"Reboot and select proper boot device" ...????

#1
I upgraded my PSU from 350w to 500w, now im getting that message when I try to start up.

Ive tried through the boot menu too, where it gives me options of a:

Floppy
HDD: Maxtor (Main one)
USB: External HDD
USB: Brother Printer


I selected the Maxtor, and ill get that message again after about 30 seconds.
 
#2
Try a linux live CD and see if it can access the HDD. IF not then it may have failed.

msr
 
#3
ctrl-alt-del then watch it boot?

any beeps on start up?

hdd light flashing at all?
 
#4
carlbcfc said:
I upgraded my PSU from 350w to 500w, now im getting that message when I try to start up.

Ive tried through the boot menu too, where it gives me options of a:

Floppy
HDD: Maxtor (Main one)
USB: External HDD
USB: Brother Printer


I selected the Maxtor, and ill get that message again after about 30 seconds.
Check all your cabling.

Re-install the old PSU and reboot.

If it boots OK then the new PSU is knackered in some way.

Litotes
 
#5
sometimes there is a boot priority menu in the BIOS. If your CMOS battery is weak then disconnection of the PSU will have cleared the BIOS settings. If you have more than one drive and the OS drive is not the logical first drive then the BIOS will be trying to boot from another drive, not the OS one.

Check this BIOS setting, if its ok, or you have only one drive, then the boot sector of the OS drive is corrupted, you cna try a repair by booting from your OS CD, which may or may nto work, i dont hold out much hope of that, otherwise it normally means a OS re-install.
 
#6
I think I had a cable unplugged, so plugged that in, powered up..............no fcukin power!

I plug the power cable in the back of the PC

Press the PC on button at front

No power, but the fan jolts...........
 
#9
dogmeat said:
carlbcfc said:
Just put the old PSU back in, and started up. Immediatly got a whiff of something burning and swtiched off.

What was that?
Smoke.
:) :)

Could be the fan, disconnect the fan cable and restart. Place a large Fire Extinguisher next to the PC 1st. 8O
 
#10
carlbcfc said:
Just put the old PSU back in, and started up. Immediatly got a whiff of something burning and swtiched off.

What was that?
Recheck all your cables, check to see if the floppy drive power cable is in correctly. What operating system did you have when it was working?
 
#11
The floppy was disconnected ages ago. I saw a loose cable, the small one that that goes into the mobo, small thin thing, not the block of 4 one, I then put the 350w PSU back in as the new 500w seemed to stop working.....but then I had the smell.

It was running Vista, and id only wiped it last week.



Googling around says it could be a static build up the reason the 500w stopped. Ive stuck the PC on the cooker to earth (again a google answer). Im paranoid about starting it up again now incase I fry something else.
 
#12
carlbcfc said:
The floppy was disconnected ages ago. I saw a loose cable, the small one that that goes into the mobo, small thin thing, not the block of 4 one, I then put the 350w PSU back in as the new 500w seemed to stop working.....but then I had the smell.

Where does that thin wire come from going into the mobo?


Googling around says it could be a static build up the reason the 500w stopped. Ive stuck the PC on the cooker to earth (again a google answer). Im paranoid about starting it up again now incase I fry something else.

The static build up should only really be as a result of it being used. So you did have the block of 4 wires plugged into the mobo?Do you only have the one fan on the heatsink in your pc?
 
#13
Yes, 1 fan. The small 4 black was in, the one that slightly resembles a phone line plug was not in. Im guessing that was the reason for not booting up. Looks like 1 problem solved, another created.
 
#14
carlbcfc said:
Yes, 1 fan. The small 4 black was in, the one that slightly resembles a phone line plug was not in. Im guessing that was the reason for not booting up. Looks like 1 problem solved, another created.
Does that come from the PSU? Or the fan? Did it get plugged in anywhere at all? Can you tell where the smell is from at all yet?
 
#16
Hmm. Ok, that wire with the plug is the floppy power cable, did you end up plugging that into the mobo at all? Did the 500W PSU work before at all?

Sorry just reread and saw that you plugged it in. That may have caused the smell, the PSU wouldn't really have an affect on the boot device. Try reinstalling the new PSU.
 
#17
It did work yes, then stopped. Maybe when I put that wire in?? Im not to sure, but it was deffinaty in when I had that smell...but by then id changed back to th old PSU.
 
#18
Ouch! From what I can tell is that, that wire is the cause of the PSU not working hopefully it didn't damage the mobo, is there a switch on the back of the PSU. A red switch which switches between 230V and 110V is it on 230V?
 

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#20
Disconnect everything except the power supplies and other cables to your motherboard, graphics card, and main HDD. Don't go near the smaller cables connecting your USB ports, speakers, etc unless you have the manual for your motherboard and are confident in what you are doing. Disconnect your external HDD and both your CD/DVD drives. Ensure any memory cards and other USB devices are unplugged.

Boot the computer, and go into the BIOS and confirm that your main HDD is the only drive available. Save settings, and attempt to boot.

If no joy, you've got a problem - a problem probably amplified by plugging in random cables, and you've fried something.
 

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