one memory unit atm. (plugged at the orange slot)
- So far in BIOS it recognize the HD, Dvd-room, CPU and Memory.
- I update BIOS to lastest version

Anyone, help me please? I have no idea what to do now.


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I'd be testing the hard drive with the WD Diagnostics that you can download from their website.

You should also try another SATA cable and check the power cable for the drive as well, maybe try another power cable from the power supply for good measure.

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Hi there. i've just had a new computer built but am using my old HDD's, Having some problems with getting it running.
1: Basicly if i run the HDD with windows installed on it, it just keeps rebooting on me. I try to boot from CD drive to reformat and reinstall windows and it doesn't work.

2:So i thought i'd try setting my other harddrive as a master and just installing windows straight from it....thats where i get "reboot and select proper boot device"

Now if anyone could shed light onto either situations i would appreciate it very much!

My setup is.
Mboard: Asrock 4coredual vsta 775 skt
processor: Intel pentiumD 2.8ghz dual core
HDD 1: Seagate U6 (xp installed)
HDD 2: Maxtor diamond max plus 9


A:reboot and select proper boot device

Unplug the 2nd harddrive leaving only the windows drive in play.
Make sure the drive is plugged in on the end of the ribbon cable chain , and then going to ide1 on the mainboard.
Go into bios and make sure its listed. Check that the boot order is correct.

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My computer show reboot and select proper boot device

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My config is -
Win 10 64 Bit

Im getting this error on startup " Reboot and Select proper Boot Device". Idk what to do. I want to get to the advanced startup menu but I cant get there. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!

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Here's the error message im getting

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I have a Toshiba Laptop that crashed. Wasn't used much. When I start it up I get a black screen saying Reboot and select proper boot device. I have tried pressing the 0 key and starting it trying to recover but it doesn't work! I can press F2 or F12 but have no idea what to do. I tried entering recovery and still nothing! Please Help! TY!

A:Reboot and select proper boot device

This error message indicates that the bios is trying to boot from the wrong drive or partition, (or the correct drive is for some reason does not contain the required boot files)

Assuming that the F12 starts the boot selector screen - use this to boot from an alternate option on the list until you get it to start. Once you have a running system re-boot and use F2? to enter setup, locate the drive boot order entry, (usually under bios or boot options) and select the working partition from the previous successful boot as the default.

If this method does not work you can check if the manufacturer has a boot repair option, which is the best method to use to retain all the original manufacturer partitions for recovery etc.

If not check out this tutorial Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times which should recover the boot if possible

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A few weeks ago i put a case fan i had back on to help with cooling, when i turned the computer back on it said the there had be major hardware changes and that i had to re activate windows, so i clicked no to re activate later.

When i went to click on the activation icon on the task bar the icon would disappear and the activation application wouldn't run.

This kept happening until i had no more days to activate and windows locked me out until i activated but i couldn't because the application wouldn't run.

so i install ubuntu on a separate HDD so i would have something to use.

Now when i try to boot on to the windows HDD it get this error message

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

I have tried this guide


but when i get to the second set of files to copy i get and error that says that it could not find the files, on the last four files.

i have also tried to do a repair install from the xp disc but it does not show up.

Is there anything else i can do to fix this? or do i just have to reinstall.

Computer specs

Asus M3A-78 mobo
AMD Phenom 9850 X4 black edition @ 2.5ghz
4gbs of OCZ Reaper HPC [email protected]
Nvidia Geforce 8800 GTS 320mb
Corsair 620w PSU
250gb HDD
1tb HDD

A:Reboot and select proper boot device...

If it can't find the files, it sounds like you have a bad XP CD or a failing CDROM.

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I had dual boot, two hard disks, maxtor and seagate, today morning maxtor failed after 9 years, it prompted an error " hard disk is failing this might be the right time to back your data", i backed up all my data and did dos boot seagate scan which showed failed in all the test for maxtor, then i removed it and destroyed the hard disk and now when i boot my pc from seagate which had windows 7 installation it shows reboot and select proper boot device?

i have tired using windows 7 installation disk, windows 7 os does not appear inside system recovery options and startup fix repair does not do anything, i tried all sets of commands in command prompt but that does not do anything, it shows the specified partition is not a primary or logical volume when i set windows 7 partition as active in diskpart

what to do now ? i dont want to reformat

A:Reboot and select proper boot device!

