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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[System Volume Information]

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Any help or recommendations would greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

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

How many times have you tried startup repair ?

It may take 3 attempts.

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

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

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

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

volume 1 c: shows up ok, 465GB, 202GB free
I can't 'active... Read more

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

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

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

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

The SeaTools tests passed without issue.

Chkdsk didn't find any problems.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hello all,

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

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

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

I built the computer almost 3 years ago.

Specs: New egg list is here, not sure if you can see..

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

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

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

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

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


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

chkdsk -


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

Elevated CMD should now be opened, type the following:

chkdsk x: /r

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

chkdsk c: /r

Restart system and let chkdsk run.

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you in advance

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you in advance

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

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

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

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Hello All,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



<also posted to US forum, inadvertently>

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

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

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

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

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

Recovery medium can be ordered here:

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Help, please!

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

I had no prior warning or problems with my computer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Help, please?

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

Please someone!

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

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

Im running Windows 7 Home premium 64bit.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I have a Compaq Presario running Windows 7.

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

There ... Read more

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

Anyone know how to fix this?

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

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

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Hello guys!

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

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

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

A:"Reboot and select proper boot device" issue

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

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Hello All,

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

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

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

When in Setup, I see:

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

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

It looks like my BI... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Virtual Drives: None Detected!

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

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

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

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

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

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

A:Startup error "Please select proper boot device"

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

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

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

Thanks to anyone that showed interest in my thread.

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Hi, guys.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

the manufacturer screen for the mainboard appears normally.

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you!

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

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

Windows Boot Loader
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A:"reboot and select proper boot device" weirdness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and welcome to the Forum

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

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Hi Everyone,

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

It is a Windows XP OS.

Any help is greatly appreciated.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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Hey all,

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

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

The issue occurs like this:

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

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

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

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

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

Plug everything in power up and:

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

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

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

What do I need to do from here?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I have run chkdsk and memory test without any errors.

My motherboard is the MSI Z87-G55.

A:"Reboot and select proper boot device"

Just installed newest BIOS, it didn't help.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A:"Reboot & Select Proper Boot Device"

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

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

Any ideas?

A:"Reboot and select proper boot device"?

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

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

A:"Reboot and Select proper Boot device"?

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

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

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

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Hi guys

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

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

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

Any of you got other suggestions?

Thanks a lot!


A:"Reboot and Select proper Boot device"

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

Would be nice to not have to hire professional help!

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

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Hey guys,

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

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

What I have currently attempted:

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

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

A few questions that I have are:

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

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

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

My motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P

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

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

My operating system is Windows 10.

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

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

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

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

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

Some help would be much appreciated, thanks!


A:Help! " Select proper Boot device "?

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

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

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

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

Yes it sounds like your C drive has developed problems

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

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

Hello Vinroy

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Hi all,

First timer, please help!

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

The only thing that is NOT NEW is:

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

This is the sequence of events:

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

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

I change the boot sequence back to SSD.

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

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

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

I change SSD to "1st... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hi all,

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

1. Tried to play with BIOS settings and SATA connections in every possible configuration.

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

3. Took out one stick of RAM and tried both in both slots.

4. Checked all cabling and recabled entire system from ground up.

5. Swapped out motherboard with a completely different brand new motherboard (the MSi 785GTM-E45).

6. Repeated steps 1-4 with new motherboard.

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

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

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

Did you try running "fixmbr" or "fixboot" from the repair console? Here's a M$ support page on that:

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

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

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

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

Any help is appreciated!

I attached a screenshot of my partitions from GParted.

Thanks in advance!

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

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

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

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

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

Are you certain the hard drive is receiving power?

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

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

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I'm trying to do a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit but i can't get the installer to load.
I have access to a Xubuntu install and a OS X install.
The original hard drive Windows 7 was installed on stopped working completely. So, I've bought a brand new one.
I followed the steps I did the first time I installed Windows 7 - converting the iso to and img with OS X's hdiutil and the dd command to burn it to a USB.
This time I would just get a "please insert proper boot media" error.
I went to my Xubuntu computer (it's used like a chromebook - i'm not a big linux guy) and tried WinUSB.
These USB keys lead to a screen that had a flashing underscore a few spaces from the top of the screen.
It dawned on me that the first thing I did when I installed windows the first time was update the bios. So I tried flashing a few different BIOS versions, but none of them made a difference>
I really need help - I can't think of anything else to try
Thank you very much!
Cannot boot into Win7 installer. OS X made USB keys show "insert proper boot media" - Ubuntu made keys show "flashing underscore" - Tried 3 different BIOS versions. Win7 -has- worked here before...
*Intel Core i7-3770 Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz LGA 1155
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H Motherboard
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650
Corsair 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin SDRAM DDR3
Corsair 750W*

A:Cannot boot into Win7 installer. "insert proper boot media" and "flashing underscore"

From where did you buy Windows 7 Ultimate? Did you not get a set of two DVDs with your purchase?

