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reboot and select proper boot device...but a weird one!

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September 10, 2013 5:54:18 AM

Ok, so after trawling plenty of sites to try to find an answer to this I thought I'd come to the experts.

I am getting the "reboot and select proper boot device" message on booting my Windows7 Laptop. It started doing this very randomly and had no reason to do so.

I have done the usual, including fixmbr etc and also reformatted the hard drive and reinstalled Windows 7 (losing all my precious data in the meantime)

So what makes this any different? Well, if I resume to Windows from hibernate or boot from off I get this message however from both these situations, if I press F2 while booting, enter the BIOS and touch NOTHING but F10 to save and reboot it then boots perfectly into a running and happy Windows 7.

Someone please help me before I lose the plot! I'm sure it must be a simple fix.

Thanks in advance!
Thom

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September 10, 2013 6:22:23 AM

Could be that the cmos battery on your laptop is dead and the settings keep resetting. Or the bios it setup wrong. Try to check the boot settings, and hdd boot settings first and make you don't have any usb/SD/cd/dvd inserted.
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September 10, 2013 7:37:17 AM

loose cables?
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September 10, 2013 11:55:57 PM

dreamerz said:
Could be that the cmos battery on your laptop is dead and the settings keep resetting. Or the bios it setup wrong. Try to check the boot settings, and hdd boot settings first and make you don't have any usb/SD/cd/dvd inserted.


Weirdly, my brain went to CMOS battery too. Not sure where these are on my laptop but I'm sure I could find it and replace it.
The boot settings are ok, I have it set to hard drive first currently then CD/DVD but obviously when I installed Windows 7 onto it then I had moved it across to CD/DVD first.

I think I'll try the battery first.

As for loose cables, the only reason I think I can dismiss this is that it boots perfectly every time when I enter the BIOS and boot from there. Cables are a little more unpredictable.

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