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HDD - Sata Port 2 Device Error, Press F1 to continue on start up??

Question: HDD - Sata Port 2 Device Error, Press F1 to continue on start up??

Hi All,

I have been given a 3TB Seagate HDD as the original owner believed it to be faulty. So I thought I would take a look after installing it I get this error on boot up.

'Sata Port 2 Device Error, Press F1 to continue'

After continuing to windows its not visible in disk management.

It is visible in the bios menu though.

Any ideas? Is it a throw away?

Cheers Brizee

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Preferred Solution: HDD - Sata Port 2 Device Error, Press F1 to continue on start up??

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Answer: HDD - Sata Port 2 Device Error, Press F1 to continue on start up??

I would run a few disk checks on it - starting with chkdsk in cmd. Or the Seatools: SeaTools | Seagate

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I need some help. I just finished building this machine and I'm getting this error each time I start up. Let me give you my current config:

160GB ATA/100 Maxtor (OS is loaded on this drive WinXP Home SP2)
DVD-RW S-ATA Pioneer
1GB DDR2 533 x2


This MBO has 6 S-ATA connectors on it for setting up a RAID0, 1, 5, or 10. The MBO manual states; "when using the connectors in standard IDE mode, connect the primary (boot) hard disk drive to the SATA 1/2/5 Connector. Refer to the table below for the recommended SATA hard disk drive connections."

The table reads as follows; Connector SATA1/2/5/6, color; Red, Setting; Master, Use; Boot Disk. Connector; SATA3/4, color; Black, Setting; Slave, Use; data disk

My Setup:

I currently have the BIOS set so the SATA connectors are in IDE mode. (I tried to set them in SATA mode under this config and that started a whole other set of issues. I put it back to IDE)

The two SATA devices I'm using are connected to SATA3/4. I connected this way because my thought is that neither one of these drives are the Boot drive and if your not a boot drive your a slave. (this could be where the issue is)

The following 2 drives are connected via the IDE connector on the MBO.

The 160GB ATA/100 Maxtor has the OS loaded on it and the jumper is set to Master. It is connnected to the primary/black IDE connector. In the BIOS I have this drive set as number 2 in the boot priority.

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Answer:Start Up Error: No Master IDE H.D.D. Found! Press F1 To Continue

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So i had a disc error and had to switch out my hard drive. After doing so, i was prompted by some hp recovery and fixing tool that fussed around a while and tolled me that it couldnt fix the system and some logs were stored. After this i tried to install win 8.1 by running it from a usb storage device that had the windows 8.1 setup software in it. Then the screen went black and i was promtped with "The selected boot device failed. press Enter to continue"  Any ideas on how to fix this?


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Answer:The selected boot device failed. Press enter to continue

Problemi1 wrote:And now we get back to the original problem. I have an official version of windows 8.1 downloaded and formated to an 8 gb usb stick by the official program from the official microsoft websites. And just to clarify, this works with my pc. Now when i try to start the installation in the HP computer, it promots me with "the selected boot device failed. Press enter to continue" and im given option to "boot manager", "boot manager"(yep 2 times) and "boot from EFI file" which faces the same issue when i try to manually boot the device.Hi, Sorry to hear that. If you see boot manager and boot from EFI file but nothing else, the USB thumb drive is not detected. Please, perform the steps above- ensure the Win 8.1 USB stick is intact and working- disable Secure Boot and enable Legacy mode- save the changes and proceed with F9 mode.   If it still doesn't work, please take screenshots and attach them in the next post.Hope this helps.

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When I go to turn my computer on there's a black screen with a blue notification box that says"The selected boot device enter to continue"

Answer:The selected boot device enter to continue

Hello @Prburt0809 Welcome to the HP Support forum. The issue appears most likely due to incorrect BIOS settings re. Secure Boot and Legacy Mode.    Please, perform some basic hardware checks 1. Please, shutdown the computer using the power button2. Power it on.2.1 As soon as you press the power-on button, immediately begin hitting the Esc button (like tap-tap-tap).This should open a HP Startup Menu which may look similar to this one 3. Choose F2 to open System Diagnostics. Follow the on-screen instructions to perform System Test >> Quick test.This will check major hardware componets for issue (do it just in case) . Here is more info >> If there are no system checks/no quick tests, perform HDD and RAM check. Let me know the test results.   4. Repeat steps 1-2 above but when HP Startup menu opens, please choose F10 for BIOS setup options.Navigate the BIOS and find the option to reset to default/load default settings. Do so and eventually exit the BIOS exiting the settings. This should enable Secure Boot and disable Legacy mode settings. Hope this helps. Let me know how it goes. 

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So i had a disc error and had to switch out my hard drive. After doing so, i was prompted by some hp recovery and fixing tool that fussed around a while and tolled me that it couldnt fix the system and some logs were stored. After this i tried to install win 8.1 by running it from a usb storage device that had the windows 8.1 setup software in it. Then the screen went black and i was promtped with "The selected boot device failed. press Enter to continue"  Any ideas on how to fix this?

Answer:The selected boot device failed. Press enter to continue

Hello, Thank you for posting in the HP Support forum. I'd like to help you solve your issue but I need some clarifications: So i had a disc error and had to switch out my hard drive So, you had faulty HDD (disk) - what you mean you switched it - 1) you did install a brand new HDD - empty oneor2) you you took the HDD from another PC and placed it in this machine ? What you describe above sound like second scenario... but I need clarification.  In all cases, it's best to use HP Recovery media to restore the computer to factory default condition. Looking forward to your confirmation and I will provide you with next steps.

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This is what happened it is a Dell Dimension 4600 with window XP Home SP2

Was trying to help a lady get her printer going, it kept saying it was open when it wasn;t but that isn't the problem now this is

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Error No Boot Device press F1 to continue, or F2 to run setup utility if you press F1 to continue it just keeps going back to the same page saying no boot device it you press F2 it takes you into the BIOs.

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Can anyone tell me what this means? I get this message everytime I turn on my computer. I just hit F1 and Windows 7 starts. I do have a 256gb SSD where Windows resides. Wondering what I can do to get rid of this annoyance.


Answer:SATA Port 1 Device Error message

Look on your motherboard for SATA port 1. Is this where your SSD is plugged into? Or is there another HDD plugged in there? Either way, there is an issue with whatever device is plugged into SATA port 1

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PC Specs
AMD Athlon X2 64 4600+
Transcend 2GB DDR2
ATI Radeon HD 4670 512MB
Cooler Master 390W PSU
Seagate 250GB SATA HDD

Games are lagging as soon as the CPU temperature hits 59C. Fan speed gets low starting at this point. Once this temperature reaches 69C, rpm falls down to as low as 200 from usual 1500. I checked all the connections, everything is fine. This board is replacement one i got last yr from asus service center. So its around 1-2yrs old. This is not the usual false warning which can be turned off in BIOS. I've checked fan speed myself and its rotating/stopping/rotating/stopping for temperatures >59C and once CPU cools down to some 58C rpm is back at 1500. I dint get a reply from asus tech support yet. I did try resetting the BIOS but that dint help

If someone completely understood where the problem lies, please do help me


Answer:CPU fan error! Press F1 to continue

Your fan speed should be over 2000rpm and you cpu around 40c.
I suggest getting a new heatsink the old one maybe failing.
Make sure you use the correct amount of thermal paste when reinstalling.

