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"Reboot and Select proper Boot device" with only 1 data drive

Question: "Reboot and Select proper Boot device" with only 1 data drive

Hello,

So a while ago my computer crashed and I wasn't sure what it was so I tried many things because I wasn't getting any BIOS beeps so I thought it was the motherboard but long story short it's the graphics card, so I've replaced that with my old one for now. But since I took out so many parts so many times I keep getting the

"Reboot and Select proper Boot device" error.
I have a Motherboards - P8P67 LE - ASUS

And I've set the SSD to the primary boot, I've tried to directly boot it via BIOS but they both still give the same result, I've put the Win7 disk in and done a repair but still, no change.

Since my OS is installed to my SSD, is there a chance it could have corrupted the files or the actual drive when the computer crashed? From what I heard SSD's seem to be a bit fragile.

Any help or recommendations would greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

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Preferred Solution: "Reboot and Select proper Boot device" with only 1 data drive

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Answer: "Reboot and Select proper Boot device" with only 1 data drive

How many times have you tried startup repair ?

It may take 3 attempts.

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Is it possible to transfer boot files from one hard drive to another?

I have 2 hard drives (S-ATA): one is a 320GB, and the other is a 1TB.

I have Windows XP installed on the 1TB drive, yet I notice that these bootup folders and files are on the 320GB drive:

[$RECYCLE.BIN]
[RECYCLER]
[System Volume Information]
AUTOEXEC.BAT
boot.ini
CONFIG.SYS
IO.SYS
MSDOS.SYS
NTDETECT.COM
ntldr
pagefile.sys

Therefore, when I wanted to use this 320GB drive for another computer (that had a defective hard drive), I backed up all the important data from the drive, then I took the drive out, then booted the computer back up, just to make sure it still works. That's when I got that "Reboot and select proper boot device" error.

I guess this is because the boot files got created on the 320GB drive (which is NOT the drive that Windows XP is installed onto) instead of the 1TB drive.

So, what I'd like to know is if I can somehow just copy the folders and files (including hidden ones) and then be able to boot from the 1TB drive. I doubt it would be that simple, but there MUST be a way to transfer the boot information to the 1TB drive.

Does it have something to do with BootMBR, or Windows Recovery, or something like that?

I don't want to change anything until I get some opinions from others.


Thanks.
 

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Hello All,

My recently-purchased C50-B-13N laptop was installing 39 updates yesterday, when it crashed.

Re-starting trapped me into a continual loop. Following what appeared to be the logical approach to reset the factory settings, I
appear to have accidentally deleted the data on the drive.

I now repeatedly received the error message "Reboot and select proper boot device".

I've tried the F12 approach to <HDD recovery>, but my Boot Menu doesn't state this option.

I'm frustrated that the new laptop was performing so poorly, given I've had Toshiba devices for ~10 years.
Additionally, I'm disappointed that the potentially serious implications of deleting the drive <even accidentally> were not clearly advised to me, before commencing.

Please advise a solution.
The laptop is 4 months old.

Furthermore, how do I begin the process of claiming under my warranty?
An unhappy customer experience, thus far.



Regards,

DG.


<also posted to US forum, inadvertently>

Answer:Satellite C50-B-13N - Error "Reboot and select proper boot device"

I appear to have accidentally deleted the data on the drive.



Obviously the HDD recovery procedure isn’t possible now because the HDD recovery files have been deleted.

I guess you did not create a recovery medium as recommended in the user manual.

Well, in such case you have one chance to order a missing recovery medium and to recover the notebook back to factory state.

Recovery medium can be ordered here:
http://backupmedia.toshiba.eu/landing.aspx

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Hi folks, tearing my hair out over this one. Win7 Pro PC was operating fine earlier in the day, no hardware changes in almost a year. Power it up later in the day and I get Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key.
There is a single DVD drive and only the Samsung SSD drive, neither has changed
Both DVD and SSD show up in my BIOS. No matter how I arrange the SSD, I get the Reboot and Select proper Boot Device
I can boot from my Win 7 Pro (64) install DVD. Since I know the DVD cables work, I swapped both the DVD's power and SATA cable to the SSD, no joy, so cables and SATA port seem fine.
Doing Repair from my Install disk fails; I get "This version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with the version of Windows you are trying to repair. Try using a recovery disc that is compatible with this version of Windows." I moved a year ago, and my repair disk is missing.
From cmd window via Install disk:I can access C: and see my files just fine

Using bootrec:/scanos does detect c:\windows
/fixmbr /fixboot /rebuildbcd will detect Windows and succeed across the board but still not correct the problem (see below)

Using diskpart:I can see that my disk is GPT. GPT is new to me, I'm more familiar with MBR recovery. Does bootrec handle GPT too or is it just a relic now?

'detail disk' shows the Samsung, but with Boot Disk : No. That seems wrong?

volume 1 c: shows up ok, 465GB, 202GB free
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Hello all,

Not sure what happened over night....My computer will stay up for around one hour or so and all of a sudden windows will do one of the following.

1. If I'm actively working on the computer, like opening windows it will kind of lock up....i can see my mouse move but can't click anything...ctrl+alt+delete does nothing. Just kind of frozen.

2. If I'm not doing anything on the computer and I just leave it idle, I'll come back and it sits at the
"reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key"....if I reboot the computer(turn power off and back on...it boots up perfectly)


I built the computer almost 3 years ago.


Specs: New egg list is here, not sure if you can see.. https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/M...px?ID=13134369

Intel Core i5 2500k (currently I dont overclock so it's at 3.30GHZ
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V-Pro
Memory: 8gigs DDR3...not sure what brand to be honest.
Graphics Card: HIS IceQ X Turbo H695QNT2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
HDD: 1 Crucial M4 SSD 128GB
HDDx2: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST1000DM005/HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
OS: Win 7 64bit

If you have any other questions I'll answer them asap. Or any logs I can get. I did run AVG 2013 and found nothing, as well as Spybot.

Edit: I did run windows memory tester mdsched.exe and it found nothing wrong

This really stinks :( Any help would be &... Read more

Answer:Computer crashes to "reboot and select proper boot device..."

Hi,

Possible hard disk failure, let's run some diagnostics:

chkdsk -


Quote:




start>search bar>type cmd right click and select run as admin

Elevated CMD should now be opened, type the following:

chkdsk x: /r

x implies your drive letter, so if your hard drive in question is letter c, it would be:

chkdsk c: /r

Restart system and let chkdsk run.




If chkdsk turns out okay, run Seatools - SeaTools | Seagate

Run all tests EXCEPT: Fix All, Long Generic, anything Advanced.

Regards,

Patrick

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Hi! I just burned a copy of the Windows 8 Developer Preview onto a DVD. I have created a partition for the new OS (because I don't want to install over Windows 7).

When Windows 7 is running and I pop in the DVD, the computer directly recognizes it as a runnable program. I'm also able to install Windows 8 when Windows is running.

But because I want to install it to another partition I need to boot from the DVD. But I can't. First it just ignores the DVD, and boots right into Windows 7. So I tried to force boot via BIOS. Then it just said "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected". Can someone please help me?
I have an ASUS N82J laptop, 4GB RAM, Nvidia GT335M, i3-350M processor, 500GB HDD.

Thank you in advance

Answer:Booting from DVD issue, "Reboot and select proper boot device".

im thinking it ignores the disc because the order you have for booting 7 is from hardrive first, if you press f1 or f8 or one of the f buttons at the black screen before 7 loads you will get the order of which to boot from first ,select disc and it should load the install screens .

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When left alone..."Reboot and select proper boot device or Insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key"

I have a new(ish) cpu that I bought last Christmas, it works great and it has not crashed on me whenever I am using it. However, when I leave it on overnight (usually when it is downloading something big), when I wake up in the morning I am greeted with a black screen with the words:

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

When this happens I simply press the power button a few seconds to turn it off, then turn it on again and it boots normally. (pressing a key only results in the message being repeated)

What infuriates me is that it only ever happens when I leave it on overnight so I don't know when and how exactly it occurs but it almost always does. Like I said earler, it never does this when I am using it as it works fine otherwise. It just won't stay on overnight when I need it to. Any thoughts on how to resolve this?

System info:
Windows 7 ultimate x64 (full retail, installed once from scratch)
Intel core i7 4200k
Nvidia Gtx 560ti
16gb RAM
Seagate 500gb hdd for OS, 2Tb samsung and 1Tb seagate hdd for storage (all internal drives; no external drives attached)
Connected via hdmi to Pioneer receiver vsx 1121 then to 42" 720p Panasonic Plasma Tv

Answer:When left alone..."Reboot and select proper boot device or Insert..."

Bump. Anyone have any ideas? Do i need to present more info?

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Hi! I just burned a copy of the Windows 8 Developer Preview onto a DVD. I have created a partition for the new OS (because I don't want to install over Windows 7).

When Windows 7 is running and I pop in the DVD, the computer directly recognizes it as a runnable program. I'm also able to install Windows 8 when Windows is running.

But because I want to install it to another partition I need to boot from the DVD. But I can't. First it just ignores the DVD, and boots right into Windows 7. So I tried to force boot via BIOS. Then it just said "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected". Can someone please help me?


I have an ASUS N82J laptop, 4GB RAM, Nvidia GT335M, i3-350M processor, 500GB HDD.

Thank you in advance

Answer:Booting from DVD issue, "Reboot and select proper boot device".

