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T460: Can't boot from USB-attached drive despite Secure Boot off and Legacy Boot on

Question: T460: Can't boot from USB-attached drive despite Secure Boot off and Legacy Boot on

Hello Lenovo Forum!This is driving me mad. I bought a SATA-to-USB3 Adapter to connect my SSD and HDD from my old computer and boot from them (I want to use the Linux on it). Yet I can't figure out how to do that. Secure Boot is off, Legacy Boot is on and yet - everytime I choose the drive in the boot menu, the screen goes black, there is a short drive access, and then I'm back at the boot device menu. I don't really know what to try now. Reimaging like most other threads here suggest doesn't help in that case because it's not a simple installation medium. What I tried aswell: Attaching the Adapter via a USB2-hub to check if there might be an issue with USB3 support. When plugged into my friends X230, both drives boot up perfectly fine and he can use them just fine. Any kind of help is highly appreciated.Kind regards,Iriya EDIT: Here the BIOS Options which I think are somewhat useful:Config TabUSB UEFI BIOS Support - Enabled (Tried turning it off, didn't helpSecurity TabSecure Boot: DisabledPlatform Mode: User ModeSecure Boot Mode: Standard ModeStartup TabUEFI/Legacy Boot: BothUEFI/Legacy Boot Priority: Legacy FirstBoot Mode: QuickRestart TabOS Optimized Defaults: Disabled

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Preferred Solution: T460: Can't boot from USB-attached drive despite Secure Boot off and Legacy Boot on

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Hi, Trying to boot my T550 from a Linux (Zorin) installation DVD. Can read the DVD in windows explorer. - it looks ok Have disabled Secure Boot and switched fro UEFI to legacy. Used f12 to select the DVD drive to boot but all I get is a black screen with 3 symbols. The 1st looks like a ruler, then =, then a stick figure in a circle. Any ideas? Liz

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I had to buy a new (SSD) HD and had trouble booting from a disc until I enabled Legacy Mode and disabled Secure Boot in BIOS. Boot orders in both UEFI and Legacy are the same, with DVD Rom set to boot first. Also, the settings for IPV4 and IPV6 are set to IPV4 (Legacy) when they were once set to BOTH IPV4 AND 6 and are unable to be changed, if that's important. Now whenever I boot up I always get a "No Boot Device Found" message until I hit "Enter" at which point i'm allowed entry into my precious Win10 laptop.  I disabled Legacy in BIOS, but then i get a different "No Boot Device Found" error, and hitting "Enter" doesn't help. Could some kind person tell me how to correct this, and possibly why it happened and the differences in each option? I'll settle for how to correct this, though, with much gratitude.  MUCH gratitude. GN

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I have a Thinkpad T430u and I am unable to get a bootable USB flash drive to boot. I have made the bootable drive in PowerISO, I have used Window's tool, and I have also tried the following (suggested on these forums): "Create another flash drive with a single FAT32 partition using DISKPART in a command windows:  list disk, select disk, clean, create partition primary, format fs=fat32 quick, assign. " But that didn't work either. Nothing I have done has allowed me to boot to the USB flash drive. The flash drive isn't the problem, because I can boot to it on my other computers. I have turned UEFI/legacy boot to both, as well as to Legacy only, and that doesn't help. I have turned off secure boot, and that didn't help either. I have searched a lot and tried everything out there.. but nothing works. I even bought a USB DVD drive to test and see if I could boot to a burned DVD and that didn't work either. I am able to reach the BIOS settings as well as the boot device menu, but the only options available are ATA HDD and PIC Lan boot.. the flash drive never shows up as an option. I have moved USB HDD and USB FDD to the top of the boot order in bios but that doesn't help either. Any suggestions? BTW I have tried Windows 7 and 8 ISOs, as well as a Linux distrubtion and various bootable partition utilities.. I even tried Lenovo's own UEFI diagnostic created with Lenovo's bootable USB generator.. nothing will boot.

Answer:Thinkpad T430u can't boot to USB or DVD.. It's not UEFI/Legacy or Secure boot

Had the same issue. Tried on another T430u, and did the same. Defaulted Bios and checked that secure boot was desabled. It booted from the USB drive straight away.

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Just bought a Dell Optiplex 7010 Mini-Tower with Win 8 Pro 64-bit, 8 GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive and an Intel i5 3470 processor. Right now, it has Dell BIOS version A16.

It is normally in UEFI ON and Secure Boot ON, so that F12 on bootup (one-time boot options) does NOT normally show the CD-DVD as a boot option. OK - no problem.

However, if I reboot with F12 and select both UEFI OFF (meaning Legacy ON) and Secure Boot OFF and reboot, then F12 DOES show me the CD-DVD as a boot option, but if I actually try to boot up from a bootable CD, I get an error message.

I have practiced with two bootable CDs - a Knoppix and an Aomei Backupper, both made on earlier machines. Both these CDs work as boot-up CDs in my old XP machine, and the Aomei Backupper CD also worked in someone else's Win 7 Pro 64-bit machine.

What's wrong?

Again, please let me repeat that I am trying to boot from the CD-DVD AFTER I have turned OFF UEFI, turned ON Legacy and turned OFF Secure Boot.

Thanks.

Answer:No Legacy boot from CD-DVD - UEFI and Secure Boot are OFF

https://www.404techsupport.com/2013/...all-windows-7/

But if you're using those settings, Windows 8 will not start.

Here is more info: Legacy BIOS Boot Mode (installing using the MBR partition style) and UEFI Boot Mode (installing using the GPT partition style): link

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it was windows 7 but now is windows 10 but please help me .

Answer:How to disable secure boot and enable legacy pls help

@AllAroundGaming? System, one of:"Hp pavilion h8-1230" (6)  Based on the following:HP Pavilion HPE h8-1230 Desktop PC Product SpecificationsandHP and Compaq Desktop PCs - Motherboard Specifications, M3970AM-HP (Angelica2) See the following document for the explanation:HP and Compaq Desktop PCs - BIOS Settings for the Angelica and Angelica2 Motherboards Section BIOS > Security Menu When you see a Post that helps you,Inspires you, provides fresh insight,Or teaches you something new,Click the "Thumbs Up" on that Post. Fixed / Answered? Click that post Accept as Solution to help others find Answers.

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I am trying to install Windows 7 from a DVD to an HP 19-2113w All-in-One with Windows 8.1 as the factory install. I have entered the BIOS, turned off Secure Boot, restarted, and entered the code to confirm that I want to disable Secure Boot. Upon restarting and going back into the BIOS, Secure Boot shows it is "Disabled." HOWEVER -- when I then go into the boot options and try to enable the legacy boot devices, it gives me a message saying "You must disable Secure Boot before you may configure this option." As I previously stated -- Secure Boot shows "Disabled" when I check under the security tab.  How much more disabled can it get?  Am I missing something here?  Is there any other way to install Windows 7 from a DVD onto this computer?

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Answer:How to disabled secure boot and enable legacy

Hi, Shutdown the notebook. Tap away at the esc key as soon as you press the power button to enter the Start-up Menu and then select the Bios Menu ( f10 ). Under the System Configuration tab, expand the Boot Options Menu. Here you should find the option to set Secure Boot to Disabled and Legacy Devices to Enabled. When done, press f10 and select to save the changes. You may then have to enter a 4 digit pin displayed on the screen to confirm the setting changes ( note that you will not see a display of the numbers as you enter tham ) - enter the code and hit enter. Regards, DP-K

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A little background, my laptop suddenly crashed one day and it would not start windows, it would simply get past the Dell logo and then the screen would stay black until shutdown.
After a couple of times of this it would show recovery options for windows, atfer choosing to restore windows while preserving user files and waiting for it to complete it would now show a blue screen with a BCD error.
Now the next step would be to use a recovery media to repair windows start or simply reinstall it, problem is I can't get it to start from the usb.
As mentioned in the title I cannot disable secure boot, I can set it to disable and apply the changes, but then if I go to boot options I can't change from UEFI to legacy or I get an error(Need to disable SecureBoot) which is already done. So I restart hoping I can choose Legacy now but again the same error shows and Secure Boot shows enabled. Other BIOS settings also reset after every restart, the clock however does not.
I tried updating the bios, using F12 for the boot menu there is an option to update the bios, I then select the file from the usb which is correctly recognized and the process starts and it completes almost immediately but upon restart the bios version is still the same 1.0.
I have tried leaving UEFI, going into Boot Sequence and Add Boot Option selecting the usb which is recognized correctly but upon saving, restarting and using F12 I can't see the option I added for the USB. I'm using similar steps to th... Read more

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Hi, I have a bios version 7 on me pc and I dont have a update for a bios 8.I really need to disable secure boot and enable legacy mode but I dont have that option.Is there a way or a trick that I can do this?

