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February 6, 2014 6:10:02 PM

While attempting to turn on my PC I am getting the error message that says "Reboot and Select proper Boot Device. Insert Boot media in selected Boot device and press a key_"
And when I try to access my BIOS on the initial screen that says "Please press DEL or Escape to enter UEFI BIOS", when i hit Esc or F2 The screen just goes black.

Can just a dead Hard drive cause this? I can hear it making noise when I start up my computer. Also at one point... I did see on my screen "S.M.A.R.T. status bad," but haven't seen it for quite a few tries on booting it up.
Any recommendations/help would be so greatly appreciated on how to fix this!

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a b G Storage
February 6, 2014 6:16:40 PM

how many hard drives do you have
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a b G Storage
February 6, 2014 6:18:21 PM

Yes, a failing HDD could cause your symptom, when you try to get into BIOS/UEFI your system tries to recognize all your devices, a failing HDD will make this process very slow to the point of halting BIOS.

Disconnect the faulty HDD and you should be able to get into BIOS with no issues.

After verifying the HDD was the culprit, you could try to boot your system with it, some times if you let it for 15min or even almost 1 hour there's the chance it will boot, so you can try to backup all important info (most likely OS will be slow and even slower the copying of data from the faulty HDD).
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February 6, 2014 6:33:51 PM

nickbachu said:
how many hard drives do you have


Just one
Here are my components if it helps:
Mobo: F2a85-M
Processor:AMD A8-5500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
Drive Bay: Toshiba DT01ACA100 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5”
RAM: DDRIII 4GB-600 SLA302G08-GGNHC 1245 HJ
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card
Power Supply: CX600M
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February 6, 2014 6:37:57 PM

Just tried disconnecting the Hard drive and still get a black screen while trying to enter BIOS. But I'll try letting it sit with it plugged in to see if it somehow gets past the Reboot screen.
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a b G Storage
February 6, 2014 6:38:48 PM

either it could be a failing drive or just windows boot.mgr is courrput
if you have the windows dvd you can try to boot from it and repair it from the dvd
im guessing you have windows 7 also
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February 6, 2014 6:41:17 PM

It's Windows 8. and unfortunatley i don't have the dvd
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a b G Storage
February 6, 2014 6:44:06 PM

before trying to get into Windows you have to be able to get into BIOS, perhaps it's something really simple like your F2 key isn't working right? or maybe your keyboard is not being recognized due to not having USB legacy mode enabled in your BIOS..............

try a different keyboard and press F2/supr to get into BIOS, if no success reset your CMOS and try again.
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a b G Storage
February 6, 2014 6:45:27 PM

ok but it has it on partiton to startup to repair with
try f8 when starting up and see where it brings you
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February 6, 2014 6:54:12 PM

F8 just takes me to the Reboot screen again. Tried a second keyboard with no success. It's just strange that I can't get into the BIOS
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a b G Storage
February 6, 2014 6:58:49 PM

f2 is probaly for the bios
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February 6, 2014 7:03:53 PM

Yeah, been trying that with and without the hard drive plugged in. Still no luck. Just a black screen or the reboot screen is all i get :/  Thanks for trying though. Not sure what to do next.
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a b G Storage
February 6, 2014 8:03:04 PM

you may need to reinstall the os this happened to me before and thats what i did
dont erase anything
jsut install the windows if you can with something else and backup all your stuff and then try to fix it after
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