It would probably be better for you to post this on the new windows 8 forum.
Windows 8 Forums

I am using 8 myself but have yet to properly verse myself on it.
You are sure to find people with more on hand experience on the new forum

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Asus p5q-deluxe
WD6400aaks SATA hd set to IDE mode
Nec 3520a dvd-rw

I have the dvd on the IDE cable as master.

The SATA and dvd drive are both detected in bios/post.

I have the boot priority set to dvd and then the HD.

When I go to enter the os it just keeps saying "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press any key" no matter what I do.

I have tried both my original legit XP disc and a slipstreamed SP2 xp disc, both give the same thing.
 

Answer:New computer can't install XP, "reboot and select proper boot device.."

The problem is that the installation CD does not have drivers for your SATA devices. You need to first download the dos drivers (on a disk!), and when you start your setup of windows xp, It will say something like "press F6 to install 3rd party SCSI Drivers" or similar.

You will go into those options, and windows will load your drivers into its setup so it can see your drive!
 

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Long story short: upgraded from W7 to W10.
Decided to have a clean start and made a wipe.
Always got the error 0xc0000225 when booting, except when the installation USB was plugged-in.
So decided to take on a full wipe: deleted all partitions and reformatted everything.
Installed W10 from scratch again.
Now, every time I boot I get the "reboot and select proper boot device".
Funny thing, though, is that if enter BIOS and go to "Override Boot" (an option that allows me to boot from any available recognized media) and choose the SSD where W10 is installed... everything works just fine.
Already checked BIOS booting priorities (SSD is first and only), and I have Secure Boot off (so that my handy flash-drive is available to save the day).
I'd appreciate any insight into this problem.
Thanks in advance!

Answer:"reboot and select proper boot device" after fresh install

I can boot from my Windows 10 install media, USB thumb drive or SD card, with secure boot enabled? What is on your "flash drive"? If your PC has UEFI, the boot menu option should say "Windows boot manager on (drive descriptor)". It's something like that. I'm on my legacy BIOS desktop PC at the moment, and I think its listed different for legacy BIOS.. I'd have to reboot to confirm but I'm in the middle of a big file transfer, just now.

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I haven't been on my computer for a week, I was away from home and once I turned it on i get some message saying, Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key.

This happens every time I turn on the PC. I don't get to the Windows login screen or anything.
I have an AMD Motherboard, Raedon HD Graphic Card and run Windows 7 Ultimate.

Help, please?

Answer:Booting Issue: "Reboot and Select proper Boot device"

Please someone!

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Help, please!

I turned on my computer and got a black screen with the message: ?Reboot and Select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key?

I had no prior warning or problems with my computer.

I hit F1 for the setup menu and there is no hard drive listed under channel devices on the main Tab! It says [None] for First and Second Channel Device 0 and 1. The CD and DVD drives are listed under Channel Device 0 and 1. For Installed Memory it says ?1024 MB/PC2-3200 and Memory Bank 0 and 2 show 512 MB/DDR2 SDRAM. Core Version says 08.00.10 and BIOS Revision says 3.18 2/16/05.

Under Advanced tab, it lists CPU type as Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.00GHz with HT Technology and it lists the CPU Speed and Cache RAM.

If I go to advanced under Boot Device Priority, hard drive group is listed but has parentheses around it. To the right, it says that means the device has been disabled in the corresponding type menu, but I don?t see it anywhere as disabled.

I bought this tower several months ago used and it has no warranty. There was no boot cd with it.

The really scary thing is that I cannot get into safe mode or system recovery. It just goes back to the black screen with the message when I press F8 or F10!

Can anyone help with any suggestions other than buying another hard drive? I am on Social Security and it was a real hardship to buy the last one. It is a HP Paviliona1023c. I have Windows XP Home SP3.

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Answer:black screen with "Reboot and Select proper boot device....."

In the bios setup menu, do you have the hard drives set to IDE mode?

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Hello, sorry about the mouthful of a title, but I crashed my wife's Toshiba laptop after uninstalling the touchpad. It was a fix for computers where you couldn't move the cursor for the mousepad right after pressing a key and it's worked before on other computers. Her computer got a bit messy and I was on my way to doing a system refresh. My wife took the computer to enter her password and just clicked "back" on everything, which brought her to a prompt saying "reboot or select proper boot device." I'm not exactly sure what else she did.

I went into BIOS to switch the boot mode to CSM, after which I started receiving a different error saying "exiting pxe rom reboot or select proper boot device." The error message is longer, but I'm somewhat afraid to exit BIOS to check. She has some tax information and some pictures on the laptop so I am attempting to rescue whatever I can.
 

Answer:"Exiting Pxe Rom Reboot or Select Proper Boot Device" Upon Startup

Hi my friend , welcome to MG's :major you can look at this similar post :wave

http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=267403&page=5
 

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Hello, Ive recently been getting this message and I cant seem to solve it.
I read a few topics and solutions, but I can't seem to grasp it. I am rather greatly unfamiliar with pc tech know how.
I tried putting the OS disk and restart, but I get the same error, and I dont know how to reinstall the OS. I can manage to get to the BIOS, if thats what its called, but Im not sure what to do from there. I tried setting priority to CD Rom but still, same error.

Im considering visiting the tech shop that built me the PC but if I can fix this at home I would give it a shot.

Im running Windows 7 Home premium 64bit.

Answer:Getting "reboot and select proper boot device" error on startup

Boot into BIOS setup, see if the hard drive is detected. If not change it's cables to see if it's detect or replace it.

If HD detected set it as first device to boot, save changes, exit and reboot. What is the exact error given?

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

Anyone know how to fix this?
 

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

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

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When I boot my system, I get the error "reboot and select proper boot device". I verified my BIOS settings are good (#1 CD, #2 HD). The only thing I can think of that might have caused this is a have booted a few times from a Live Linux disk (Tails) but I thought live disks were not supposed to modify hard drives, right?

Anyway, I inserted Win7 setup disk, ran Startup Repair, but it find no issues. I discovered by accident that with the setup disk inserted, rebooting the system works fine.

What's this about? Would installing the bootloader to the MBR with EasyBCD fix it?

Thank you!

Here's the contents of the detailed boot entry from BCD:

Code:
Windows Boot Manager
--------------------
identifier {9dea862c-5cdd-4e70-acc1-f32b344d4795}
device partition=C:
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {7ea2e1ac-2e61-4728-aaa3-896d9d0a9f0e}
default {29881653-4a28-11e1-b5bb-86216f04bb8a}
resumeobject {29881652-4a28-11e1-b5bb-86216f04bb8a}
displayorder {29881653-4a28-11e1-b5bb-86216f04bb8a}
toolsdisplayorder {b2721d73-1db4-4c62-bf78-c548a880142d}
timeout 10

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {29881653-4a28-11e1-b5bb-86216f04bb8a}
device partition=C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows 7
locale ... Read more

Answer:"reboot and select proper boot device" weirdness

Mark the Win7 Partition or it's 100mb System Reserved (preferred) Partition Active then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times. Make sure Win7 HD is set first HD to boot in BIOS setup.

If this fails work through these steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

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Hello All,

I booted my machine to find it present me with two things I never encounter.

1) It booted into ASUS Express Gate (EG), which I believe I disabled when I first built the machine several years ago.
2) Upon exiting EG, it displays the main splash screen for my mobo. It then displays text regarding my SSD, that it's connected to Port: S0. After that, I get the "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key" message.

I don't do anything out of the ordinary with my machine. Web browsing. Photo retouching using Photoshop, Lightroom, etc. Some music (iTunes Store only). I don't play games (Diablo III very seldomly) or download anything other than music.

When in Setup, I see:

- Both WD drives appear in Main screen. SSD is "Not Detected"
- CD-R/DVD-R drive also appears in Main screen
- System clock time/date/language all correct
- Under Boot HDDs,
-- 1st Drive: SATA WD 1.5TB
-- 2nd Drive: SATA WD 750GB
-- 3rd Drive: IDE: INTEL SSD (Why is this IDE?)
- Boot Device Priority has changed. SSD is no longer in there. Options are now only removable device, WD 1.5TB, and CDROM - in that order.

Machine specs:
- ASUS P6X59D Premium motherboard
- Intel Core i-7 950 (OC to 4Ghz)
- 12GB RAM
- Intel 510 256GB SSD (SATA III)
- WD Caviar Black 750GB (Data drive)
- WD Caviar Black 1.5 TB (Backup drive - no updated backup for quite a while)
- EVGA GTX 680SC

It looks like my BI... Read more

Answer:SSD - "Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device" message

I assume that the Windows 7 OS is on your SSD. Have you tried resetting the boot order so it is first boot & also I assume it was originally set to AHCI, so try resetting it back to that from IDE & see if that fixes the problem.
If not post back for more assistance.

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my computer always started successfully but all of a sudden, I started it today and it kept stopping in the beginning. it says:searching for boot record from scsi...not foundthen it comes with another msg saying: Boot Failurereboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot devicePress any key when readyit wont go passed this everytime I restart the computer. can anyone please help me with this problemI heard that I need a boot disk to insert into the drive but I dont have one.I also heard that my harddrive simply failed. does that mean I need to buy a new harddrive to solve this problem?

Answer:"reboot and select proper boot device..." problem

Make sure, there is no disk in floppy drive.

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Hello,

My computer has been having various problems lately (freezing up, shutting down automatically, etc.) Now it won't start up at all; during the start-up process, the machine displays the following message:

"Reboot and select proper boot device
or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key"
If I press F11 to enter the boot menu, the three devices that it offers me are:

1st floppy drive
CD/DVD
USB: HP Officejet
In the F2 menu, the primary boot device is listed as "1st floppy drive." Changing this device to "hard drive" does not solve the problem.

