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Computer was running just fine. Turned it off and removed removable drive. Now it won't reboot and keeps giving the message "press a key to reboot". Any ideas?

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by:brakk0
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Look in the bios and check the boot order. Sometimes changing any drives will reset the boot order.
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by:rindi
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Also ensure that the main drive is recognized in the BIOS. Maybe check the cables.
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once you follow the previous steps, set the drive where the operating system is located as the boot default.
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by:nobus
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and verify that the boot drive is correctly seen in the bios.
check also your cables to that drive.
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Thank you all for your solutions. I have tried all of them and, sadly, so far, nothing has corrected the problem.

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when exactly does this message appear ?
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when you go to the bios, do you see the physical hard drive??? if you don't see it, that means you forgot to plug the power into the hard drive or plug the bus wire into the motherboard.
the removeable drive that you took out, was it plugged into the same wire that connects your hard drive to the motherboard???? if yes, make sure your hard drive is connected to the motherboard on IDE1(not IDE2) and that from the hard drive's side, it's in drive 1 (usually, the pins that are closer to the motherboard not the one at the end that if the wire has to entries)
let us know.

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Hard drive has probably failed physically.  If the data is not important, replace & reinstall.  If the data is important, try DriveSavers data recovery, http://www.drivesavers.com & they'll get your data back for you.
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I want to thank you all for your very astute and insightful suggestions. I have to say, this was a wierd one and I didn't come up with the answer myself. A friend figured it out.

The culprit was a failing/marginal on-board motherboard battery. The first time I have ever run into such a thing. Apparently, the battery was just low enough to not fail completely but low wnought to not be able to keep the boot settings in between starts. Regardless of my theories as to "why" - when I replaced the on-board battery, the problem went away instantly.

Just proves to me that I can never know enough or have enough savvy friends.

Thank you all.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
A. Friend
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