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April 14, 2012 6:08:43 PM

I just assembled a new system and when I attempt to use the CD-ROM to install Windows 7 I'm getting that error "Reboot and select a proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device". This entire system is new, straight out of boxes from Newegg..

I've built one other system, and I used the same Win7 disk with no problems.

The system in question:

i5 2500k
ASRock Z68 Pro3 Gen3 mobo
Patriot Pyro SSD 60GB
ASUS CD-rom drive, Sata
G.Skill 4GB DDR3 1333
Corsair CX430 PSU

I've checked and rechecked boot order, I can set the boot order in BIOS or press F11 and bring up the boot menu and tell it to boot from the CD-ROM, neither works. I set the SATA config to IDE, no luck. Tried setting it to AHCI for giggles and nothing either. When the screen that reads "Reboot and select a proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device" pops up I re-insert the Win7 CD and press a key, the CD-ROM will start to spin up a little but then just kinda stop, then the same prompt pops up.

I've Googled the problem and it seems a lot of people have had similar issues but no specific case seemed to apply to me. I'm curious if the mobo doesnt have a driver to run this CD-ROM, when I enter BIOS the mobo recognizes the drive and after the drive's name it says "ATAPI". Maybe this newer mobo doesn't support the ATAPI interface, is that even possible??? I do have a bootable Linux thumb drive which I can use to boot from and could install linux so the the SSD seems to be good to go. I don't currently have a large enough thumb drive to make a bootable Win7 thumb drive, and I'd like my CD-ROM to work.. Plus this is just super annoying to me.

Any pointers?

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April 14, 2012 6:11:07 PM

imprezive said:
I just assembled a new system and when I attempt to use the CD-ROM to install Windows 7 I'm getting that error "Reboot and select a proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device". This entire system is new, straight out of boxes from Newegg..

I've built one other system, and I used the same Win7 disk with no problems.

The system in question:

i5 2500k
ASRock Z68 Pro3 Gen3 mobo
Patriot Pyro SSD 60GB
ASUS CD-rom drive, Sata
G.Skill 4GB DDR3 1333
Corsair CX430 PSU

I've checked and rechecked boot order, I can set the boot order in BIOS or press F11 and bring up the boot menu and tell it to boot from the CD-ROM, neither works. I set the SATA config to IDE, no luck. Tried setting it to AHCI for giggles and nothing either. When the screen that reads "Reboot and select a proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device" pops up I re-insert the Win7 CD and press a key, the CD-ROM will start to spin up a little but then just kinda stop, then the same prompt pops up.

I've Googled the problem and it seems a lot of people have had similar issues but no specific case seemed to apply to me. I'm curious if the mobo doesnt have a driver to run this CD-ROM, when I enter BIOS the mobo recognizes the drive and after the drive's name it says "ATAPI". Maybe this newer mobo doesn't support the ATAPI interface, is that even possible??? I do have a bootable Linux thumb drive which I can use to boot from and could install linux so the the SSD seems to be good to go. I don't currently have a large enough thumb drive to make a bootable Win7 thumb drive, and I'd like my CD-ROM to work.. Plus this is just super annoying to me.

Any pointers?


Might be a stupid question, but is your boot order 1. Drive 2. SSD?
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April 14, 2012 7:10:25 PM

Yes I set the boot order to 1. Optical, 2. SSD. I also tried F11 during POST and told it to boot from Optical to no avail.

I've also tried switching around the SATA connections. Both SSD and optical are using 6GB/s cables. I tried running the Optical drive thru the mobo's 3Gb/s and 6Gb/s connection, but it makes no difference.
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April 14, 2012 7:37:04 PM

The optical drive could be defective.

Does the drive work in another computer?
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April 16, 2012 8:14:54 PM

jsc said:
The optical drive could be defective.

Does the drive work in another computer?



I wasn't able to get that far yet, but I'll be attempting that this evening. The drive was brand new (not to say that new parts cant be DOA).
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April 16, 2012 8:20:36 PM

i'd say it is a bad drive.. check teh disk also.. make sure there isnt any smudges, scratches, etc on the inner part of the cd (near the center of the disk)
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April 18, 2012 8:28:38 PM

Best answer selected by imprezive.
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April 18, 2012 8:29:56 PM

It was a bad drive out of the box. Swapped in another drive (same brand/model) and bam! Windows 7 installed. Thanks for the input! It was a weird situation because I could hear the drive begin to spin up but then stop, so I was banking on it being a software issue.
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