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my Helix machine stops working because of fan and dock error. i did whatever said in comunity, link in belw: am very frustrated and would like to sort this out soon, as i need this laptop for next week journeyplease help me to sort it out asap thanksAkbar


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Answer:Keyboard Dock Fan Error Press Esc to continue

well, it is sorted by this instruction:  Prior to the firmware update release, a temporary remedy was to reset the keyboard dock using a paper clip to press the reset switch found on the rear of the dock. ThanksAkbar

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I tried to boot my PC with a floppy boot disk and all I get is the report that there is a "Disk error I/O". My system is a GigabyteGA-7ZX, AMD 850 Duron, 256 Mb SDRam. I have the latest BIOS ver fg. Can anyone help please? I have tried different Floopy drive/cable and also different Boot disks.

Answer:Boot "Disk error I/O" - Press any key to continue.

Can you try another FDD

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Hi All,  Have had my Helix for just two days and this morning I got a 'Keyboard Dock Fan error'.  I have updated all software including BIOS updates, so before I return my laptop to the reseller, my question is, is there anything I can do since I assume this is a hardware fault ?


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Answer:Keyboard Dock Fan Error Press Esc to continue

Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
Please refer this knowledgebase and try to do the firmware upgrade as suggested.
Hope this helps!
Best regards,

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Hallo, Since the past couple of days I am receiving this Error 2102: Detection error in HDD2 during every cold/warm boot. It pops up even after a complete powerdown for overnight and boot up the next day. Further, the boot itself has become very slow - shows blank screen until the Thinkpad logo is displayed, followed by which the error message pops up. Thanks in advance for pointers!!! P.S: I looked up in the community for similar errors - only couple found and no solutions.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Thinkpad Edge E530 - i5-3210M -upgraded 8GB RAM - 750 GB, 16GB mSATA HDD Performance Booster  


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Answer:Edge e530 - Error 2102: Detection error in HDD2 - press escape to continue

That error is coming from BIOS, it means there is something wrong detecting the mSATA SSD.  It could point to a hardware problem.  It is definitely not a software problem.  I would call the support line in your country, and ask what they recommend about it.

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everytime i turn off my comp and turn it back on it stops loading up and says A: drive error, press F1 to continue, and then it proceeds to the windows xp load scren... why does it keep tellin me i have a A:drive error?

Answer:restart comp and it says A:driver error press F1 to continue

This is happening on your Vista Upgrade?

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I have a X240 that is giving me 2012: Detection error on SSD2 (M.2). Press ESC to continue. Only thing it DOESN'T have a M2 installed in it. Is there something in the BIOS i can do? The BIOS is also up to date so thats out of the question, also its up to date on any other Lenovo update and windows updates.

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Hi, i had my PC running XP fine, no problems that im aware of. i partitioned the hdd and installed Windows 7 x64 on second partition and now every now and then the PC reboots and displays the error;

4th master hard disk error, press f1 to continue

any help would be great, let me know if anymore info is needed.



Answer:4th master hard disk error, press f1 to continue

That is a BIOS error, check your PSU.

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Hello, Just got a new Lenovo Helix on Friday. Last night after starting the maching I received this error: Keyboard Dock Fan Error Press Esc to continue I updated the Helix BIOS version as per this post: The problem is that I cannot implement this firmware update: Without getting this message: This tool and EC firmware mismatch, or communications error is happened. I have tried the re-set button and it doesn't do anything. They keyboard dock is dead for all intents and purposes. No  power no nothing. The tablet portion seems to be working fine but no input from the keyboard at all. No little red light   on the "Thinkpad" logo. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Is the battery for the keyboard dead? I keep thinking that I get the second error message because the tablet cannot connect to the keyboard becasue there is no power. I've called Lenovo help but I'm at work and they took too long to even get to the problem...I had to get back to work. They just recommended performing a system update. Did I just get a dud keyboard?  I didn't want to have to go to the trouble of returning this as I had it set up exactly how I wanted it (software, etc.) and I ordered it online. Can anybody help with this?   

Answer:Keyboard Dock Fan Error Press Esc to continue-LENOVO HELIX

Did  you manage to fix this? I have exactly the same problem.

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I can't believe this is an unsolvable issue...
my Studio XPS1340 isn't that old...
and my battery was replaced by warranty a little over a year ago...
it was charging fine...then suddenly, when I rebooted, I got:

WARNING: The battery cannot be identified.This system will be unable to charge this battery.Press Any Key to ContinuePress <F2> 2 times to enter SETUPPress <F12> and Any Key to enter Boot Menu
Do I just need to replace the battery?

Answer:WARNING: The battery cannot be identified. This system will be unable to charge this battery. Press Any Key to Continue Press <F2> 2 times to enter SETUP Press <F12> and Any Key to enter Boot Menu

I apologize for the inconvenience caused to you. You can follow the steps below:
Drain the residual power of your computer and recaliberate the battery by following the steps below:

Power off your computer. 
Remove all the external peripherals  (printers, scanners or any other USB device) connected to your computer.
Please remove the AC adapter and battery of your computer. 
Press and hold the power button of your computer for 10-15 seconds to drain the residual power. 
Release the power button
Keep the battery out for atleast 2 - 3 hours.
Then insert the battery and charge it overnight with the system powered off.
Insert the battery in and connect the AC adaptor.
Then power on the computer and see if it works.

If the issue still persists, you can update the BIOS of the computer.
Note: Make sure the ac adapter is connected and the battery is charged 10% or above to update the BIOS. Also, disconnect all the external peripherals before updating the BIOS. All the programs should be closed and documents saved.

Click on the below link:
Click on “Download File”.
Select “For Single File Download via Browser”.
Click on “Download Now”.
Save the BIOS on your desktop.
Once the BIOS is downloaded on the desktop, right click on it and select “Run as administrator”.
Follow the prompts on screen and restart your computer.

 Please reply with the findings.

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Whenever I pop in the Windows CD to try and repair or re-install, I get an error that states "Disk Boot Sector is to be modified! Press Y to continue, any key to abort" and once I do, it seems like the Windows options are about to come up, but then it just shuts down my computer. Any thoughts or possible fixes? I'm not sure of the correct location for this thread so I put it here. Thanks in advance!

Answer:ERROR: "Disk Boot Sector is to be modified! Press Y to continue" then crash?

I'd try a bootable hard drive diagnostic that's available from the support website of the manufacturer of your hard drive. That'll let you know if the hard drive is failing and we can move on from there.

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Answer:Must press F1 on bootup (SATA error) ?

I am not familiar with the option you mention (combination). That said, could it be that you have an IDE optical drive and that is hanging the boot? To test this if you have an IDE optical drive try removing the optical drive from the boot order, or at least setting it after the HD.

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As you probably know the issue is that the HDD shows as removable device in the taskbar.

I have the lastest drivers available from Asmedia and it does not remove the icon from the taskbar.

I also try the MS register fix
My internal SATA device appears in Devices and Printers and in the - Microsoft Answers

1- Since the sata port is not Intel , would the register location be the same for the proposed solution above to work?