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Hello all.

First off, I am in no means acquainted with any troubleshooting or fancy thing outside of everyday computer usage, so please respond as if you are talking to a dummy. I do have fairly decent common sense and Google skill however, which has given me enough confidence to try and fix this issue on my own.

Basically, one day I start my computer (running Windows XP Professional SP3) up and get a black screen saying:

"We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this

Start in safe mode.
Safe mode with networking.
Safe mode with command prompt.
Last known good configuration setting (most recent setting that worked).
Start Windows normally."

For a few times, I was able to get Windows working with the last two options, but before I could dedicate time to fix the issue, it became so that none of these options worked, and I got caught in a restart cycle with this screen. Last things that I can recall that may have caused this: Windows Update or CCleaner Registry Fix (just something I do sometimes to make sure everything is working, nothing was wrong prior).

I bought an external HDD enclosure with hopes of popping my internal into it, and saving my stuff onto my laptop before messing around. Oddly, in My Computer, the 2 drive icons (a System Recovery one, and my Main one) would flash for a few seconds, every few minutes, and when I'd quickly click them, it'd say the... Read more

A:"Windows did not start successfully" to "ntldr is missing"

BTW if it IS in fact possible to copy certain files from my laptop's OS, I just realized I can probably just copy those files into the desktop internal (when plugged in as an external) instead of going through the whole DOS thing? But keep in mind, that's the small 3GB partition, so I don't know if that would even work. Unless putting those boot files on that small partition, will help open up the rest of the drive. Not sure how that works.
EDIT: Apologies for the double post, just saw the "edit" button.

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

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

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

So any ideas?

A:Reboot and Select proper Boot device" Error

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

So any ideas?

A:Reboot and Select proper Boot device" Error

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Trying to play a game and since it's Jap, I had to change the system locale to Japan.
After rebooting, because it requires a reboot, I got a BSOD in about a minute. I thought it was okay and wouldn't happen again because it ran out of memory or something. After I reboot, I got another BSOD and now it's saying "Reboot or insert proper boot device.

I went to the BIOS and my HD was the first boot priority. I'm a total noobie when it comes to computers.

I have an ASUS K52F-BBR5 Notebook.
Could my HD be corrupted or is there a way to fix this?
I'm currently finding my installation disk to see if I can do a startup repair.
Sorry for the lack of info.

A:BSOD after changing system locale then "Insert proper boot device"

"Reboot or insert proper boot device" normally means it tries to boot from a device (CD/DVD) and no CD/DVD is inserted.

Can you put HD as the only possible boot device in BIOS? So disable boot from cd/dvd, usb etc.
Disconnect any usb stocks/external drives. At least temporary as test

Post results

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was now searching hours for solving this problem but nothing was really helpful. So i give it a try. If it is the wrong section, someone please move it to the right one.

While i was browsing yesterday, my computer froze with the sound still running. Couldn't open the Task Manager so i hit the reset button. After that the computer wasn't starting like it should. After a while i got the error ""Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key..."

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
MB: Foxconn A7DA-S 3.0
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 945
GPU: ATI Radeon HD4870
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint 500GB

Hope someone can help me.

A:Error "Insert proper boot device"

Hi Kevx4.
Welcome to Sevenforums

Start first with refitting HDD data cable and power cable connection to rule out any physical connection problem first.
When start, check with the BIOS, see if the HDD is there.

Return to us then.

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"no audio device" "no playback device" "No Sound Card was found"
ok.. I'm stuck.. puzzled...

I recently had a professional computer fix it company wipe my computer and now I do not have any sound. I do not have even the little icon on the bottom left hand corner to turn volume up or down. My keyboard does not allow me to turn the volume up or down, it seems unresponsive to volume but does light up on the screen showing VOLUME... but of course, there is no volume... I am computer illiterate and thirsty for answers...

Operating System
Microsoft Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600)
Media Center Edition Version 2002 Service Pack 3

System Manufacturer: HP Pavilion 061

System Model
Enclosure Type: Desktop
RC663AA-ABA a1640n

BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG

Intel(R) Core (TM)2 CPU
6300 @ 1.86GHz (2 CPUs)

Memory: 2046MB RAM

DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)

Control Panel>Sounds and Audio Devices>Volume
indicates "no sound" and Device Volume is all the way to LOW and everything is GREY and untouchable/unchangeable

Control Panel>Sounds and Audio Devices>Audio
indicates "no playback devices" on Sound Playback

Sound recording is working fine as I use skype many times but I can not hear the other party but they can hear me just fine.