Answer:Disable Secure Boot and enable legacy mode

@Siemen,Did you system originally have WIN 7, as listed here?   If so, the BIOS is correct at rev 7.  You can not  use the newer UEFI graphic cards because there is NO update BIOS available.  Your correct, you do not have a way to disable secure boot and enable legacy. In another post you asked, and got no answer.Yes, the GTX 660 will work, with an adequate new PSU.  Recommend EVGA GTX 600 and Corsair CX600 PSU.  On the GTX 750Ti inquiry, only chance would be the Hybrid vBIOS cards.  PSW<> The GTX 670's are a tad touchy.

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Hello, I am having an issue with downgrading to Windows 7 and It's not nearly as easy as normally installing an OS. I get to the expanding files screen, and once the system reboots it goes back to the Windows 7 install screen. This is an issue, because it should continue with the installation. Does anybody know why this would occur or how to fix it? I'm sure there's likely something I missed. This is rather urgent, so any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Cannot Downgrade to 7 Legacy Enabled, Secure boot disabled

Hi there

At the reboot have you removed the installation media -- it might be re-booting again from the install media.

Cheers
jimbo

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Hey all I have a Touchsmart 15-d087ca. I was going through the steps to fix my phone (which is currently stuck in fastboot mode), and one of them was to disable secure boot. So I selected the disable secure boot option, but didn't enable legacy boot, which may have been an incredibly stupid thing to do. I'm not sure if this is the cause of the problem, but it seems likely. I have to admit I'm not an expert when it comes to computers. Upon pressing f10 to save changes and restart, the computer turned off, and then turned back on. But now the screen is black - the backlight is on and the machine is running, but there's nothing I can do to get away from the black screen. Obviously this kinda sucks, because now my phone and laptop are both stuck somewhere in the boot process. Am I screwed, or is there a way to fix this issue? EDIT: I have tried a hard reset, the emergency BIOS access thing where I hold windows + B + Power On, and will try taking the memory out and putting it pack in tomorrow. I'm using this instructional video to guide me 

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HP Notebook 15-f009wm
OS: Windows 8.1 with Bing 32 bit
Hello all,
This is my problem:
I can't get my USB drive to load while in Secure Boot mode and continue running into 'Boot Device Not Found. Please install an operating system on your hard disk' screen. The only method that works thus far is disabling Secure Boot mode and enabling Legacy Support. Here are the methods I have tried based on extensive research of various forums after several days:

Performed all the generic System Diagnostic tests (F2) + Memtest86 + sfc /scannow multiple times after every fresh install + physically checked HDD. Performed all HP recommendations: click here Did multiple fresh installs of Windows 8.1 with Bing (32 bit) erasing all partitions from hard drive every time (my system is designed for 64 but I only have access to a 32 ISO). Installed using Legacy Support (I understand you can't go back and enable Secure Boot and disable Legacy once it has been installed this way but due to lack of any other way of installing Windows, I have no choice).
Used 'Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool' to create ISO which automatically formats drive to NTFS; converted to FAT32 using 'AOEMI Partition Assistant' software (preserving all partitions/data) but it still won't read.
Used 'Rufus v. 2.11.995' software to create ISO as FAT32 under several different setting iterations:
GPT partition scheme for UEFI (this presumably should be the most appropriate setting but it still did not work). End Format: FAT32
GPT parti... Read more

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HP Notebook 15-f009wm
OS: Windows 8.1 with Bing 32 bit

Hello all,

This is my problem:

I can't get my USB drive to load while in Secure Boot mode and continue running into 'Boot Device Not Found. Please install an operating system on your hard disk' screen. The only method that works thus far is disabling Secure Boot mode and enabling Legacy
Support. Here are the methods I have tried based on extensive research of various forums after several days:

- Performed all the generic System Diagnostic tests (F2) + Memtest86 + sfc /scannow multiple times after every fresh install + physically checked HDD. Performed all HP recommendations: http://support.hp(DOT)com/us-en/document/c01443463


- Did multiple fresh installs of Windows 8.1 with Bing (32 bit) erasing all partitions from hard drive every time (my system is designed for 64 but I only have access to a 32 ISO). Installed using Legacy Support (I understand you can't go back and enable Secure
Boot and disable Legacy once it has been installed this way but due to lack of any other way of installing Windows, I have no choice).

- Used 'Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool' to create ISO which automatically formats drive to NTFS; converted to FAT32 using 'AOEMI Partition Assistant' software (preserving all partitions/data) but it still won't read.

- Used 'Rufus v. 2.11.995' software to create ISO as FAT32 under several different setting iterations:

1. GPT partition scheme for UEFI (this presumably s... Read more

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Hello all, This is my problem: My BIOS won't boot my USB drive while in Secure Boot mode (Legacy Support disabled). After researching this, I realized UEFI Secure Boot won't read NTFS formatted flash drives hence requiring user to reformat to FAT32. I've reformatted to FAT32 but it still won't boot. I continue to run into the 'Boot Device Not Found. Please install an operating system on your hard disk.' screen. The only way to get the USB drive to boot is to disable Secure Boot and enable Legacy Support. Virtually every forum I have researched pointed to this being the problem (aside from loose hard drives / hard drive and/or memory problems). I have checked the hard drive and have ran the F2 System Diagnostics and am sure there is no problem with the HDD. I have even tested the RAM/CPU with Memtest86 with 0 errors. I have ran multiple 'sfc /scannow' tests after each fresh Windows install and there are no corrupt files during installation. I have been trying to install a fresh Windows 8.1 with Bing (32 bit) on a system that originally came with 64 (there were no 64 bit ISOs available anywhere to download and since Microsoft conveniently doesn't make this specific Windows version available for download via their Media Creation Tool (or anywhere else on their or their affiliate sites for that matter), I was forced to resort to a 3rd party site to obtain this download. The problem is I am forced to install using Legacy Support as there appears to be no o... Read more

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How to Change BIOS MODE from Legacy to UEFI and secure boot state to 'ON' from 'unsupported' in DV6T-6c00 . Can we change BIOS version from 2.1 to higher version. 3. Can we change Hyper V virtualization enabled in windows 10. ORiginally the pavillion came with 7 home edition.

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Hello,
I tried to solve an installation problem for a friend of mine by GPT and as I tried to complete the installation, I most probably made a mistake in trying to turn UEFI boot on. I invalidated the legacy boot option and now the system does not start at all, no Dell logo nor anything else. I tried to boot on several installation DVDs with no results.

Is there a way to reset the settings I made in the BIOS ?
Is there any other solutions to boot ? Is possible that, I am able to find one, an UEFI iso image could be used to start from the DVD and go on with  the installation ?
I think the BIOS version was A11 but I am not 100% sure. Anyway, I am pretty sure I did not try to boot aother BIOS.
Is anyone can help me ;-)

Answer:Dell desktop: complete blank screen after setting Secure boot ON and disabling legacy

Glad that solved the problem. 
Please mark this thread as 'solved'
Thanks!

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BIOS Security Page displays:Secure Boot ENABLEDSecure Boot Status DISABLEDI have attempted to ENABLE Secure Boot multiple times but Secure Boot Status remains DISABLEDThis problem occured after BIOS Upgrade to v3.07 I have Lenovo G510 LaptopWindows 8.1BIOS Version 79CN48WW (v3.07) I have tried the recommended solution of "Reset to Setup Mode" and "Restore Factory Keys".This did not solve the problem, Secure Boot Status still indicates DISABLED. Please suggest an alternative solution to this problem.

Answer:Secure Boot Status: DISABLED. Cannot enable Secure Boot via BIOS.

I have this issue now after disabling to update BIOS. How do we get Secure Boot Status enabled in BIOS?

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Is there currently any way to configure a custom boot logo for UEFI booting? I can only find methods for Legacy users, but no luck with UEFI.

I'm kind of new to custom boot logos, so if anybody could give me some information as to if it's possible first?

Regards

Answer:Custom Boot Logo Windows 10 UEFI Boot Method? (Non-Legacy)

You can change the boot logo in UEFI mode by modifying the relevant ACPI table (BGRT) with an EFI application before booting. AFAIK, the only application for this is currently my own, HackBGRT. (Open-source and all, so I certainly hope this doesn't count as advertising.) Be sure to tell if you find any other choices.

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Is there currently any way to configure a custom boot logo for UEFI booting? I can only find methods for Legacy users, but no luck with UEFI.

I'm kind of new to custom boot logos, so if anybody could give me some information as to if it's possible first?

Regards

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Actually I installed various to lennox Distross into my laptop and finally it came to an end when the all of the system crashed after that I try to install a sum of operating systems that could fit my needs and install Fedora server edition server edition into my laptop but it but it didn't show any Desktop Environment so I was trying to install any other operating system which I was not able to do due to the way to my laptop was not supporting The Legacy Legacy boot because my laptop was not supporting the network boot option in The Legacy boot menu of my BIOD so I am suffering a great hope anybody could have clear my question and that whether house. It source exclamation mark near the network boot option so please tell me how to re enable my network boot In The Legacy boot option

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Hello, first post here...

First, some context: I have a Dell Inspiron 15R SE that came with Windows 8.