2- I tried channels 0..5 , should I try any other number? The solution says that the channel in device manager it is not always the correct one. Under device manager , general tab it displays "Location 0 (Channel 1, Target 0, Lun 0)"

I will appreciate in suggestion.

thank you

Answer:HDD on Asmedia SATA port shows as removable device


This is normal if you have AHCI enabled as AHCI supports hot-swapping.

If AHCI is not enabled, and you have an intel chipset motherboard IIRC, you need to install the Rapid Storage Technology drivers. I've not proven this myself as I always have AHCI enabled.


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ThinkCentre M90p desktop (3282-A81) running Win 7 Professional (64bit).  Three SATA and one eSATA ports on motherboard. Currently using the 3 SATA ports for 2 HDDs and one optical drive. Can I plug a SATA second optical drive into the eSATA port on the MB ? Searched the internet and answers are very contradictory. Yes, no and only with adapter cable.

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at startup ,get blue screen then black screen press f2 to continue. computer did not always do this.

Answer:how to press f2 to continue

Put the exact blue screen error message into google.Or, use this.WhoCrashed f2

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I wud like to skip the subject prompt at bootup. I'm running DELL Dimension 3000, Win XP Home.
Have 2 hard drives plus DVD.

What wud the proper jumper and BIOS setup be to accomplish the above?

Present setup:
WD077 (has the OS) master and is on the proper cable connector.
WDxx -2nd master
DVD - 1st slave

Boot sequence:



Answer:Press F1 To Continue. . .

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I have got a new PC
when ever i start the PC it says press f1.
i have to press f1 inorder to get to the windows.
Please Guide Me

Answer:Press F1 To Continue

Is that all it says? Just press f1?

Please post the whole message, because what comes before press f1 is the problem you have.

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I have a small annoying problem. Everytime I boot up my computer I get the splash screen then it tells me to press F1 to continue. This is a recent occurence I have not made any changes to my computer and I have checked the BIOS and it is set to boot from the HDD first. Whilst it does not in any way affect the running of the computer it is annoying. Can anyone help?



Answer:Press F1 to continue

Usually when I see this, it's the BIOS with some minor error, like it can't see a hard drive when the setting says there's supposed to be one. I'm surprised it doesn't spell it out.

You might have lost some hardware, like your optical drive. Start pulling stuff off the motherboard and see if the error goes away. Also disable everything you don't need in BIOS. It's a good idea to do that anyways.

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when pc start at that time it ask press F1 to continue and delete to enter cmos setup.

Answer:Press F1 to continue

Any other errors its giving? how old is your PC?

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Just replace hard and I have to press F1 to finish start up.


Answer:Press F1 to continue

Replace hard drive and loaded Win7 and now I have to press the "F1" key to finish the the booting process.

Sorry for the the 1st post.


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HP laptop, when i turn it on i get this

SMART Failure Predicted in Hard Drive 0:xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

WARNING: Immediately back-up your data and replace your Hard Drive Disk. A failure may be imminent.

Press F1 to continue.

i press f1 and it does nothing....wont even boot to a boot disk or os disk. any suggestions other than get a new hd??

Answer:Press F1 to continue

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On one of our old windows 3.11 packard bell computers that is used for a phone system, when you turn the computer on, you get a message that says
reference id 20

invalid configuration info- please run setup program. press the f1 key to continue f2 to run setup utility
I thought maybe it was the floppy controller so i disabled that but that did not do anything.

Answer:press f1 to continue

run a check disk make sure the drive isnt bad.

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Hi,At start up pc is asking me to press F1 to continue,when pressed pc will start normally,why im having this,can i do something to let pc start without this ?

Answer:Press F1 to continue

I could be a setting in your bois.
We need this first so we know what we are working with.
Please update your system specs.
In the lower left of your post tick on (My System Specs)
This is also helpful.
System Info - See Your System Specs

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hiAs I aware you that i am facing problem, when start my computer it is saying cmos checked default load error press f1 to continue. help me what i have to make setting to correction this error message.thanksjiffry

Answer:press f1 to continue

You might have a bad cmos battery. Just went through this with my old 98 machine.

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Does anyone know how to program something like this:

cout << "Hello, World!" << endl;
cout << "\nPress any key to continue...";

I don't know how to make the program pause then continue by pressing any key. Can anyone help?



Answer:Press any key to continue...

I don't know how to do it in C/C++, but in QBASIC you make a loop which goes around until a key is pressed. So somthing like this:


PRINT "Press any key..."
PRINT "Continuing"

Using the same principle you could probably do the same in whatever language you're using.

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I have fixed a friends Dell Optiplex 745 computer. All is working well except it will not boot directly to windows, I get the "press f-1 to continue then it boots up. When I go to the bios, it looks different than any bios screen I have seen.  I don't know how to fix things there, there are not a lot of options..

Answer:press F-1 to continue

In the BIOS you could select "restore defaults" and that may get normal operation back. Does the "F-1" warning contain any information as to what is prompting it such as a fan failure,etc.? truenorth

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i just done a fresh install of a new hard drive in my sons comp, it was working fine untill he got to ( adjusting ) resolution; ie; and whatever when you turn comp on it starts boot sequence then stops at press f1 to continue or delete to enter setup... if you press f1 it goes to windows, and works fine... i need help to get it to go strait to windows without the f1 to startup...any help greatly appreciated..

Answer:press f1 to continue ???

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...maybe not.I'm trying to flash my mobo BIOS so that I can upgrade my processor. I've got an MSI, so I use their 'Live Update' facility to get the precise BIOS revision identified and downloaded. I then make a diskette as per the instructions and boot-up using that. When the final warning comes up about the dangers of flashing your BIOS unless you 'really know what you are doing' (I like that bit, real confidence booster), it prompts "press any key to continue" with the flashing procedure. My PC hangs at that point (or maybe just dosn't detect any key being pressed). End of my attempts to upgrade the processor for the time being.Same thing happened to me when I installed a new Maxtor hard drive: made a CD using their utility for Set Up and Partitioning, but the process kept hanging this side of the POST.Any ideas why I keep running into these brick walls with the keyboard?

Answer:'Press any key to continue...'

Do you have a USB keyboard? If so, that is likely the problem.

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During my usual morning start-up, I got a dos screen with a message and to press F1 to continue. Everything booted fine after that. I ran malwarebytes, backed up my data files on a flash drive and looked into the event logs to see what might have happened. Unfortunately, I didn't even know where to look in the event logs except the administrative events which showed nothing critical.
I wish I had paid more attention to the original dos screen message. I'm now afraid to shut this puter down and wondering what happened. Appreciate any input........

Answer:Bad startup Press F1 to continue

Dude I get this on every boot
It could be something like. No optical drive. Or new drive.

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I built my latest computer about a month ago and it has run great. However, each time I have to start the computer up either from rebooting or because I shut it down hours before, it always asks me to "press any key to continue ..."

Here is what is on the screen:


Press any key to continue ...

If I do not press any key withing 5 seconds, then it gets stuck on that screen and message. When it gets stuck, I have to hard shut down and restart my computer. I have built 7 computers since I started building them and this has never been an issue. I am sure there is a fix but I have searched and not found one.

Thank you.

