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Reboot and select proper boot device or insert media in selected boot device and press a key

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Last night I removed my motherboard and installed a new cpu cooler (CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Plus). I then reinstalled the motherboard and all connections and when I try to boot I get "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert media in selected boot device and press a key". I'm running Windows 7 64 bit on an Asus P6T Deluze MB, Intel core I7 920 processor 6GB of ram and 3 SATA drives. I didn't make any other changes other than installing the new cpu cooler. I tried changing the boot order to boot from the cd drive first. I put the Windows 7 DVD in the drive and it won't even try to boot from the cd/dvd. It immediatley goes to the message above. I also tried unplugging all the SATA drives except for the boot drive and get the same thing. I need to be up an running asap this weekend as I have to vpn into my office pc to do some work. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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by:tskelly082598
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Could there be an external USB device attached such as a USB thumb drive or USB floppy drive?
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Possible BIOS setup in error automatically using Raid instead of IDE or SATA.
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by:myester
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No, nothing like that attached. Still troubleshooting and moved the boot drive to SATA port #5 and it booted into Windows fine. I moved the drive back to SATA port 1 and then get the same message. So I Moved it back to SATA port 5 and now I get the same message as before. Again, the only thing I changed was installing the new cpu cooler. It also won't boot from the cd/dvd on the Windows 7 install disk. The bios recognizes it in the boot order.
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by:myester
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Already checked the Raid and I have the raid controllers disabled in the bios.
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The Configure SATA as field is set to IDE.
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by:tskelly082598
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Perhaps Motherboard settings only allow certain SATA ports to be used for a boot device, and not other SATA ports. Perhaps someone can search the internet to find the specifications for your motherboard to determine.
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by:myester
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I connected the drives to the came ports they were connected to before I installed the cpu cooler. I didn't change anything. I removed the mb, installed the cpu cooler, reinstalled the mb and now. I'm getting "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert media in selected boot device and press a key"
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Okay I installed a new SATA DVD drive and can boot from it now. I booted to my Windows 7 64 bit dvd and ran the Repair but that didn't help.
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by:myester
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Updated the bios and still no go. Any suggestions from anyone? Possible windows reinstall?
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Finally go it going again. Had to rebuild the master boot record.
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