The windows 7 partition has to be marked active, or startup repair won`t do anything.

Partition - Mark as Active
Why did you destroy the Maxtor hard drive ? No reason to do that, you should have just put it in a drawer or something.

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I'm sure many people have seen that message becuase they possibly set the wrong hard drive to boot. Well thats sort of my problem, but mines a little more complex. My Motherboard wont read anything. Not detected is all my bios read. No cd drives(dont even open, yet getting power), no hard drives, no usb ports, no floppy, nothing. Reset the jumpers, checked connections, messed with bios, unplugged things to a bare minumim. Nothing. I did nothing to damages anything. I just removed a bad SATA hard drive and replaced it with a new SATA one. After trying the bare minum and getting nothing i plugged everything back in reset the jumpers and now it wont even post the bios. Thanks for your help.

CPU -AMD athlon 64 4000+
Motherboard-ASUS A8R-MVP Motherboard
Graphics -ATI Radeon X1900 XTX
Hard Drives -120 GB Seagate IDE , 300 GB Seagate SATA
Cooling -Thermaltake Big water SE
Case -XION II Tower
Power -X2 550W PSU - Titanium w/ UV Blue

A:Reboot and select proper boot device

You could try a new CMOS battery (CR2032 button cell)......

Have a visual check on your MoBo capacitors:


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Hi all,28 days ago my desktop computer and I suffered injury in a car crash. I just got out of hospital and am trying to start my computer, which except for a small dent on the top of the case, seems OK.However, I can't get passed a message; Reboot and select proper Boot device, or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key.Needless to say, before the accident it all worked just fine, but then again, so did I.I run Windows 7 with the latest SP and I am not very good with computers other than operating it.I trust someone can help with me in this very awkward situation.Edit: Moved topic from Introductions to the more appropriate forum. ~ AnimalMany thanks.

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I accidently pressed this button on the back of my tower. It?s fairly small with a three quarter circle with an arrow at the end. It?s lit up with a green light. When I pressed it my computer turned off, and all the lighting inside went out.
Now, whenever I start the computer I get a message saying ?Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key?.
I?ve changed around the boot device priority but without any effect. I?ve also tried to insert a window 7 cd to reinstall/repair windows. It recognises the cd and starts loading the files, but only gets to the point where I get a cursor I can move around, with nothing to click.
I?m at a total loss. I can?t use my computer and I have no idea what to do.

A:Reboot and Select proper Boot device

Hi try this Startup Repair - Microsoft Windows

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When I restart y computer sometimes I see this:

I have an external drive connected to my setup. Is that why?

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Quote: Originally Posted by ironfistl

I have an external drive connected to my setup. Is that why?

Possibly, if you have USB set first in boot priority. Moreso I'd think you may be experiencing a problem with your hard drive. Boot into BIOS and check the order of the boot menu, make sure your HDD is set as the primary boot drive and report back to confirm.

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Hello, I just ordered everything off the internet for my new Computer.
I got everything connected but when I try to load Vista 64 bit it gives me the error message Reboot and Select Proper boot device.
I have no idea where to start! Is it a bad hard drive?

I have an Asus Maximus Formula 2 Motherboard.
Can anyone help me

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No I cannot even boot Vista onto the computer it just gives me that error message.
The Bios setup shows that it detects my harddrive and my cd-rom...

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Hi all,

Im Building a new PC and im having some major problems trying to install vista on it.

I cant seem to boot the Vista in the CD drive? I have selected Boot device 1 as cd drive and it picks up all drives ok in BIOS. But still will not boot from CD?

All i get is a reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press key

Anyone have a clue?

The specs are as follows

Intel Asus P5KC 775
Intel Q6600 Quad Core

Samsung Sata 2 500g HD
LG CD writer drive
Radeaon HD 3850
4 Gig Corsair memory

A:Help-Reboot Select Proper Boot Device?

