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Newly built computer, reboot and select proper boot device problem

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July 16, 2013 12:12:28 AM

I just built my first computer the other day. I am still waiting for my copy of windows but I have attempted to turn on the computer just to make sure everything is working okay. And this is my problem. I fire my computer up and everything comes on just as it should, fans and what not. And when the screen comes up I receive this message on an all black screen. I have removed all USB's and it still comes up. However when I unplug my SSD it boots to the BIOS properly. Also when I boot, the screen only comes up every other time I boot the machine.

If this helps, this is my build:

AMD FX6300
Asrock 970 extreme 3
Saphire Radeon 7790
Ballistic 8gb(2x4gb) sport DDR3 1600
Samsung 840 series 120GB SSD
Cooler Masters GX750W

Is my SSD possibly DOA? Could the RAM be the source of my problem?

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July 16, 2013 12:19:56 AM

If you haven't installed Windows yet, then it's normal that you get this message.

Your PC is looking for an operating system to start up (Windows, Linux, etc.), and since your SSD doesn't contain one, it tells you that you need to select the proper boot device.

If you want to test it out further, I suggest you to download Ubuntu Linux (it's free) and boot off a USB key:
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-ea...
Then, format your SSD and try to save some data on it.

I'm 99.9%sure your SSD is not dead on arrival :) 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.
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July 16, 2013 12:25:20 AM

quicksand10 said:
If you haven't installed Windows yet, then it's normal that you get this message.

Your PC is looking for an operating system to start up (Windows, Linux, etc.), and since your SSD doesn't contain one, it tells you that you need to select the proper boot device.

If you want to test it out further, I suggest you to download Ubuntu Linux (it's free) and boot off a USB key:
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-ea...
Then, format your SSD and try to save some data on it.

I'm 99.9%sure your SSD is not dead on arrival :) 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.


I was figuring that was most likely the problem, thank you for the reply. I might give that linux thing a shot, but you have confirmed what I was thinking. I will most likely wait until tomorrow or Wednesday for my copy of windows to come in.
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