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April 7, 2013 5:33:59 PM

Greetings,

I recently purchased a new graphics card (GTX 660 Ti) off Newegg and replaced my old Raddeon HS 6770. The GTX 660 is a bit larger than my old card so I had to move my hard drive a few slots down by un-plugging it. Everything on the graphics card is fine and running smoothly, but the hard drive is causing my troubles.

When starting up, I get passed the motherboard screen but then then I get "Reboot and Select proper boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key_". From what I understand, this is a fairly common problem, but I cant seem to find a fix.

I have tried the basic "fixes" such as:
Inserting the Windows 7 repair disk.
Reseting to defaults in the BIOS.
Starting in safe mode.
Moving around the Boot Priorities.

Im sure its not a power issue and I put back in my old graphics card but still nothing.

Any help would be GREATLY APPRECIATED because im running out of ideas.

P.S- Im quite new to advanced computing so try to dumb down your responses as best you can. =)
a b U Graphics card
April 7, 2013 5:44:51 PM

Hi,

Is your HDD detected in BIOS?
How exactly did you perform windows 7 startup repair? When you ran windows 7 setup and selected Startup repair, did you selected proper windows 7 installation to repair?
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April 7, 2013 5:46:05 PM

FireballRoberts said:
Greetings,

I recently purchased a new graphics card (GTX 660 Ti) off Newegg and replaced my old Raddeon HS 6770. The GTX 660 is a bit larger than my old card so I had to move my hard drive a few slots down by un-plugging it. Everything on the graphics card is fine and running smoothly, but the hard drive is causing my troubles.

When starting up, I get passed the motherboard screen but then then I get "Reboot and Select proper boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key_".


Did you plug it back into the exact same MB port? Did you switch anything else around? DVD drive, etc...
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April 7, 2013 5:46:51 PM

I'm just going to take a wild guess here... When you moved the hard drive, did you plug the sata cable into a different sata plug on the motherboard. If so, maybe your OLD sata ports were set differently, such as to "AHCI" or "IDE". I am guessing thar the NEW port was set differently and so now windows won't boot right. Happens when windows is installed in IDE mode and then ports are switched to AHCI mode. This is because a different "driver" (really HAL, or Hardware Abstraction Layer) gets loaded during install.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/269592-32-switch-ahci...

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976

Your bios may react differently and give you a slightly different error message. I hope this helps you. It's an educated guess on my part.
April 7, 2013 5:56:31 PM

Feldmarschall said:
Hi,

Is your HDD detected in BIOS?
How exactly did you perform windows 7 startup repair? When you ran windows 7 setup and selected Startup repair, did you selected proper windows 7 installation to repair?

How exactly do I confirm my BIOS detects the HDD?
And Yes, just ran the proper windows repair and restarted my computer, nothing else
April 7, 2013 6:00:48 PM

USAFRet said:
FireballRoberts said:
Greetings,

I recently purchased a new graphics card (GTX 660 Ti) off Newegg and replaced my old Raddeon HS 6770. The GTX 660 is a bit larger than my old card so I had to move my hard drive a few slots down by un-plugging it. Everything on the graphics card is fine and running smoothly, but the hard drive is causing my troubles.

When starting up, I get passed the motherboard screen but then then I get "Reboot and Select proper boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key_".


Did you plug it back into the exact same MB port? Did you switch anything else around? DVD drive, etc...

I plugged it back into the same port, and didn't move anything else around.

a b U Graphics card
April 7, 2013 6:03:24 PM

If you had option to repair windows installation then it is recognized.

What kind of motherboard do you have?
April 7, 2013 6:07:28 PM

Feldmarschall said:
If you had option to repair windows installation then it is recognized.

What kind of motherboard do you have?


An ASUS M4A77TD
April 7, 2013 6:07:59 PM

Yeah, if you didn't move it or reset the port types, what I said wouldn't apply. GL sir.
a b U Graphics card
April 7, 2013 6:14:25 PM

Enter bios, MAIN TAB and you should see list of ports that are used. Check if there is some drive detected.
April 7, 2013 6:20:04 PM

royalcrown said:
Yeah, if you didn't move it or reset the port types, what I said wouldn't apply. GL sir.


Feldmarschall said:
Enter bios, MAIN TAB and you should see list of ports that are used. Check if there is some drive detected.


All SATA's (1-6) are "Not Detected". The only detected thing is the "Primary IDE Slave".
a b U Graphics card
April 7, 2013 6:20:59 PM

And your DVD drive is connected via IDE cabel?
April 7, 2013 6:25:57 PM

Feldmarschall said:
And your DVD drive is connected via IDE cabel?


Yeah it is.

btw, I really appreciate your help.
a b U Graphics card
April 7, 2013 6:29:32 PM

No problem.

Check your SATA cable.. If you have another one use that one..
a b U Graphics card
April 7, 2013 6:30:54 PM

Seen that you allready did that...