Starting with the BIOS, I went into Audio and made sure this was enabled.. it was...

downloaded/installed Microsoft... Read more

A:"No audio device" -- "no playback device" -- "no sound card was found"

STLj said:

after RUN>
typing in "dxdiag"
it reads under notes,
"No sound card was found. If one is expected, you should install a sound driver provided bv the hardware manufacturer".

This is where I get fuzzy and lost. Do I need a new sound card installed? Is that the problem?Click to expand...

That dxdiag "no sound card" message is misleading as I've found it says that if no driver OR sound card. I think you're missing the right driver

Also, it would seem from your post you have High Definition (HD) audio. Which means you'll need to find the right High Definition audio driver. (AC97 pre-dates HD audio so the Realtek AC97 couldn't be right)

Try starting on the HP support website HERE and enter your model number or they have a button where they'll try to identify your product and drivers for your model. They should list an HD audio driver there

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

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

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

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

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

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

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In Windows XP, fully updated, I have several folders full of mp3's and want to see the bit rate and duration. I right click on a column heading and select "Bit rate". I then click on "More..." so I can get to "Duration", and I select that one too.

But all the figures in the "Duration" column appear to be in "hours" and "minutes", so I see "00:04" or "00:03", but what I want is "minutes" and "seconds".

Any thoughts as to how to change this?

A:Solved: Windows Explorer "Duration" Column - no "Seconds", just "Hours" and "Minutes"

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This morning I left my computer on while I had breakfast, when I came back I found a black screen saying "NTLDR is missing, press ctrl+alt+delete to restart". So I pressed the enter key. When I rebooted it did the same thing. I then tried pressed f12 on the boot screen to select which partition to boot. Took a while to find the right one because I have 4, 2 with running operating systems (Windows 7). I can still boot my computer, but I have to go through the whole f12 selection process. This appeared out of no where.
I also seem to crash quite often after this, which I almost never do.
Haven't changed ANYTHING lately. No new programs, no updates.

- Ran several antivirus scans, found nothing
- Looked through C drive and E drive windows folders, did not find anything with the name NTDLR

Computer specs if needed:
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.111118-2330)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Gateway
System Model: FX6860
BIOS: BIOS Date: 07/12/11 20:01:15 Ver: 04.06.04
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz (8 CPUs), ~3.4GHz
Memory: 16384MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 16364MB RAM
Page File: 3480MB used, 13981MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled

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A:Solved: "ntldr missing" after random reboot, can still boot

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Alright, I was browsing the net when spyware decided to install on my computer and slow it down beyond belief. So I went to Add/remove and low and behold, there were over 10 that installed from one website alone. I got down to the last few when the uninstall process basically froze my computer. I was still able to reboot, so I did that. On bootup, it gave me a:

NTLDR is missing
Press Alt+Ctrl+Del to restart

So after some searching, I found a site ( ) that had numerous ways to solve this problem. Thinking it was a corrupt NTLDR, I used their method and copied the one off of the Windows XP SP1 CD as well as copying the Now when it boots, I get these colourful squares on the screen with odd symbols in them. The pictures of them are attached. They pop up right after the "Press any key to boot from CD" waiting-dots reaches 5, where it would then attempt to boot from disk.

Anyone? Any ideas? I can't provide a hijack this log, because my computer won't even boot into Windows, let alone let me run the program.

A:"NTLDR is missing" fix attempt makes for a colourful boot.

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I have a computer here, that has two hard drives and a different os on both hard drives. 1 Drive has windows 2000 pro, and the other has xp home. It was configured so that on boot up, there would be a choice of which operating system to boot into, though I do not know which drive was giving this choice. At this point when I boot, I get the error message "ntldr is missing press any key to restart". I have changed the boot order in the bios to see if it will boot from the other hard drive, and I get the same results. Any advice on where I could begin to fix this machine would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

A:Solved: "ntldr is missing" error message in a dual boot computer.?

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I tried copying a fresh version of the file to \Windows\System32. No dice. I tried renaming it all uppercase and then all lowercase. Nothing. I put a copy in the root directory. No effect. I tried everything I could think of, but nothing worked.

Then--doh!--I stopped thrashing and did what I should have done initially: I dug into the Microsoft Knowledge Base and learned about XP's built-in Rebuild command. It can often easily fix "Missing HAL" and similar problems in just a minute or two. If you know about this command and how to use it, you can potentially save yourself hours and hours of manually reinstalling or rebuilding a failed operating system.

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I am running Windows XP SP3, fully updated, on an Acer lap top PC.

I have several folders full of .mp3's and want to see the bit rate and duration. To do this I right click on a column heading and select "Bit rate". I then click on "More..." so I can get to "Duration", and I select that one too.