I am running Windows 7 Ultimate

Answer:-Press to continue- on startup

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Hi, does anybody know if i can change the text that the "pause" command shows?

Press any key to continue . . .
to something like

C:\>pause <something>
Press any key to exit . . .
- Hakon

Answer:C:\>pause Press any key to continue . . .

In DOS, you could edit the io.sys file to change the string. If you know how to do that, we can talk.

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Hello , Am having a problem and i have searched alot about this but i didn't find any thing that can help me ..  So what i did and how i got this message ?* i want to formant my pc so i put the windows 7 CD in then i completed first step which is copying folders and stuff then it comleted 100 % and it restarted automatichly after restarting the pc it stucks on blue screen with a message " press esc to continue" i have tried to press every thing nothing worked for me ,,  WHAT THINGS YOU TRIED TO SOLVE IT ? * i tried to remove all plugs inside the case like wires from HDD and mother board every thing = still not solved *i tried to go to BIOS recovery mode tried to press F10 and more but it stucks on blue screen with that message = Nothing happend * tried to press POWER ON + WINDOWS KEY + B = nothing heppend * tried to press POWER on then i kept pressing on ESC = went to a black screen and it has a kind of details like prosssor name chanel 1 2 3 and l1 l2 l3 NOTHING WORKS FOR ME   PLEASE HELP ME  i will be thankfull if u helped me in this problem  

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I hope I am in the correct category for these two questions. When I start my computer I have to hit F1 in order to contine. Once I am signed in I have a message telling me to alter the date and time, which has set itself at 31 Secember 1999. I duly obey and new date and time is showing in bottom right. However, I have to do this every time I start up my computer. Does any kind soul have a remedy for this little tinker please?

Cheers, BoltonByrd

Answer:Having To Press F1 To Continue & The Clock

Hi .This is very common, if not recognized by users the first time it happens. The remedy is cheap and readily attainable by all .CMOS Battery. - CMOS Battery Replacement - Louis

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Running on a PC now getting this Message 3rd master bad . I believe this means the HD is failing BUT which HD I have 2 the main is partioned to C and G and D is another one .Evrything seems to be working normally. Not too technical please

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Hello , Am having a problem and i have searched alot about this but i didn't find any thing that can help me ..  So what i did and how i got this message ?* i want to formant my pc so i put the windows 7 CD in then i completed first step which is copying folders and stuff then it comleted 100 % and it restarted automatichly after restarting the pc it stucks on blue screen with a message " press esc to continue" i have tried to press every thing nothing worked for me ,,  WHAT THINGS YOU TRIED TO SOLVE IT ? * i tried to remove all plugs inside the case like wires from HDD and mother board every thing = still not solved *i tried to go to BIOS recovery mode tried to press F10 and more but it stucks on blue screen with that message = Nothing happend * tried to press POWER ON + WINDOWS KEY + B = nothing heppend * tried to press POWER on then i kept pressing on ESC = went to a black screen and it has a kind of details like prosssor name chanel 1 2 3 and l1 l2 l3 NOTHING WORKS FOR ME   PLEASE HELP ME  i will be thankfull if u helped me in this problem  

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I was defragmenting my drive with Perfect Disk 8 when I got a blue screen. I followed some Microsoft troubleshooting tips, and it told me to run the disk error checking utitlity on My Computer>C:\ Drive (right click)/Properties/Tools/Error checking. So I did an error check. The problem was that it got stuck at 46% at Step 4/5. I restarted my computer and when it said 'Press any key to stop error checking' I pressed any key, but it didn't stop error checking. I tried this about 10 times. Same result. Then I entered BIOS Setup utility and selected 'Load Optimal Defaults' and saved changes and restarted. Then, I got an error that said NTLDR is missing please restart. So I found a solution on this site, which told me to use the XP bootable disk. When it says 'Press any key to boot disk' I press any key, and guess what? Nothing happens! It loads Windows XP bootscreen then, it goes to the disk checking which I scheduled (which I still freezes at 46% and can't be aborted)I have tried 3 different keyboards. Please help!System Specs... Microsoft XP Home EditionMotherboard: AsrockThat's about all I know, since I can't load Windows on that computer.

Answer:'Press any key to continue' not working

The important detail, which is missing, is what happened prior to this. See below.

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Hi Experts!!
I want to know how I can bypass the start up screen for American Megatrends that says "Press F1 to continue boot" I just want to turn on my computer and it will boot straight to Windows XP without havving to push keys to continue. There is nothing in CMOS or Bios that comes close!! Please Help!!

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6550 @ 2.33GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 11
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2006 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) Q35 Express Chipset Family, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 381543 MB, Free - 299356 MB;
Motherboard: ECS, Q35T-GB(vPro)
Antivirus: Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

Answer:press F1 to continue boot

Have you fitted the NEW DVD drive you were mentioning on a previous thread.
Did the problem exist before or if you have fitted it only since then.
If you have fitted it is the drive working OK.

Check when you do get a boot the time and date displayed on the lower right corner of the desktop, especially after the computer has been off overnight.
It can be caused by a flat CMOS battery
Also check the boot device priority in BIOS.

If for instance you have the first boot device set for a floppy drive, but the computer does not have a floppy drive, that can cause it OR is the boot priority set for a CD drive that is NOT present

So for boot priority set DVD first
the HDD with Windows - if you have more than one hard drive as second
USB third if an option and if it is available also set - check other boot devices.

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This weekend I was on a website and IE suddenly went blank and a windows dialog box will pop up with "You must press yes to continue". I pressed yes once and I was asked to download a file whose name I failed to write down (like an idiot) but I wrote down the website address: I clicked cancel, closed Internet Explorer and did "all the right things". I ran AVGFree. It found 8 infected files. 7 were "Java/ByteVerify" and the other was "Trojandownloader.Generic.SSX". AVG was unable to clean or remove because the files were "Archived". I looked at the location of the files and all were in the Temporary Internet Files, so I ran "Disk Cleaner", then explored and wiped out what disk cleaner missed.

I ran AVG again and I was clear. I thought I was good. Then yesterday, the same thing happened. I did NOT click yes. I closed IE, ran AVG (10 files this time). Then, because AVG doesn't have a very good virus descriptions page, I looked "ByteVerify" up on Symantec's website. And what Symantec described for this virus sounds nothing like what I am experiencing. Just as a precaution, I downloaded all the critical updates for my computer (only 2 I didn't already have). I deleted ALL the temp folders, ran MSConfig to check my start-up files, etc. When I re-ran AVG again I was all clear.

Except that today it happened again. I didn't get the "You must press Yes to cont... Read more

Answer:"you Must Press Yes To Continue" While Browsing


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I am trying to install 64 bit Windows 7 OS

I have a Windows 7 32 bit system and i have an installation disk of windows 7 64 bit.
When i try to boot the 64 bit DVD after changing the boot order my screen displays :

Boot Failure
Press any key to continue

It repeats ....
Any help ... ?

Answer:Boot Failure - Press any key to continue

Perhaps its a bad installation media. Try create an alternative with a 4GB USB thumb-drive instead:

1. Download the appropriate ISO here
2. Write it to the USB thumb drive using this
3. Boot from USB thumb drive and install

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I have seen the above in various posts, here and else where and have thought this must be some obtuse joke , which I did not get the handle on. Then to-day P.O.S.T halted at an early stage,and there it was 'Unlock keyboard press F1 to continue'and of course pressing F1 did nothing because........ A Re boot did the same. We went to do the weekly shop Came home had a refreshing cuppa booted up and all was normal So what was that all about?