Have you tried to clear CMOS?
April 7, 2013 6:35:27 PM

What CPU do you have? If it's an AMD A6-A10 or Intel i5/i7 - try removing the graphics card entirely and use the on board graphics.
April 7, 2013 6:37:23 PM

Feldmarschall said:
No problem.

Check your SATA cable.. If you have another one use that one..


Feldmarschall said:
Seen that you allready did that...

Have you tried to clear CMOS?


I have not tried clearing the CMOS yet I will try that and get back to you.
Thanks,
April 7, 2013 6:42:18 PM

Apanzee said:
What CPU do you have? If it's an AMD A6 or Intel i5/i7 - try removing the graphics card entirely and use the on board graphics.

I have an AMD processor. I tried removing the graphics card and using the on-board graphics but it immediately says "Insert video card.." or something along those lines. Is there something I have to do to make it read off the on-board graphics or will it switch over manually?

April 7, 2013 6:47:01 PM

There should be an option somewhere in your BIOS to manually enable it, if it doesn't do so automatically when you remove the graphics card.
April 7, 2013 6:59:33 PM

Disregard where I said "I tried different SATA cables", I meant used different SATA power cables, not data cables. I don't happen to have any data cables but I can pick one up tomorrow. Could this be the problem considering the BOIS labels SATA's 1-6 "undetected"? It would seem a bit odd considering it stopped working only when I moved the hard drive.
a b U Graphics card
April 7, 2013 7:02:57 PM

SATA 1-6 not detected means that there is no DATA connection between motherboard and HDD. It would not be first time i saw failling SATA data cable. Esspecially those red ones without clip on it.
Get new one and try.
Definetelly clear CMOS also.
April 7, 2013 7:06:56 PM

Feldmarschall said:
SATA 1-6 not detected means that there is no DATA connection between motherboard and HDD. It would not be first time i saw failling SATA data cable. Esspecially those red ones without clip on it.
Get new one and try.
Definetelly clear CMOS also.


Okay, I will try that and let you know how it worked out. I really appreciate the help.
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April 7, 2013 7:21:09 PM

FireballRoberts said:
Could this be the problem considering the BOIS labels SATA's 1-6 "undetected"? It would seem a bit odd considering it stopped working only when I moved the hard drive.


Not odd at all when you handle things, especially cables. Cables flex, sometimes they go bad.
April 7, 2013 9:57:19 PM

Yeah, and I've had things go screwy when I did nothing at all.
April 7, 2013 11:52:55 PM

You could capture some picture ...
uninstall the graphic drivers and install them again.
April 8, 2013 2:45:46 PM

I tried out a new SATA cable and cleared my CMOS but I had no such luck. Any more suggestions?
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April 8, 2013 2:48:21 PM

FireballRoberts said:
I tried out a new SATA cable and cleared my CMOS but I had no such luck. Any more suggestions?


Is it a known good cable? Does it work with a different device?
April 8, 2013 2:52:37 PM

USAFRet said:
FireballRoberts said:
I tried out a new SATA cable and cleared my CMOS but I had no such luck. Any more suggestions?


Is it a known good cable? Does it work with a different device?


I don't have another computer that I can try it on, but it is brand new from the store.
April 8, 2013 2:56:18 PM

If you have another sata cable (like cd rom) just swap em and see. One thing you might try is leaving the system unplugged and leave the battery out for several hours. Other than that, IMO something is broken.

forget that, did not remember cd drive IDE cable.
a b U Graphics card
April 8, 2013 3:10:29 PM

Either you somewhow burned your SATA controllers... static electricity or something
Or your HDD died... seen that twice in my life (HDD works, but data connection is damaged)
Or you have dead cabel again.

Borrow friends HDD or DVD SATA and connect it to yours PC. That will rule everything but one of the above.
April 8, 2013 3:44:41 PM

Okay, I think I might have figured out what the problem is:
I remembered that I had an old Dell in my garage that was due to be thrown out. I took it inside and pulled out the hard drive, and plugged it in to my current PC.

When I started it it got passed where the error message usually pops up, bringing me to the old Windows XP loading screen. Right after this XP screen disappears it brings me to the "Blue Screen of Death". This was to be expected because this is what led me to throwing away the computer in the first place.

The important thing is that the CPU actually booted up making the hard drive itself the fault. Perhaps a slight electrical shock during the graphics card installation?

Would this conclusion be correct?

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a b U Graphics card
April 8, 2013 3:48:53 PM
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It is possible that there was something that damaged your HDD. Static discharge probably like you said.

But now you solved it, you know what is wrong. Go for RMA if possible (they should not die that easily).

Put that DELL HDD in your PC in install windows 7 on it so you can use it until you solve this replacement/rebuy.
April 8, 2013 3:51:40 PM

Okay sounds good, I really appreciate the help from everybody.
April 8, 2013 5:13:17 PM

GOOD luck on getting it fixed fast. Sorry man, it sucks when your stuff breaks.
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