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Windows 7 Dual Boot No Boot Options Menu on Cold Boot

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by loanshark53, Jan 24, 2010.

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  1. loanshark53

    loanshark53 Thread Starter

    Jan 24, 2010
    I have a dual boot installation with Windows XP and Windows 7 on the same drive with two partitions. Both work just fine.

    However most times that I boot from a cold boot, I get NO Boot options menu, just a blank screen and the hard drive light glows red, but it doesn't really seem to be doing anything.

    If I press the reset switch, everything works just fine, the computer reboots, I get a boot options menu for selecting the operating system and either one boots up just fine.

    If I shutdown the machine for any period of time, I'll get the blank screen until I do a hard reset.

    It seems like the boot loader is not finding the ini file with the options, but only on a cold boot? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
  2. fenderjaguar


    Jun 10, 2004
    Long shot, but could it possibly be a dead CMOS battery?
  3. loanshark


    Jun 20, 2005
    Unfortunately not something as simple as that. BIOS is maintaining all settings.
  4. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

    Jan 2, 2001
    Cold boot problems that go away after a reboot are very often pw supply problems. To do some troubleshooting, download HWMonitor and install. Run HWMonitor for a while and post a screenshot of it here. This will monitor your voltages and show if any are dropping down ie bad pw supply.

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