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#1 Usherw

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 09:19 PM

I am trying to install Windows 7 Pro on a number of Dell Optiplex 980 machines. I put in the windows disc in to the drive, restart the machine then I get the following message on the screen. "boot device not found" press F1 to reboot, F2 for setup, F5 for on board diagnostic. I am not sure what to do next?



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Posted 10 February 2015 - 04:42 AM

If the drives have been formatted ? ensure they have been Initilized , you can slave them to any other working Pc to do so.

Then reinstall drive in original Pc , enter Bios and select Boot Sequence and select CDROM as first Boot  and save and Exit.

Load Win 7 Disc in Cdrom and reboot , hit any key when prompted to Boot from Cdrom.

 

If still fails ? check Cabling to drives .



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Posted 10 February 2015 - 09:48 PM

I have tried all of the above Suggestions. is there any thing more I can try?



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Posted 11 February 2015 - 04:29 AM

I have tried all of the above Suggestions. is there any thing more I can try?

You could try another Hard Drive in that computer , or try the Hard drive in another PC.

Check in Bios if drive is detected.

 

Otherwise refer to Mobo Manual and cabling structure also if req any drivers to be loaded pre install.

 

You stated several PCs purchased in original Post - do they all give the same error "boot device not found" ???






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