The two new columns appear, but the format of the "Duration" column appears to be "hours:minutes", so I see "00:04" or "00:03" for most .mp3's, when what I want to see is 'hours:minutes:seconds", e.g. "00:03:45".

This also happens for video files (.avi files), e.g. all my episodes of "Heroes" (sad, I know) have a duration of "00:42" instead of "00:42:xx".

Here are two pictures showing the problem with the .mp3's. The first is of Explorer showing the Duration as "Hours:Minutes":

The second picture is of the properties window of the first .mp3 in the list above:

I copied some .mp3 files to another (old) PC on my home network, and it displayed the duration field correctly:

Also, the properties window correctly shows the duration also:

I'm not the only person to have this problem. I received a private message from a member of another forum where I posted about this problem several weeks ago. That person also has the same problem with the duration field.

The tech guys on that forum were unable to find the source... Read more

A:Windows Explorer "Duration" Column - no "Seconds", just "Hours" and "Minutes"

* bump *

Tricky, this one!

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Usually when I see this error its the Power supply, or and bios issue. Anyone have any Ideas. I can actually boot to windows but the computer shuts down in about 20 min and give that error. I am use to seeing that when it will not start, but it starts and stays on for a bit but not long enough to save stuff. I even tried to reload it and it wouldn't let me. I am figuring its the hard drive. Any Ideas

"reboot and select proper boot device. Or insert boot media in selected boot device and press any key.

A:"reboot and select proper boot device. Or insert boot media in selected boot device

First of all, no one has any idea what we are attempting to diagnose. Post ALL of your exact system specs; ie exact mb, exact ram, exact video card, etc, etc. If this is a big box system, then post the exact brand and model# If you have a service tag# post that as well.

Note do not post "500W pw supply" Post the exact brand and model# Do that for all of your parts.

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Hi all,

So I'm kind of stuck.. I currently have the problem where I am in an endless cycle of "loading files" -> "Windows Boot Manager" (see: How To Boot Into Safe Mode On Windows 8 (The Easy Way)).
I have tried to load all of the options -- and none successfully load.
I also end up at a OneKey Recovery as well.. unfortunately, the laptop does not have initial backup or user backup images.
I have a Windows 8 CD for repairing purposes.. however, I cannot load the BIOS/UEFI to change the boot order to load the optical drives first. I have also tried to remove the CMOS battery to fix it.. did not work. .
Also - Windows Boot Manager:
Windows Setup [EMS Enabled] -- does not load properly (leads to OneKey Recovery) Safe Mode (does not load properly) Safe Mode with Networking (does not load properly) Safe Mode with Command Prompt (doesn't load - tries to boot and load all files onto partition that is too small.. can't change partition?)
Enable Boot Logging Enable Low-Resolution Video Debugging MOde Disable automatic restart on system failure Disable Driver Signature Enforcement Display Early Launch Anti-Malware Driver
Start Windows Normally
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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

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

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

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

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

After several weeks (today), Windows Update failed. "Creating System Re... Read more

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Ok, so here's my situation. I have Ubuntu 9.04 and Windows XP Professional installed on my machine and I'm using GRUB to select between the two.

GRUB is working fine (to my knowledge) and I can use it to boot into Ubuntu fine, but any time I try to get into Windows the screen reads "NTLDR is missing." It's weird because Windows was working perfectly fine a few days ago. It is a brand new install and I haven't put anything on Windows other than Steam and CoreTemp.exe.

I noticed that boot.ini,, and ntldr were all missing from my Windows XP installation. I'm not sure how that could happen. I promptly copied over ntldr and from the install disc and ran bootcfg /rebuild to recreate boot.ini.

I've also run fixboot. I'm afraid of running fixmbr because I don't want to wipe out GRUB.

None of this has made any difference. Could someone help?

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Yeah, I have two seperate SATA hdd built into my laptop but the problem is when I try to reinstall the OS, it does not detect my HDD at all.

A:Solved: "NTLDR is missing" on boot up

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Peace be upon all of you.
Hello and greetings.

My laptop is ASUS model A455L. My CD/DVD drive was working fine until one moment it disappeared from both "This PC" folder as well as from "Device Manager". It happened while I was burning a CD with Ashampoo Burning Studio 15. My current OS is Windows 8.1 (as what it was as when I purchased this laptop), and I do not upgrade/downgrade to any other OS.

I went through searching the internet for the solutions for weeks but failed to solve the problem.

1. Among the suggestions found on the internet is to delete the upper and lower class filters, but mine is not involved as it does not have any entry that says upper or lower class to begin with.