Recently, I attempted to clean out the computer case (it's quite dusty) with compressed air; is it possible that I messed something up this way?

Answer:[SOLVED] &quot;Reboot and select proper boot device&quot;

and welcome to the Forum

Open it again and check to see that the data and power cables are firmly seated on the hard drive and motherboard

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...which i have yet to find a solution to after four hours of scouring the tubes.

i finally got all the pieces of my new computer together:

new HW:
msi mainboard k9n6pgm2-v2
amd athlon II x2 255
2048mb RAM
nvidia geforce gt 430
1x sata LG multi drive
1x sata 80gb drive (not new, but unused)

old HW:
2x IDE 80gb drives
1x IDE cd+r/w


the old hw works fine when plugged into my old computer, boots, etc. never had any issues with them at all except the cd drive sticks sometimes.

i've set jumpers correctly, all cables are seated properly, both the SATA HD and the SATA multi-drive power up and seem to work correctly, as do both IDE drives and the IDE disk drive.

the BIOS recognizes all components installed, and i've set my boot sequence to boot from only the IDE disk drive, and in another attempt, only the SATA disk drive, still get the same error.

i've connected the old HD with the old XP os installed on it, and it gives me boot options, you know safe mode w/ or w/o command prompt etc. or start windows normally, but obviously as the OS was installed with another MB, gfx card, etc. it would blue screen on me and reboot the computer.

the manufacturer screen for the mainboard appears normally.

any combination of IDE or SATA HD's has been tried.

the only thing i haven't tried that i have seen on the web is removing the video card, but i fail to see where that would affect the computers' ability to recognize the CD in ... Read more

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Hello guys!

When turning on my computer today, I had to face a BSOD with the error name being "System Thread Exception not Handled", which prevented me from launching Windows 10 in either way. So I rebooted my computer on my Linux Mint partition in order to look on the internet the solution to this error. I then created a USB bootable with Windows 10, so I can access to the troubleshoot kits. However, when I launched my computer again on my USB key, I found myself in front of a black screen with words saying "Reboot and select proper boot device".

Things get quite weird from now, because when I try to boot from my SSD where Windows 10 is installed, I no more have the previous BSOD, but always and always this black screen with the same message. I do not know how to do now in order to access to Windows 10 again, and that's why I'm begging you now to give me some advice for my situation.

Unfortunately, being unable to access to Windows 10, I can't give you a DM Log Collector. I hope it will still be okay.

Answer:"Reboot and select proper boot device" issue

Please check in your BIOS what the boot order is, prefered via a photo
How to upload files

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Hi, guys.

A short while ago I posted about my 750 GB WD HDD that was giving me a Bootmgr is Missing error. Well, I don't get that error now after using KillDisk to wipe the drive clean, but after reinstalling Windows 7 and all my programs today, I got the infamous "Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device..." error.

I've actually gone through the Windows 7 reinstallation process three or four times in as many days to try and rid myself of the error, but it appears I'd say on two out of every ten restarts, only on this 750 GB drive, and it isn't permanent. If I do a control, alt, delete, Windows starts normally. I don't know if this means anything, but sometimes before the error message, I see "Matrix Storage Manager" appearing and disappearing quickly. Startup repair using a Windows 7 repair disc says no problems could be detected and my installation of Windows 7 is listed. I have checked for loose cables. No problems. I have run chkdsk and the WD diagnostics tool (long method). It passes. My HDD is set as the first boot device, and the DVD-RAM is second.

When I restarted the PC, I noticed on the HP splash screen that it said to press F9 for diagnostics. I did that. As you'll see, it came back with a BIOHD-2 error (no drives detected). The DVD-RAM and HDD work (other than the error message) and are detected in the BIOS, so this sure is puzzling. After this, I powered down the PC, opened it up, checked the cables, and then removed the 750 GB drive and ... Read more

Answer:"Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device," etc. Error - Just Sometimes

Check in BIOS setup to see if HD is detected. What is the SATA controller setting? Is there more than one storage controller?

Test your HD using maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan, followed by Disk Check run from the installer's Command Line in System Recovery Options.

If necessary format a full disk partition marked Active to try install and do the DIsk Check, using Step 2.2 here: SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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Alright so here's what's going on:
Computer boots up. After POST it makes me select either "Start windows normally" or "Run startup repair (recommended)"
If I select "Start windows normally" it gets to the "Starting Windows" screen, BSOD flashes, it automatically reboots, and gives me the "Reboot and select proper boot device" error after POST. (It stops detecting my hard drive)
If I select "Run startup repair" it will load the windows files, the little activity bar will slide by a few times and then the screen just goes black (note: the computer doesn't turn off, the screen just goes completely black, no cursor or anything)

In order to get it to detect my hard drive again, I have to switch SATA ports on the motherboard, but it just leads to the same error and goes back to not detecting my hard drive.
I have tried booting from the windows DVD, but it will ONLY work if the computer does not detect my hard drive. What I mean is, the computer will hang up on the "Starting Windows" screen indefinitely. However, if the computer does not detect my hard drive (meaning I didn't switch SATA ports after an error) it will successfully boot from the DVD, but I won't be able to run any repair or diagnostics on my hard drive, because it isn't detected.

If I check my system information on BIOS (after switching SATA ports so that it will detect my hard drive), all of my hardware gets detec... Read more

Answer:Solved: "Reboot and select proper boot device" - Please help

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Okay so I've been having problems with this machine for the last couple months. It started with going slow and lagging. I chalked it up as Viruses but never got around to dealing with it.

Than a month ago I had the first big 'incident' where a glass bottle fell behind my desk and slammed into the back of the computer and it later wouldn't boot up, blank screen, etc. This incident is noted here:
Computer won't boot up after getting hit in side by bottle - Internal Hardware

What I found was removing one of the RAM sticks from a certain slot and the computer would work. We figured the Motherboard was partially damaged at one of the connectors. It would work but much much slower and with the occasional crash

Than a week ago I started having this second problem. The computer would have a black screen when turned on. The solution I found was a firm fist slam to the tower. It would then boot as normal. This worked for the last two weeks. Today after I had to reset because the internet wouldn't work, I couldn't get it to turn on. It shows the Compaq loading screen, but then after a longer than normal time it shows "Reboot and select proper boot device". After doing the diagnostic it finds the error "BIOHD-2". No amount of fist slams so far has bypassed this problem

I have a Compaq Presario running Windows 7.

I have read that certain Seagate HD's were manufactured badly and they'd replace them. Would mine qualify?: Barracuda 7200.12

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Hello guys!

When turning on my computer today, I had to face a BSOD with the error name being "System Thread Exception not Handled", which prevented me from launching Windows 10 in either way. So I rebooted my computer on my Linux Mint partition in order to look on the internet the solution to this error. I then created a USB bootable with Windows 10, so I can access to the troubleshoot kits. However, when I launched my computer again on my USB key, I found myself in front of a black screen with words saying "Reboot and select proper boot device".

Things get quite weird from now, because when I try to boot from my SSD where Windows 10 is installed, I no more have the previous BSOD, but always and always this black screen with the same message. I do not know how to do now in order to access to Windows 10 again, and that's why I'm begging you now to give me some advice for my situation.

Unfortunately, being unable to access to Windows 10, I can't give you a DM Log Collector. I hope it will still be okay.

Answer:"Reboot and select proper boot device" issue

Please check in your BIOS what the boot order is, prefered via a photo
How to upload files

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I have a Toshiba Satellite M50D-A-10W that went all "reboot and select proper boot device" nuts on me.

This occurred before and it was solved by alt-ctr-del then F12 to enter BIOS where the date had gone back to sometime in 2010 - after bringing it up to the present and changing the boot device, everything worked fine ... until the next day.

Now I get the "reboot and select proper boot device" screen, but the F12 key doesn't work; I also tried F2 ... the message keeps multiplying, no BIOS ...
Please, help!

Answer:Satellite M50D-A-10W - "reboot and select proper boot device" error

In some cases the BIOS can be only accessed by pressing the force shutdown button on the bottom side of the unit.

Info:
http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/TSB3C03JR0000R01.htm

After you were able to boot up the windows system, its strongly recommended to update the BIOS as the BIOS update would solve this annoying issue.

Info:
http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/TSB4903N50000R01.htm

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Hi Everyone,

My computer started to freeze up a lot and now I receive the following error message on startup: "Reboot and Select proper Boot device. Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press any key."

It is a Windows XP OS.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Asara

Answer:on startup error message "Reboot and Select proper Boot device"

The boot sector on the hard-drive could be corrupted.

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1. Updated from 7 to 10, then wanted to do a clean install
2. Downloaded ISO from windows utility (wouldn't recognize my Sandisk Cruzer flash drive)
3. Used Rufus to apply ISO to flash drive
4. Installed Windows 10 like I would any other OS (delete all partitions on C, let it do it's thing, automatic restart, remove USB, but no boot)

BIOS sees my SSD. Boot order is correct. Startup repair didn't help. "Resetting this PC" repair option didn't help. Tried it 5x times and always get "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key".

Any ideas?
 

Answer:Windows 10 clean install - "Reboot and Select Proper Boot device" Error

You can try booting off the USB and repairing the install...

Also, do you have AHCI enabled?
 

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Hi guys

I want to start off by saying that I'm a total rookie when it comes to computers so I'd really appreciate if any help given would be very thourough and beginner adjusted!

I left my computer on while going to class and when I came back it had frozen and upon restarting all I got was the message: "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key".

