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Reboot and Select proper Boot device

Q: Reboot and Select proper Boot device

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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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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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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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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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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grandbabies may have been playing w/the computer, but when i went to restart after a windows update, computer now goes to blue screen w/the options "esc=boot menu, f-1=setup or f-10=system recovery" message with a black screen w/the message "reboot and select proper boot device"
I push the escape button to see what it would do, and it says "boot selection menu popup has been selected"... unless this was babies pushing buttons, I don't know why it's doing this popup thing instead if starting up for me

A:reboot & select proper boot device?

Either the boot file has become corrupted or the HDD has failed. If you press the esc button you can choose the Hard Drive (HDD) from the boot menu to boot from, what happens?
If this fails, you can press the F10 key to run System Recovery. This will probably delete any personal files you may have so backup first before attempting.

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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!

A:Reboot and select proper boot device...

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

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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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Ok so my old hard drive went bad, so I went out and bought a new 1, both were SATAs the new 1 is a WD caviar with 1.5 tb the old was a seagate barracuda with 750 gb.

Regardless, I figured I could download windows 7 at a friends house, burn it to a dvd-r, put in the new hard drive, install windows and be good to go. However I am getting the reboot and selecte proper boot device error.

It is reading my hard drive and dvd drive under boot devices. It also shows up when I run diagnostics. I googled the error and found a million results but none have really helped atm. I don't know if the error is from not have an operating system or something else. Right now I have the computer at my friends house and im going back and forth swapping wires to power on each computer. I am getting really frustrated and could use some help. I did check boot order and what not to make sure it's right. I am a huge computer novice and need very specific instructions. Maybe I didn't burn the disk right?

Let me know if any specific specs are needed, im just trying to get this down to get help asap.

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It very well could be a bad disc, mainly because it was "Downloaded". But still, if it was burnt any faster then about 4x you will experience issues such as these. What I would do is; in the bios disable everything as a boot device but the CD drive. Put in the CD, save and reboot.

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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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Everything is plugged in fine, I have never gotten this before, I have no idea how to fix it and I am freaking out.. anyone can help?

A:Reboot and and select proper boot device

Probably hard drive is dead, that's why the computer find the boot device

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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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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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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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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.

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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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We have a HP Mini netbook computer that we got off of QVC.
It is almost two years old and is running Windows XP.

It is flashing the HP screen with options of
(F9) change boot device order
(F10) BIOS setup option

I cannot get it to boot up to safe mode and if you leave
it on the screen I just mentioned it then flashes to a screen
that says
Reboot and Select proper Boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key

There is no CD drive being that it is a netbook computer.

Is there anything that I can do, or is it the hard drive?

Thanks so much.

A:Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device

Select the BIOS Setup option.

Then check the boot order for all devices. If the hard drive is not the first device, change the priority for boot options. Save the changes made in Setup and reboot.

If the hard drive is already reflected as the first boot device...then you probably need to replace the CMOS battery.

What is the HP system model?


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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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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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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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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 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!

A:Reboot and select proper boot device

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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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.

A:reboot and select proper boot device

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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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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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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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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im having trouble getting out of this screen.
it says reboot and select boot device. can anyone please help??/

A:reboot and select proper boot device

Welcome rich44.

Do you know much about the BIOS? Or anyone else in your house/nearby? If so, have you or someone else touched the boot order in the BIOS recently? Someone might need to take a look at it.

I'm assuming you get this message when starting up your system? Did you do anything before hand, installed some program, new hard drive, run some cleanup tool? Anything?

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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

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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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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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My computer show reboot and select proper boot device

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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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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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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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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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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!

A:reboot and select proper boot device

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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Earlier today my computer froze and wouldn't do anything at all, so I had to turn it off via the power button, but ever since then it wont boot. When I turn the computer on I get the message,

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

I put in my Windows 7 install disc and went into the Startup Repair tool but the operating system isn't detected and I have no idea what to do.

I have lots of important files on the hard drive that I really need ASAP so any help is VERY much appreciated. Thank you!

