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Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device


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#1 cel07

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 02:32 AM

I have upgraded the RAM of my pc last friday. I have added another 1GB of DDR400 and everything seems working fine. But this morning, when my brother just informed me. that when he tried to turn on our pc and errors come up:

"Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device"

I have not had this PC for more than a year now since I bought this from my previous employer.

Here are the specs of my pc:

HP Compaq dx2000 MT:
-Intel Pentium 4
-256 MB RAM (currently upgraded and added 1GB RAM)
-80 GB harddisk
-CDRW combo drive

I don't have WinXP CD.
Maybe interface cables may have become loose when I installed the RAM last friday?
I'm not really sure.. I'll have to check it, once I get back home..

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 07:22 AM

Since you installed new ram and had no issues before that is where I would start, run Memtest. If it shows any faults whatsoever the ram has a problem. New items can fail during initial burn in, Memtest is free and has good approval ratings here and on other boards.

Look for "free down load on the left" http://www.memtest86.com/

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 09:59 AM

Have you checked the BIOS boot options? My experience is that a weak/failing CMOS battery may change such.

Rather than use Memtest86, which is unreliable, I suggest using Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool - http://www.memtest.org/#downiso.

See comments re Known Problems at Memtest86 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memtest .

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 12:03 AM

Hi! Thank you for your reply. I had checked the interface cables before I turned on my pc last night and it's working back to normal. I can now access the windows.

Sorry, I only have a basic knowledge about computers and not much familiar with CMOS/BIOS boot options? I don't know where to start with.. I haven't tried the memtest yet.. So, what I need to do is to build a bootable CD-ROM using my burning software? Maybe I will try to do it on weekends..

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 09:15 AM

How to access-enter Motherboard BIOS - http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm

Howstuffworks How BIOS Works - http://computer.howstuffworks.com/bios.htm/printable

CMOS Battery Replacement - http://www.liverepair.com/encyclopedia/art...cmosreplace.asp

How to successfully burn or write an ISO-image to cd or dvd - http://iso.snoekonline.com/iso.htm

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 09:32 AM

A plugged in thumb/external drive can cause that error when booting?

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 07:03 PM

A plugged in thumb/external drive can cause that error when booting?


Yes, in some cases it can cause boot errors. But with mine, there are no external drives that were inserted when that happenned. I also believe that it has relation with my CMOS battery or when I upgraded the RAM.

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 07:04 PM

How to access-enter Motherboard BIOS - http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm

Howstuffworks How BIOS Works - http://computer.howstuffworks.com/bios.htm/printable

CMOS Battery Replacement - http://www.liverepair.com/encyclopedia/art...cmosreplace.asp

How to successfully burn or write an ISO-image to cd or dvd - http://iso.snoekonline.com/iso.htm

Louis


Thank you for your help. I will try to do it on weekends..




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