I googled it and what I came upon was trying to go into BIOS (?) and try changing the boot order. I had CD as first to start with and tried to boot from floppy and harddrive but nothing has worked so far. I tried to insert the Vista CD as well but no solution there.

Any of you got other suggestions?

Thanks a lot!

Cindy

Answer:"Reboot and Select proper Boot device"

Should also add that I read about removing harddrives etc., just wanted to know if you need to be knowledgeable to do this or is it possible to do at home?

Would be nice to not have to hire professional help!

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Hey guys,

I shut my computer down two nights ago and when I started it back up, I'm getting the reboot and select proper boot device or insert media message.

I have cruised through numerous forum topics that addressed this, however none of the solutions has solved my problem.

What I have currently attempted:

Switch out the boot options on the bios
Tried booting in legacy only
Used the windows 8 installation disk repair
Tried the bootrec on cmd prompt
Reset my bios, by removing the CMOS battery

and a few others that I just can't remember after eight hours of trying.

A few questions that I have are:

1) Is this a motherboard problem if it performing the POST?
2) Is it a hard drive problem? Some of the options I tried I gained limited sight of my windows files and they are all there, but could it still be a hard drive problem?
3) Could the boot files be corrupt?

When I tried the self repair it diagnosed and attempted to fix but cut to the screen that said it couldn't repair and gave me a blank log file.

I'm pretty much at a loss right now. I don't have extensive computer knowledge but can follow directions and navigated what made sense to me.

My motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P

Any help or a push in any direction would be helpful thanks.

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First of all I am almost too embarrassed to post this. I feel like a total ninkompoop.

Background:

A few days ago I thought my new Seasonic Gold 850 had gone bad. Tested all the leads and the motherboard power leads showed no or low power. Well, the problem was not the PSU but the modular connections had come loose from the power supply itself (very, very hard to see in the maze of wiring in my computers; don't ask)

Well, the result was like a light switch being switch on-off, there was some partial bootup and then a crash. Couldn't even get into the bios, so I knew it was either a motherboard or power problem - Duh!

OK, after fixing the modular connection to the PSU the computer of course could boot and I got into the bios. In the boot section I noticed that everything was scrambled, hard drive order, boot order, everything. So I reset all (pics attached).

Problem: Upon bootup, although the boot devices are CD/DVD optical #1 and then the 120 GB SSD #2, I continue to get the error message "Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device".

My conclusion: The OS kernel and boot loader were corrupted - again a big Duh!

Tried: Put Win7 Ultimate 64 bit setup disk in and did "system repair", after which the computer will successfully come up into Windows - if and only if the setup disk remains in the optical drive. Same if I do system restore.

Rant: One of the things that has always annoyed me with Windows is the SATA connections come up all willy-nilly in Computer... Read more

Answer:"Reboot & Select Proper Boot Device"

First, the port # for your second SSD won't make any difference except possibly in performance. I believe on your board, #2 is a sata III port and Port 3 is a sata II port. Was your sata configuration in bios AHCI mode before and is it now? After the problem with your PSU, did you set optimized defaults, then set your ram timings, speed and voltage? If all of that is correct, put in the repair disk or the Installation disk and run startup repair. You will have to run it at least 3 times with starup attempts in between each try. If you still have the first boot device as your CD/DVD you'll need to bypass that on your attempted startups, between startup repairs. ie. We want it to try to start up from the SSD not the DVD.

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Just today I moved my computer to another house 30 minutes away and when I set it up I made sure to run it with everything plugged in like normal. It ran just fine for a good 40 minutes and then I turned it off. After getting off of work I arrived and tried to turn my computer on again and received the "Reboot and select proper boot device" message. I've been sitting here trying to fix this for a good hour and I can't for the life of me figure out what has happened. I've checked cords and cables and checked my bios. Everything I've seen looks normal outside of the abnormal boot up.

My operating system is Windows 10.
 

Answer:Need help! "Reboot and select proper boot device"

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I've had my computer for a while and have upgraded almost everything except the harddrive about six months ago. Today I was playing a computer game all of the sudden the game started lagging. This was not internet lag, but I'm pretty sure it was hard drive lag. It started freezing for first three seconds then five seconds and progressively more and more until it was frozen for longer than I felt like waiting. I shut my computer off and attempted to reboot.

After I booted up, (right after the BIOS), I got the error "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key". I've tried researching this on the internet for about an hour and it doesn't seem like there are any easy/concrete solutions to this complex problem...

I'm really not sure what to do...any suggestions/help would be appreciated.

Answer:"Reboot and Select proper Boot device..."

I am having the same problem. I have a Averatec 3200 series and I do not have the disk. I have many valuables that must be recovered. does anyone have any suggestions??
Boot order:
HDD: IC25N040ATMR04-0
CD/DVD: Slimtype Combo SOSC-2483K
BBS-0: Intel UnDI, PXE 2.0 (build 082)
I need it operational or the files by tomorrow.
thanks

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I just got new SSD - Transcend 128GB. Installed Windows. When I cold boot my PC -- from a shut off state -- I get this message before Windows loads: "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key."

However, if I press Ctrl+Alt+Delete and reboot I come into Windows.

If I enter BIOS from cold boot, it does not detect my SSD. After rebooting it detects my SSD. Seems like the SSD is slow at firing up?

I have run chkdsk and memory test without any errors.

My motherboard is the MSI Z87-G55.
 

Answer:"Reboot and select proper boot device"

Just installed newest BIOS, it didn't help.

When I go into Board Explorer in BIOS it says SATA port 1 is empty. After reboot it says the same port is occupied by my SSD.

Update: Plugged in another hard drive (non-SSD). Same rules apply to it. On cold boot, none of the drives are detected. After reboot, both drives are detected. I used a non-SSD as system drive before this, worked perfectly.
 

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When I log into my pc it says "reboot and select proper boot device" I have no clue what that means and how to fix help please

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Help!

Just installed my 1st hard drive...hooray! right? No so fast my techie friends. For I am rookie and need some help.

My old hard drive crashed...took it to computer nerdz here in Austin...they handed me my old HD and 4 disk of "stuff" they were able to recover.

I go to Fry's by a Seagate PATA/100 250G and bring it home and (with the help of some online YouTube guides) install it.

Plug everything in power up and:

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

One site stated my "jumper" may be in the wrong place. I moved it from "Cable Select" to "Master" but still get the same message.

I unplugged everything and started over making sure I was plugging it all in correctly (to the best of my limited knowledge) and am reasonably certain all is correct. Replace the cover, plug in and....same message.

What do I need to do from here?

This is a desktop, primarily used for email and pictures/videos of my children.

HP pavilion a250n (sad, I know...budgets) about 4 years old. 2.6GHz, 512MB SDRAM Windows XP

I'm sure I'm missing other info but any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
 

Answer:"Reboot and Select proper Boot device or..."

Well, to put it simply, there's nothing on the disk.
When you buy a fresh new hard drive, the drive is empty and unformatted. You can't put a brand new hard drive into a computer and expect it to boot into the OS right away.
It doesn't boot into Windows because there is no Windows OS on the drive.

You need to go into the BIOS and set your optical drive to be first on the boot priority, and then find a Windows XP disc to boot on.
I doubt your OEM computer comes with a Windows disc (though it might come with recovery discs), but it should have a sticker on it with your Windows XP product key. You need to find a disc and install your operating system before you can use your computer.
 

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This started out of nowhere, I woke this morning and turned on my pc and now my pc sits at the motherboard boot screen and then after about 10 seconds it says "reboot and select proper boot device." I reset my BIOS and checked the boot order, still nothing. I only have one hard drive. I tried putting my windows 7 disc in to repair windows, but I need a keyboard that isn't USB to navigate and repair. Anyone have any ideas on how to fix this? I don't understand how I didn't change a thing over night and now this is happening. Thanks in advance!

Answer:"Reboot and select proper boot device" please help!

Hi,

Have you checked and confirmed that the power cable is properly connected to the Hard Disk as well as the IDE / SATA cable at the Hard Disk and motherboard - might also want to try disconnecting and re-connecting the Hard Disk just in case of a loose connection.

Also, does it sound like the platters in the HDD are spinning as normal?

Could be physical damage, or corruption (of logical data) on the Hard Disk - corruption to any of the following preventing Windows 7 from booting: Master Boot Record, boot sector, Boot Configuration Data store.

In case of data corruption, you'll want to boot into the Windows 7 Recovery Environment (any Windows Vista or Windows 7 setup disc) and try the following:

1. Startup Repair
2. 'chkdsk /R' via command prompt.
2. 'Bootrec.exe' tool - Use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows

If you find that your USB keyboard doesn't work outside of Windows, check your BIOS options for an option along the lines of 'USB Legacy Support / Mode' and enable it, then try booting into the disc again and see if your USB keyboard works.

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I am not on the system with the problem as I can't boot -- Dell Inspiron One - using laptop to hopefully get some thoughts. Anyway, system is about 4 years old. I checked the bios order and hard drive is listed first. I ran a diagnostic and it came up with the following error code 2000-0150 and msg: Hard drive 0 - incorrect status: 32 no additional sense info. Unfortunately, all my system repair disks are packed in storage awaiting a move to a new house and I cannot access them. I did a google with the error msg and it came up with a pay solution with something called Neosmart. They offer download to make usb installation instructions. I am wary about such offers as they probably can load other stuff into the download.