I've managed to get a working dual-boot system with Ubuntu 12.10. I can't remember exactly how I done that, but I remember that I had to disable secure boot. I think that the boot configuration those days was:
Secure boot: DisabledLoad legacy option rom: EnabledBoot list option: Legacy

This "configuration" worked perfectly for 6-7 months.

Then, one day (last week, can't remember the exact day), when I was using Windows 8 the computer crashed. I hard-rebooted and got this screen:

I've searched a lot, looking for solutions and after executed boot-repair from a Ubuntu LiveCD dozens of times I've decided to eliminate Ubuntu temporarily and focus to get a system with Windows 8 working nice.

Then I used my recovery DVDs to recover the system. Yup, Windows has booted. But when I restarted first time I got the same error. Then I, digging a solution, pressed F12 after a reboot and got here:

The highlighted option allows me to boot into Windows 8. So I went to boot options (F2) and changed the following configuration:
Load legacy option rom: DisabledBoot list option: UEFI

Now I can boot directly to Windows without need to press F12.

But my objective isn't complete. I want to erase all Ubuntu entries from the seconds image and restore the legacy boot from the first imagem (because they worked before).

I did two things:
I erased all partitions related to Ub... Read more

Answer:Recover legacy boot and remove old entries from UEFI boot

Are you booting the Start up Repair CD/DVD/USB in UEFI mode.



Try one of those.

From the desktop:
System Recovery Options - Boot to in Windows 8
From the Repair CD/USB:
How to do a Auto Repair:
Automatic Repair - Run in Windows 8
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times - Windows 7 Help Forums

How do a Refresh:
Refresh Windows 8



How to do a Reset:
Reset Windows 8

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After running MBR2GPT on my system with a successful completion, I realized that I don't know how to change the BIOS from legacy to UEFI, resulting in the inability to boot the GPT'ed system. I was running Windows 10 Creator on an MBR system using an MSI H61M-E23 (version 2) motherboard. I made the mistake of thinking that setting the boot mode to UEFI would be easy - I tried setting the first boot device to UEFI, but that did not work. The system does not boot - all I get is a blinking cursor. Any help would be appreciated.

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Hi-Im trying to image  800 G2 SFF via USB drive.The boot menu will not show the the USB Legacy option.  It shows me UEFI for the USB, DVD and  hard drive,   also it shows legacy option for the DVD and hard drive.  My Secure Boot Configuration is set to Legacy Support Enable and Secure Boot Disabled.I have try clearing the secure Boot keys but the issue remains.  (USB Legacy Boot Option won't show in the boot menu)

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This has been widely reported in the BSD/Linux community for a few years, but unfortuately there is still no fix available with the latest BIOS update.  Are there plans to fix this? Thanks, Joseph

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I have a Dell XPS 8700 that failed Windows 10 anniversary update until UEFI secure boot was turned off. It apparently then completed but I cannot re-enable secure boot without the same boot problem advising
Recoveryyour pc/device needs to be repaired / during Windows 10 anniversary updateAn unexpected error has occurredError Code 0xc0000185you'll need to use recovery tools.   Is there a solution to enable UEFI secure boot ?
 I am using a Dell XPS 8700 pc with an SSD drive. The Windows 10 update was installingthen after one of the reboots the error above  The pc was running prior to the update and had UEFI OS , secure boot enabled,  no prior problems.I attempted to do any of the safe mode boots but none would proceed.Disabling the UEFI safe/secure boot mode apparently let the install continue and the das it did before with I believe completion of the installation of Windows 10 anniversary update.PC now shows Windows 10 home Ver 1607 ..
The problem returns if I enable UEFI secure boot and the PC stops. I would like to determine a wayto locate the problem or issue. related to the secure boot.  Using the media creation tool may justrepeat the problem once secure boot is re-enabled.
 Dell lists that they have tested XPS 8700 with this update and have not indicated problems no mention of secure boot issue.

Answer:XPS 8700 needed UEFI secure boot disabled to complete Windows 10 anniversary update can't enable UEFI secure boot now

rdubayah,
If your computer was running WIndows 10 without any issues prior to downloading the Anniversary update, then you would not have had to change any settings in the bios to install the update.The UEFI and Secure Boot settings are to enable booting with a USB or DVD to install Windows.
Disable Legacy Boot Mode and Enable UEFI
Start the computer and TAP the F2 key to enter the bios. Once in the bios Press F9 to Restore the bios to the Default Settings. F10 to save changes and exit. You could have a hardware problem. To run a hardare diagnostics on the computer you would start the computer and TAP the F5 key. Insert a cd/dvd in the optical drive for running the diags.

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I have a Dell XPS 8700 that failed Windows 10 anniversary update until UEFI secure boot was turned off. It apparently then completed but I cannot re-enable secure boot without the same boot problem advising
Recoveryyour pc/device needs to be repaired / during Windows 10 anniversary updateAn unexpected error has occurredError Code 0xc0000185you'll need to use recovery tools.   Is there a solution to enable UEFI secure boot ?
 I am using a Dell XPS 8700 pc with an SSD drive. The Windows 10 update was installingthen after one of the reboots the error above  The pc was running prior to the update and had UEFI OS , secure boot enabled,  no prior problems.I attempted to do any of the safe mode boots but none would proceed.Disabling the UEFI safe/secure boot mode apparently let the install continue and the das it did before with I believe completion of the installation of Windows 10 anniversary update.PC now shows Windows 10 home Ver 1607 ..
The problem returns if I enable UEFI secure boot and the PC stops. I would like to determine a wayto locate the problem or issue. related to the secure boot.  Using the media creation tool may justrepeat the problem once secure boot is re-enabled.
 Dell lists that they have tested XPS 8700 with this update and have not indicated problems no mention of secure boot issue.

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how to transfer the boot of windows from legacy support to uefi? 

Answer:trnsfer from legacy boot to uefi boot

Hi, It may depend on how the existing installation was performed - let me know the following. Hold down the Windows key and press R Into the Run window, type devmgmt.msc and hit enter. In Device Manager, expand Disk drives, right click the ssd and select Properties - select the Volumes tab and then click the 'Populate' button. What is listed as the Partition style? Regards, DP-K

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Hi, My pavilion 15 notebook was have windows 10. I try to install linux (dual boot) and change legacy boot mode. Not yet start to install linux and now i cannot boot my windows.  I did tried already F11 for factory reset and not working. I try to change my boot setup to default and no use still showing no os install. Please help me to get my windows back. I am from malaysia and is it able to get any "HP Recovery Media" ?

Answer:cannot boot after change legacy boot option

Any one help to get HP service center phone number?

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Never seen this message before but I can't get around it. All I did was reboot for a game and this popped up.

I've gone into bios and secure boot is greyed out.

How do I get around this?

Running win 7 64 bit with an Asus x99-A motherboard. Specs updated below

Answer:"Secure Boot Violation" Invalid signature detected. Check Secure Boot

What is your BIOS version? Have you flashed it?

Unfortunately as I have lack of experience with such an issue I can only refer you here:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...b-301431436265

I am aware it says "Windows 8" but just have a read through it and get back to us.

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Never seen this message before but I can't get around it. All I did was reboot for a game and this popped up.

I've gone into bios and secure boot is greyed out.

How do I get around this?

Running win 7 64 bit with an Asus x99-A motherboard. Specs updated below

Answer:"Secure Boot Violation" Invalid signature detected. Check Secure Boot

What is your BIOS version? Have you flashed it?

Unfortunately as I have lack of experience with such an issue I can only refer you here:
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...b-301431436265

I am aware it says "Windows 8" but just have a read through it and get back to us.

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I purchased a IdeaPad Z580 laptop, with Windows 8.  The current BIOS mode is UEFI, with Secure Boot State = On.  I am trying to setup a dual boot with Linux Ubuntu or Mint?  Is this possible?  Thank you.

Answer:Ideapad Z580 - turn off Secure Boot State, or change to legacy bios and turn off UEFI?

Yes, I have the same question. Can someone help?Many Thanks in advance.

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I have an old Dell Vistro

I cant boot to Tails USB. I plug it in and turn it on and immediately it freezes on the Bios splash screen. The info I've found is it should work fine because of legacy (normal). If the USB thumb drive is not plugged in I can F2 F8 F12 all day long. I used the Tails tutorial to create. Are there any step by steps for fixing the issue Tails is based on Debian.

Thanks in advance.

FYI I created a Windows 8.1 repair USB I can't boot to it either.

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Just curious, but is there option for me to enable uefi boot of my Windows 10 Professional installation on my HP xw6600 dual quad core E5450 machine which holds two Samsung 850 Pro SSD's, one for Windows 10 and the other completely for Ubuntu LTS 16.04.When possible,  how to go about it. How do I enable this option. Yours truly, 

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Hi,
yesterday I wanted to install Windows 10 Enterprise on my T1650 test machine. Before doing so, I successfully updated the BIOS to A20. After updating BIOS, I've enabled UEFI + Secure Mode, saved the changes and... couldn't start the PC anymore. When turning the PC on, monitor immediately goes into power saving mode, there is obviously no signal coming from the PC. Removed the Nvidia Quadro NVS 300 and plugged the monitor into board's VGA slot, no success. Tried to clear the CMOS (battery out, jumpers), nothing helped.
Any ideas?

