Solved black screen reads reboot and select proper boot device

November 22, 2014 at 08:04:31
Specs: Windows 7
black screen shows reboot and select proper boot device and will not allow any keys to do any instruction


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#1
November 22, 2014 at 08:08:45
Make and model of computer would be most useful if pholks are going to assist...?

And anything unusual happened in terms of boot up or general startup and running etc. prior to the current problem?


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#2
November 22, 2014 at 08:54:54
A bad hard disk is high on the list of suspects. The info requested might help.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#3
November 22, 2014 at 13:48:54
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If you were boot up with Linux CD (Ubuntu or Puppy Linux are two that come to mind) that might narrow possible suspects... If you can boot from a Linux DVD then you ought to be able to access the hard drive - as a resource to the Linux OS installed into RAM only. If you can boot via Linux but not locate/access the hard drive then it does tend to put the hard drive in the centre of the frame?

Booting (successfully) with a Linux disk effectively checks out the basic system as likely OK - apart from the hard drive.

Ubuntu.com is where to download an ISO; save and burn to DVD; boot with that DVD.

You "may" need to access bios settings to change first boot device to CD/DVD as it may not be set that way at present? As soon as the system starts to boot - POST - there will be a message saying what key(s) to press to access bios.


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#4
November 22, 2014 at 14:58:21
Good idea from trvlr. Attempting to boot with a live Linux CD can give a lot of clues. It doesn't mess with the Windows installation either so if it points to a possible fix you can still go for it.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#5
November 22, 2014 at 22:59:34
Did anything happen to it or did you make any changes to it between the last time it worked OK and the first time it didn't?

Prior to the 'reboot and select proper boot device' message you should be able to hit the key to get into bios setup. That key is usually F1, F2, DEL or F10 (for compaq). If you successfully get into bios setup you can check to see if the hard drive is identified and adjust the boot order if necessary.


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#6
November 23, 2014 at 20:01:22
Also note that it could simply be that the system found a non-bootable CD or DVD in the drive and it is telling you to take it out and reboot (but not in clear language). Of course if you open the drive to put in a Linux disk you would then find the other disk in the drive and know.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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