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Update - I decided to format an old different hard drive and then I could reinstalled Windows 7 fresh onto it. It all installed fine but when I restarted the computer I got the message again!

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

A different hard drive, new Windows install but the same message

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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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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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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

A:Reboot and select proper boot device

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

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Hi there,
I have suddenly started to experience the following error message on boot up - 'Reboot and select proper boot device...' this prevents the pc booting any further. However if I reboot and go into the bios, the HDD is not listed (a Maxtor SATA 230GB), if I then go to third slave IDE device in the bios, click on this to see that its on 'auto detect' and then the bios recognises the HDD. I then have to press F10 save and exit - the system will then boot into Windows XP. However the next time I reboot I come back to the same error.
Or, if after getting the 'Reboot and select proper boot device error', I then press Ctrl-Alt-Del, the system will reboot into Windows XP without a problem.
I have altered the boot priority sequence to all the combinations and that makes no difference. I have completely reformatted the HDD and installed Windows XP - no difference. I have tried repair from Windows XP recovery console, 'fixmbr' etc - no difference. I do not think its a cable connection error because I havent been inside the box.
All the disk checking software says there is nothing wrong with the disk.
I do not get any freezing or BSOD at all.
I am totally and complete stuck and would really appreciate any help

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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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Hi I am new and created my account for this but will be sticking around.

So recently I was playing a game but then feel asleep while playing, when I woke up and turned on my pc this came up. I have been reading and watching videos for about 5 hours and going through BIOS trying to fix it but with no such luck. I do understand the videos and what I am required to do but when BIOS it looks completely different to theirs. Mainly because I cant seem to find the HDD and that is really annoying me. I don't know if its because of my computers age seeing that I purchased it in 2008 but if this doesn't help than I will have to get someone or take it to somewhere costing me a bit.

I am not the best at using computers so if you can make it as simple but affective as possible I would be extremely thankful.

A:Reboot & Select proper Boot device

Work through the steps for Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7
starting with the hard drive test.

Is the hard drive detected anywhere in BIOS setup, including SATA, Storage, Boot order?

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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.

A:Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device

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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So, last week one of the workstations gave this error after a restart. The person using the PC had been using a thumb drive and went to remove it and it wouldn't eject so they shut down the computer so they could safely remove it (yeah, don't ask me on that ). When they restarted the PC they got either this error or "OS Missing", I don't remember which. I did scan the thumb drive with BitDefender and it's clean.

I tried repairing from the Windows install disk and at first it said that it was the wrong disc for the OS, even though it was the correct disc. However, after I put the HDD in another PC (to make sure all docs had been backed up) and then put it back in the problem PC it allowed me to launch the System Repair menu. From here I tried the top option which was System Repair and when that didn't work I used the CMD Prompt to run:

bootrec /fixmbr
bootrec /fixboot
bootrec /rebuildbcd

This didn't resolve the issue either, so I reinstalled the OS (after fighting the whole "OS can't be installed because this drive is a GPT format", which is strange because it hasn't changed since I built the PC and installed the OS). After spending most of yesterday updating, reinstalling, etc., I restarted it this morning for an update and it's back saying to Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device.

I've tried turning the UEFI on and off, checked the HDD with Crystal Disk Info, unplugged everything but mouse, keyboard, HDD, and optical drive and even ... Read more

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I built a new machine. It has a ECS A770M-A mother board, AMD 4400+ 2.3 GH dual core processor, 2 GB DDR2 667 RAM, ECS GeForce 6 Series 256 MB Video card, a 250 GB IDE HD and a IDE DVD drive installed. When I boot up I receive the errorr "Reboot and select proper boot device" I go into BIOS and it does not recognize either the HD or DVD drive. In the BIOS the onboard IDE controller is set to Primary, Onboard SATA is set to enabled, and the SATA config is set to IDE. Can anyone offer any advice?

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Thanks for the reply.

Everything is attached. They are sharing a cable as my MB only has one IDE slot. HD is set to master DVD set to slave. I can not try just the HD being there is no OS on it. I have tried just the DVD with the same results. I have tried 3 cables, all returning the same error

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