Answer:unlock keyboard press F1 to continue

Either the lead for the Keyboard wasn't fitted properly, or there just wasn't any/enough power to "see" the keyboard correctly.I agree, it IS stupid... My old system's keyboard was broken and it said press "F1" to continue... What good would that do if the keyboard has died?Anyway, I hope I have answered your question

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I was looking at a system not all that long ago that everytime it started up on the second screen of the BIOS it would say something like:

Both Mac Addresses on the APC & DMI are incorrect. Press F1 to continue (not sure if that is correct)

the board is a brand new Asrock G-Pro mainboard, anyone got any suggestions? - Should I try flashing the BIOS?

Answer:Asrock BIOS -> Press F1 To Continue

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Upon booting, I get a warning, "System fan faliure ... Press F2 to continue".   First time pressing F2 resulted in a hang.  Booting a second time and pressing F2 was successful in booting to Windows. The system fan is making bad sounds. Where are some good places to buy a replacement system fan for an HPE-180T desktop?  I saw one on ebay, but it's unclear if it is actually new   What are some equivalent fans that might be more reliable ?   What are the specs for the HPE-180T system fan? I looked at the info available on this site, but it does not detail system fan info.  Also, I didn't see a link to buy replace HP parts.  What is the HP parts buy link?

Answer:System Fan Failure .. Press F2 to continue

#HPExpertDayRefer: Check for hardware functionality: You will find compatible parts here:

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hello recently (for the last several months) whenever i boot up my computer i get the message press f1 to continue here is the full reading

bios: Phoenix ROM Bios Plus version 1.10 A06
system: Dell System Precision work station 530 MT

Primary hard drisk drive 0 not found
primary hard disk drive 1 not found
(keyboard error) <-- lol no keyboard inserted atm because its in storage i'll grab one later)
Hardrive: seagate ST336752LW

i have no idea what my mobo is i couldn't find anything i do belive it is the default one D:
(all my drives are scsi)

the thing is after i press f1 it works just fine can play on it with no issues. But it is annoying to press f1 every time anyone know why this happens? i have windows xp (not any help though )
and btw how can i press f1 if there is no keyboard

Answer:Solved: Press f1 to continue on bios

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Occasionally when a key is pressed; it will act as if it is being held down: however the keys are not stuck. I have tried updating the drivers, but it didn't work. This is not the biggest issue, since it only happens less than a dozen times a day.

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I already tried making HDD the first priority on BIOS, tried everything but still didnt worked please help need my files badly. How to fix this or any kinds of solution you got there.

Answer:Boot Failure, Press any key to continue. Please help

Hello and welcome Kaiyzen mate first up we need to have some system specs to play with
System Info - See Your System Specs

Secondly how old is the machine and the OS install?

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I made a bootable usb then after that, i tried to install windows 7 ultimate x64 in my other laptop that cannot boot to know if i can fix it with reinstalling, when i booted to my USB, it said

Press any key to boot from the USB

so i pressed any key but it just put me back to the manufacturer logo over and over again. So i tried to format the USB then i made it a bootable USB again then another problem appeared,

BOOTMGR is Missing
Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to Restart

SO i did reformatted the USB again and made it a bootable one then it showed the

Press any key to boot from the USB

that when i press a key,it will just put me back to the manufacturer logo and will just loop forever. Any help guys???

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Every time my laptop goes to sleep doesn't wake up until I push power button twice. First to shut down and second to go on then I get this message:
Warning: Resume failure
press any key to continue

Please need help to solve this problem

Answer:Satellite A50 - Resume failure, press any key to continue

Usually bad drivers or a flat battery causes resume failure.

You could try a System Restore back to a date when Resume was working properly, and update the drivers for your USB Devices.

If thats no help, then maybe its time to backup your data and run Recovery from your Recovery Discs. Its good to do this once a year anyway to keep the system fresh and error free. Windows tends to become slow and errornous over time, due to power looses, viruses, badly written software etc..

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I have an Equium A60 that is coming up with "Resume Failure and Press any key to continue" when I turn it on. This occoured after the battery ran out and it shutdown. Pressing any key does nothing.

I can get into the BIOS if I am quick before the message comes up, and it is set to Boot Mode, not Resume. I have tried resetting defaults, removing Hard Drives and booting from other devices, but it doesnt seem to get that far, so I canot perform a BIOS update either.
Ive had the machine apart looking for a battery I can remove or a reset button I can press, but I wasnt able to find anything.

Is there anything I can do, or is it totally dead for good?

Please help me! Its a second hand laptop, but I have only had it a week! ;)


Answer:Equium A60 - Resume Failure and press any key to continue


Could you please check if the HDD was recognized in the BIOS!
If it war recognized you should try to install a new OS.
Boot from the CD by pressing the C button immediately after notebook starting.

You could also try this:
Just remove the HDD slot cover unplugged the HDD and plug it back, turn on the laptop.
If the same message will appear just press the space bar and check if the OS will boot from the HDD.

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Even though my dell inspiron 3542 laptop which has 8.1 installed in it is fully charged,it is showing "low battery press F1 to continue" every time i start my laptop. please suggest what should i do to stop this unwanted notification at startup. 

Answer:at startup itz showing battery low press F1 to continue

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well 3 days ago i was playing a game on my pc and then i shut down my pc sucessfully. When next day i turned it on I couldnt see anything on my screen.
The monitor LED was blipping and blipping and i couldnt see anything on my monitor.
then i checked all the connections everything was fine den i switched my display from graphic card one to default monitor and the display came back but what i see is

"SYSTEM BOOT FAIL" press F1 to continue.
the system ran smoothly but i couldnt use my graphic card display because it shows no display..

but nothing seems to work
now everytime i run my pc it takes atleast 10 seconds more than usual to start up and every time it shows me system boot failure press f1 to continue.
I checked other threads also but couldnt find my solution...
please help!!!

Answer:SYSTEM BOOT FAIL PRESS f1 to continue

Hello, see if you can do this : Advanced Boot Options

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I have a problem with my satellite A60.
I have had the computer for about a year and a half and have never had any serious problems with it of any kind. However last week the keyboard started to fail, first with only a few keys out, then the full keyboard.

This never bothered me much because I am quite familiar with Toshiba computers. So I plugged in an external keyboard and I was back in business.

I used it fine up until now but I put the computer into hibernate last night and when I got up this morning it says "resume failure and press any key to continue".
I press keys and nothing happens, it just stays at that screen. I try to access BIOS by pressing esc when I turn the computer on and priority is set to BOOT not RESUME, hover it wont let me highlight it to change it anyways. The computer wont let me boot from cd. Basically its just stuck at that screen and thats it.

I am wondering if there is another way around this or is my computer finished for good. I was running linux fedora the time of the crash.

Answer:Satellite A60 Resume failure and press any key to continue

Sounds tricky but it?s not unresolvable..
This sounds strong like a hardware issue, but I will not say it for sure.

