Reboot and Select proper Boot device

By jfish1000
Oct 6, 2006
  1. Okay, so I have the following machine I put together myself:

    Asus p5b deluxe board
    intel core 2 duo
    4 SATA drives
    Windows XP

    I used the onboard RAID controller to set up 2 RAID partitions, a RAID 0 and a RAID 1 across 2 of the SATA drives. The remaining 2 SATA drives are RAID 1 mirrored.

    I installed Windows XP on the RAID 0 partition.

    This was all working hunky dory, although it did require a floppy disk drive to install the Intel SATA RAID drivers during the windows install.

    Now, recently, I tried turning on my PC and I got the following message

    Reboot and Select proper Boot device
    or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key

    I happened to have my iPod plugged in when this happened, no idea if that had a hand in it.

    Now I try booting from windows XP disk, and it does not see any of the SATA drives unless I do the install again with the Intel SATA RAID drivers with a floppy.

    Then I tried to do a repair with the windows console, did BOOTCFG and FIXBOOT on these instructions:

    But did nothing to help me.

    Somehow the BIOS or Windows no longer seems to see the SATA drives or something.

    If I go into the RAID controller setup area, all the drives look fine, all the partitions show up, and the drives read normal.

    Any ideas on how to fix this bizarre issue? I can't get the thing to boot! Do I really have to reinstall windows and wipe the RAID 0 partition?
  2. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    iPods act as external storage devices. Is it possible that your boot order specifies USB (or any external/removeable) devices before internal devices?

    If so, having a USB storage device connected during boot will give you a boot failure message.

    Just an idea. :)
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