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Anonymous
November 2, 2009 5:17:58 AM

MSI G31M3-F mobo, just finished building machine, but now I get the message: Reboot and select a proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device. I have the bios setup to read from the cd/dvd burner, hard drive... The drives are both recognized in the bios. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have Liteon Sata Drive 24x Internal DVD/CD Writer. Thanks so much for your assistance. I can't get out of this loop.
November 2, 2009 5:23:17 AM

Have you already installed the OS?
November 2, 2009 1:10:42 PM

Do you have an Windows install disk in one of the drives?
It is simply telling you that it cannot find an OS to boot to, or a bootable install disk to start the OS installation, that is all.
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Anonymous
November 2, 2009 4:54:05 PM

I only have the drivers Vista/XP that come with the mobo from MSI. I have installed the mobo...the cd/dvd combo, and the hard drive. As mentioned before, they are all Sata. There is no operating system installed yet. I need to install off of the cd/dvd. I have a Windows 7 120 day evaluation disk.
November 2, 2009 5:13:39 PM

set the bios boot order to boot the cd drive first then the hard drive second, insert windows 7 disk, save changes and reboot. install windows 7 then change the boot order back to haddrive first cd second.
Anonymous
November 2, 2009 5:22:45 PM

paperfox said:
set the bios boot order to boot the cd drive first then the hard drive second, insert windows 7 disk, save changes and reboot. install windows 7 then change the boot order back to haddrive first cd second.


Thanks for the information.

I had the boot order cd/dvd burner...then the hard drive...with the cd in the drive but still getting same error:

Reboot and select a proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device.
November 2, 2009 5:53:26 PM

A legally purchased retail version of Windows 7 will have no problems booting from a SATA DVD drive. (aside from the obvious, such as a bad drive, boot order set incorrectly, user created illegally burned copy, etc.)
So......the next question is, where did you get the install DVD?
Anonymous
November 2, 2009 6:14:13 PM

Hi Joe,

I got it from a reputable source. It is an evaluation version. Shouldn't one of the cd's from MSI work in the drive?

Thanks for all of your help.
Anonymous
November 2, 2009 6:38:27 PM

I will try my Windows XP cd to see if that works. If it does not, it points to a bad cd/dvd burner.. My goal was to install Windows 7 without having to go back to Windows XP.

Thanks for all of your help.
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