That keyboardthing can be a defective keyboardcontroller, because your error description is describing a similar case which I had with my machine.
I send the machine to my local servicepartner and they exchanged my mainboard and the keyboard and after the repair the error, I had, never bothered me again.

Just a little question: does some fluids come on your keyboard?

nice weekend


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I'm having a problem with the HDD (or other component) on a computer, and I'm wondering if anyone would be able to assist me. So, my friend's computer would no longer start up, and he asked me if I could fix it, as I fix computers often, and build my own, etc, so I said sure. When I first got the PC and tried finding the problem, I decided it was the HDD, as the HDD had the "click of death", and was not working or showing in the BIOS. I also put my own HDD in his computer and took it all the way to the "choose partition to install Windows" portion of the Windows 7 set-up, and all seemed fine, but as I had data on the drive I stopped there.

So he ordered a new HDD, as I told him that's the part he needed, and it just got here the other day, and upon installing it, the computer would not recognize it, and was giving me the "Primary Hard Disk Failure, Press F1 to Continue", so I took the drive out of his PC, put it on my main PC as a slave drive, and then ran chkdsk, which turned up no errors. After that I decided to try a different SATA cable, in a different SATA port, and it finally started up fine, and went through the Windows 7 install, but not without problems.

During the first try installing Windows 7, when it got to the point where it needed to restart the computer, it did, but when it came back on, nothing displayed on the monitor, but the computer was running, so I had to hold the power button for a Hard Shut Dow... Read more

Answer:Primary Hard Disk Failure, Press F1 to Continue...

The SATA ports should be backward-compatible, but they are not always. It is a matter of the board sensing the correct drive and adjusting the speed. Some boards don't do the sensing well with some drives and the jumper needs to be used to set the speed manually. If data is requested faster than the drive can supply it, you get corrupted data that looks to the machine just like read errors.

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Recently I decided to try out linux mint. I created a live cd and installed mint as a dual boot with Windows XP Home Edition SP3 on a single hard drive. After installing mint every time I boot up the computer I got the message &#8220;boot failure press any key to continue&#8221; pressing a key just makes the message repeat. If I reboot and press f12 &#8220;BOOT PXE&#8221; I could get into the GRUB boot screen and choose what OS I would like to use. After being unable to fix the boot failure problem I deleted the mint partition and merged it with the XP partition.
I still get the &#8220;boot failure press any key to continue&#8221;screen and I am still able to use f12 to get into xp-it now goes to the welcome screen from whence I am able to access XP-which works fine. I have used the windows install cd recovery console fixmbr, fixboot, chkdsk /p /r and am unable to fix the boot. I have all of the data from the hard drive backed up, however I would rather not do a reinstall. Does any one have any ideas on how to fix this problem? Thank you in advance.
My System..hope this helps: Intel DP45SG Motherboard, Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 Processor, MSI R4830 Graphics Card, OCZ 2x1GB PC10666 1333mhz memory 500 Watt ATX Power Supply, 320 GB Seagate Hard drive, LightScribe optical drive, Windows XP SP3, couple years old crt emachines monitor, Logitech G5 Mouse, Logitech multimedia keyboard, multicard reader

Answer:Windows XP boot failure press any key to continue issue

Have you checked out the boot.ini file? I don't have any experience with dual booting with Linux, but with different Window OS's you can adjust it there. It might be Window's doesn't like Linux at all and they just don't want to get along.

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Help! I have several months of work on a zip drive that I obviously did not copy properly. I need to recover the data on the stick and do not have access to my hard work on any computer anymore.

I hope someone can help me!

Thank you!

Please see screen shot of files on flash drive. All open with the exception of the one named SEGARI'S which is where my files are saved. Notice the seems something is in the folder?

Answer:Please insert the last disk of the Multi-Volume set and press ok to continue

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Intel DG965WH
intel dual core 2.1 ghtz
ddr 5 video card
2 hd's 40gb and 500gb

win7 ultimate

After the bios screen I get the following message:

Problem with hard drive, press enter to continue

I press enter and windows boots and both hard drives work flawlessly. If I disconnect the 5oogb the error no longer appears and if I try disconnecting the 40gb hd and boot the 500gb by itself the error re-appears, so I think we can safely say the problem lies with the 500gb hd...

But the hd works fine. I have tested it with the seagate tool and after a long scan the drive passes. This also happens with the western digital diagnosis tool, again using the long scan. However, the SMART status states that the hd has failed??

This is my stepsons PC and he says he has had this message since he installed the 500gb hd and he chose to ignore it. This message he has been getting for about 15 months!

At first I thought it might have been a psu problem as he only had a 250w psu and a 20 pin connector going to the mobo. But I have replaced the psu with a 400 watt and I still get the message:

Problem with hard drive, press enter to continue

Now I'm stuck - the HD passes these tests should he just run the hd till it dies? Is there anything wrong with it (how can I be sure?)

Your help is much needed here - i've ran out of ideas

thanks in advance!

Answer:Problem with hard drive, press enter to continue - plz help!!

1: Typically, this is a drive failing error. Back up your data.

2: Another possible, but possibly too late solution would be to reboot, tap f8 as it starts and choose "last known good configuration".

3: Finally, you can use System Restore and restore the PC back to before this error started.

If the last 2 steps fail, see step 1. Buy another drive that's the same and migrate to the new drive and get ahead of it.

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Hello All,

Since today, whenever i boot up my system. This message "AA number not programmed on this computer.. Press enter to continue" shows up while boot up every time. when i press enter windows loads fine. the first time this occurred. the Realtek audio drivers were missing and it got it automatically from the windows update. later on every time when i boot up the error message still remains. but no other drivers were re installed or updated like the first time. I would like to get rid of this message. Please help..Thanks in Advance.

(Not sure where to post this, thats why posted here)

Answer:AA number not programmed on this computer.. Press enter to continue

I would like to help but I have no idea what a AA numbers is.

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The day before yesterday, I turned off the PC using Windows Vista Menu > Shut Down. When I turned it on, after the HP logo, it shows a black screen with the following error: No bootable device -- insert a boot disk and press any key. I already tried to Load BIOS Setup Defauts, did Memory and Primary Hard Disk Self Tests (they were OK), changed the boot order (F10), but the error message persists. I did the reset procedure, which I unplugged the battery and the AC charger and keep the power button pressed for 6 seconds, but it didn't worked either. I tried the (F11) Recovery Mode, but the error message persists (I do not have the recovery discs to boot from the disc). I tried to boot from Windows XP disc but it stays forever on the Press any key to start from the CD message. I tried to boot it using another OS CD (Ubuntu) but it asks to update the BIOS. I do not have Vista DVD (it did not come with the PC). What else can be done? How can I solve this problem?

Answer:No bootable device insert boot disc and press any key error

Hi - Same thing happened to me one hour ago. I have Vista as well. Don't have the boot disk neither.. The quick test of the disk came out successful, but the complete test doesn't want to start... What happened with yours? Did you manage to fix it? Thank

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

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

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

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Whenever i boots my Dell Optiplex 3010 desktop,  it stuck at press F1 to continue press F2 to setup.......
Power button Cable failure alert is ther, but my power button is almost working fine......

