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Reboot and select proper boot device

Q: Reboot and select proper boot device

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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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Hi, i wasn't sure what section to put this problem in so decided on general. I have a asus x53e notebook that was on balanced on two corners to press in the charging cable ( not the problem ). It was knocked over and now when starting up i get the message on a black screen Reboot and select proper device. If i pressf2 when starting up i can get the bios screen but am unsure what happens after that. Usual searches on google cant help me. Thanks for any replies.

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Hi there, Welcome to SevenForums.com

Sounds like your hard drive has got damaged in the fall. Can you open up the hard drive section of the laptop and check is properly connected and not fallen out of place?

Let us know how you get on,

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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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Hi! I'm new here, and I fear this area of computer technology is something I'm too ignorant of, so bear with me. But our laptop of late has frequently taken to randomly shutting down and then when you try to reboot it, the screen has a message that includes something about reboot and selecting the proper boot device or inserting a boot device. By holding the power button and/or selecting ctrl/alt/del from that screen (the ctrl/alt/del method seems to work when the power button doesn't), we have repeatedly successfully gotten the computer to reboot properly and the computer works (albeit, it seems to be really slow these days) until the next time it randomly happens (and it seems to be happening more often than it did at first). Sometimes it happens when the laptop is plugged in, though often it's when the laptop is unplugged, or sometimes it happens immediately after we would unplug it. It does seem the battery life of the laptop isn't as good as when the laptop was new.

Where to start with diagnosing cause and then of course, method of repair? Thanks!

A:Reboot and select proper boot device

Since when do you have the laptop
Have you replaced the battery with a new one since you have the laptop?

Normally a battery is dying within a few years, 2 to 4 years (4 with extreme care).

Please read Battery Usage - Generate report.
This tutorial gives you information about how your battery is doing with its capacity.

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When I awoke this morning, I had this error message "reboot and select proper boot device". I don't know what caused it. I've read some of the forum messages, but haven't found a solution to my particular problem.

I'm running Vista 64 on an HP Elite 9120y. The computer is just over a year old. I had not installed anything new in the last few days.

I thought the hard drive had gone bad, so I purchased a new one and installed it, but I still get the same error message. I've tried changing various items in the boot sequence order, but that hasn't helped. I'm at a loss as to what to do next.

I do have an external drive plugged into a USB port, but hasn't been plugged in since I installed the new hard drive.

I have recovery disks, but not a boot disk.

Can anyone help me? Thanks so much!

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It seems that the bios is not recognizing your HD. Create a recovery DVD. Boot from it and try to get to System Recovery options. If you can get to system restore, go back to a point about a week before the problem began. If that is not the answer just follow the instructions that follow:

If you create a recovery DVD, you may be able to boot to recovery options
Create Recovery DVD

The Vista recovery disk is used to boot Vista when it won't boot - to run Startup Repair, System Restore, access a Command Line, Recover using a Vista Backup Image, etc.
System Recovery Options

If Vista will not start now, boot the Recovery CD to run Startup Repair which automates System Restore as well as numerous other tests including System File Checker which can repair system files which are not corrupted beyond repair.

If Vista still will not start, try booting into Safe Mode to run sfc /scannow to repair System files.
Special Thanks Given to Seven Forums.

Below is a bulletin distributed by MS to explain the start up procedure when Windows will not boot.
Startup Repair. Startup Repair is a Windows recovery tool that can fix certain problems, such as missing or damaged system files, that might prevent Windows from starting. Startup Repair is located on the System Recovery Options menu, which is on the Windows Vista installation disc. If your computer has preinstalled recovery options, it might also be stored on your computer's hard disk. For more information, see Startup Repair: f... Read more

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I'm trying to install Windows 7 to a rebuilt machine but it won't run from the SATA CD drive.  Message is  ' Reboot and select proper boot device '    The CD drive is first boot priority and the HDD is blank  .  The CD drive appears in the BIOS boot list.
Anybody had experience of this ?    I've set the BIOS to defaults.