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By Eduard Kovacs on August 10, 2016
Microsoft has been attempting to patch a serious Secure Boot vulnerability that can be exploited to bypass the security feature and install rootkits and bootkits on Windows devices. Researchers believe the security flaw cannot be fully patched.

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On systems where Secure Boot is locked down and cannot be disabled (e.g. Windows RT, HoloLens, Windows Phone), configuration changes can be made using policies, signed files loaded by the boot manager (bootmgr) from a UEFI variable. There are some boot loader executables (EFI files) signed by Microsoft that can be used to provision such policies.

Before loading a policy, bootmgr checks it to make sure it?s valid. However, researchers discovered that Microsoft introduced a new type of Secure Boot policy during the development of Windows 10 Anniversary Update (v1607) that can be abused to bypass the security feature.
 

Answer:Secure Boot Vulnerability Allows Disabling of Secure Boot

Microsoft introduced a new type of Secure Boot policy during the development of Windows 10 Anniversary Update (v1607) that can be abused to bypass the security feature.Click to expand...





Researchers believe the security flaw cannot be fully patched.Click to expand...

Really Microsoft...
 

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I recently installed Linux onto a second drive, but I can't get it to boot by the other hard drive. It's a legacy hard drive, when I try to change the boot order it still keeps the UEFI on top and there's no way to move it down.

Answer:How do you Switch Legacy Hard Drive to Boot by Default

You have to first disable Secure Boot in the BIOS and set the BIOS to legacy mode (unless you have a Linux distro that supports UEFI). If the permanent settings do not work, try changing the temporary boot order.

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I got a SSD now in my system connected to the first sata port with win7 installed
My previous (mechanical) sata hard disk who was prev. setup on this port is still usable and also has win7 installed on it. i wnat to use it as a experiment setup.
If I connect this old hdd to another sata port say sata 1 or 2.

Can I choose to boot from either the new SSD or the old sata-hdd and run win7 without problems using the BIOS boot order?

I read some scary stuff about this scenario could mess things up because both both drives used to be 'C'

Also I have my BIOS setup with AHCI nowbecause of the SSD. My previous hdd used the standard sata-mode. If I use this old mechanical sata hdd which has windows7 on it and use AHCI in bios will it boot/work?

Answer:Boot from one of 2 attached drives with BIOS boot order no problem?

As long as you installed windows independently, with the other drive unplugged, there would be no issue choosing either one to boot from the bios.

I doubt if the hard drive will boot in AHCI mode, but test it to see.

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I have an Acer Aspire M5481T with a SSD 20Gb + 500Gb HD. When I bought it, I made it dual boot resizing it partition inside Windows and then installing Ubuntu. Ok, worked fine for last months. Now, after getting some bloatware that turned my dev tools broken, I needed to make a clean Windows installation. After playing around with its SSD, I opted to use the factory restore of the system. It gave me a "clean" Windows installation but, as expected, I lost grub as the boot manager. Trying to restore it, I changed the boot mode do Legacy instead of EFI. But now, I am not able to enter BIOS again, and I don't know which is the current boot order, as it only gets "frozen" in the Acer logo with options to enter Set-up with F2 or Boot Order with F12 (but no one of this options works). I tried to start with a Windows 8 installation disk, an Ubuntu installation disk or even a bootable USB (with Windows 8 and Ubuntu), but none of this options seems to be working. Anyone knows something I can try before attempting to send it to repair? Maybe a way to reflash or reset BIOS?

Answer:Acer Legacy Boot Bug - Cannot boot anything

Try pressing and holding the Fn key, then the Function key (ie F2 or F12).

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After installing an HP BIOS update about a week ago I can't boot the way I've been booting the laptop. HP offered through the support assistnt application a BIOS update. After installing that update, when I boot I am taken to a blue screen that appears to be from the BIOS firmware in the laptop telling me it can't find a certain file needed to boot. It always has booted without issue before that update. I rolled back the BIOS update and it still did not boot, so I have switched to using legacy support in BIOS with the hard drive the first boot option instead of using the HP Boot Manager option. It works fine with this arrangement but I thought I'd post this here to let others know that updating their BIOS may lead to a similar issue, and also wondered if anyone has addressed this issue on their laptop. Thanks!!!Donald

Answer:Will not boot with HP OS boot manager but does with legacy ...

Hi @t2000kw,Thanks for becoming a member of the HP Support Forums. I understand you are having an issue with a blue screen when booting. I will be glad to help you.Please post the full product number of your computer. See the following, if you need help with that information.How Do I Find My Model Number or Product Number?Please get back to me with above information, so I can help you better.

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As I get ready to do a clean install of 10074 I am curious about the need to disable secure boot and fast boot options. If I do disable secure boot do I need to enable legacy boot?

I have had limited success with previous installs to a 2nd hard drive and the problems that arose always seem related to dual booting.

In one instance I did a clean install of 10061 and had left secure boot enabled. In order to get dual boot working I had to disable secure boot, and upon rebooting I needed to change it back to secure. I then made Win 8.1 the default boot and then Win 10 would never boot from the menu, it would just take me back to the boot menu and I could boot into Win 8.1.

Additionally I would like to thank all the members who freely share their time and knowledge on the forums. Such a valuable resource!

Answer:Turning off secure boot/fast boot required?

Hi Gramps,

Yes, disable 'Secure Boot' & 'Fast Boot' than change from UEFI to Legacy

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It gave me a black screen with the following words"reboot and select boot device or insert boot device and push a key"But the weird thing is I set the boot priority to Hard Disc already. But it cannot boot from hard disc. What is tricky is that the original 1st boot device is not hard disc but something called "boot device manager". I think something about this "boot device manage" is causing problem. So what can I do is i want to enable CMS?

Answer:Can't boot Win8 after disable secure boot and turn...

you need to enable CSM only if you want to install legacy OS that not support UEFI boot. windows boot manager is the manager that will boot your windows 8-8.1 OS, so if you set HDD ubstead if windows boot manager you can have boot problem.  

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Hi.My BIOS update is: F.43 Rev.AI have an issue related with the boot menu screen resolution: 1. When secure boot is enabled it presents this screen resolution: 2. When secure boot is disabled it presents this screen resolution: Why does this happen and  How do you fix it? Note: I have used the BCDEDIT command with parameters as GRAFICRESOLUTION but it's same behavior within BIOS secure boot! I hope your reply.Thanks.

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Hei,

So I'm the guy who tried to move from Legacy to UEFI some days ago. I managed to move both Ubuntu and W10 to UEFI.

More info on both of the situations here:

Solved Can't boot into UEFI mode - Lenovo Z50-70 - Windows 10 Forums

Queston about GRUB2 + UEFI - Ask Ubuntu

It seems that when I enable Secure Boot I keep getting these errors (It works if Secure Boot is not enabled, also Ubuntu boots just fine):

Answer:UEFI + Secure Boot not logging into W10 (dual-boot)

Tried to do a startup repair:

Logs: http://pastebin.com/2BjC1x5j

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Best I can tell the documentation HP publishing specifying the method required to disable Secure Boot on an Envy 700-074 was written by someone(s) who had no experience in implementing the methods they list.  IT DOES NOT WORK!  The ONLY way this machine will boot to the harddrive or to a bootable CD/DVD is if SECURE BOOT IS ENABLED. I have spent literally days trying to get it to work.  Formatted harddrive as MBR not uefi, gone through the truly bizarre methods required to get the computer register in bios that I wanted the DVD drive as the first option, F10 and Escaped innumerable times.  Bottom line, whoever designed and implemented the bios on the Envy 700-074 MUST be kept away from future involvement on bios implementation!

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Hi all I wanted to change Secure Boot to disabled, but after reboot I'm stuck on this message: Secure boot A request has been made to change this system's secure boot configuration.which may affect the secure boot keys and/or disable secure boot. Please type in and enter the below number for authorization. 0124 I've tried two different keyboards (that worked previously), but it doesn't accept / register anything I type... so the only thing I can do is to hit the power button to turn the computer off, turn it back on and end up on the samme message (different code, though) 

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Ok im about to upgrade to win 10 then do a clean install afterwards of win 10, but i wanted to assure i have everything correct before i start. I updated again my profile with Belarc to assure i have a completed list of my software, i notice this Boot mode uefi with secure boot disable, here im a rookie. I have an Alienware Aurora R4 desktop, do i have to go into bios and change secure boot to enable? I read lots of articles but cant simplify with my dumb brain what to do at this stage, appreciate any help.