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Hi, bought a laptop a few months back, was really slow by the 2nd or 3rd month but didn't make much of it. However when I was forced to restart my laptop for an update on monday, it showed this error message.'The selected boot deice failed. Press <Enter> to Continue' After pressing enter, the laptop shuts down adn this problem repeats itself. Anybody can help?  

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Recently I decided to try out linux mint. I created a live cd and installed mint as a dual boot with Windows XP Home Edition SP3 on a single hard drive. After installing mint every time I boot up the computer I got the message “boot failure press any key to continue” pressing a key just makes the message repeat. If I reboot and press f12 “BOOT PXE” I could get into the GRUB boot screen and choose what OS I would like to use. After being unable to fix the boot failure problem I deleted the mint partition and merged it with the XP partition.

I still get the “boot failure press any key to continue”screen and I am still able to use f12 to get into xp-it now goes to the welcome screen from whence I am able to access XP-which works fine. I have used the windows install cd recovery console fixmbr, fixboot, chkdsk /p /r and am unable to fix the boot. I have all of the data from the hard drive backed up, however I would rather not do a reinstall. Does any one have any ideas on how to fix this problem? Thank you in advance.
My System..hope this helps: Intel DP45SG Motherboard, Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 Processor, MSI R4830 Graphics Card, OCZ 2x1GB PC10666 1333mhz memory 500 Watt ATX Power Supply, 320 GB Seagate Hard drive, LightScribe optical drive, Windows XP SP3, couple years old crt emachines monitor, Logitech G5 Mouse, Logitech multimedia keyboard, multicard reader

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I'm trying to install W2K on a pc that had Windows ME previously. I managed to get rid of ME but cannot install any os now. I boot from the dvd rom when trying to install and it starts, but when I get to the screen that says Press F6 for 3rd party....or raid...something (sorry can't remember) it then goes to a message that says Line 7243 of the INF file is invalid. Set up cannot continue. Press any key to exit, whether I press F6 or not.

This pc has an Asus P3B-F motherboard, Slot 1, HD Quantum AT-Fireball AS, ATI Rage 128 Graphics card, 3 Ram cards 128M, PC133 and PC100 (came with the pc that way) and DVD-ROM Lite-on IT Corp- model ltd-122.

I thought I might need a driver for the motherboard as my other Asus motherboard (different type) has a disk for Promise 100. So I downloaded a bios driver for the Asus P3B-F, but when I press F6 as instructed...I still get the "line7243 of the INF file is I need some other driver? Hope someone can help. Thanks.

Answer:Line 7243 of the INF file is invalid. Setup cannot Continue. Press any key to exit.

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Whenever Windows Server 2003 is shutdown by accident due to power failure I get a screen at boot up that asks to press the ESC key to continue. Why? and is there a reason for this.

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Hey there, I recently updated my BIOS to a newer version due to BSODs and now it's been running perfectly. Although my system works fine now without any problems, I'm not too sure as to what marvell 91xx sata 6g controller is and if it'll affect my system. This never appeared before the BIOS update so could it be some settings in BIOS I have to tweak? I'm not sure if I should be in the Drivers Section or here as I do not know what marvell 91xx sata 6g controller really is, I know it has something to do with SSDs. Thanks!

Answer:marvell 91xx sata 6g controller. This device cannot start. (Code 10)

Marvell 91 xxm is a driver controller that works the 6 gig sata (3.0) connection on my Asus motherboard. I have never been able to use it because it causes problems. If you can get it to work it will speed up a SSD I/O, R/W slightly.
I use the Intel 2.0 sata connection with no problems. Because it is a SSD it still is very fast. If you are using a hard drive their would be no advantage on using sata 3.0 because of the speed a hard drive works at.

It would be helpful if you would completely fill in your specs. This Tutorial by
Brink will help you with that.

System Info - See Your System Specs

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Hi,I am pretty much a noob with computers. I know that this topic has already started but each problem I read sounds a bit different to mine. Basically, we had our PC taken away by a computer guy to load up all of the software it needed to get going (this PC had been packed away for a while and we brought it out when my son moved out and took the other PC with him!) He brought it back, connected it to the wi fi. It was all good when he started it but the next time we started it we were getting the "disk error" message. After you press ctl alt del, it starts up , takes a while though. Other messages then come up " Google Chrome- your preferences file is corrupt or invalid. Google Chrome is unable to recover your settings" and "Microdoft Windows: The system has recovered from a serious error, A log of this error etc...."The PC is working right now. My son said it could be the hard drive, but how do I know ?(BTW, computer guy is on a course so cannot be contacted)

Answer:A disk read error occurred. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to re-start

Here is the best advice under the circumstances.You need to backup everything from  the hard drive to a new drive.Please read the link below.QuoteData Recovery Tutorial: How to Slave a Hard Drive is a tutorial from Jacqui Best about the proper procedure for slaving your hard drive prior to running data recovery software on it. This would also be the procedure to follow if you were to run speed clone to sector clone a noisy drive or if you have a partition problem and need to repair or recover data from a partition or if you need to restore or undelete a file.It is very important to not download data recovery software directly to the effected hard drive. If you don?t have a second drive or don?t have either a USB drive or USB capable data recovery software, then you must hook the drive up as a slave to run the software.Here is the logic for this  kind of approach.A. The hard drive may fail with no further warning.B. The cost of data recovery is well over $1100.C. A new hard drive is under $100.D. Prevention (preemptive action) is better that a cure.If you can not use the recommended procedure, best come back and let the forum know and get some more ideas from other members.

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Upon some instances of booting, clicking the start button produces the following error:

When I do sign out and log back in, the error persists even though the error window has disappeared. While this message is shown, I can still get on with tasks on my PC, but I'm unable to close it.

Answer:Critical Error message appears when I press the start button?

Hi, options:
1. Use a system restore point.

2. Restore your system from a disk image - you have discovered how invaluable the routine use of disk imaging is- so often recommended here- e.g. Macrium Reflect (free) + its boot medium + external storage for images - allows you to recover from many situations relatively quickly without tech. help.

3. Repair/fix:

For assisted support, try the Start menu troubleshooter. After you've completed the troubleshooter, restart your device.

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every time i start my Acer Aspire v3-551 laptop i have to enter my password for my harddisk is there a way to set my password so that i dont have to enter at every start-up

Answer:Harddisk Security SATA port 0 error 0xc0000e9

Welcome to the Forum the link below will tell you how to remove your password

User Account Password - Remove

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I recently built a new PC, however I'm having a problem installing Windows XP onto my SATA drive. It works perfectly if I use an IDE, but this is what happens with SATA:
-Goes to the setup screen and puts on the necessary files.
-Asks me to format.
-Starts the 15 second restart timer, then restarts.
-I change the boot order to HDD first.
-It tells me "A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart" when it's supposed to continue with the installation.

I've tried the drivers that came with the motherboard and no-go. I've also tried with no drivers and it still gives me this error. One time, I believe it said something about "Boot", but it flashed on the screen too fast and restarted to see what it said.

EDIT: If I made a direct copy from an IDE drive onto this SATA one, is there a chance that might help? If there's a driver issue, it would have all the drivers needed on the Hard-Drive wouldn't it?