Is there anyway of knowing whether the drive has died and unfixable? I can contact Microsoft Assure support but they will probably say it's hardware so not their problem. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:"Reboot and select proper boot device" msg

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Good afternoon,
A couple of days ago, I tried to plug an external hard drive WD passport in my PC to put some stuff in it, but I couldn't find it in My Computer, though my PC detected it. So I went looking for solutions on the web, and I heard about a recovery tool whose name I forgot.
After using it, I have been asked to reboot the computer, which I have done, and since then, I was unable to boot the computer, I get the error message : "Reboot or select a proper boot device", so I assume I messed up with the recovery tool, and instead of choosing my external HD, I chose my main HD.
I tried using Disk Recovery and Partition Recovery with Ultimate Boot CD (I booted it via USB) but I got rewarded with another error message when I try to boot my computer, this time "Loading DRMK v8.00"
Just in case you might find it useful, I have 4 partitions on my disk:
- An unnamed 39mb partition, file system FAT, type Primary, status Active & Boot - A RECOVERY 14.81 GB partition, file system NTFS, type Primary, status None - An OS 470.04 GB partition file system NTFS, type Primary, status System - A Local disk 445.62 GB partition, file system NTFS, type Logical, status None
PS: I have a Dell desk computer with Windows 10 which I got by upgrading from Windows 7 when I got the notification, so I don't have its reinstallation CD, not do I have the windows 7 one.
I am currently running a full scan with Partition Recovery Wizard (74%) and so far it f... Read more

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I've bought my computer from Ibuypower about 3 months ago and everything was great! Now for the last couple of weeks, every 4-5 days or so I'll be on my computer just putting around and my screen will go black then this message comes up "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media"
At which point I restart my computer and everything is fine for about another 4-5 days, then it repeats. I've read a lot of tips about going into your BIOS and making sure that things are loading in the right order, which they are. My computer has no problem turning on and restarting whenever I want it to. Just dont know why this randomly shows up every few days.

Any ideas?

Answer:"Reboot and select proper boot device"?

I would Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic

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I keep getting this message on start-up. I don't what's happened. I just got a new monitor and was surfing YouTube when I decided to turn on my speakers. Seconds later my whole system turns off and I get this message, "Reboot and Select proper Boot device". What's going on?
 

Answer:"Reboot and Select proper Boot device" Huh?

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I just had a major BSOD with my 64-bit system, and it said it was collecting data and would then reboot. It said the error was related to netio.sys.

When my PC rebooted, all I got was "Reboot and select proper boot device". It was like my OS wasn't there any more. I even plugged in my Windows 10 OS install thumb drive, and selected startup repair, and it said it couldn't repair the system. As a last resort, I tried hitting F12 at boot to bring up my boot menu, and then selected the Windows Boot Manager listed at the top of the menu, and it immediately booted okay. I ran sfc /scannow and chkdsk and both found no problems. No viruses according to Avast and Malwarebytes. This is the 2nd time this happened - the first time was back near the beginning of the year. All I was doing was watching an online video in Firefox when my OS crashed. Last time earlier this year I was watching a video in MPC-HC.

I have no idea why I'm getting these crashes, and I have no idea why I have to manually select the windows boot manager now to boot. I never had to do that before tonight's crash. What happened to make me have to hit F12 and go into the boot manager now to boot? Is something corrupted relating to booting up? I tried shutting down and rebooting and now it's the same every time - I have to hit F12 to manually select the boot manager. Any help with figuring out what's up with booting would be much appreciated.

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I've just put together my new gaming pc and when I turn on the computer to install windows, I get a message that says, "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected boot device and press a key". Does anyone know whats wrong? Any advice would help. Thank you!

Answer:"Reboot and Select proper Boot device"?

My PC recognizes both the Solid State Drive and the Optical drive.

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I was backing up my hard-drive when, zapppowwww, the computer shut off..... when I turned it back on, I get only the manufacturers logo screen (pre-boot) .... eventually it goes to black with the phrase :

"Reboot and Select proper Boot Device or insert Boot Media in selected Boot Device."

Have I lost my Hard drive at the critical moment during backup?? :-( Please help!
 

Answer:Randomly: "Reboot and Select proper Boot Device or insert Boot Media in selected.."

Yes it sounds like your C drive has developed problems
 

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Hi,
I have had my computer since Christmas, It has been working fine. Then I went on this morning as normal as can be, everything was booting up and I opened steam but it said no connection. Then a blue screen appeared and said something like" search DHP watchdog violation" then the screen went black but displayed the text "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key"
I have no idea what to do and I need help. I searched this on tech guy and I tried to boot it with my CD/DVD Drive off which is what I saw worked on another persons thread but to no avail. Please help, also I use windows 8.
 

Answer:"Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device.."

The "DHP watchdog violation" could be caused by any number of things, typically within the OS. Which is a non-issue now since the PC won't boot.

What error do you get now when you try to boot? If it's the same or similar to "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key", then it sounds like the HDD (which is the primary boot device) cannot be found. Which typically indicates a HDD failure, but could also be just a loose/faulty data or power cable.

Enter the BIOS and verify if HDD is recognized properly, and if so, verify the boot order.
 

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Hi,

I just recently had a problem with my main hard drive which had a capacity of 20gb and so i decided to take it out and leave my second hard drive ( which was 160GB) in the system. But now i have the problem where the computer asks me to "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key" after 30 seconds of turning on my computer.
What do i do here?
I am completely lost.
Please help.

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

Hello Vinroy

You have removed the "Master" drive which XP booted to.
Now you will have to make the 2nd drive into the "Master"

Connect this 2nd drive using the connector which was used for the drive you removed.
Then change the jumpers on the drive to master.

.

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This is my first ever post here on this forum so sorry if my info is less than you need.

So the problem is that every time i reboot my computer i get "reboot and select proper boot device. Or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key" on the screen. I have been in the bios and check that the boot order is correct and it is but sometimes my HDD comes up as "??" device.

Usually it helps to reboot the device many times and / or reinsert the SATA cables but I wish i did not have to open my case every morning to fix the issues. But once it has booted into windows I have no problems until the next reboot.

I am an IT student on the final year so my experience tells me that there is a problem with the SATA cable or boot block of Bios but I would love to get someone else's opinion

--TP92

Answer:"reboot and select proper boot device" on every reboot

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Just how many other internal drives is there in this machine ?
Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

I'd say a new cable would be the cheapest route to take first
Disconnect any additional internal drives.

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Hi all,

First timer, please help!

My buddy and I tried building a new computer from scratch with the following:
OCZ (AGT4-25SAT3-128G) Agility 4 2.5" 128GB SATA3 6GB/s Solid State Drive
Kingston KHX1600C9D3B1K2/8GX 8GB Kit 2X4GB 1600MHz DDR3 240PIN DIMM Unbuff Hmp HyperX CL9
Antec Neo Eco 450C Power Supply ATX 12V Active PFC 80PLUS 120MM Fan
MSI Radeon HD 7850 OC Twin Frozr III 900MHZ 2GB 4.8GHZ GDDR5 DVI HDMI 2x Mini-DP PCI-E Video Card
MSI H77A-G43 ATX LGA1155 H77 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI HDMI CrossFireX SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard

The only thing that is NOT NEW is:

HD: Western Digital Caviar Black 7200RPM 640GB drive (that was sold by my buddy)

This is the sequence of events:

So there is no cd/dvd burner, so I used the Windows USB tool to install my BIOS for Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bits). The installation screen doesn't show the SSD to install the Windows...so I re-arrange the plugs in the SATA ports I and II, so that SSD would be recognized.

Once I did that, I installed Windows into SSD. Everything is fine.

I change the boot sequence back to SSD.

But once I shut down, I get a black screen: "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media"

Once I restart, and get into BIOS setup, here's what I see:

As you can see, on the "Boot Option Priorities", the SSD is not on the list. I then go to "Hard Disk Drive BBS Priorities" and the SSD is listed as "2nd Boot".

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Answer:SSD won't reboot: "Reboot and select proper boot device"

I should mention that I have already tried system repair with and without the HDD plugged in. There were no errors, and nothing has changed.

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The complete message is "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key"

System:
Asrock extreme3 gen3 z68 motherboard
intel i7 2600k
16gb g.skill ram
1.5TB WD harddrive
64GB crucial m4 ssd
sapphire radeon hd 7970
Recently re-installed windows using a bootable usb as i have no optical drive
installed drivers and some software
Made SSD into a raid cache
went to reboot computer after some windows updates and now i get the above message.
Bios sees the hard drives
using the bootable usb for windows repair shows no installations of windows, and the cmd doesn't show the hard drives,
Things i have tried:
Turned the SSD back into a normal drive
Removed the SSD Entirely
Used bootable usb for windows repair
Used the CMD console from repair to try bootrec
Re-installing windows entirely
I found that windows repair doesn't recognize the windows installation on the HDD and also does not recognize the HDD itself.
On trying to re-install widows i was given no option to select a drive to install on, and it would not continue.
Put linux mint on a flash drive, It recognized the HDD but gave the error "Unable to mount 1.5 TB Volume - Adding read ACL for uid 999 to `/media/mint' failed: Operation not supported"

Answer:Message on boot "reboot and select proper boot device..."

Win7 doesn't much like RAID as we only see problems with it here. Is your mobo configured to run a SSD cache with RAID?

I would unplug all other HD's besides the SSD, reset BIOS to defaults, set SATA controller to AHCI, do a Clean Install Windows 7.

If it fails try wiping the HD first with Diskpart Clean Command and then define an Active partition as shown in Step 2 of SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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I have a Toshiba Satellite L770. My hard drive crashed, so I went and bought a new one. I replaced it, and once I did I started up the laptop and came to a black screen which states:

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

I figured a new hard drive would involve a "clean install", so I inserted my Windows 7 Home Premium OEM 64-bit software DVD, with the same black screen popping up.