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Hi,
I have an XPS 13 9360 that I wanted to use to test and run diagnostics for several PCIe drivers. My current setup involves a Plextor PCIe drive that I use daily. 
Before I put in one of the PCIe drives to test, I ran the diagnostics (Press F12 during boot to get there) on my current drive to see how it goes. But when the diagnostics get to the hard drive test, it skips it saying "Hard Drive Not Installed". 
The drive I have boots up perfectly fine with the current settings with legacy boot. Is it because the test will only detect drives with UEFI enabled? The problem is that when I upgraded my drive, I could not find a way to boot up with it in UEFI mode. After installing Windows on the PCIe drive (I upgraded from a normal m.2), I tried enabling UEFI mode but every time it would fail to start up also saying "Hard Drive Not Installed". So I just left it in legacy mode.
I'm not aware of any available M.2 NVMe to USB adapters that would simplify this for me but I was wondering if anyone else ran into any troubles doing the diagnostics with a PCIe drive? I'm sure the XPS 13's that come with PCIe drives are configured properly though. Not sure how to get mine working in UEFI mode. Any help is much appreciated

Answer:XPS 13 9360 - Diagnostics does not recognize PCIe Drive in Legacy Boot

PCIe drives normally require the UEFI configuration

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Hi all, I've been a long-time reader of this forum, but this is my first message. I bought last year a T420 from eBay and promptly installed Ubuntu on the HDD. Last week I bought a Samsung mSATA SSD to reinstall Ubuntu on it and use the HDD as data disk. I took the opportunity to test UEFI and enabled UEFI in the BIOS. The installation was successful but when I plugged it to the dock station I lost the USB connectivity (no USB keyboard or wireless mouse), so I decided to revert UEFI to "legacy" and reinstall it. To my surprise, once I reverted to "legacy" boot I lost the ability to boot from any of the possibilities: the original HDD or even the Ubuntu DVD install media. I've played with all the BIOS options, going back to UEFI boot, and it doesn't even detect now my installation on the SSD  I went yesterday to an official Lenovo shop and they told me it was a software issue and that reverting back to BIOS should be enough, so I downloaded the "BIOS Update Bootable CD" from: http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/downloads/migr-77076 but it doesn't boot either, so I'm really stuck and any help would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks in advance.Pablo

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After reading through lots and lots of posts and tutorials, I'm still a little confused. I worked for a carpenter one summer when I was a kid and he stressed the philosophy of measuring twice and cutting once as a rule to live by. So, before I fire up my saw, I thought I would seek a little clarification. I expect to get my new 60GB Intel 520 SSD delivered today and here's what I would like to do.

First, here's my system Info:

ASUS P8Z77-V/Pro/Thunderbolt with i7 3770 (non-K) and 2x4GB Trident X Series 2400 RAM
60GB Intel 520 SSD
500GB WD HDD
SW DVD

Okay. I had Windows 7 Home Premium installed on the HDD, but in anticipation of using the new SSD as the boot drive, I cleaned it with Diskpart>clean all. Now, I would like to do a fresh install on the SSD from the DVD drive and use the following xml (from Keri), that I now have on a USB, to move the User and program data to the HDD.






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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<unattend xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:unattend">
<settings pass="oobeSystem">
<component name="Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup" processorArchitecture="amd64"
publicKeyToken="31bf3856ad364e35" language="neutral" versionScope="nonSxS"
xmlns:wcm="http://schemas.microsoft.com/WMIConfig/2002/State"
xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance">
<FolderLocations&... Read more

Answer:Boot Priority & Boot Device Control for New SSD as boot drive

We link to tutorials so you'll have illustrated steps for a specific suggestions. It's one of the main reasons we are the top tech forum on the web.

I would not move User folders as we've had feedback indicating unintended consequences. Much easier to copy your User folders to the HD data partition, rightclick each to add to the related Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums. Keep the emptied C user folder in Library so you can see if anything lands there and drag it over to data drive in same window.

Install most-used programs to C, if space gets too tight uninstall and reinstall lesser used programs to data drive.

To save space you can set paging file to 2gb: Change Virtual Memory Paging File.
If you don't rely on it you can turn off Hibernate in Power Options, though it is perfected in Win7. These are trade-offs that must be decided with a small SSD.

Here are customized install steps for you:

Unplug all other HD's and peripherals,

Check for a BIOS update. If none boot into BIOS setup, reset to defaults, save changes. Next if an EFI BIOS, enable Legacy BIOS, set DVD drive first to boot, SSD second. Then set SATA controller to AHCI. Save changes and Exit.

Then boot into installer DVD or flash stick burned or written using tool and latest ISO for your licensed OS version here.

At first installer screen Press Shift + F10 to open a Command Box, type:

DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK 0 (after confirmi... Read more

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I have two Asus M5A97 R 2.0 LE and one Asus M5A97 R 2.0 MBs. I want to do the following:

Duel booth them in the following manner. The main OS will be on an SSD. The trial (Win 10) will be on a second HD (not SSD.)

In addition, I want to use a third HD for data and do this on a clean install.

I know how to move the user folder by doing a single clean install but I am not sure I can have two Win OSs on two different drives using the same third HD to place the user folder.

My plan is to keep the OSs totally separate and using the bios to select the drives.

1) Can this be done?
2) Is it best for me to DISABLE SECURE BOOT IF I DO THIS?

Answer:New Builds: Duel Boot, ? Secure Boot

Secure boot is a pain. might as well disable it.

With all HD's disconnected except the SSD. Install the main OSDisconnect the SSD and connect the second HD. Install Win 10Connect everything back: SSD, HD1,HD2Boot up using the boot menu if available so you don't have to reconfigure the BIOS.

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Starting issue may 2017
Quick Solution for UEFI base mode
I'll try to write it in English :)
Step by step According to the pictures...
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The system restarting...
Wait and see if my magic has succeeded ...

Answer:100% FIX : Win 10 - No boot device & Secure Boot..signature..

Hi GETRO ,
Thank you for writing to Dell community forum.
Hope the system works fine now?
Let me know if you have any other queries

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Message on PC appeared to be hijackware. I shut down and am trying to boot to Kaspersky DVD rescue disk.Followed instructions according to http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03659945Disabled Secure Boot, shut down, restarted; new boot menu only shows windows boot manager options.what to do!

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Due to the issue with Windows 7 being too dark on the Ideapad S400 (backlight issue), I decided to roll back to windows 8. To install Windows 7 from our deployment server I changed the BIOS to Legacy Support., but then to install Windows 8 I changed the BIOS back to UEFI but now under FI (Boot) only the network card is listed and not the hard-drive. If I roll back to BIOS to legacy then the hard-drive is listed as a boot device. Sound like a bug. I really got the feeling that the BIOS of the Ideapad S400 is a beta. Will Lenovo issue a BIOS update in the near future? This is the worse laptop I've even seen so far!  













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Answer:hard-drive not listed in BIOS after changing boot mode from Legacy to UEFI.

hi bthjf1,
 
AFAIK, to see the HDD under UEFI boot on the BIOS, you must install Windows 8 in UEFI (HDD being formatted as GPT).
 
Try to:
1. Install Windows 8 in UEFI as stated in this guide.
2. Boot into the BIOS, press F9 to reset BIOS to default then check if HDD is now listed under EFI boot
 
 
Hope this helps

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Im looking for a program that will allow me to make a boot cd that will zero out my entire harddrive. What I mean by this is a prog that will completly erase my computers drive, windows and all. Making my drive as though I just bought it with no left over files on it. Any ideas?
 

Answer:boot and secure hard drive

pop out your drive put it into another pc as a slave and format it
 

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We just bought a WD 2TB My Book Elite external hard drive. When we boot the computer into Windows 7 and plug in the USB cable, the drive is recognized and assigned a drive letter. Everything looks normal--we can access the drive, read files on it, copy files to it, etc. However, next time we power up the computer, if this drive is attached, the computer won't boot. The Dell BIOS splash screen comes up and sits there for a while, then the screen goes black--and absolutely nothing else happens. If we then disconnect the drive and start the computer again, it boots normally. The external drive has the latest firmware and software installed, and we have the most current BIOS installed. Has anyone else run across this problem?

Answer:Can't boot if USB external drive attached

Try disabling boot from USB in your BIOS. Perhaps then it will stop trying to read the driver during boot. Also make sure your OS drive is the first one in the boot list.

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Computer hangs at first splash screen which offers the option to press "Enter" to interrupt the normal boot process.  The computer is locked at that point with no keyboard/mouse response.  Power off button to reboot.  Am not able to add USB and have it recognized until system is fully booted, i.e. The boot process never sees a boot device list which contains a USB device.  After bootup the computer sees the USB drive.  Any suggestions? Best Regards & Thanksklp1

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I've tried changing boot priority multiple times to have my CD/DVD drive boot first & the SSD second & 3rd disabled.

But it doesn't ever seem to save the settings and does NOT boot from the CD/DVD and instead goes directly to the SSD, either my Ubuntu or my Win7 SSD, whichever one I happen to have hooked up at the time.

Anyone know what the problem & solution is? This is getting very frustrating, I've been trying to do this for a couple weeks now and just no luck. I've tried multiple Secure Erase DVDs, one made through Samsung Magician & one made manually with an iso burner, both gave me same results regardless of SSD Ubuntu/Win7

Answer:Trying to Secure Erase SSD, bios won't boot from CD/DVD drive?