Motherboard: Asus A8N-VM CSM
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3700 1MB L2 Cache
Case + Power: Antec Sonata II 450w PSU
RAM: Crucial Rendition 1GB PC3200 x 2
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 300GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache SATAII
GPU: Radeon 9600 XT AGP

Answer:Solved: SATA installation in XP = "A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart"

Fixed it simply by making a clone of my IDE drive on my SATA drive :-].

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After installing Win7 Professional on my S10-3, the F3607gw Mobile Broadband GPS Port (COM5) is marked with a yellow exclamation sign in Device Manager stating: "Device Cannot Start (Code 10). This happens on a fresh installed Win7 Professional. However if I reinstall my S10-3 from the recovery partition to Win7 Starter, all is fine and no yellow exclamation marks appear. The same drivers and versions appear to be installed with Win7 Professional as with Win7 Starter. Any ideas?

Answer:S10-3 F3607gw Mobile Broadband GPS Port (COM5) "Device Cannot Start (Code 10)"

Bro, I just bought a S10-3! But I can't active 3G module card! Can I use 3G module with 2g sim card?

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A few months ago my computer kept coming up with the Port 1 Device error notification. I backed up all of my photos and videos to an external hard drive. The notification never came up again after that so I very stupidly thought that it must have been a false alarm. I was wrong. Just now my computer has died. There are some very important photos that I never backed up. Will I ever be able I get these back? I will be phoning our local computer tech tomorrow but I am desperate to know now if I have any chance of retrieving them. Our warranty ran out not too long ago so it will go to a local guy. Please help!!

Answer:Port 1 Device Error - please help!!

Don't worry just yet, if your hard drive is working photos can be easily taken out of there with a docking station or USB-SATA- cable

edit: typo

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When I turn on my device I get hard disk error. I try and run my windows install disk computer tells me to restart and put in disk again. Next error is boot device not found.

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Upon booting his PC my brother is getting the error message as attached. The machine is running fine, however the pop up on the 2nd attachment appears sporadically. Machine is less than 6 months old. No new hardware or software (to my knowledge).

Are we looking at imminent hard drive failure or nothing to be 'too' concerned about?

Answer:AHCI Port 3 Device Error

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Have intel i3 530 CPU unsure of motherboard brand. Have been having very slow boot times in Win7. Is now coming up in the post with AHCI Port 0 Device error F1 to resume.
Then Win7 starts slowly. After it starts get Intel Rapid Storage message that ' Disk port 0 at risk. Reset to normal. Do that & seems OK.
I would assume these symptoms indicate the onboard disk contoller is starting to fail. Since getting these messages shutdown is also very slow. Suggestions apart from a new PC please.

Answer:AHCI Port 0 Device Error

Hard drive diagnostic. HD Sentinel is one of my preferred programs, and the trial version is free. It will give you a basic overview of your drive's condition.

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Last night, when I went to check my e-mail, my computer was on and running but there was a window with a large (UGLY!) Red X saying that my hard disk needs to be repaired or replaced and advising me to back up files immediately. I have an automatic backup in place which backs up files and a "disk image" to a Segate External Hard Drive.

I am running Windows 7 Home Premium on a Gateway Desktop with Intel Core i-7 processor.

After backing up a few files manually, I set the system to run a Chkdsk and rebooted. The Chkdsk had passed the first 3 of 5 levels, but was taking a long time with level 4 so I went to bed. Upon waking this morning, the Big Red X window was there again, but luckily my system did boot and I am still able to use it, but probably not for long.

1. If I have to get a new hard drive, is the image backup on the EHD what I would need to restore my fixed or new hard drive? If not, do I try to get an "image" file on a DVD and use that?

2. What, if anything, should I try next? Is there something, e.g. Chkdsk, which would likely repair the problem?

3. There was also something about a SMART advisory, but I don't know what that means.

I'm not even sure what else I should be asking/doing at this point. I would appreciate any/all advice and suggestions.

Answer:AHCI Port 1 Device Error

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but, when you do that don't happened nothing, what can i do

Answer:error on start. pc mark a message that say to interrupt normal startup press the blue thinkvantage

Are you using the Pre loaded OS imgae provided by Lenovo?

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HiPlease Pull me out of such awful situation


try to go to start >> run type "sfc /scannow" w/o quote,press enter..

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I have a Foxconn G9657MA intel motherboard with two SATA Western digital cavalier 16e HDD's. I'm trying to install Vista 64 bit onto the rig, and though it sees both drives it says that vista cannot be installed onto these without drivers; however I cannot find any drivers for them.

I'm not trying to run the HDD's as a raid configuration, just as separate drives. Please help?

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I am purchase hp laptop before 2days. in my laptop suddenly occur in the virus then I am os recovery dvd inside the cd driver and run then second dvd is writing suddenly system is interrupted and automatically off. Why I am saying admin plz

View Solution.

Answer:no bootable device--insert boot device and press any key

I am open the my laptop and press logon button then automatically display the no bootable drive--please insert boot disk and press any key then in my point of view what I am saying

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Recently, after unplugging my system from its power source (removing power cable from the power supply) and then later reconnecting the power source, the machine will not boot unless a Vista system disc is in the drive upon boot, mind you, not booting from the disc, just having it in the tray and booting to the OS harddrive. If the disc is not present at startup the machine displays the following error message:


If I insert the disc after this is displayed, the machine hangs and does nothing. If I restart my system after inserting the disc, the machine boots as normal.

Attempted fixes:

bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd, /fixboot

Operations complete successfully but they do not fix the problem. These actions were attempted primarily as a shot in the dark. Typically I have encountered this issue when the molex connector or other cabling is loose on the OS HDD, but that is obviously not the issue, since I am posting this from the machine.

OS is currently installed on an IDE drive, set as master on the primary IDE channel.

Any suggestions would be appreciated to save my the extra step in order to boot.

Answer:Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk and Press Enter to Continue

bootrec /FixMbr

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I just downloaded Windows XP(Service pack 3) and mounted it to a USB disc.

Problem is, it doesnt work. On the boot screen it gives me the message invalid system disk. replace disk and press any key to continue and then when i press any key, it boots into my hard drive/Windows 8.

Originally i thought something was wrong with the boot but now i think it may or may not be. All help is highly appreciated.

Answer:Unable to boot, invalid system disk. replace disk and press any key to continue

Few, if any, downloadable copies of WinXP are legal. The 'Invalid System Disk' error message is the tip off.

You'll need to buy a copy from an authorized source. There is no way to trick the system into recognizing an illegal copy of Windows.

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Hello All,
A friend of mine gave me a few computers- because his office was upgrading all of their systems-
I reformatted many of them and installed windows me (they are too slow to support xp), but I am having a problem with one.
Originally it had windows 2000 pro as the os( I didn't have the password to log-into the computer) So I ran fdisk, formatted the hard drive, then tried to install the new os but I keep getting the error message upon booting that "invalid system disk, remove then press any key to continue".
I thought the cd-rom was bad so I replaced it, I changed the boot sequence, used a floppy to boot, even got the hard drive manufacturer's utility program to prep the drive for the os but even that doesn't work.
Am I missing something?
Does the fact that I didn't have the password to enter the computer have anything to do with this?
I used this same method for installing me on all the other systems and they are fine, but this one is an issue.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Answer:OS Installation: "invalid system disk, remove then press any key to continue"

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