I, then, went into the BiOS and switched the boot order so that the CD/DVD drive would boot first, but the same thing is popping up.

Would I need some sort of Toshiba Recovery CD instead of the Microsoft one for this to work? I should mention that prior to replacing the hard drive, my brother wiped everything completely from the computer, so maybe I'm answering my own question about the Toshiba Recovery software. Would just like a second opinion and to see if maybe I'm skipping a step or missing something to get this to work properly as it's a good laptop, and I really do not want to have to buy a new one.

Answer:Replaced hard drive with new one, "Reboot and select proper boot..."

ISTR the Windows Installer pauses while still at the BIOS level and asks you to press a key to boot from the DVD. If you miss this, the PC will try to boot from the next device, and since the hard drive is blank, you would end up at the error screen you described. If you're not getting this Windows prompt, double-check the BIOS boot settings, and maybe try another bootable CD or DVD, and see if you can get it to work.

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How it begin: I built a barebone kit from tigerdirect and the computer ran perfect for close to 4 months. But then i started getting these messages sometimes upon starting the pc: reboot and select proper boot device. Usually upon another boot the pc would load to windows xp, and no problems. Then the problem became an every day routine, and I consulted with a friend who is a tech and suggested maybe the power supply was weak and the hd wasnt getting good spin time, olright so i go upgrade a 450 watt ps to a 500 watt. Still no luck! I am suffering with the same issues still

information: My HD is A sata 160 GB. My cd-rom is master on IDE. Boot preference goes CD-drive, then HD. I have changed the order so many times and tried yet problem persists. Also disabled Onboard IDE and tried boot through ATA only, no luck there either. I flashed the mobo, and setup the bios again but still no luck. If i try to reinstall xp, get error message destination drive invalid, i try to reinstall via ghost cd! Took out the gfx card, and tried to boot - doesn't work. and final thing i did was play around with sata 1 and sata 2, keep switching the wires. Also raid is disabled in bios.

Also while pc was loaded in windows i checked HD via HDTUNE, and there was no errors within it . Another thing, I don't get the same errors if i load windows on IDE HD.


Pc specs: Asus m2n-mx se plus mobo, amd x2 5000 2.6 ghz dual core, 3 gigs ddr2 ram, 160 gigs western digital hd, 8800 gt 512 mb ddr3 ram... Read more

Answer:help "reboot and select proper boot device

could be a slightly damaged sata cable. I did not see if you had switched to a new one in all of the things you have tried.

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Recently I took a look at my girlfriend's PC as explorer crashed each time it was booted, even safe mode wouldn't work. I opted to re-install the OS from scratch. The only problem I had was that she needed some files backing up, so I had no option but to plug her HDD into a spare SATA bay I have in my own PC (80GB of data needed to be saved, I don't have an external HDD that big).

Anyhow, I backed up the files to a HDD I have in my computer and then re-installed Windows on her HDD in my own PC. I then put her data back onto the HDD. Everything worked fine in my PC, I was able to boot into Windows XP no problem. Please note I didn't install any drivers apart from any defaults the XP install detected and installed.

After putting the HDD (with the assumedly fixed XP install and recovered data) back into her PC I cannot get it to boot at all. I get the following error message:

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

I have tried the following and keep getting the same message:

1. Checked BIOS and set it to default.
2. Removed the system battery to hard reset BIOS.
3. Performed a full repair on the XP install using an XP CD.
4. Executed several commands in recovery console: bootcfg, fixboot and fixmbr.
5. Used chkdsk, HDD appears to be fine.
6. Unlpugged everything, checked connections, etc.

I assumed it was some kind of driver issue from using my PC for the fresh install, but as repair nukes the Win... Read more

Answer:XP won't boot "Reboot and Select proper Boot device".

I would boot with the WinXP cd in her pc with her hard drive. Start WinXP setup, delete the partition on the hard drive and continue installing windows. (make sure you still have that backup!)
It is not a good idea to install Windows on a hard drive meant for another pc. Unless the computers are identical (especially the motherboards) otherwise there is a good chance you will have driver and performance issues.

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HP Pavilion a1423w
Windows 7 32 bit
1024 MB Ram
At first my computer would only turn on with just the fan, on another forums it said to unplug all cables and hold the power button for 30 seconds, after I did that, I was presented with the message, "Reboot and select proper boot device" EVERY TIME! I was told to make sure ATA was enabled in the BIOS. it is. still same message, I tried to put a Windows 7 installation disc to see if I can enter command prompt and type "bootrec.exe /fixboot" I get a message, "the device is not ready"

please help me. I have mine and my sister's valuable information on this computer

Answer:will not boot. "Reboot and select proper boot device"

Hi there,

Hmmmmm.....it's possible that you might have a faulty hard drive. Do this, go to a working computer an download a good hard drive diagnostics utility called "SEATOOLS". Here is the link to the Seatools program: SeaTools | Seagate

Download Seatools and put the program onto a bootable device (e.g. CD). Boot the computer to the Seatools CD, follow the on-screen instructions, and scan your computer hard drive for any errors. Make sure you use both short and extended test.

Hope everything works out well and please provide an update when you can, thank you.

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I just finished building and putting together my computer, i ran into many obstacles but i got through them then now here i am, stuck on this error that says:
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"Reboot and Select proper Boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key"
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when i turn on my computer, preparing to re-download Windows XP 32bit on my old Sa300gb HDD. I confirmed in the BIOS that my HDD was recognized, but i don't see my CD/DVD drive on the boot sequence list..

Here are some info that might help?
Motherboard: Asus P8P67-M PRO
CPU: Intel core i5-2500k LGA1155 processor

and both my Harddrives and CD drives use SATA cables to connect to the motherboard

So any ideas?

Answer:Reboot and Select proper Boot device" Error

Is the hard drive partitioned, formatted, and does it have an operating system installed on it? If not, then it's not gonna boot from it.

CD drive not being seen in BIOS:
- bad CD drive
- bad cable
- bad power connector
- bad power connector connection
- bad connection to motherboard
- bad plug on motherboard
- bad controller on motherboard

Try new cables and different ports (gray, blue, and navy blue) on the motherboard
Try different power connectors
If all of those don't work, then the problem is most likely with the CD drive (and it's the cheapest thing to replace and find out)


Quote:




Intel? P67(B3) chipset :
4 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), blue
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Marvell? PCIe SATA 6Gb/s controller : *1
1 x eSATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
1 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), navy blue

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I just finished building and putting together my computer, i ran into many obstacles but i got through them then now here i am, stuck on this error that says:
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"Reboot and Select proper Boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key"
------
when i turn on my computer, preparing to re-download Windows XP 32bit on my old 300gb HDD. I confirmed in the BIOS that my HDD was recognized, but i don't see my CD/DVD drive on the boot sequence list..

Here are some info that might help?
Motherboard: Asus P8P67-M PRO
CPU: Intel core i5-2500k LGA1155 processor

and both my Harddrives and CD drives use SATA cables to connect to the motherboard

So any ideas?
 

Answer:Reboot and Select proper Boot device" Error

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I just finished building and putting together my computer, i ran into many obstacles but i got through them then now here i am, stuck on this error that says: ------ "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key" ------ when i turn on my computer, preparing to re-download Windows XP 32bit on my old Sa300gb HDD. I confirmed in the BIOS that my HDD was recognized, but i don't see my CD/DVD drive on the boot sequence list.. Here are some info that might help? Motherboard: Asus P8P67-M PRO CPU: Intel core i5-2500k LGA1155 processor and both my Harddrives and CD drives use SATA cables to connect to the motherboard So any ideas?

Answer:Reboot and Select proper Boot device" Error

Hi MagicflierThat error means that your computer's BIOS can't find any drive which contains bootable media.I would suggest plugging your optical drive into a different SATA port on your motherboard then check to see if the BIOS recognizes it. If this doesn't work then try using a different power connector and SATA cable. If none of this works at least we will know that its not a bad SATA port or cable that is causing the problem.

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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.
 

Answer:"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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Win 7 Pro 64-bit SP1 system (ASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011, Crucial SSDs) began failing to boot
after a system lockup while using Chrome. System was current with all MS updates. No
response to Alt-Ctrl-Del or front panel reset switch. Required a power-down.

Upon booting up after the preceding lockup, normal BIOS initialization was followed by the message: "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key" and the system refused to boot into Windows.

Ultimately, I used Paragon to restore a relatively recent disk image backup and things were essentially back to normal. During a restart a few days later, following AVG update, the above boot failure occurred again. This time image restore did not fix the problem. The SSD was recognized by the BIOS and Paragon, but could not be made bootable. The above message appeared whenever the system attempted to use it to boot up.

Previously created Windows Recovery CD turned out not to be bootable (yes, should've tested it after I created it!) and booting up with the original Windows install disc to repair the system produces a message that complains that the version on the disc is not compatible with the installation.

Replaced the 120GB OS SSD with a new unit and restored the above image. Again, things were essentially back to normal, so at that point it looked like a bad SSD.

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I have a Win XP desktop which had problems with the hdd. The hdd and disk drive were connected to the same IDE bus(the motherboard only has one), the disk set as slave, the hdd as master. The computer worked fine except for errors with the hdd. I purchased a new hdd, and copied all contents of the old hard disk over using acronis migrate easy. In order to do this, I had to disconnect the disk drive, and connect the new hard drive in its place. The cloning process went smoothly and when I disconnected the old hard drive, I was able to boot into the new one. Everything worked fine, but when I connected the disk drive and rebooted, I got the error message:
"reboot and select proper boot device
or insert boot media in selected boot device"
How do I fix this?
 

