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Reseting BIOS allows computer to boot


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#1 Milks

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Posted 21 January 2015 - 04:37 PM

My desktop computer will not boot into Windows.  

 

I can make it boot into Windows, by first re-entering the BIOS and resetting it.

 

I can make this problem occur if I unplug the computer for 60 seconds.  The computer remembers the current date and time so I'm guessing the BIOS battery is working.

 

Any ideas?



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#2 Milks

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Posted 21 January 2015 - 08:35 PM

More about my problem: 

 

The message I get when I turn the computer back on is "Reboot and Select proper Boot device.  Or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key."

 

The computer I have is an HP desktop, model: p6654y.

 

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Posted 21 January 2015 - 09:56 PM

One other clue:  The last message the BIOS displays (before the error) is "00 USB mass storage devices found and configured".  After that, all of the lines of text on the screen move up one level and then the screen goes black and soon after I get the Proper Boot Device error.



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Posted 22 January 2015 - 07:13 AM

Another symptom:

 

Sometimes if I restart the computer (without unplugging it from the power first) I still get the Proper Boot Device error.


Edited by Milks, 22 January 2015 - 07:32 AM.


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Posted 23 January 2015 - 05:29 PM

Replace the CMOS battery with a new one...that would be my choice of action.

 

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Posted 24 January 2015 - 03:44 PM

Thank you for the suggestion.  I did this, but it didn't help.

 

The one consistent thing in this situation is that if I go into the BIOS before loading Windows, the computer will always startup correctly.



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Posted 25 January 2015 - 11:14 PM

I ended up backing up my data and then using the HP restore disks to reinstall everything to a new hard drive.  This fixed the problem.

 

Question:  Why would a "bad hard drive" always boot correctly if before going into Windows I first enter the BIOS (and make no changes to it)?  Whereas, if I did not first enter the BIOS, I would usually get the "Reboot and Select proper Boot device" error.

 

What is going on here?






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