2. Another suggestions that I had tried was the addition of the following in the Registry:reg.exe add "HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Controller0" /f /v EnumDevice1 /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000001"
I did the registry entry of the above by command prompt (admin) as well as manually in the regedit but failed to produce the results.

3. Initially when this problem occurred, the item CD/DVD Drive was still visible in the Device Manager but under the "Show hidden devices" option turned on. The information below was gotten from the properties of the device:Currently, this hardware device is not connected to the computer. (Code 45)
To fix this problem, reconnect this hardware device to the computer.
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A:CD/DVD Drive missing from "My PC" & "Device Manager"

First, there are no drivers for CD/DVD drives except the built in Windows drivers.

Since the device is not being detected by Windows, either there is some type of hardware problem or the BIOS is not detecting it (If the BIOS does not detect the drive, Windows will not detect it).

A BIOS reset is the easiest thing to do. Most BIOS have an option to reset it to the defaults. I would try this first.

If the BIOS reset does not fix it, there is some type of hardware problem. Whether its a connection problem for the drive (there are two connectors, data connection and power connection) either at the drive end or at the controller end (motherboard end). Or if the drive itself has failed. Unfortunately with a Laptop, accessing the connectors may require complete disassembly of the laptop.

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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?

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

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

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

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

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

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Hi Guys, any ideas how to access my external hard drive [TOSHIBA MK3029GACE] device manager can see it but it does not appear in disc management.

I use this HDD perfectly in my car HDD player. But when I try to connect it to my Laptop, it does not show up in disk management.

Please check the attached screen shot..

Thanks for the help....

A:HDD shows in "Device Manager" but not in "DiskPart"or" Disk Management

Specs show that drive has a ATA-6 interface (P-ATA, or IDE). How are you connecting this drive to your laptop? Does the laptop have a PATA or SATA connection? Does it use an adapter?

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I'd like to assign a few select "domain users" to be local admin over their test machines which log into a domain. The test machines are Windows 7 64bit and the domain is Win2k8 R2. I have been searching around for the best way to do it but I've come up short on my search.

Anyone know off the top of their head?


A:Assigning "domain user" to "local admin" on select PCs

Create a new group in AD, for example, TestUsers
Add the required users to the group
Go round each machine and add the group as a member of local admins.

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Hi, I need to find a fix for this issue I have with a change in Windows 8. I am running Windows 8 Pro and normally (in windows 7 and older) when I Right click on a folder, the default option for properties is "r". Nice and quick and next to my
left hand which rests on the left side of the keyboard. Now it has changed to "o" and not only that, there are 2 options for "o". Open and Properties. Very frustrating and not very easy to get around. Any way of getting around this whether
it be alternative software or reg hack or something... anything. Itsvery annoying.

A:Right Click on folder and select "R" for Properties has changed to "O"

Well it looks like the US version oif the upgrade iso/cd is the version that has the r has properties. UK version is O which really doesnt make sense as open is O aswell so you have to press it twice then enter. I like my keyboard shortcuts so US version
is. Problem solved. language to install must read US (English) on the install screen.
Prolem solved
cheers all for your assistance.

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My office just upgraded, and I can no longer use Windows XP. On this system, I was able to add a separate taskbar to facilitate quick access to commonly-browsed folder locations on our vast network, and another one expedited the launching of useful programs and lists. Each task on each taskbar was represented with a big custom icon to save eye strain. I had them installed in opposite vertical margins, and they were set on auto-hide to keep them out of the way when not being used. Just move your mouse pointer to the left or right margin, and BAM! Sorry for the cliche, but I really got used to the convenience of what I had set up, and I just don't think I can be as efficient without anything comparable.

Now there appears to be nothing comparable in the Windows 7 GUI, and it's making me sick with rage! I see only the option to put a "toolbar" on an existing "taskbar", and no option to create any additional taskbars! This cramps up your one-and-only taskbar, plus the tiny toolbar access buttons require way too much precision for anything that's supposed to be quick. When you've figured out how to bring up that ridiculous button, the list that it yields is small enough to cause painful eyestrain - nothing efficient, much less cool about this at all! I have seen customization options in other OS GUIs that may have resolved some of these issues, but I see none such in W7.

I have tried every google search string that I can think of, and found... Read more

A:Need to add "TASKBARS" (MSese for "Launchpads", "Docks" NOT "Toolbars"

Several possibilities here: Second taskbar in windows7? [Solved] - Windows 7 - Windows 7

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Mods, if you feel that this thread is more of a "Windows" issue, please feel free to move this thread.

Here last year I did my second build because I was having "boot" issues. Wasn't certain what exactly the problem was at the time. But something some how screwed up the boot sequence in my system, and where everything was pretty much "outdated." I just went ahead and did another build.

