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my computer won't start up windows :(

by drew7873 / November 11, 2006 8:23 AM PST

can someone please help me?

i turn on my pc and this is what i see...

"Reboot and Select proper Boot Device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot Device and press a key."

i went to it and the Boot device is already set to the "1st Floppy Disk" or something of that nature.

what problem is this and what do i need to do to fix it?

please help

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Please tell
by Darton Fury / November 11, 2006 8:31 AM PST

what operating system you are using.

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by drew7873 / November 11, 2006 8:34 AM PST
In reply to: Please tell


windows xp professional. i use to have the windows home edition which is an option everytime i start up my computer but i choose the xp professional instead...but it doesn't give me that option anymore.

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There are a couple possibilities...
by John.Wilkinson / November 11, 2006 12:46 PM PST

1.) Make sure that there is no floppy in the drive. If it still does not work go into the BIOS and set your hard drive (make sure it is recognized properly) as the primary boot device, exit saving changes, and try again. It could be a problem with the floppy drive.

2.) Use the fixmbr command in the Recovery Console to repair your master boot record.

3.) Connect the hard drive as a slave to another computer and see if you can access it...the hard drive may be going south, so you'll want to copy your files off of it.

Hope this helps,

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