Hello, GreyWizard in BIOS are you sure you saved the changes? It would help if we knew your system specs.

Please fill out your System Specs



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Your System Specs will help us to help you, and doing it in this manner will make them available to all helpers in every post and keep us from hunting for them. We ask that you fill them out in as much detail as possible including Desktop or Laptop, Model number if it is an OEM computer and all components with the Manufacturer and Model number if possible.
If you will go to your last post and click the 'System Specs' in the bottom left of the post, you will find a link to update your system specs. Please fill those out in as much detail as possible, making sure to click save at the bottom of the page. If you would like to know what we would like, you can click 'My System Specs' at the bottom left of this post to see mine. If you do not know what your components are, this will help you accomplish this task. System Info - See Your System Specs

Most computers have a one time boot menu key. Every Motherboard is different. Some will tell you what it is on the loading screen. It tells the computer which drive to boot from this one time without changing the boot order in BIOS. If we knew which Motherboard you have it may help us to tell you which key it is.

Usually when it boots fron the CD drive, it will ask to push any button to boot from the DVD. You have to be quick as you only have a few sec... Read more

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Hi All,

My son dropped a book on his Samsung Np355V5C at uni the other week and cracked his screen. So now he is home for easter I've changed the screen but he has killed the hard disk at the same time though I am able to recover his docs using easeus recovery program.

I have gone and got him a new 1TB western Digital Hard drive today and fitted it but had the following problems when i tried to install Windows 7 Pro

I read through your clean install guide and reset the BIOS to defaults but when i then change the boot proirty to cd i get a red label saying

Secure Boot Violation

Invalid Signature detected. Check secure Boot Policy in Setup

OK

After restoring to defaults the boot order looks like this
Boot option Priorty

Boot option 1 [Windows Boot Manager (P0: WDC WD10JPVX-22JC3T0)
Boot Option 2 [Windows Boot Manager (P0: WDC WD10JPVX-22JC3T0)
Boot Option 3 UEFI: TSSTcorp CDDVDW SN-208DN

I have a windows 7 pro disk which has worked previously so could use some help please.

I dont' understand what is going wrong

Cheers

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I like the secure boot feature of Windows 8. If i want to test the Windows 8.1 preview along side my Windows 8 partition, will secure boot be enabled for both operating systems?
 

Answer:Secure Boot With Dual Boot

So Secure Boot can be enabled even on non-oem computers?

I didn't know that.
 

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Compaq PC running Win XP Home - Boots normally except for following issues.
When I plug in a Western Digital external drive system hangs on boot at detecting virtual CD drive.
Remove the drive and boots normally. Does the same when Virginmedia wireless dongle attached during boot.
Looked in BIOS settings and no boot options available (to disable) boot from USB device.
Tried various boot options in BISO but nothing seems to change.
The BIOS doesn't give many options for changing!
Any ideas to try would be great.
Thanks
 

Answer:Boot stops when external drive attached

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Hey guys I have an 80gb SATA that I want to connect to an older Dell mobo by using this: PATA IDE TO SATA Adapter Converter Card For 3.5 HDD DVD - eBay, Adaptors, Components, Computers. (end time 19-Oct-10 13:29:22 AEDST)

Is it possible to boot from the sata drive connected to that on the dell mobo? Sorry I don't know the mobo's name, it just has only IDE connectors.

So is it even possible to boot from these converters? The SATA drive only has a pin configuration to turn the speed down for older mobos. No slave or master setting.

I'm assuming the old Mobo is using IDE? Not AHCI. So there shouldn't be any problems right?

Thanks lots for any speedy assistance.

Answer:Can I boot from a drive attached to a PATA to IDE converter?

Not every converter will allow you to boot from the SATA drive. I've had a couple that will, but some friends have had problems getting theirs to work. It's a bit of a crap shoot at best.

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I want to install a samsung 840 250gb ssd instead of the 1tb hard drive my laptop came with. But when I try and boot of windows disc I get secure boot. Image failed to verify *ACCESS DENIED* Press any key to continue.Thank you for any help.













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Answer:U410 hard drive upgrade secure boot

Nevermind I figured it out. Had to change it from uefi to legacy.

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Hi, i have a Lenovo Ideapad Z585 running Windows 8, secure boot, gpt paritioning and UEFI bios.
The laptop comes with a factory shipped 1TB Sata drive which i want to replace with a Kingston V300 SDD 120GB drive.

I have followed this guide How to Migrate OS to new Hard disk.Ive run this in another desktop, it completes and i shut down, remove the destination and insert it into the laptop - power up and it blue screens with There has been an unexpected error message. Trying to access the recovery partition says it is damaged but looks like its almost going to load. Looking at the drive in EaseUS paritition master the paritions look a perfect copy apart from the proportional sizing.

AHCI is enabled in bios - i've tried EaseUS Backup clone, task was successfull but again blue screens but this time with a attached device cant be found.

One thing i wasnt sure about, the PC i done the cloning in has a RAID stripe setup but not sure if this effects it.
Any one had success in cloning a GPT drive over to a SSD? Am i missing something
I cant do a fresh installation of windows 8 as i dont have recovery discs, nor does the onekey recovery software allow me to do so and id like to keep the recovery parition in tact really.

Any help much appreciated!

Answer:Migrating / Cloning GPT Secure Boot HDD to SDD Hard drive

Lenovo Ideapad Z585








I cant do a fresh installation of windows 8 as i dont have recovery discs,



Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

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We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD. (Windows 8 only)
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 (Windows 8 only)




I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
How to make Lenovo Windows 8 Recovery DVD
Lenovo Solution Center shows CD/DVD recovery media for Microsoft Windows 8 - ThinkCentre, ThinkStation, ThinkPad, IdeaPad, IdeaCentre

or
You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.
You can Order Lenovo Recovery Disks from here:
Lenovo Support - Home (US)
Click on Parts & Accessories.
or
https://www.lenovorecovery.com/Extranet/Home.aspx

From the manual for Lenovo G480.







Originally Posted by Lenovo


When the hard disk drive or solid state drive is replaced because of a failure, no
product recovery program is on the new drive. In this case, you must use the
Recovery Disc Set for the computer. Order the Recovery Disc Set and the drive at
the same time so that you can recover the... Read more

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I've started a new thread because at least one of my issues (no recovery partition) was resolved by running a full recovery with the discs provided by Lenovo.  I had two issues when I called Support:  1) I had no recovery partition and 2) I could not boot with my empty (no disc) external optical drive attached to my computer.  Both items were, according to Lenovo, to be resolved by running recovery.  No such luck! After 2+ hours on the phone with Support, the "supervisor" told me the problem could be with my hard drive (160GB) and upgraded RAM (2GB).  I'm not technical in this way and don't know if this is possible.  I bought my S10e from an authorized dealer.  I know he upgraded the RAM but can't be sure about the hard drive (not sure if it was factory installed or not). Anyway.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.   

Answer:S10e can't boot w/external optical drive attached

Go into the BIOS configuration and set the hard drive as the first boot device. Post the results.





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Just bought ideaPad Z570, and but, with my Seagate external USB drive attached, the system could not "cold" boot. The system hung with Lenovo logo appeared on screen. Couldn't even get into BIOS via F2. The only way I got out of the hang was by removing the USB drive; then the system started booting normally. Once the system was up; I could than re-attach the USB drive with everything normal. The system could boot up, even with USB drive attached, if I did  "restart", but not with "Cold boot" (Power off then power on). I took the following actions, but the problem persisted: a. Updated BOIS to 45CN38WW.b. Confirm BIOS boot priority as default setting, I even moved the USB HDD to the last one (6th).c. Tried to eliminate the USB HDD from the BIOS boot list, but couldn't.  Help.

Answer:Z570 unable to "cold" boot with USB drive attached

can you confirm that you want to boot-up your computer without removing the usb device?

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I have an Acer Revo and installed my free Windows 7 upgrade disc one week ago with an external DVD drive. The install went swimmingly and no problems were apparent.

I removed my Samsung external DVD drive when finished and all was well. However, when I turned on the Revo the next day, Windows 7 would only get as far as the splash screen and then hung with a blank screen.

If I space bar, the cursor works, I get a blue windows screen (at a diff aspect ratio to the screen) and right click works which gives me some options (but nothing that allows me to kick start the process). There are no user options and no desktop items. I have checked that view is set correctly etc.

I have tried Ctrl Alt Del which just kills the blue screen and mouse/cursor movement.

My only option at this point is to hard shutdown.

HOWEVER, if I plug in the external DVD drive, it will boot normally and work fine.

I have entered te BIOS and changed the order of boot, to no avail.

It will also revert to this dormant screen if it goes into sleep mode.

My work around has been to set sleep to NEVER and keep the external plugged in, but that defeats the object of buying the REVO.

I have searched the internet for a solution, but so far, no luck.

I tried updating the NVIDIA driver but that would not install properly.

Any ideas anyone? Please???

Answer:Windows 7 wont boot without external DVD drive attached

*Have you thought of disabling the drive in the BIOS?