A:' Reboot and select proper boot device '

As was suggested on the Computer Hope Forum, check to make sure the cd / dvd is bootable.

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Hi Guys,

After a very frustrating online poker session I decided to give my laptop and hit which caused a blue crash dump screen to appear.

Now every time I switch on my laptop the following message appears:

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

Does anyone have any ideas how a not-too-tech-savvy guy might fix this or is my only option to take it to a repair shop? If so, does anyone have any ideas on how much it should cost to fix?


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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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OwHi everybody i dont know is i should to post this issues here but i need help w/ booting my system build i connected my optical drive and my hdd and when power up everything look OK until goes to the monitor I see this black screen with that message I trying several things but not success how I get off of that screen so I can go to the BIOS interface and work from there I was able to see the BIOs before I installed this two drivers l don't understand can somebody help me with this I afraid that some of the hardware are in trouble but I hope is a solution to this issues Thanks a lot to everyone and fell free to give your advice in this again Thanks.

A:How do I fix the reboot and select proper boot device.

when booting it always appear reboot and select proper boot device. after restart it boots

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Hello everyone. I have an Asus laptop model P50IJ running windows 7. When I got it, it kept booting up to a screen that says "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press any key". At the time, i was able to restart, boot into safe mode, and use the computer. I did a system restore and the same problem continued afterwards.
I then found a windows 7 disc and tried running a repair. It went thru all the steps then said that this windows disc is incompatible and use the proper version of windows. For whatever reason, the computer seemed fine afterwards. I was able to run malwarebytes, antivirus, ccleaner. everything came up clean. I changed the msconfig and disabled apple only and then the laptop booted up in under a minute. Before doing this, it was taking over 5 minutes to boot up. I used the laptop several times over the next 2 days and no problems. I even went and made a windows 7 64 bit boot repair disc thru windows just in case the problem returned.
I took it back to my friend, hooked everything back up and turned it on, and its back to the "reboot and select proper boot device" message. Popped in the windows boot repair disc and went thru the motions, This time when it asked to select which windows I wanted, there was nothing there. It said to select drivers to load and i tried from the disc but had no clue which ones to use. Rebooted again and pushed f9 and got it to go to the recovery partition. Went ahe... Read more

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Everytime I turn on my computer it says reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key. The problem is my keyboard, mouse, or anything I plug into a USB port won't work, I tried all of them in another computer and works fine, but when it's plugged into mine it won't work. My keyboard lights up on my computer but none of the keypresses register as it once did, I also tried another keyboard and it still didn't work, but both keyboards work in other computers, I also tried the SSD in another computer and it loaded up windows 10 fine. If anyone could help, that'd be great thanks.

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Windows works fine and no hardware problems. What is this?!
So confused right now.
BIOS is set so HD boots first.
I have no idea.
Anybody know what I'm doing wrong or what is wrong whatever it may be?:S

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Quote: Originally Posted by stuckstuck

Windows works fine and no hardware problems. What is this?!
So confused right now.
BIOS is set so HD boots first.
I have no idea.
Anybody know what I'm doing wrong or what is wrong whatever it may be?:S

Make sure you unplug any external hard drives or USB flash drives in case they are causing confusion in the boot order and try again. If no good and you have double checked connections on Hard drive insert your Windows DVD, boot from it and try a boot repair at least three times.

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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.


A:Another Reboot and select proper boot device!

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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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

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

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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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I turned on my computer (no previous problems) and got this: "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key."
I put in my eMachines restore cd if I select "1. Restore windows XP, or 2. Boot to command prompt from cd-rom" I get the A: prompt and nothing happens.
I don't know what to do. Please help.

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I am new to all this and have only used macs. My husband brought home a e machine T2862 desktop computer that I am trying to get running. When I turn on the machine the following message comes up: " Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in select boot device."
DXE-E61 Media test failure check cable
Exiting intel boot agent

The machine had a dvd slot and a microdrive slot and a usb slot.

