My Dell PC will no longer boot up when I switch it one. It hangs on the Dell boot up screen and eventually says "no boot device available".
However, if I switch the PC on, press the "Setup" or "Boot Options" key during boot up, wait for the relevant settings screen to appear & then press (for example) the "Escape" key, the PC boots up fine.
Once windows is up & running, if I do a re-start then the PC re-boots without a problem.
Any idea as to what the problem might be? Incorrect BIOS settings?
I had a look at the link that you provided. Thanks.
1. Connections are OK 2. No USB devices are attached (except the keyboard, modem, wireless mouse and printer). 3. Device priority is DVD-Drive then Hard Drive. 4. Vista Start-up Repair showed no problems. 5. No new Hard Drive added.
It's strange that the PC boots up OK if I go into "Set up" or "Boot Options".
As drives get older, they can take longer to get up to speed and become ready (available). This can then exceed the time it takes for the booting to look for the drive - so it doesn't find it. The solution is often to make the initial part of the boot take longer, by disabling "Quick power on self test and/or making the system look for the floppy drive first by enabling "floppy seek". Some BIOS even have a facility to put in a delay before the hard disk is checked.
Pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del used to be a way of signing in on some computers. Try the BIOS and disable anything for floppy at start up. I had to change mine to run from DVD. I hope thats right as it was a while ago and it was an oldish Dell.