Answer:Solved: "reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot d

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Computer won't boot "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key." everytime i turn on the computer a black screen pop up saying
"Intel UNDI, PXE-2.1 (build 083)
Copyright (c) 1997-2000 Intel Corporation
This product is covered by one or more of the following patents:
US5,307,459, US5,434,872, US5,732,094, US6,570,884, US^,115,776 and
US6,327,625
Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller Series v1.27 (10/31/11)
PXE-E61: Media Test Failure, Check Cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE Rom.
Reboot and Select proper Boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key."
i can't even do anything on the computer and when trying to use the media disk it stays on a black screen.

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Computer Specs:
CPU: I5-2400
MB: Asus Pz868
Ram: Corsair 8GB Vengeance LP
Using on board VIdeo For now
Maxtor HD Sata
WD Raptor Sata
HP Lightscribe DVD-r Drive Sata

Problem I was having once I completed my new build with old system parts was as listed in title. It started out as select proper boot device, and now it states ntldr is missing. From what I have been reading it seems as if my partition with my windows 7 install is not set active. I do not have my windows 7 DVD only my old vista DVD. I tried to boot into it to make use of CMD and attempt to make my partition active but I was unsuccessful to even get into CMD. I went into bios and forced booted from the drive with the OS and still same error, also I attempted to disable the other sata and run the computer again with no success also. Look forward to hearing from someone soon. I will be sitting by my laptop all night until this computer gets running.

Answer:"Select Proper Boot Device" now "NTLDR is missing"

Finally Got to command prompt but it shows my current drive listed as x: dunno if this will be relevant and helpful to anyone.

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Hi!
Alright, so I screwed up big time. I had Windows XP pre-installed (C:) when I bought the computer nearly 3-4 years ago.Then I dually installed Windows 7 to a logical partition (D:), and then experimentally installed Windows 8 Pro WMC (G:) to the last partition, which is currently the default. I needed some space, so I decided to remove Windows XP, and like an idiot, formatted the C: partition with GParted. Now I get the "Reboot and select proper boot device... or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key" error. I used Windows 7 Repair disk, tried attempting repairs with Windows 8 Pro installation disk, tried changing partition flags (I don't even know what they are), tried a warez disk, but nothing works. Even the Win8 installation disk doesn't show any operating system installed. Also, my HDD is set as first boot priority in BIOS.

Any help is appreciated!

I attached a screenshot of my partitions from GParted.

Thanks in advance!

P.S. Although it is named Windows Developer Preview, the partition has Wndows 8 Pro WMC in it.

Answer:Removed dual booted XP, "Reboot and select proper boot..."

Windows 7 and Windows 8 is on a Logical Partition?
What partition is the windows xp is located(before deleted)?

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Hi all,

I just finished updating Windows 7 Ultimate on my studio computer (labeled studio in my systems if you wish to see all specs) and when I went to reboot it, it displayed the error message "PLEASE REBOOT AND SELECT PROPER BOOT DEVICE". So immediately I thought I must have the boot order wrong or the hard disc set to RAID or something. What I've done so far:

1. Tried to play with BIOS settings and SATA connections in every possible configuration.
- NO RESULT

2. Tried to boot from Win 7 disc in order to repair.
- got same message even when hard disc disconnected

3. Took out one stick of RAM and tried both in both slots.
- NO RESULT

4. Checked all cabling and recabled entire system from ground up.
- NO RESULT

5. Swapped out motherboard with a completely different brand new motherboard (the MSi 785GTM-E45).
- NO RESULT

6. Repeated steps 1-4 with new motherboard.
- NO RESULT

7. Checked hard drive multiple times and even booted from it attached to my MAIN computer's motherboard.
- Hard drive totally operational, no result for studio computer

I need serious help on this one. If anyone has any advice that I have not tried, please, please, please help! It is an older hard drive, but has only been used with Win 7.
 

Answer:Error: "Please reboot and select proper boot media" on new build

Did you try running "fixmbr" or "fixboot" from the repair console? Here's a M$ support page on that: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392

Are you saying that updating from Windows Update trashed the install?

Or, the BIOS in most new boards comes set to run as IDE. Have you tried setting the HDD to "AHCH". (I think that would be called directly, "SATA" in an AMD based board).

Plan "B" always involves trying to boot from a Linux CD to attempt to access and copy your data files, before a drastic measure like zeroing out the drive
 

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Hello,
Just purchased and put in a new psu and gpu into my system, but when I boot up my computer I get a black screen saying "reboot and select proper boot device or insert....." Etc.
I use windows 7 but it came installed on my premade futureshop computer and I don't seem to have the cd. Can anyone help me out please?

Answer:Just upgraded psu and gpu, stuck on "reboot and select proper boot..."

Are you certain the hard drive is receiving power?

90% of the time after putting in a new psu problems are just because a wire or cable was overlooked.
HDD should have both a data cable and a power cable pluged into it.

That's an older image a newer drive would have a much smaller data cable but you get the general idea.

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I noticed the other day that my computer had crashed which is odd because it doesn't really crash or BSOD, heh. It was at a black screen that had the text "Reboot and select proper boot device". A reboot brings up the 'Safe mode/Normal start' menu and I can get into Windows without issue. Since then it BSOD's almost once an hour.

It starts with applications freezing (like Chrome, Spotify), then the mouse stops responding, then the taskbar disappears sometimes and the applications close quickly to reveal the desktop and then it BSOD's.

There's another thread started by alpha0meqa that is eerily similar...

Event viewer only notes the kernel-power (event 41) shutdown from the crash.

The SeaTools tests passed without issue.

Chkdsk didn't find any problems.

The perfmon report doesn't seem to indicate anything that I can see.

WhoCrashed reveals this:
This was probably caused by the following module: ntoskrnl.exe (nt+0x75C00)
Bugcheck code: 0xF4 (0x3, 0xFFFFFA80106AFB30, 0xFFFFFA80106AFE10, 0xFFFFF80003983350)
Error: CRITICAL_OBJECT_TERMINATION
file path: C:\Windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe

? OS - Windows 7
? x64
? What was original installed OS on system? Win7x64
? Is the OS an OEM version (came pre-installed on system) or full retail version (YOU purchased it from retailer)? OEM
? Age of system (hardware): 2 years
? Age of OS installation - have you re-installed the OS? 2 years; no

? CPU: i72600k
? Video Card: ASUS GTX 560
? Mo... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] Freeze, BSOD, then "select proper boot device"

I found an older thread on here where the mod noted that some Crucial M4's have a known issue of BSOD'ing within an hour of boot time after X write time. I tried to update the firmware for my 2 SSD's but that failed, apparently because my mobo is UEFI enabled, per Crucial's website:

UEFI-based Systems: During validation of this firmware update we noticed instances where our update tools do not recognize the SSD with some systems using UEFI. The target device is not recognized as an updateable device during the reboot process. If this happens, the firmware update will not occur, and you?ll retain the firmware version you started with. Windows will then restart normally. If this sequence occurs, you cannot upgrade to this firmware version at this time, but you?ve done no harm to your system (or your data).

I uninstalled Daemon's tools which seems to be a common recommendation and I updated my video card drivers.



Update: I think the Crucial bug is the issue. It crashes every hour, nearly on the dot. Will see if I can get around the UEFI issue, or I will be angered

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Hello,

I am in quite a dilemma with my current computer. I have recently purchased a new computer chassis which I transferred all my components to with no new additions.

On startup I was being sent to the Marvell Adapter 98xx which I had never encountered when my components were in my original case. The adapter was saying:

Virtual Drives: None Detected!

Physical Drives: Patriot Inferno SSD (which already has windows installed on it)
Western Digital HDD

It would then proceed to another black screen saying please select proper boot device etc etc.

I have since tried all the different SATA configurations, IDE, AHCI, and RAID. I tried all of these with the Marvell Adapter both on and off. I have tried all of the modes with both drives in each combination possible (SSD in 6Gb port/HDD in 3Gb port , SSD in 3Gb port/HDD in 6Gb port, SSD & HDD in 3Gb port, and the original SSD & HDD in 6Gb port)

I have reset the CMOS in a hope that It may resolve the issue, I have also pressed F8 (boot menu) and selected the SSD directly for startup considering it has windows installed on it.

Originally when the issue started I was able to enter the Marvell adapter and I created a virtual drive with both of my drives. This still resulted in me being sent to the "Please select proper boot device screen" and so I deleted that virtual drive.

In conclusion I have run out of ideas and I am stumped as to what I should do (as I have found similar sce... Read more

Answer:Startup error "Please select proper boot device"

Hey again to anyone viewing the thread. I have found out what the issue / resolution was.

In the end I just booted with the windows 7 disk in the dvd drive which enabled me to get past the error and into system repair. The issue in the end was a corrupt MBR section in the 1TB HDD. The system repair removed the corruption and removed the partition.

After that I was able to start up my computer like usual but the HDD had lost its info. Luckily with the program "EASEUS partition recovery" I was able to retrieve the lost data that was originally on my drive as system repair only removed the data instead of deleting it.

Thanks to anyone that showed interest in my thread.

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Hey all,

I've found a huge number of varied threads and websites that discuss similar issues to the one I'm seeing, but none of them match my symptoms exactly and none of the fixes I *have* tried have fixed a thing. Sorry for the excessively long write-up below, but I'm QA by trade and I'm trying to include as much useful information as I can for the serious troubleshooters.