Some optical drives may work well in windows (normal use) but on boot, fail.
This is because the boot record placement on the front most of the windows disc, may not be seen, due to poor optical error of the drive itself.

Or in laymans, have you tried another cd/dvd drive ?

Other errors can be the disc itself has been scratched or generally marked, causing corruption (or faulty disc) itself.

Or, have you tried cleaning the cd ?

Another concern is the computers and cd/dvd drive ata data cable being incorrectly fitted; damaged; or excessive length (non standard)

Or, please try swapping the cd/dvd data cable.

The cd/dvd drive jumper configuration: either cable select or master, may need to be adjusted.
I've found this on a few cd/dvd drives, that some work better on cs (the norm) whilst others (even new hardware) seem to work better on master.
Please check the jumper switch position on the back of your cd/dvd drive.

Only other option is non-original windows disks (ie burnt copies) as this area can be huge, on disc type and quality, i'll just ask, is it original?

Lastly, you may need to set CMOS to 1st 2nd 3rd to cd/dvd if possible. Then return it to 1st cd/dvd 2nd hdd on first restart.
Some computers are just too quick!

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I have found plenty of threads with the same problem claiming to be solved but none have manage to fix my problem im afraid, plus i am not technical enough to follow a lot of the instructions so dare not try them. So here is my problem, i was on the internet and it seemed windows crashed everything said not responding then wouldn't load. So felt that i had no other choice but to switch off the PC as it had stayed like this for a long time, when i came to reboot i got a message saying 'Reboot or select proper boot device'
I am using an Acer Aspire X3450 PC and don't have the recovery disk but i do have an Acer Aspire laptop with the disk, when i put that in the PC it loads up giving me the option to Restore but it wont let me select it or highlight it. So downloaded a copy of windows 7 as a torrent and burned it to a disk in the hope i could re-install windows. This will allow to go into options like startup repair but wont repair anything as it will only seem to recognise the OS on the disk. So i removed the disk and all that happens is the same reboot error. I can't re-install windows as it will not allow me to. I am lost so i am writing everything i have encountered so far sorry it is so much but don't want to miss anything.

PC Spec
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
RAM: 6GB DDR3 Memory
CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 645 Quad-core Processor
HDD: 2TB Hard Drive
BIOS: P01-A2

Any advice is very much welcomed thanks

A:Reboot or select proper boot device

Make it sure that the 100 MB hidden system partition is marked as active.
Partition - Mark as Active

Then run startup repair, for three separate times, with restarts after every single run.
Startup Repair

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hello, i recenty got a problem: when booting my pc a black screen comes up and it says "reboot and select proper boot device"

now i've seen similar topics, but none had a problem quite like mine.

i haven't changed anything in my pc that is related to hardware, i just instaled a game called "4story" and when i launched about a minute later windows froze, commands like alt+tab, alt+f4, ctrl+alt+del didn't work so i rebooted and that is when the black screen came up.

i can freely access BIOS, but i don't know how to work with them. from what i've read it is posible that BIOS just don't reconise pc's hdd and it's needed to turn it back on through BIOS, though i don't know how to do that or will that even work.

any help will be apreciated.

A:Reboot and select proper boot device

I think the game is trying to use drivers that are not compatible with your hardware.

So, ... can you boot to safe mode? Here is how...
Turn the system off,
wait a few seconds,
turn the system back on, and press f8, (repeatedly if necessary.)
It will bring you to a "black screen" with several options, including "safe mode".
Select "safe mode", (Not "safe mode with networking").
Go into your "Control Panel", ("Start" -> "Control Panel") then select "add/Remove programs"
Then uninstall the software you just installed.
I suspect this will get your system back.

Let me know if this works.
If not, we'll try something else.
If it does work, we can then troubleshoot why the game didn't run properly on your system,

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I recently unplugged my pc for a week while on vacation. Once I returned I turned everything back on and I am getting this message:

"Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Inster Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key"

I have tried almost everything, I do not have any boot disks, only backup cd's.

