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New build problem: Reboot and Select proper Boot device

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August 21, 2011 2:39:49 PM

Hi whenever I turn on my new build I am greeted by the message -

"Reboot and Select proper Boot device
or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key"

The only way i have found to prevent this is unplugging all 3 of my SATA connections, to the following:
a 120GB Corsair Force 3 SSD
a 1TB Caviar Green HDD
a LiteOn iHAS224 optical drive

which then allows me into the Asus BIOS. I am using an Asus P8Z68-V PRO motherboard with Intel i7 2600k and G-Skill Ripjaws RAM

Any suggestions as to what's going on?
August 21, 2011 2:49:40 PM

Hello saudade;

Did you install all 3 of those into your original build at the same time?
Did you set the SATA controller to AHCI mode in the the system BIOS?
August 21, 2011 2:58:26 PM

Hi the SATA mode is definitely set to AHCI. I initially powered up with all 3 devices plugged in but have since tried each one in each of the MBs 8 sata connectors with no joy. One time the message didnt show and I got to the BIOS with only the Western Digital HDD plugged in but I have tried since and it will not happen again even plugged into the same connector.
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August 21, 2011 3:03:44 PM

In which SATA ports of the MB do you have each device attached?
August 21, 2011 3:04:41 PM

Were you able to get either the SSD or HDD formatted?
August 21, 2011 3:17:01 PM

At first I had HDD & SSD attached to intel 6.0 GB/s connectors and DVD drive attached to intel 3.0 GB/s connector. I have since tried each device in each type of SATA connector - the intel 6.0 and 3.0 as well as the 2 Marvell 6.0 GB/s connectors

not been able to format SSD/HDD yet

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August 21, 2011 3:25:21 PM
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In that case try just the SSD on 6GB/s port 0 and DVD drive on 3GB/s port 0.
Boot with the OS disk in the DVD and start a format/install on the SSD.
If you get a successful OS install, add the HDD on 3GB/s port 1 and format.
August 21, 2011 3:28:29 PM

great thanks I'll try that now
August 21, 2011 3:54:04 PM

Hey looks like that's working, windows is installing now. Many thanks for your help!
August 21, 2011 3:55:01 PM

Good news; glad it was that easy to get past the problem.
August 22, 2011 10:54:24 PM

Best answer selected by saudade.
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