Though, since then I've been pondering around with the thought of using a SATA to IDE adapter so that I can retrieve what ever salvageable data I can from one of the two HDD's that was in my last build. So I finally broke down and ordered a couple different one's earlier this week.

Unfortunately, I've been running in to some problem(s) when I try to launch with the IDE in place.

Upon initial launching, the boot sequence seem to take some time longer than it normally does with out the IDE HDD in place. Though after a 15-20sec lapse I'll get an error screen displaying an windows error code of "0xc000000e" with a prompt message below stating "The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible"

I searched all over online to see what that error code represents, only to get "pages after pages" of sites with each site telling me something different.

I have no intentions of using this as a third HDD in my system. I just want to retrieve select data from it.

A:Error code "0xc000000e" "The boot selection failed because a required device.........

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When our website users click on an html attachment embedded on a web-page in IE9, the download manager will not display the "Open" option. It will only display "Save" and "Cancel" which our users don't like, having to save the
html document in a folder to open it. Whereas, when downloading attachments like pdf, word etc. all three options are displayed. 

Is there any setting to tweak , which will display all the 3 options for HTML attachments as well?

A:IE9 download manager will not display "Open" option (only "Save" and "Cancel" is displayed) for downloading HTML documents.

As you know, the Open-Save-Cancel dialog box helps you prevent your computer from affecting by virus while downloading. 
So I suggest you test to reset all zones to a lower level temporarily and then please attempt to download this html attachment again.

However, since you can normally download the other documents, I suspect there is some restriction in the website which you are trying to view. I recommend you to contact the administrator of that website if possible.
could you please send me the link of the website from where you are trying to download the html attachment?

are trying to better understand customer views on social support experience, so your participation in this
interview project would be greatly appreciated if you have time.
Thanks for helping make community forums a great place.

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i've been relying on going to "internet options","general" and "delete" then ticking all the boxes on that page..i found out that by doing this,my temporary internet file swere NOT being this a vista problem? my pc came to a complete sludge of a slow down today and i found that my internet files folder had files going back a year that hadn't been deleted as i've been relying on ticking those boxes..i had tons and tons of and tons of files.i'm wondering if this is the norm and also is it possible that other files are not being deleted when using that method? if so,then i probably have folders that are totally loaded with trash.

A:Solved: Had to delete temp internet files by "view files" ,"select all" ,"delete"

Have you ever unticked Preserve Favorites website data?

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I am infected with this crap and have used the following tools to try to get rid of it:
Windows Defender, Unible PowerSuite (SpeedUpMyPC, Registry Booster & Spyware Protector) and Norton's One Button Checkup and WinDoctor.

Not sure if it's related, but my DISPLAY is locked at 640 X 480.

Atempted the 5 Step Process before posting and Panda ActiveScan froze and crashed after scanning 59253 files, but not before identifying 28 spyware files.

Here's my extra.txt log from Deckard's:

Deckard's System Scanner v20071014.68
Extra logfile - please post this as an attachment with your post.

-- System Information ----------------------------------------------------------

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (build 2600) SP 2.0
Architecture: X86; Language: English

CPU 0: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz
Percentage of Memory in Use: 36%
Physical Memory (total/avail): 1277.95 MiB / 810.39 MiB
Pagefile Memory (total/avail): 1516.89 MiB / 1165.44 MiB
Virtual Memory (total/avail): 2047.88 MiB / 1930.88 MiB

A: is Removable (No Media)
C: is Fixed (NTFS) - 37.21 GiB total, 18.7 GiB free.

\\.\PHYSICALDRIVE0 - ST340014A - 37.25 GiB - 1 partition
\PARTITION0 - Unknown - 39.19 MiB
\PARTITION1 (bootable) - Installable File System - 37.21 GiB - C:

-- Security Center -------------------------------------------------------------

AUOptions is scheduled... Read more

A:Netsky Worm-Popups-The Three Icons - "Error Cleaner" "Privacy Protector" "Spyware..."


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The hard drive is a Western Digital 320 GB that I've had plugged into this computer before (and worked). Then i got a virus and had to do a recovery of windows.

Ever since then I can't get windows to recognize/show it in my computer. I just "disabled" and "enabled" it in device manager to no effect. I have a C, D, and E drive which are: two partitions on the hard drive, and then the CD drive (respectively).

So i'm stuck, not sure where to proceed since it's obviously not the hard drive itself, I use it on my xbox all the time. What next?

A:External Hard Drive doesn't show up in "my computer" but does in "device manager"

Does it show in Disk Management ? ?
Right clik My Manage...then Disk Management.
Find the drive...right clik it and select Properties.
Report back with your findings.

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I just upgraded from Vista Home Premium to Win7 professional x64 hoping to fix the above mentioned problem. After a complete re-install Im getting the same errors.

