Reboot and select proper boot device

By wsynecky ยท 7 replies
Mar 28, 2008
  1. I built a new machine. It has a ECS A770M-A mother board, AMD 4400+ 2.3 GH dual core processor, 2 GB DDR2 667 RAM, ECS GeForce 6 Series 256 MB Video card, a 250 GB IDE HD and a IDE DVD drive installed. When I boot up I receive the errorr "Reboot and select proper boot device" I go into BIOS and it does not recognize either the HD or DVD drive. In the BIOS the onboard IDE controller is set to Primary, Onboard SATA is set to enabled, and the SATA config is set to IDE. Can anyone offer any advice?
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,333   +101

    Might seem dumb but, have you attached the drives to the PSU?

    If they're both sharing the same ATA cable have you configured the drives for Master/Slave with the HDD being the Master?

    If all of that is okay, try one of the drives alone, try a different ATA cable, try another host adapter on the motherboard if you've got more than one.

    :) Post back with your results.
  3. wsynecky

    wsynecky TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the reply.

    Everything is attached. They are sharing a cable as my MB only has one IDE slot. HD is set to master DVD set to slave. I can not try just the HD being there is no OS on it. I have tried just the DVD with the same results. I have tried 3 cables, all returning the same error
  4. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,333   +101

    It doesn't matter if there's an OS or not just to have it detected in the BIOS. I'll go skim through your motherboard's manual in a few minutes, try only the HDD set as "Single" or "Master" and see if the BIOS picks it up.


    I don't see anything in the manual worth looking at. The best I can suggest is to flash your BIOS if you've got a floppy drive, and if that doesn't do anything your host adapter might be defective. You can buy a PCI card with ATA host adapters on it, if you're interested in that.
  5. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    Zenosincks, will those adapters work to boot off of?
  6. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,333   +101

    Yes, you can boot off a device attached to a PCI card with host adapters.
  7. Bruce2

    Bruce2 TS Rookie

    Please pardon me, guys. There is nothing wrong with this.
  8. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,333   +101

    Uh, what...?
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