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Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Bobby287, Dec 17, 2007.

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  1. Bobby287

    Bobby287 Thread Starter

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    I haven't installed anything new on my computer but today after having my computer shipped to me via UPS I cut on my computer and where the XP load bar screen was I got:

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

    Seeing this I knew I went into the BIOS setup and tried to turn the system priority to look at the HDD. Instead I only had the option of the DVD drive and the CD drive.

    I have no idea how to solve this problem and don't have any of the recovery CD's!!!! I DO NOT WANT TO REFORMAT because like a bad little boy I did not backup my 4 years worth of work.

    I know this problem is often user specific so PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME!!!!
     
  2. Elvandil

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    No HD in BIOS? You won't have to worry about formatting or anything else until the hard drive is recognized.

    What make/model of machine?
     
  3. Bobby287

    Bobby287 Thread Starter

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    When I say no HDD in BIOS. I mean I presses F1 got the setup utility, went to boot, then boot priority, on the first channel was the DVD drive and on the second was the CD rom. I could rearrange these two but could not change to another one. Now maybe I was in the wrong menu but those were the only two options there. My computer specs are as follows:

    Product Details
    Product MPN
    MPN pj510aa
    Key Features
    Form Factor Tower

    Processor Intel Pentium 4 3 GHz

    Chipset Intel 915 G

    Installed Memory 512 MB (DDR SDRAM)

    Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

    Recommended Use Home Use
    Processor
    Processor Type Intel Pentium 4

    Processor Speed 3 GHz

    Processor Manufacturer Intel

    Socket Type Socket LGA775

    Processor Upgradability Upgradable
    Motherboard
    Bus Speed 800 MHz
    Memory
    RAM Technology DDR SDRAM

    Installed RAM 512 MB

    Max Supported RAM 4 GB

    Number of Memory Slots 4 x 184 Pin DIMMs

    Supported RAM Speeds 400 MHz

    Installed Cache Memory 1 MB
    Technical Features
    Integrated Input/Output Ports USB 2.0 x 7 • FireWire (IEEE1394a) x 2 • Serial Port x 1 • RJ45 Lan Port x 1 • PS/2 Mouse x 1 • PS/2 Keyboard x 1 • Parallel Port (ECP/EPP/SPP) x 1

    Expansion Bays 2 x 5.25" (External Access) • 1 x 3.5" (Internal Access) • 2 x 3.5" (External Access)

    Expansion Slots PCI Express x16 x 1 • PCI x 3

    Other Features Hyper Thread Technology Ready
    Hard Drive
    Hard Drive Capacity 200 GB

    Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA

    Hard Drive Rotation Speed 7,200 RPM

    Controller Type Serial ATA • DMA/ATA-100 (Ultra)
    CD / DVD
    Optical Drive Type DVD+RW

    Optical Drive Read Speed 12x (DVD) • 40x (CD)

    Optical Drive Write Speed 24x (CD-R) • 8x (DVD+R)

    Optical Drive ReWrite Speed 10x (CD-RW) • 4x (DVD+RW)

    2nd Optical Drive CD-ROM

    2nd Optical Drive Read Speed 48x (CD)
    Audio / Video
    Graphic Processor Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900

    Video Out Ports 15 Pin D-Sub VGA port x 1

    Audio Input Microphone Jack • 2 x Line In

    Audio Output Type Sound Card • Headphones • Line out

    Integrated Audio Realtek ALC880
    Modem
    Modem Type Fax / Modem
    Networking
    Networking Type Integrated 10/100 Network Card

    Data Link Protocol Ethernet • Fast Ethernet
    Dimensions
    Width 15.2 in.

    Depth 16.5 in.

    Height 7.5 in.
    Warranty
    Warranty 1 Year
    Miscellaneous
    OS Certified Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

    Release Date 2 September, 2004

    Product ID 22845086
     
  4. Elvandil

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    Looks like the drive died, but check your connections if you haven't done so. The menu you mentioned should have the HD in it. There may also be another that lists all the IDE devices and their parameters.
     
  5. Bobby287

    Bobby287 Thread Starter

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    So thats your help? Your not going to walk me through the menu to make sure? Or help me get to the peripheral menu?!!!


    I want a second opinion or at least someone who is going to be a little bit more pragmatic and through.
     
  6. TheOutcaste

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    Would have helped if you'd mentioned that this is an HP PC.

    When you first enter the BIOS, on the MAIN screen, that lists your drives. You should see the HD, the DVD, and the CD. If you don't see a hard drive listed, I would first open the case and check the power and data cable connections, especially since you just had this shipped to you. I would suspect something came loose.

    It's also possible the tower got bumped hard enough to damage the drive.
     
  7. nimd4

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    and perhaps the jumpers 2 :)
     
  8. Elvandil

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    There is no "walk-through" since BIOS's are not all the same. I assumed you could read English and process the options available.

    Buy a new drive. Pragmatic enough?
     
  9. nimd4

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    Hehe I was going to post that before I changed my mind xD
     
  10. Elvandil

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    :D(y):rolleyes:;)

    Is that "through" or "thorough"? I think we're through.
     
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