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December 21, 2011 9:10:55 PM

Hey guys, today I stupidly plugged my svga cable and hdmi into the same screen at the same time. Every time I go to boot up now I get this message saying something like reboot and select proper boot device. If anyone here could help me out that would be great. Thanks.

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December 21, 2011 9:20:48 PM

go into your bios settings, look for the boot list, and set your hardrive as the third (and dvd/blue ray and/or usb as 1 and 2)
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December 21, 2011 9:22:15 PM

It's not the bios order, I haven't even installed bios yet this is a brand new build.
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December 21, 2011 9:24:23 PM

... if you didnt HAVE a bios you computer would be paperweight
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December 21, 2011 9:26:44 PM

I'd already booted it up earlier, and it was fine. This only started happening after I hooked up the svga with hdmi by mistake.
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December 21, 2011 9:28:53 PM

How would I go into bios anyways?
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December 21, 2011 9:40:01 PM

mine wipes it sometimes when i plug in a sd-usb adapter... and its usually when its displaying the manufacturer label (gateway, HP) its not set in stone it can be things like delete, f1-12 ect ect
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December 21, 2011 9:47:31 PM

nna2 said:
mine wipes it sometimes when i plug in a sd-usb adapter... and its usually when its displaying the manufacturer label (gateway, HP) its not set in stone it can be things like delete, f1-12 ect ect



Ok man, I got into bios and made sure the optical drive was the first boot. It's still giving me the "reboot and select proper boot device" thing.
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December 21, 2011 9:49:02 PM

make sure to set the hardrive to slot 3 :p 
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December 21, 2011 9:52:18 PM

nna2 said:
make sure to set the hardrive to slot 3 :p 


I only have two slots, and the harddrive is 2nd.
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December 21, 2011 9:55:09 PM

try restoring optimal bios settings, if that dosent work, unplug your pc, err... google what jumper pins look like and pull off the cap... if you cant find em, pull out the round dime sized CMOS battery (push on the little tab sticking out) and leave it for 1/2 and hour to 1 hour
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December 21, 2011 10:01:52 PM

gavcol12 said:
How would I go into bios anyways?


The splash screen on boot up tells you.....usually hit delete key on KB after hitting power button.

Then reset all BIOS settings to default (usually F5) and then save and exit (Usually F10). If it doesn't boot then ya gotta put in Windows DVD in ya optical drive, boot from that and try a repair.
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December 21, 2011 10:05:50 PM

i would recommend hard clearing the motherboard. this will entail taking using your mobos jumpers to clear the cmos and then additionally removing the cmos battery. this is all while the computer is unplugged from the wall. there is also no need to have the batter out for a half hour to an hours. a minute or two will be sufficient.

report back on if that helps.
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December 21, 2011 10:08:50 PM

cbrunnem said:
i would recommend hard clearing the motherboard. this will entail taking using your mobos jumpers to clear the cmos and then additionally removing the cmos battery. this is all while the computer is unplugged from the wall. there is also no need to have the batter out for a half hour to an hours. a minute or two will be sufficient.

report back on if that helps.


How do I go about clearing the cmos?
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December 21, 2011 10:29:33 PM

there should be a set of three pins on your motherboard that has a connector that connects two of the three pins. to clear the cmos you remove the connector and connect the middle and other pin that normally is not connected. leave it for about 20 seconds the reconnect. after that remove the cmos battery for a min or two then fire it back up.

for example this is the manual description for my mobo. page 35.
ftp://174.142.97.10/manual/Z68%20Extreme3%20Gen3.pdf
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December 21, 2011 10:40:02 PM

cbrunnem said:
there should be a set of three pins on your motherboard that has a connector that connects two of the three pins. to clear the cmos you remove the connector and connect the middle and other pin that normally is not connected. leave it for about 20 seconds the reconnect. after that remove the cmos battery for a min or two then fire it back up.

for example this is the manual description for my mobo. page 35.
ftp://174.142.97.10/manual/Z68%20Extreme3%20Gen3.pdf


Oh an another thing, when I restart the computer it says no hard disk detected.
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December 21, 2011 10:56:25 PM

unplug it and plug it into another Sata port
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December 21, 2011 10:58:45 PM

gavcol12 said:
Oh an another thing, when I restart the computer it says no hard disk detected.

