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#1 MelissaPleases

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 07:46 PM

I'm not quite sure if this is the correct place for this - if not, please feel free to move it.

 

I recently had an issue with my bootmgr file missing - or probably more accurately, with Windows not being able to detect it. More about that issue (which has been resolved), can be seen in this topic:

 

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/545559/missing-bootmgr-message/

 

So, everything seemed to be solved. Then, when I rebooted, I got the same missing bootmgr message again. On a whim, I did a reboot and entered the BIOS. Sure enough, the first boot device was NOT my system drive. It was the USB card reader on my printer. I corrected that, rebooted, and all was well until the next reboot, when yet another drive was incorrectly listed as the first boot device.

 

I have no idea why the BIOS settings would change with each startup. Further, I've always been under the impression that the system will look at the first boot device listed, and if there is no OS there, it will move on to the next, and so on, until it finds the OS.

 

As a temporary fix, I tried disabling all boot devices except the first boot device, specifying my system drive as the boot device. That did not work - it still changed to a randomly selected drive and attempted to boot from it.

 

Any ideas?


Edited by MelissaPleases, 26 August 2014 - 07:49 PM.

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Posted 26 August 2014 - 08:55 PM

Wow... that truly is strange.

Let's put aside the "why" aspect and just go for the most likely solution.

The problem is clearly in the bios (unless you have a third party program installed in your system, such as EasyBCD, that can control boot devices, etc), so that's where I'd start, by flashing the bios, be it to the same version you already have, or a newer one, if it is available.


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Posted 27 August 2014 - 01:44 AM

My first guess would be a dying bios battery.



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Posted 27 August 2014 - 04:15 AM

I agree with technonymous, two things to look at (probably stating the obvious but)

1 Is the date and time correct?

2 You did save and Exit? when leaving the BIOS.

 

Just checking

 

Good luck

 

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Posted 27 August 2014 - 08:27 AM

rockysosusa, I'll give that a try. I don't have anything installed that can control the boot devices.

 

technonymous & hedgeley, yes, the date and time are correct, and I did use F10 to save the changes to the BIOS and exit.


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Posted 27 August 2014 - 08:40 AM

I would still check the Bios battery, unless already done

 

 

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Posted 28 August 2014 - 10:44 PM

Well, I actually did both. I replaced the battery, and then I flashed the BIOS. All seems to be in good working order now. Thanks all, for pointing me in the right direction... :)


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Posted 29 August 2014 - 03:23 AM

Good news :thumbup2:

 

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