It also brings up a screen that says the following:
DDR Frequency 400Mhz, Single-Channel or Virtual Single-Channel
Checking NVRAM..Update Failed
2048MB OK
USB Device(s): 4 Storage Devices
Autod-Detecting Sec Master..ATAPI CD-ROM
Auto-Detecting Sec Slave...ATAPI CD-ROM
Sec Master: HP DVD Writer 400 KH27
Ultra DMA Mode-2
Sec Slave: ASUS CD-s480/AH 0.87
Ultra DMA Mode-2
Auto-detecting USB Mass Storage Devices..
Device #01:
Device #02:
Device #03:
Device #04:
04 USB mass storage devices found and configured.

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Press <F1> for Setup, <F2> to continue

I press F2 then I get the the message: "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Inster Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key"

I have the following:
windows xp professional medial center addition
p4 w/HT

can someone please help. I have rebooted over and over, turned power off and removed battery, reset to default in the bios.....help!

A:reboot and select proper boot device???

Make sure you haven't accidentally left a floppy in the drive, and check the boot order in BIOS.

Are any of your 4 USB devices external drives?

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  My PC was running really slowly, so I thought I might have gotten some malware/Trojans.  I was following a website on removing it and ran combofix.  While it was running, I walked away from my pc.  When I got back, it had a black screen with "Reboot and select proper boot device" on it.  Now it will not boot into windows at all.  I've tried putting in my Windows 7 CD and repairing Windows, but it says Windows cannot repair the problem.  I believe that Combofix may have deleted some files that I need in order to boot my pc up.  Any ideas/solutions on what I may be able to do to recover my data from the HD before I do a clean install?  I do have another PC, but whenever I put the HD into the new PC, it won't boot and I get the same error of "reboot and select proper boot device", even though in the bios it is set to boot from the working HD on my 2nd PC (I actually don't even see the hd that won't boot in the bios at all).  I've certainly just learned a valuable lesson on backing up all of my important information BEFORE I attempt to run any programs for removing malware/Trojans/viruses.  Thank you in advance for any help or advice you can give. 

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Hello, I have a Samsung Windows 7 64 bit. On Startup it loads to the Samsung logo, the message I receive is "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key." When I press F10 I can access BIOS. I can press F12, and I get the message "media test failure, check cable." I have tried to reset the defaults & I receive the same message when it reboots.
The only option for a boot device is P3:TSSTcorp CDDVDW SN-208BB, boot to CD/DVD drive or Disabled. In the BIOS, the OS Mode selection options are UEFI OS, CSM OS or UEFI and Legacy OS. Secure boot is disabled. SATA Port 2 is the same as mentioned above. I have reseated the hard drive, but the computer will not boot to it. I have tried to boot from the system recovery DVD Windows 7 boot disk, but I receive a message stating HDD is not available.
I would appreciate any help, thank you.

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I have an XPS all in one desktop by Dell. I am getting this message now when I try to boot the computer. REBOOT AND SELECT PROPER BOOT DEVICE OR INSERT BOOT MEDIA IN SELECTED BOOT DEVICE AND PRESS KEY. I already ran a hardware diagnostic and everything is coming as ok. I even used my Dell OS Recovery and restore USB key and after going through the process and reboot, I am getting the same message.

Any ideas????

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whenever i try to boot up my pc it says ?reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key?. somebody help pls

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I know this question has been asked before and I've read some of the other threads but I still don't know what to do.

I turned on my mums asus eee netbook yesterday and it started making crackling noises and came up with the message "reboot and select proper boot device" etc. I don't have the CD and it doesn't have a CD-ROM drive anyway. I've also read something about changing the boot order and putting the HD as first priority, but that didnt work either. Can someone please help me

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My Toshiba laptop says reboot and select proper boot device and I've been reserching how to fix this online for a few days im usually pretty tech savy, but everything online says that you need to boot from bios but my computer wont boot bios for some reason, just hopeing someone has a fix to this.

A:Reboot and select proper boot device

You are getting that msg because the bios cannot find any bootable hard drive. Usually this means the drive has failed however before replacing the drive, reseat the drive in the drive bay. Sometimes they can work loose and or poor connection.

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