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Reboot and Select proper boot device

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by philross2010, Feb 28, 2010.

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  1. philross2010

    philross2010 Thread Starter

    Feb 28, 2010
    Hi there,
    I have suddenly started to experience the following error message on boot up - 'Reboot and select proper boot device...' this prevents the pc booting any further. However if I reboot and go into the bios, the HDD is not listed (a Maxtor SATA 230GB), if I then go to third slave IDE device in the bios, click on this to see that its on 'auto detect' and then the bios recognises the HDD. I then have to press F10 save and exit - the system will then boot into Windows XP. However the next time I reboot I come back to the same error.
    Or, if after getting the 'Reboot and select proper boot device error', I then press Ctrl-Alt-Del, the system will reboot into Windows XP without a problem.
    I have altered the boot priority sequence to all the combinations and that makes no difference. I have completely reformatted the HDD and installed Windows XP - no difference. I have tried repair from Windows XP recovery console, 'fixmbr' etc - no difference. I do not think its a cable connection error because I havent been inside the box.
    All the disk checking software says there is nothing wrong with the disk.
    I do not get any freezing or BSOD at all.
    I am totally and complete stuck and would really appreciate any help
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