Problems Booting Up PC

  musopoet 14:01 20 May 2009
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Everytime I try to start PC I get a black screen with the following message in white letters saying:

'reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key'.

I just press a key but the message keeps apppearing everytime i press a key

What's the remedy please?

  howard64 14:04 20 May 2009

do you have a floppy disk in the drive? or maybe one of your cds in a drive.

  keef66 14:06 20 May 2009

have you left a disk in the drive? If not it may be your hard drive has a problem. Could be that the data or power cable isn't properly attached, or it could mean the disk has died.

Try tapping the delete key repeatedly as the pc starts up to take you into the setup screen (bios). See if a hard disk is seen there.

  OTT_Buzzard 14:14 20 May 2009

Also check for USB Memory sticks in USB ports....

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:01 20 May 2009

Remove all disks from drives
disconnect All USB devices including printers
retry to boot.
if still same then the master bot record on your hard drive is damaged.

Do you have a Windows CD /DVD for your machine as you may need to boot to recovery console and run fixboot and fixmbr.

  musopoet 15:30 20 May 2009

yeah i have a windows xp disk

  musopoet 17:31 20 May 2009

Are you saying I should re-install windows to fix this problem??

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:02 20 May 2009

No do not reinstall or you will loose everything.


1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.

2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

3. Press R to goto the recovery console

4. Enter the Admin password when asked (if you haven't set one just press Enter)

5. At the command prompt C:\Windows type - fixmbr
- press enter

6. then type - fixboot - press enter

7. type - exit - press enter to end recovery console

8. remove XP CD and see if the machine will now boot into windows.

  musopoet 19:16 20 May 2009

Thank You!

  musopoet 19:20 20 May 2009

Just thought...the op system that is on is an older version of XP - I don't have the disk - however I do have a copy of XP Professional on disc - will this suffice?

  musopoet 16:59 21 May 2009

I reiterate...the operating system is XP (it was loaded onto PC in the shop)- I don't have the CD.

However I do have a new copy of XP Professional on disc - will this suffice?

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