All cables look to be connected correctly. Not sure what else to do. When I hit return it keeps giving me the same error message. Can't get anything else on the screen.


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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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So I hate joining a forum and starting off asking questions and im sorry for that, ill be sticking around...

I recently took apart my pc to clean it and put it back together and I keep getting this message "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key"

I ran a system check and it said my hard disk was un responsive

I was thinking I might just have to re install windows

All help is highly appreciated

Thanks in advance

A:Reboot and select proper boot device

You may have disconnected the boot drive, or connected it to a different port than it was on before the cleaning. Get into the bios and check that the time and date are correct, and that the boot hard drive is listed in the boot devices section of the bios

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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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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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Hello all
I have an ASUS i5, it fell of the bed and broke the screen, then when i connect it to the other monitor, I had to run some recommended startup runs, after that I get the message saying" Reboot and select the proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a Key", I need help to fix, this.

A:Reboot and select proper boot device

Sounds like a bad hard drive, which is common when a laptop is dropped. When your computer powers on, look on your screen for a message that says Press Delete (or some other key) to enter Setup. When you get in the BIOS setup screen, see if your hard drive is recognized. If it's not, the drive is probably dead.

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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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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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Heya folks,
Allow me to describe my scenario to you.
A few days ago I installed a new harddrive (WD Green 2TB, of which I already have 1 installed). Got into Windows 7 Disk Management & initialized the HD, but in my ignorance set it as Active.

The next time I tried to start up my computer I got a NTLDR is missing error, which I struggled with for a while trying to do startup repairs & bootrec operations (both failed due to the OS not showing up & Element does not exist errors). Eventually I just unplugged my 3 extra HD's, started up fine, & marked my System Reserved partition as Active in DskMngmnt. This was like, WOOHOO, I restarted my PC with the HD's installed & all was fine.

This is where the current issue begins:
The next morning I woke up with my speakers playing a buzzing sound. The system locked up while playing music throughout the night, no signal to screen, keypresses did nothing. I reset my PC to get the following error:
Reboot and Select proper Boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key_
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After a bit I realized I had to redo the process of removing all additional HD's, starting up, confirming the Active Partition, & restarting with my HD's installed. However, this has been happening over the past 3 nights & I'm wont to find a solution. Your assistance would be much appreciated.

System specs: Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32-bit
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So you may now have 2 partitions marked as active.

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I have recently come across this problem. The computer has been running fine for months with no changes at all. I got up this morning, switched on my monitor, and I had a message on my screen,
Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press any key.

I keep my computer on 24/7, doing a reboot every week or so and never had this problem before.

I did a ctrl alt del and it started to reboot. Took a while to get going but went back to the same message. I turned off the computer completly and it booted fine. I went to work and came home to the same message.

I was thinking a format may be in order or does any body else have any other solutions to the problem

A:Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device

Try these free, bootable diagnostics:

H/W Diagnostics:
Please start by running these bootable hardware diagnostics:
Memory Diagnostics (read the details at the link)
HD Diagnostic (read the details at the link)

Also, please run one of these free, independent online malware scans to ensure that your current protection hasn't been compromised: Malware (read the details at the link)

If the hard drive passes the diagnostic test, then try this:

Run CHKDSK /R /F from an elevated (Run as adminstrator) Command Prompt. Please do this for each hard drive on your system.
When it tells you it can't do it right now - and asks you if you'd like to do it at the next reboot - answer Y (for Yes) and press Enter. Then reboot and let the test run. It may take a while for it to run, but keep an occasional eye on it to see if it generates any errors. See "CHKDSK LogFile" below in order to check the results of the test.

