Win 7 booting error on self-built PC

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June 12, 2010 at 13:28:35
Specs: Windows 7
i have looked all over on the net and hopefully i can find the help i need here. i am running windows 7 x64 ultimate on a pc i built. For some reason the plcc bios chip on the motherboard went bad and i ordered a new one and replaced it and flashed it to the latest bios revision. Due to the location of the chip on the motherboard i had to remove the motherboard from the tower to effect the chip replacement. my motherboard has 6 sata II channels and and all are populated with drives. To make sure that i didnt mix up the drive assignments i labeled and numbered each cable to ensure that each one was plugged back into thier respective drives once the new chip was installed. After putting everything back together and attempting to boot the system i get the following error: GRUB Loader 1.5 GRUB Loading, please wait... error 17. i am aware that grub is a linux Boot loader as i have used and ran linux on other machines but not on this box ( i have run linux using vmware workstation for windows on this machine, but thats not the same as a true dual booting scheme)as a temp bypass when i first turn on the computer i press the F8 key to load the bios bootloader and i chose the drive that contains my windows installation and the computer loads up normally (im using the affected pc now to make this post). Even though this workaround does the trick i would like to fix it so it boots normally. Any thoughts on how to repair this issue would be greatly appreciated. thank you

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#1
June 12, 2010 at 15:39:38
Put in your Windows 7 install DVD and choose the repair feature. That should be able to repair the windows boot loader.

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#2
June 12, 2010 at 16:25:07
thank you for the quick reply to my question:) i forgot to mention that i had already tried that option without sucess, sorry it slipped my mind to mention it. i just find it odd that windows would use the grub loader. i had thought maybe my boot sector has errors and needs to be corrected, i dont think its corrupted because if it was it wouldnt be able to boot the system at all whether i was using the F8 option or not. any thoughts?

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#3
June 13, 2010 at 08:35:23
Windows XP has the recovery console where you can run fixboot & fixmbr. I don't know if Windows 7 has something similar, but you could try it if it does.

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#4
June 13, 2010 at 16:18:43
Here is my guess on your problem. First of all if you replaced the BIOS chip on the board, all settings would revert to defaults for whatever version is on the chip.

You need to set your boot order, including WHICH SATA hard drive you wish to boot to.

Of course you also need to reset many other values in the BIOS screens. Such as date, time, etc.

Next, I am guessing at some point you loaded grub on one or more of the installed derives and that is the drive that is currently set as the first hard drive in the BIOS.


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#5
June 13, 2010 at 16:24:22
Did you check BIOS for settings on booting, maybe the latest default is not the settings you need.

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#6
June 13, 2010 at 19:51:53
OtheHill: you were right. i had already set everything else in the bios ( i have 3 performance profiles set- my bios allows you to copy them out to floppy- i have an asus crosshair with bios revision 1207) but i thought that it carried over the sata boot order, which it doesnt, and now the problem is fixed. the drive that was set to boot first came from a windows vista machine i got from a pc salvage and never had linux on it, the person only had windows installed for the short time he had the system. so not sure how GRUB got there, dont care my system now boots without having to wait to push the F8 key. thanx

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#7
June 13, 2010 at 19:56:27
Glad you got it sorted out.

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