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I have a 7 yr old home brew system with a PCI SATA card with 2 ports. It's got 2 hard drives and boots and runs fine until I replaced the original optical drive that had gone "read only" on me with a new SATA drive and plugged it into the PCI card. On boot up, I get the same message you get with a non boot floppy in a floppy drive. "Disk boot failure, insert a system disk and press enter". If I unplug the SATA cable from the PCI card it boots fine. I have the optical set as the 2nd boot device in the BIOS and even tried disabling it with the same result. The PCI SATA I/F card works fine as I previously had a hard drive tied to it.

Any ideas? Plan B is to swap drives with my new system that has an old PATA drive that I sprayed black and paint it beige again to match the old system.
 

Answer:Solved: can't boot w SATA opticall drive attached

Does the card support optical drives? Was the old drive also SATA? What is the make and model of the SATA controller card?
 

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i'm running windows xp and have all the service packs. the problem i am having is occurring on both my gateway tower pc and my dell laptop. after attaching a 320 gb external hard drive to either pc (using a firewire connection to the gateway pc and a firewire to mini-usb on the dell laptop, i find that the computers recognize the attachment of the drive when the attachment is done after the machines are running but, if i try to restart the units when the drive is attached and turned on, i get into a boot loop when windows xp starts to fire up. my only option is to turn off the power, disconnect the drive and restart from scratch. when i do this, i get a message that the shutdown was not done "correctly" and i simply indicate to restart "normally"...i don't need to restart in "safe" mode. once restarted, i can reconnect the drive and turn it on and everything works fine. what do i need to do to get the pc's to restart with the drive attached? any help would be much appreciated....and i'm a little more than a novice with this stuff...but no expert by any means........thanks ps. the drive is a western electric IEDE type
 

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My T460 suddenly would not boot. After showing the lenovo logo it stops at the boot menu, without beeping or any sound. I try to select the options on the boot menu to boot from hard drive and usb. But none of these work. The screen just flash briefly and nothing happens. I have replaced the hard drive and memory on this laptop and installed ubuntu. It all works fine until recently. Any idea what causes the problem?

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I just replaced the HDD in my new T460 and the Recovery USB Stick that I prepared is not recognized as a Boot source when I select F12.Prior to installing the new SSD drive, I created a Recovery Disck on a new Lexar USB 2.0 Thumb drive.  The T460 reported that the Recovery drive was created successfully, and I have checked the contents of the USB drive on another Thinkpad, and everything looks good.  I also had that system check the USB stick and it reported that the no problems were detected.Unfortunately, after all the time spent making the drive and subsequently replacing the HDD with the SSD drive, I can't get the USB memory to be recognized as a boot source - the only options that are listed are the ATA HDD0 (which is listed as the Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB, and which is blank) and the PCI LAN (IPv4 and IPv6).  None of these options work, of course.Since installing the SSD, I ran the Lenovo diagnostics on the entire system, and everything checks out fine.  Prior to installing the SSD, the system was fully functional - so it should be OK.I have tried making minor changes to the BIOS Utility settings to see if the USB will be recognized - but nothing works.  USB UEFI is enabled (to allow booting from the USB), Boot Order Lock is disabled, and I have tried both UEFI Only as a boot option as well as "Legacy".Does anyone have any idea what I need to do to get the USB drive recognized so that I can perform the Recovery Media (the USB drive) will work?&... Read more

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I have an Asus M5 A97 that boots and does everything fine as long as I don't have an external drive attached to it. (It will work with little USB drives in but, not not the WD 1.5 TB).

I read another thread on this forum that suggested it was a case problem. Unfortunately the discussion had no conclusion/resolution so I don't know how the problem was resolved or if it was resolved. And normal Google searches were unhelpful. Asus' self guided diagnostic was not helpful either.

Anyone have any ideas on how to fix this.

System boots to the point of entering the BIOS. So I get a screen that instructs me to push "delete Key" to enter BIOS and it doesn't work. The machine just hangs there. Unhook the external and no problem.

Thanks for your consideration
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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD FX(tm)-6100 Six-Core Processor, AMD64 Family 21 Model 1 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 6
RAM: 8138 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6670, -2048 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 123789 MB, Free - 9969 MB; D: Total - 179852 MB, Free - 76351 MB; G: Total - 1021005 MB, Free - 157867 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC., M5A97
Antivirus: avast! Internet Security, Updated and Enabled
 

Answer:Asus M5 A97 wont boot with external hard drive attached

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My laptop started clicking and going to LAN boot, so I opened it up and looked at the hard drive. Everything seemed fine, it just wouldn't boot. Then I removed the metal casing around it, and stuck the hard drive back in. Everything booted as normal. Chkdsk shows nothing wrong with the hard drive, and I'm unsure why removing the casing would affect booting. Any thoughts/solutions?













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Answer:Y480 - Laptop won't boot with hard drive casing attached.

Hi Blue,
 
maybe re-attaching the HDD fixed a poor contact,
if you re-mount the HDD casing, does the no-boot issue appear again?
 
Zehn

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I have my main boot drive attached to the motherboard and several other drives attached to Adaptec 71608 one of which is also a boot, both windows 10 64 bit.
After booting to this drive attached to the Adaptec, I updated the Maxview Storage manager software. I now get a BSOD now when I boot to that drive. BAD SYSTEM CONFIG INFO.
I can boot to the drive attached to the motherboard. Windows automatic repair doesn't work.
Any ideas?

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I bought my thinkpad t460 about a week ago and it has a very strange problem. The laptop randomly refuses to startup on the onboard battery as if it has been disabled. The battery is activated once the ac adapter is plugged in then I can remove the ac adapter and the laptop starts up as normal. The problem abruptly solved itseld 2 days back but is has reappeared agian after I added addiitonal ram. I have checked everything in the bios settings and it does not seem to be the problem. I am goimg to update the bios and see if it helps. If anyone has found out the solution for this then please do let me know. I'll update this thread once I have updated the bios and let you guys know if it solved my problem.

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Hello! I bought a brand new T460 6 weeks ago (received it one month ago), and for a few days, I've been facing a strange problem: sometimes, it simply doesn't start up whithout an external power supply, even when both batteries (the internal one and the removable 72 Wh unit) are fully loaded. No LED blinks, and I can't hear any sound but the 'click' of the power button (which seems to work normally) when I press it, as if the internal battery wasn't enabled. This problem appears randomly, but most of the time when I'm travelling and carrying it in my bag. I've checked all the parameters in the BIOS, enabled USB charge even on battery, tried disabling the internal battery and then enabling it again by plugging in the power cord, clearing the BIOS, but none of this worked. I have to admit I find quite frustrating to own a ?1,200 laptop with a true 14-hour autonomy (I tested it, and was really impressed), but not being able to turn it on without an electrical outlet... I would also prefer not to return it to Lenovo because I need it to work. For the moment, the only workaround I've found is to start it before leaving, and put it in sleep mode, which isn't optimal in my opinion, since I still lose actual autonomy - and anyway, I shouldn't have to do that on a new laptop. Has anyone encountered the same issue? Is there a reliable solution, maybe a BIOS patch or whatever? Thanks for your help!

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Question: legacy boot

Hi  Just wondering how to enable legacy boot on the HP Elite slice it is stuck in uefi thanks

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Question: Legacy not boot

New K450e always boots to UEFI; will not boot to Legacy.Need to boot to Legacy.CSM Enabled (to support Non-UEFI OSBoot Mode AutoBoot Priority Legacy first.Tested LEGACY ONLYPC would not boot with Legacy Only selected:No OS foundHow to force a Legacy boot?thankshime













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Answer:Legacy not boot

hi hime3i,
 
  A Legacy Boot will not work on an OS that is UEFI Installed.
 Reason why when you run a recovery CD you will have to select Legacy to detect the REcovery CD but after  Installation you will have to select UEFI again for it to work.
 
Can you share what is your purpose on a legacy boot? Maybe we can help
 
thanks
Solid Cruver
 





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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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Hey guys,
 
just reformatted my PC with Windows XP x64 bit edition,
 
After putting in my Mobo CD and installing the necessary drivers,
 
I restarted and got this message:
 
Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key
 
 
 
I looked around the internet for a bit, and most said to change the boot sequence in the BIOS to the primary drive,
it was already set to the primary drive, so I disabled the 2nd and 3rd boot choices.
 
 
But low and behold, I still got the message.
Although, a couple times, I was able to get to Windows.
Then when I restart, I get the message again.
 
 
So I'm not really sure what to do.
 
 
Thanks to anyone who would like to help.

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

First...system manufacturer and model?
 
Just guessing...but I would disconnect the hard drive and reconnect it...then see if the BIOS properly recognizes the hard drive.  If it does, then I would try to boot.
 
I would also enable all boot options in the BIOS...and try to boot from an option other than the hard drive, if you have a bootable XP CD, bootable USB, etc.  Save all changes made by hitting F10.
 
If the system can boot from an alternate option but not from the HD...it's probably a hard drive situation.
 