Elevated Command Prompt:
Go to Start and type in "cmd.exe" (without the quotes)
At the top of the Search Box, right click on Cmd.exe and select "Run as administrator"

Go to Start and type in "eventvwr.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter
Expand the Windows logs heading, then select the Application log file entry.
Double click on the Source column header.
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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 guys, I have searched the forum and tried some of the solutions but it does not solve my problem. I had disconnected my had and reconnected it but to no avail. I can't even enter the bios setup screen, I can only enter the asrock setup utility screen. Does this mean my hdd is spoilt? Thanks for any help!

By the way in the Uefi setup utility, under the boot option priorities,it only shows my dvd drive my hdd is not shown there

A:Reboot and select proper boot device

Hello Dual form. Welcome to the forum.

Yes, that error message means that the system cannot find a boot capable device. This indicates that your hard drive is not recognized by the system as a boot device.
If you put a bootable CD in the DVD Drive then the system should recognize the DVD as a bootable device and you will not get that message.

The reasons that a HDD could not be recognized as a bootable device are:
No power to drive (check cables, test for 12v)
No data transfer (check SATA cable)
No operating system on the drive (blank drive, MBR damaged, System Partition corrupted)
But because the HDD is not recognized in BIOS/UEFI settings then it is most likely that the drive is either not connected properly or it has died electrically.

Can you test this drive in another computer?
Also: I assume that the "ASROCK setup utility" is the same as "UEFI setup utility", not 2 different setup enviroments. Correct?
If so, that is your BIOS setup. It has just been renamed for the new system.

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Okay, so I have the following machine I put together myself:

Asus p5b deluxe board
intel core 2 duo
4 SATA drives
Windows XP

I used the onboard RAID controller to set up 2 RAID partitions, a RAID 0 and a RAID 1 across 2 of the SATA drives. The remaining 2 SATA drives are RAID 1 mirrored.

I installed Windows XP on the RAID 0 partition.

This was all working hunky dory, although it did require a floppy disk drive to install the Intel SATA RAID drivers during the windows install.

Now, recently, I tried turning on my PC and I got the following message

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

I happened to have my iPod plugged in when this happened, no idea if that had a hand in it.

Now I try booting from windows XP disk, and it does not see any of the SATA drives unless I do the install again with the Intel SATA RAID drivers with a floppy.

Then I tried to do a repair with the windows console, did BOOTCFG and FIXBOOT on these instructions:

But did nothing to help me.

Somehow the BIOS or Windows no longer seems to see the SATA drives or something.

If I go into the RAID controller setup area, all the drives look fine, all the partitions show up, and the drives read normal.

Any ideas on how to fix this bizarre issue? I can't get the thing to boot! Do I really have to reinstall windows and wipe the RAID 0 partition?
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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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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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basiclly i beieve a virus has deleted some cruicial files on my HD responsible for booting. how i have come to this belief is becuase i ran a file tht i "assumed" was a virus but ran it anyway. and shorrtly after the computer crashed and i recieved the message "insert boot media...". now, im not able to boot into safe mode BartPE is not recognising my HD and i donno what to do. Can someone please reccomend some software that would help like somthing i can boot with.
p.s.....anyone who is posting pelase do not post novice things for i know my computer stuff so i have already tried all fo the basics.
Im running with a 80GB SATA HD. thnk you in advance.

A:Reboot and select proper boot device

If you are running XP you can try repairing the boot sector of the hard drive or try doing an XP repair:

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Can someone help me I booted up my computer and it gave me "reboot and select proper boot device " I can't boot my os

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You might need to go into your bios settings to do this procedure.

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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

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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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I am building my own computer. I just put it together tonight and turned it on for the first time. Unfortunately, I don't remember every detail of what happened and what I did, etc... anyway, I am getting this error message:
"Reboot and Select proper boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device." I have a hard drive installed in this new system that was booting fine in my other computer. When I first turned on this new system it seemed to be starting up normally because the first message I saw was the Video card name and video card ram amount, etc.... I can't remember if I saw a system RAM count or not... The Bios did alert me to some kind of error, but I don't remember the message... I went into the BIOS and looked at the settings... everything seemed normal and the BIOS did see my hard drive because it was listed under the IDE device list, but it didn't offer my hard drive as an option on the Boot Device Priority menu... I was assuming that the BIOS would automatically look at the master boot record on the hard drive and load Windows... that procedure executed flawlessly in my other computer... the boot device priority list only contained a floppy drive option which was weird because I don't have a floppy installed, CD and hard drive only. Anyway, I can't even get into the BIOS at this point. When I restart I get a 1 second flash screen consisting of an Intel Motherboard Pentium 4 banner... then the screen goes black... Read more

