Primary hard disk drive 1 not found - Press F1 to boot

Hello,

When I turn on my computer I am greated with this:

    Primary hard disk drive 1 not found
    Secondary hard disk drive 1 not found
    Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility

When I strike the F1 key with a baseball bat my computer boots to Windows XP.  

How can I make it boot up on its own without asking for bruit force?  

Is this a problem with the jumper pin settings on my harddrive or my CMOS settings?

Or does my computer just have a thing for bondage?
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hankknightAsked:
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pghzooitCommented:
It could be jumpers,
alot of newer pcs dont like them, try Cable Select (no jumper)

or look in the BIOS for a first boot device.

but Id bet its a pin.
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Rob SiddellCommunity Educator IICommented:
It could be a cmos setting if you have nothing on the secondary channel you can tell it there is no drive attached. also if you have your primary drive set for slave then it could also cause problems. I'd try one of these options.
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CallandorCommented:
Try replacing your motherboard CMOS battery - it may be making bad contact or is dying.  Your F1 key may be a second problem and would require a new keyboard.
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hankknightAuthor Commented:
Thanks, taking out the jumper fixed it.
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