I'll write a short description of what's happening, followed by some weird details I've noticed that I hope will help provide some clues.

The issue occurs like this:

For roughly an hour or so of use my machine seems to have no problems at all. At some seemingly random point that has no obvious trigger, my Chrome browser tabs will stop loading pages and refreshing will also just loop. Windows generally just stops working properly a this point. If I mess around with Windows to open Task Manager or anything else, I will eventually receive a small window that's titled "Microsoft Windows" and reads "This program is not responding", and then it gives me the option to either wait for the program to respond or close it. If I choose to wait, I will eventually get a super-fast BSOD and the system will reboot itself. When it comes back up it will give me a generic "Reboot and select proper boot device" message. I will have to hard shutdown the machine, boot it back up, and select "Run Windows Normally" in order to get Windows up and ... Read more

Answer:Solved: Windows 7 hangs, followed by BSOD, then gives "select proper boot device" mes

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Okay so everytime I turn on my computer it loads and everytime it says Checking RVRAM is goes to a black screen with this sentence:

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

I don't know what it means and I tried pressing [DEL] from the startup screen to go to the system menu and Enabling something called 1st Boot and 2nd Boot.

And it's done this maybe two three times before. All I had to do then wass turn it off and then back on again.

Some help would be much appreciated, thanks!

-Carina(;
 

Answer:Help! " Select proper Boot device "?

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

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

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

Any ideas on a possible problem?

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

Appreciate any feedback I can get.
 

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I just brought a Satellite P50-B PSPNUA-02N00R about 2 weeks (late Aug 2015) ago from DS in Sydney online. It is not booting at all now- it shows:

"Reboot and select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and Press a Key"

What should I do? I press "0" and then power on, it does not take me to the recovery either. I am offsite in the country and won't be back to Sydney until end of the month and also need this laptop for work! Please help!

This was after the screen kept flicker and won't let me clicked on icons. It appeared like the Norton software is fighting with Windows security. I got no way out then I decided to press "0" and then power on to restore the laptop. It took nearly 3 hours before it said finished with deleting files and then I press Finish. After that I can boot any more! P;ease help!

Answer:Satellite P50-B not boot - show "Reboot and select properBoot device"

Can you enter BIOS settings?
Start your notebook and press F12. There you will find option to enter BIOS settings. Set BIOS to default settings and try to start your notebook again.

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Hello, I am currently building my first computer and the message appears when I try to install Windows 7 64bit Home Premium.

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

I have set my DVD drive as 1st in the boot order. I have checked that it is IDE. It is plugged into a SATA 3 cable into my motherboard.

MoBo: MSI P67A-GD65 B3
DVD drive: LG 22x DVD-RW SATA GH22NS70

Is there something wrong with the DVD drive and I have to replace it or is it my cabling?

Answer:Trouble installing W7 64bit HP, message "reboot and select proper boot

Quote:
I have set my DVD drive as 1st in the boot order. I have checked that it is IDE.
DVD drive: LG 22x DVD-RW SATA GH22NS70


Can not be both.






Quote:
It is plugged into a SATA 3 cable into my motherboard.


Use a SATA 2 port.

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Hi, I've encountered this error upon restarting my computer because when I accessed it this morning the screen was frozen on my screensaver and I couldn't get out of it.

I've tried using my recovery disc to use Startup Repair but my partition seems to be missing and when i use bootsect to look at my disk volumes it is also missing in there. When I try to restore my computer using a Windows 7 install DVD it only shows my "Backup" partition. I've also tried reordering the boot order in the BIOS.
 

Answer:"Reboot and Select boot device or insert boot media"

It would appear that your hard drive is having problems. First of all, do you have a current backup of anything important on the drive?
 

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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.

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

Check all the cables.

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

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I have recently bought a new hard drive and now I want to remove the old one and just use the new one.
When I remove the old one, I try to start up the PC with the new only, but it stucks at booting, it says "select proper boot device..."

The old one was a 300 GB, WD SATA 2. And the new one is a Seagate SATA 3 1TB. I want to use the old one with an older PC for somebody else, but if I remove it I can't get into Windows.

Windows 7 is installed in the new HDD. The old one is empty, but I see there is still some "System Reserved" partition there which is being used. Here is how disk management looks like: http://i.imgur.com/Gsbh3dF.png
I want to remove Disk 0 and keep Disk 1 only. I also don't want to lose the data from Disk 1.

Help will be much apreciated. I try to rebuild my old computer for somebody else to use.

Answer:"Select propper boot device" after removing old hard drive and trying

System reserved partition is essential for Windows to work.Since you have it on your old hard drive and not the new one ,computer asks for it whenever you disconnect your old hdd.
Install Windows on new hard drive with system reserved partition on new hdd.

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As I came back from school and turned on my pc this message kept popping up so I look online and watch some videos people said send to defaul I tried and it didn't work I also read the maunual and nothing is there. some one please help me  

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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 2: CD/DVD: PM-ATAPI DV
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.

Answer: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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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)

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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.

thanks
 

Answer: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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Help! my vista has been with me for a a year or so.. Now when I try to on it a stupid message says

" Reboot and Select proper boot device or inster boot mdia in selected boot device and press a key"?

Atm im using my crappy mac...

2 of my other comps broke down :(

Any ways to fix it without using a CD?

Regards
Nypm

Answer:reboot or select proper boot device?

You must enter the bios and change the boot order so that the computer looks
first to the CD/DVD and then to the hard drive.

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


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

Answer:Reboot and Select Proper Boot Device

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

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Hi,

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.

thnx.
 

Answer:Reboot and select proper boot device

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
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/317521

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

Microsoft's Windows XP Professional Repair Install step by step
http://www.windowsxpprofessional.windowsreinstall.com/installxpcdrepair/part3.htm

Microsoft's Windows XP Home Repair Install step by step
http://www.windowsxphome.windowsreinstall.com/installxpcdrepair/part3.htm

Vista Repair:
http://vistasupport.mvps.org/windows_vista_repair_options.htm
 

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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_
​Click to expand...

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
If there's another releva... Read more

Answer:Reboot and Select proper Boot device

So you may now have 2 partitions marked as active.
 

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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

Answer: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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So my of bsod then went into Windows repair failed so I tried to reset refresh reinstall Windows nothing worked I checked in bios and my sad was not in priority I finally got it back there then relaunched my pc Then I get the error reboot and select proper boot device I disconnected my hdd and disk drive and the problem still persists if I reconnect my he'd and disk drive I get a black screen with a cursor and if I use a Windows Ian I get a purple screen with a cursor been trying to fix it for ages I am mentally exhausted :(

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Hi all,

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

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

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

Anyone have a clue?

The specs are as follows

Intel Asus P5KC 775
Intel Q6600 Quad Core

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

Answer:Help-Reboot Select Proper Boot Device?

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

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

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

Or, have you tried cleaning the cd ?

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

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

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

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

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

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So i made a mistake and changed the boot thing to cmos and now it says Reboot and select proper boot device and i cant seem to get back into the bios menu to change it back does anyone know what to do?

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The past few months, my computer's been giving me various problems across the board, boot problems ; I would get this error, or the boot sequence would freeze, the winxp logo would freeze, very sporadic, small problems. When these problems weren't occuring the computer is fine! like there's no problem. It's like russian roulette to boot my pc at times. Sometimes I can boot up nice and be good for the whole day. Other times I'd get the boot device error, or some kind of error.

If I am getting boot errors, they just faded away and I got the boot options menu pop up, Selecting 'Last know configuration that worked' sorted out the problems (For now). When I got to that screen I knew things would be ok.

I called out a tech friend to analyse my problems and he said the memory was a problem (I have two ram sticks). Can't remember the details exactly, but he swapped them around, and the problems were at bay for a long time!

Sometimes after a 'successful' boot, I get 'Delayed write failed' errors. I've had a couple over the past few days. A eboot / reset shuts them up. But the other day, I got the usual red cross error boxes saying so and so data has been lost. I reset the computer and it said some system files were corrupt and I needed the winxp disc to repair. But leaving the PC off and retrying a couple of hours later, was fine, like nothing happened! Stupid machine

Now I got the exact same symptoms. I switched the ram around AGAIN and that kept the problems away for a l... Read more

Answer:Reboot and Select Proper boot device...

First guess would be that your hard drive is dying.

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Hi Experts,
My PC recently had an error shutting down and I stupidly turned off the power (as I couldn't see anything else to do). Now when I turn on the PC I get the error message: "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key" Now I have read discussion threads and seen video tutorials on YouTube and have made sure that my hard drives (I have a 300GB drive which should be the boot drive and a 1TB storage drive) are showing in the setup and the boot priority is set to use the correct drive (it's now the only drive listed). However when I did this and restarted the PC the error message is the same. Is there something else I need to do?
In a lot of the tutorials the hard drives are prefixed HDD whereas mine is shown as IDE. I am no expert so not sure if this is correct. Any idea how to fix this boot issue?
Thanks!!

Answer:Reboot and Select proper Boot device

What O/S and do you have the DVD.

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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.

Answer: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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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.
 

Answer:Reboot and select proper boot device

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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My 4 month old Asus K53E laptop has showed me this message.¨reboot and select proper boot device, or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key¨I had a new harddrive and Windows 8 installed to my laptop recently which was working fine for a matter of days. Till the time i turned it on and it displays this message. what can i do??

Answer:reboot and select proper boot device...

just solved the problem, turns out the damn ppl at the repair shop didnt place a bracket back in my laptop on the HD, thus wen i opened the laptop compartment it turns out the HD was loose! just slipped it back in place and voila!

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