If the BIOS doesn't cannot retain the changed settings or you start getting other hardware errors...my guess would be CMOS battery needs replacement.
 
Louis

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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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Hello,

I have dual boot in my laptop with Ubuntnu 14.04 LTS and Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. Today after working on Ubuntu I restarted and switched to Windows and as soon as it logged in I noticed the battery was 0%. I thought maybe it was some kind of glitch or something (silly me!) so I just pulled the power supply and the laptop abruptly turned off. My laptop battery is completely dead now...won't charge at all and after that incident when I tried to log back into Windows it showed this error:

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware of software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1.Insert your Windows installation disc and restart the computer.
2.Choose your language settings, and then click "Next".
3.Click "Repair your computer."

If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

Status: 0xc000000f

Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.

I don't have an installation disc, I tried pressing F8 and none of the options there helped. Ubuntu still works totally fine though. So I'm guessing it is not some hard drive crash and my data are fine in Windows but I just can't boot into it! Please Help!!

Answer:Dual Boot: Win7: Boot Manager Status: 0xc000000f boot selection failed

Are you using GRUB2 as bootmanager and is windows one of the options? Or do you start ubuntu from the win7 boot menu?

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recently i woke up, went in my computer room, and saw the screen was black with the following message displayed
"Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device"

so i rebooted and windows started fine

couple days later same thing happened, only it won't reboot, just comes back to the same screen

the hard drive is the only thing showing bios (samsung hdd), but when i hook up as slave drive to another comp, it only shows the usb/sata adapter, not the drive, also noticed the dreaded hard drive clicking noise, i really don't want to send to a data recovery company due to cost, but my family photos are on there and i have no backups, are there any other options?
 

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I'v have just bought a Dell Inspiron N5110 from car boot sale. This laptop turns on but will not get past the screen shown in the photo. Hard drive has been removed, all other parts are still in place. The guy who sold this laptop, had the hard drive removed.
Specs:
Intel Core i5 Processor (unsure of exact speed or generation because unable to access desktop due to error).
4GB RAM
15" Screen
HDMI, USB, Ethernet ports, and SD card reader
Questions:
 
1. What does this error mean:
Reboot and Select proper Boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press any key.
 
2. I want to install a 1TB 2.5" hard drive. If yes, which Western Digital hard drive should I go for?
 
3. Curently it has 4GB RAM installed. Want to install 8GB RAM to optimise performance. please tell me which make/brand should I go for?
 
4. I also have a Dell recovery operating system windows 7 home premium from another Dell Laptop. Will this Dell recovery opertaing system work and install Windows 7 using the key located underneath the laptop near the battery area of the Dell Inspiron N5110?
 
Thanks in advance!!

Answer:Error message at boot up: Reboot and Select proper Boot device or insert boot...

The first thing you are going to need to do is to purchase and install a hdd.
 
Newegg has a Western Digital 1TB hdd for $69.99 plus tax and shipping. 
 
You will then need to install Windows Home Premium 64-bit.  You can download a ISO image of your operating system here.
 
You will need to burn the ISO image to a DVD to create a bootable installation disc.  
 
How to burn ISO image using Windows Burn Disk Image.
 
Notice:  This applies only to Windows 7 and Windows 8, earlier versions do not have this.  
 
1.  Place a blank CD or DVD in the tray of your optical drive and close the tray.
 
2.  After you have downloaded the ISO image you want to burn right click on the Start orb, then choose Windows Explorer.
 
3.  When Explorer opens click on Downloads in the left pane.  Scroll down till you find the ISO file you want and double click on it.  Click on Burn Disk Image.
 
4.  In the image below you will see Disk burner:, this should be set to the optical drive you want to use.  Click on Verify disc after burning if you want to Windows to verity the disc image after burn.  Click on burn.
 

 
5.  In the image below you can see that the green progress bar, when the image is finished burning the bar will be filled.
 

 
6.  After the image has completed being burned click on Close.
 
If you need a tutorial for installing the operating sy... Read more

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So basically, my computer has been doing this for awhile:

I will be running my computer, and it will randomly say

"Reboot and select a proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device"
or something similar to that.

It used to only do it about once every week, but now it's up to almost every day. I will post the
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? OS - Windows 7? x64 ? What was original installed OS on system? Windows 7 ? Is the OS an OEM version (came pre-installed on system) or full retail version (YOU purchased it from retailer)? pre installed ? Age of system (hardware) ~2 years ? Age of OS installation - have you re-installed the OS? ~ 2 years ? CPU ? Video Card NVIDIA? GeForce? GTX 460M 1.5GB GDDR5 VRAM ? MotherBoard ? Power Supply - brand & wattage - not that relevant ? System Manufacturer Asus ? Exact model number (if laptop, check label on bottom) ASUS - Notebooks- ASUS G73Jw
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I will post the BSOD File Collection app as soon as it is ready in the morning. It's been waiting for auto run to complete for a half hour now and it's 3:50 am...

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

I finished getting the other file, but it is 6 mb, which means it's too big to upload. So I guess I can email it to you if you want it, or if you can provide me another way of attaching it I could do that too.

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Hi everyoneI have a computer; an Acer Aspire M3641 with OS Vista Home Premium 32 bit.My computer does have 2 harddisks and one of them is defect. So i putted the defect one out.Now I use 1 harddisk of 600gb. After installation of vista, the pc reboots and then i get these error: "Reboot and select a proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press any key"My bios drives information:Sata PRI MASTER channel: WDC-WD6400AAKS-22A Sata PRI SLAVE channel: NOTHING Sata SEC MASTER channel: NOTHING Sata SEC SLAVE channel: HC-DT-ST-DVDRAM Before I installed vista and after changing the order and taking off of the defect drive I did get that error too.Could someone help me?Thanks in advance..

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

I've deleted your other post. Only one is needed.

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Boot problem, Lenovo T60 (type 2007-CTO) !!!After installation of a SSD HDDComputer hangs during boot, atACPI: EC: EC description table is found, configuring boot EC Please advice:BIOS version 2.26Tested BIOS configuration with SATA: AHCI and Compatibility. with no difference. Blacklap

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Hey guys,
Thanks ahead of time for the help. I can honestly say I'm dumbfounded with this issue and would rather ask for help then hook up my master HD as a slave and force a reformat which would be my next step.

Anyways, here's the background on the issue.

Rig:
AMD Athlon 64 3700+ OC'd to 2.75ghz
Asus A8N SLI Deluxe Mobo
BFG Tech Nvidia 7800 GTOC x2 (SLI)
Dual Sata Hd's, both the 3gb/s connection. (750gb main/250gb Backup)
Sound Blaster XFI Fatal1ty sound card
Creative modem blaster v.92 dialup modem ( @ dialup)

A few days ago, not quite sure why, but when I booted the comp the graphics card proceeded to tweak out and basically looked like fuzz upon entering windows. Eventually after hard resetting it a few times it'd boot normal. Today, I was running Nvidia NTune utility to find a stable OC setup for my PCI bus and what not, and it rebooted as normal during the process. Graphics card tweaked again, so I did what I know to do and uninstalled/reinstalled the drivers for my 7800's. Seemingly fixed the problem. Rebooted and resumed the OC process and went to watch TV.

45 Minutes later I come back and my computer is rebooting itself constantly. Upon getting the the xp loading screen, it BSoD's and reboots.

So, I try and boot in safemode to uninstall/reinstall drivers yet again. When I press safemode, it begins loading basic drivers. When it gets to SPTD.sys it pauses, locks up, and reboots (no BSoD)

Next step, repair through XP installer di... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] BSoD on standard boot, safe mode boot, and xp install disc boot

Update:

Well, a friend needed me to fix a design for him emergency status in Illustrator CS3, so I went to work troubleshooting.

All signs point to NTFS.sys being corrupt, etc. Which makes the drive unreadable, hence the reboots.

So, I snagged my dads IDE harddrive from his computer, hooked it up as master in my computer and it still gave me the BSoD. I then unhooked both of my Sata Hd's, and ran ONLY the IDE drive. This IDE drive is fine (i'm on it right now on my dads comp to write this). I try and boot my system off just his harddrive and it STILL gave me the BSoD.

Only difference is the BSoD is staying up now on normal boot so I can give you the error.

Error code is 0x0000007B? I believe.

But yeah, the computer is still unable to boot off a good HD even with the bad ones not hooked up.

Now I'm thinking a memory issue? or Video ram issue? Fried GPU/RAM?

AHHHHHH!!!!! i have no idea what to do. This is ridiculous. meanwhile my friend is screwed on his design for a t-shirt i told him i'd do.

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I'm wondering if this is at all possible on an external HARD DRIVE, not FLASH STICK.

I'd like to be able to take a large external hard drive, and partition the first 20% to use for boot images with some kind of boot loader, and the rest for data partitions.

Otherwise, can someone help me find an article to show how to get the following onto a usb flash drive along with a boot loader (and how big of a flash drive do i need?)

-ubuntu live environment
-bart PE
-ultimatebootcd
-disk wipe
-windows xp install
 

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