just do that procedure and report back
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December 21, 2011 11:05:50 PM

cbrunnem said:
just do that procedure and report back


Where do you find the jumper pins?
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December 21, 2011 11:26:30 PM

ok your going to have to figure out some stuff by yourself. i dont know what motherboard you have so your going to have to look in the manual and look for something like jumper setup or clearing the cmos.

it would help to know your motherboad model
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December 21, 2011 11:34:18 PM

IT WORKED!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU ALL. THANK YOU GUYS! haha seriously faq: for anyone with this problem in the future, take out your cmos, no need to clear the mobo with the jumpers. It should work.
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December 21, 2011 11:41:52 PM

the jumpers would/should do the same thing but is just much quicker. takes 20 seconds and no need to take the gpu out in my case. but its good you got it working. when something like this happens and the computer will not start up try doing that again to clear everything and start from scratch.
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December 21, 2011 11:47:36 PM

cbrunnem said:
the jumpers would/should do the same thing but is just much quicker. takes 20 seconds and no need to take the gpu out in my case. but its good you got it working. when something like this happens and the computer will not start up try doing that again to clear everything and start from scratch.


should I press enter to recover bios settings or f1 to run setup?

also, the red led for boot device is still on
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December 21, 2011 11:57:48 PM

recover default settings
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December 22, 2011 12:16:48 AM

cbrunnem said:
recover default settings


i did the other option and it brought me back to the error after i went through bios. I'm going to try your way now. (enter instead of f1)
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December 22, 2011 12:28:23 AM

Nevermind, it says please enter setup to recover bios. I honestly have no idea what to do.
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December 22, 2011 1:32:38 AM

Plugging two cables into the same screen at the same time would not cause your problem to form. Your motherboard would have given priority to one or the other, and in addition your screen would have only displayed output from one or the other, unless you have a monitor or TV that supports picture-in-picture.

In all possibility (as much as I can gather from the confusing nature of what you are reporting) you have a failed hard drive. Try unplugging your hard drive, setting bios to boot from the optical drive, and then reboot with a Windows CD or bootable CD in the drive. If the computer boots the CD, it likely indicates either a motherboard level conflict with your hard drive, or a failed hard drive.

Another thing to check would be you SATA settings, assuming that your board has SATA. Sometimes kicking it into IDE emulation mode will correct issues, but this may be beyond your technical ability.

I would consult with someone local to you who has experience working with computers before you do something dangerous to your system. If you think you have to "install" BIOS you've already demonstrated that you really don't know enough to be meddling with those settings. I'm not trying to be condescending, so please don't take it that way. It would also help if we knew more about what hardware and software you are running.
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December 22, 2011 1:48:38 AM

tajisi said:
Plugging two cables into the same screen at the same time would not cause your problem to form. Your motherboard would have given priority to one or the other, and in addition your screen would have only displayed output from one or the other, unless you have a monitor or TV that supports picture-in-picture.

In all possibility (as much as I can gather from the confusing nature of what you are reporting) you have a failed hard drive. Try unplugging your hard drive, setting bios to boot from the optical drive, and then reboot with a Windows CD or bootable CD in the drive. If the computer boots the CD, it likely indicates either a motherboard level conflict with your hard drive, or a failed hard drive.

Another thing to check would be you SATA settings, assuming that your board has SATA. Sometimes kicking it into IDE emulation mode will correct issues, but this may be beyond your technical ability.

I would consult with someone local to you who has experience working with computers before you do something dangerous to your system. If you think you have to "install" BIOS you've already demonstrated that you really don't know enough to be meddling with those settings. I'm not trying to be condescending, so please don't take it that way. It would also help if we knew more about what hardware and software you are running.


I completely agree. To give you some sort of an update here, I just put in windows 7 and was able to boot the system from the disk. Also, now that I have installed it the system boots even when the disk isn't in the drive. It still gives me a quick flash saying, "hard disk not detected" then it goes back to the asus flash screen and then windows starts up. I am a bit confused to say the least but so long as my investment actually functions, I could care less. The curious thing about this whole situation is that roughly three days ago when I first finished the build I was getting no such error from my system and it was going directly to the diagnostic page and not showing me any such error. If it is of any pertinence to this interesting situation, the harddrive I purchased is a repurposed hitachi deskstar 640gb. I bought such an awful thing because of the flooding in taiwan and the direct result this had on hard drive prices. If you have any more information you could share with me regarding my computer it would be greatly appreciated. As you already found out, I am very new to this whole thing. Thank you very much.
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December 28, 2011 11:02:18 PM

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