Im not sure of the proper terminology here, but during startup the computer does a scan of all hardware and "Volume 0" has a "failed" message.

The odd thing is that sometimes after a few restarts and pointless boot menu visits the computer starts up fine.

I tried windows repair feature by booting from the disk, but when I get to the window where i select the operating system to repair, its empty. Drive C, where the operating system is, is not showing.

I have a feeling that the hard drive itself has gone bad and is very unstable. Please let me know if I'm missing something or we just need to get a new HD.

Thank you

A:Win7 pro startup error "Boot MGR missing"/"Operating System Not Found

What type of hdd do you have. For example if you have a Seagate drive, there is software you can run to do a diagonostic on the hdd before the operating system boots.
This would be a good idea, especially if you were having same issues when Vista Home Premium was installed first.

Do you have more than one hdd installed. If yes, make sure in BIOS settings, the proper drive is selected for First Boot. And better yet make sure its the only drive attached when booting.

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Ok, so im new here so hey everybody..

to the point: my laptop is "stuttering"/lagging/skipping.
whatever you wanna call it its doing it.
my video/music/and cursor skip every second for a splt second it starts on start-up and dont stop til i turn my laptop off. it happens in a pattern its not random, ive done checked my drivers, spyware, and m RAM is good.. so can someone please help me? ***could it be because my battery wont hold a charger? so it has to be hooked up to the charger at ALL times or it dies Example: is the charger not got the "juice" to run the laptop by itself so it studders/skips..*** i dont know if this has anything to do with my problem but i ran "event viewer" and found this : The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load:


OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Genuine Intel(R) CPU T2250 @ 1.73GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 14 Stepping 8
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 502 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 945GM Express Chipset Family, 224 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 39723 MB, Free - 23484 MB; D: Total - 12684 MB, Free - 3633 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0FF049, , .HWPLLB1.CN1296167S5169.
Antivirus: McAfee VirusScan, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Disable

A:Solved: Whole computer "studders"/"skips"/"lags" .. have event viewer report (PLEASE

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I double-click and get "search" instead of "open"--only when I click a disk, like Hard Drive C: or Floppy A: or CD F: and so on.

It didn't used to do this, so I must've inadvertently changed some setting somewhere, but darned if I can find it now.

Any ideas?

A:Solved: On the "my computer" list, I double-click on disks and get "search" instead of "open"

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I have a big problem here,
I have used my hard disk for 9month,
Yesterday when I watched movie on the half way,
My hard disk suddenly disfuntion,
And I thought my laptop problem due to always lagging so I restart my computer.
But after that I can't read my hard disk (WD)in my computer.
It can read in computer management there.

Ways I try:
1)I try to uninstall and reinstalled again,BUT it doesn't work.
2)I try to unchecked the hide folder and device at view.
3)I try to update the software BUT it still disfunction.
4)I try to use disk management and initialized it BUT there appeared CANNOT INITIALIZED Due to I/O device error.

Any solution for me ?

A:Hard Disk can't read in "my computer ", "initialized",I/O device error

The most usual cause is that the Hard Drive is beginning to fail. Back up your stuff. Go to the website of the manufacturer and test the drive.

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Hi all,

I'm puzzling this one. In the folder options when I choose 'view' the radio button to show the hidden files is missing. I've already checked the registry at the HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Explorer/Advanced/Hidden

and everything seems ok (value for 'Type' is 'group' etc.). Using the XP tweak (Kelly's corner #155) shows the hidden files, but the button still missing.

Another thing that I encountered with was that from the start menu the "Help and Support" not working. Again, the registry seems fine, and the process is activated (started). This came up when I tried to use system restore option - with no success.

Virus scan didn't find alerts of any kind

To make a long story short- below is the log file of HiJackThis. Please review it and reply if you see something to be concerned with for repairing my computer.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 14:36:54, on 21-Dec-08
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16762)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aawservice.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\Common Framework\FrameworkService.exe
C:\Program Files\McAf... Read more

A:missing "show hidden files" button + "Help and Support" not working from start menu

Ok I found the answer (after quite a lot searching), as follows:

1. for the 'Hidden files' radio button - I used methods 1 and 2 from here-

2. for the helpcenter I just reinstalled it as described here -
note that the file 'dataspec.xml' is needed to be available for this, and it can't be done directly from the XP CD. The thing that worked for me was to insert the XP CD, and use the file that in my computer (C:\) and afterwards another file on the CD.

Again, all this happened with no virus detection, so I believe that there is no infection. However, if someone has remarks on the HiJackThis log I've put, feel free to add them.

