Comp hangs after post unless CD in tray

June 12, 2011 at 10:52:39
Specs: Windows 7, Intel Q6600, Crucial Ballistix
Computer posts, then checks hard disk RAID status (Healthy), then a white blinking cursor appears on upper left corner or black screen, and hangs there forever, UNLESS i put in a Windows bootable CD, then based on my boot priority order (CD ROM, HD) it reads the CD, then it displays "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD...", for which i don't press anything, and the computer proceeds to boot Win 7 OS correctly. So basically it doesn't boot unless i just have a bootable CD in tray. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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June 12, 2011 at 13:48:02
Change bios boot order.

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June 12, 2011 at 17:58:37
Tried fixing the Master Boot Record and it fixed the problem. Thanks guys.

For specific instructions on how I fixed it:

Insert Win 7 installation DVD and boot from DVD drive. While in some older systems you may have to change boot order through system BIOS, most newer systems allow booting from DVD without changing boot order by simply clicking on any key when prompted to doing so.

Choose your default "Language", "Time", and "keyboard Input" on the first window and click next.

You're now presented with 3 choices. Click on "Repair Your Computer" to gain access to the System Recovery window. Now choose "Command Prompt" in order to run the desired utility which is called "bootsect.exe". Bootsect is located inside the boot folder so change your directory to boot. Now run "bootsect /nt60 C:" if you had Win 7 initially installed in the C partition. Alternatively, you can run "bootsect /nt60 SYS" or "bootsect /nt60 ALL" to repair the system partition or all partitions. Eject the DVD, and restart computer. Your computer should now boot Win 7 again.

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June 13, 2011 at 06:04:26
Already solved the problem, but thanks. Also boot priority didn't help when selecting HD as first boot device because like I said, it hangs on the blinking white cursor forever.

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