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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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I was wondering if anyone could help me. I have a Toshiba laptop and it keeps returning with the message 'Reboot and select proper Boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and pres a key.' I'm not very good with technology but I've had a look through various forums and tried pressing F12/F2 and nothing's working.

I have Windows 7 and it's a Toshiba Satellite L830-123 laptop.

Any help would be much appreciated!


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Ariana, happy new year!

I got bad news probably though...

Did the system just do this all of a sudden?

Normally what this means is that the hard drive has failed and will need to be replaced.

Do you have a set of re overy disks??
As for the laptop, can you boot into the BIOS, probably using F2 or DEL immediately after powering on and locate the drives section and see if its being detected? If not likely its dead and needs replacing, so hopefully there's nothing on there that's life and death that isn't backed up to atleast one other source

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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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I just tried putting a new hard drive in and it comes up with ''reboot and select proper boot device". I try going in to bios setting (asus utility) and my original hard drive is still the first to boot but it still wont work. Even even when I try to remove the new hard drive it still comes up with this, im not replacing hard drives BTW just adding an extra.

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Your MBR might be corrupted.

Do you still have your windows installation disk? If so, put it in your computer, and boot up your desktop. It should boot from the dvd automatically, but in case it doesn't, follow this tutorial. Follow any instructions it brings up, but when you see a windows that says "Install Windows", look for a link that says "Repair My Computer", and click that instead. Follow instructions, if any, and click on "Command Prompt" once you see it in a window.

Next, what you want to do is run these two commands:

bootrec /fixmbr
bootrec /fixboot

You can now restart, and we'll hope that it can boot again.

Best of luck,


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Keeping it brief. Typing on phone. Reset BIOS, nothing, tried slave drive, nothing. Tried different motherboard port, nothing. Changed boot order, nothing. Motherboard is asusm4a78 plus. Two years old. No problem until now. Neither drive shows up as existing. Are they fried? Recovery discs do nothing either.

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This is possibly a hardware fault.
If your recovery disks don't work, then one of your options is a linux live CD.

If no one comes up with a better solution, download a copy of PClinux 10.10 from one of the mirrors below and post in the alternate computing section;


The linux CD will still boot even if no hard drive or hard drive controller is present. There are tools to diagnose and test your hard drive from the linux command line.

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I have a problem with my office pc. It has a pentium 4 3.00 ghz processor, 512 mb ram, 80 gig seagate barracuda hard drive running Windows XP pro ver. 2002 with sp2.

When I leave the office at night I log out and leave the computer on the windows log in screen. Last week when I came back in the morning the screen was black and it had the error message "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert the boot media in selected boot device." When I tried to warm boot it with ctrl-alt-delete, the computer rebooted and went right back to that error message. When I press the reset button on the case, the computer reboots and loads windows fine. This has happened every morning this past week. It always starts up fine after using the reset button, and seems to operate normally all day. I only got that error message one time during the day, when I returned to the computer after a 45 minute meeting.

I have tried playing with the power settings, standby and hibernate are both set to never. I checked the bios settings, and the hard drive is set to boot first, then the cdrom and floppy. I reseated the sata cable and the power cable on the motherboard and hard drive. I downloaded seatools to run diagnostics on the hard drive, and it passed all of the tests. I don't know what to try next. Any help is greatly appreciated!

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I find it suspicious that this happens only while you are away, and never there watching it happen. Are you sure someone isn't pulling a joke on you?

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