Have a nice day,


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Having trouble booting from Win 7 Pro 64bit install disk (copy of). Keep getting error 0xc000000a ( not sure of all digits)

Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible message when attempting boot from recovery cd

Have Acronis 2013 recovery cd, Partition Magic boot cd, and my original and copy of Win 7 Pro installation cd.

Any ideas of what's happening with the boot failure...and is there a log somewhere (if I can get restarted) that would have more details on this error. Any way to trace what is not being found ?


A:How to idendify "missing" device at boot

A couple of guesses:

Boot order problem: go into BIOS settings and change the boot order. It doesn't matter what you boot first (assuming CD-ROM Drive), just change it and reboot, then go back into BIOS Settings and change it back to the way you want it. Test and see if that works.

If all CD/DVDs fail to boot it could be a failed optical drive. You could try to boot from a USB stick to test this idea.

Disconnect all other drives except the CD/DVD DRive and test.

Is there an OS on the HDD? Will that boot?
If yes, then no, try disconnecting the CD/DVD Drive.

Lets see if any of that shakes something loose.

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First let me tell you about my system.   This is an Inspiron
E1705/9400 laptop with the T7400 Core 2 Duo processor running at 2.16
GHZ.   It has 2 GB of RAM and a brand new 500GB Hitachi Travelstar hard
drive (7200 RPM).   It also has the GeForce Go 7900 GS video card.   
It previously had Windows XP Professional (32 bit) and worked fine.  
But, I have three computers in my home and home office and would like
them all to work better together on my wired home network, so I am
upgrading all three to Windows 7.   My two desktops (one is Dimension
XPS 420 and the other is Dimension XPS 430) seem like they will be no
problem to upgrade to Windows 7.   But, this laptop was not listed on
Dell's Windows 7 Compatibility List.   However, the Windows 7 Upgrade
Advisor that I downloaded and ran seemed to say that it was OK to do a
clean install of 32 bit Windows 7 and it only had a few minor concerns,
where it said to check for updated drivers from the manufacturer.   The
laptop originally came with a 100GB hard drive.   For my use, that is
getting very small, so I decided to get the same exact 7200 RPM drive
in the 500 GB size.   This will allow me to do a clean install of the
32 bit Windows 7 OS on the new hard drive and not have to wipe the old
drive to do it.   I can just hold onto the old HD and stick it back in
whenever I might ... Read more

A:Minor Problem with New Windows 7 Installation on my Inspiron E1705/9400 - two entries for "Base System Device" under "Other Devices" with yellow exclamation point

BTW, I just downloaded and installed the driver pack from that ftp location and it worked, even for Windows 8.1 - 64 bit.
Thanks Steve!


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Ok, so im new here so hey everybody..

to the point: my laptop is "stuttering"/lagging/skipping.
whatever you wanna call it its doing it.
my video/music/and cursor skip every second for a splt second it starts on start-up and dont stop til i turn my laptop off. it happens in a pattern its not random, ive done checked my drivers, spyware, and m RAM is good.. so can someone please help me? ***could it be because my battery wont hold a charger? so it has to be hooked up to the charger at ALL times or it dies Example: is the charger not got the "juice" to run the laptop by itself so it studders/skips..*** i dont know if this has anything to do with my problem but i ran "event viewer" and found this : The following boot-start or system-start driver(s) failed to load:


A:Whole computer "studders"/"skips"/"lags" .. have event viewer report (PLEASE HELP)


Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Genuine Intel(R) CPU T2250 @ 1.73GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 14 Stepping 8
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 502 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 945GM Express Chipset Family, 224 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 39723 MB, Free - 23484 MB; D: Total - 12684 MB, Free - 3633 MB;

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There are 2 devices in the "Device Manager" that do not have drivers installed.

I just did a clean install of Window 7 SP1 32-bit to a Dell Latitude E6500. I have uploaded all the Windows updates and all seems to be performing well. However, there are two devices in the "device manager" that do not have drivers installed, and I can't determine what the devices are nor how/where to find the drivers for them online or elsewhere. The driverless devices are "Base System Device" and "Broadcom USH". When I look at the properties page of both devices, it says that the Base System Devices location is "PCI bus 3, device 1, function 3", and the Boradcom USH's location as "0000.001a.0002.".

The laptop did NOT come with a drivers installation disk.

QUESTION: How can I identify what these devices actually are and, more importantly, how can I obtain the driver for them?

A:Can't ID driverless devices "Base System Device" and "Broadcom USH"

Well, as for the second part of your question......... have you tried using windows own driver update utility? Right click on the yellow exclamation point in Device Manager, choose update.

I'm thinking your "boradcom ush" is this, drivers for it are here too, :Broadcom USH - USB\VID_0A5C&PID_5800 - awdit - The driver, software, & hardware database

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