Intermittent "No Boot Device Found" error on Dell Latitude E4310 with Windows XP
Posted on 2011-02-28
Have just bought my first batch of Dell Latitude E4310 laptops (25 of them). Have created our standard enterprise desktop using Windows XP Pro SP3 with all the latest drivers from Dell for this model of laptop. The laptops BIOS setting for hard drive mode is set to ATA (the only mode that will work with Windows XP).
The image has been deployed to all 25 laptops using Symantec Ghost in exactly the same way as every other PC/laptop in our organisation (around 500 in total). However, these 25 laptops are all exhibiting the same intermittent fault. On first powering on, a message is displayed saying "No Boot Device Found. Press any key to reboot the machine". If the machine is rebooted, it usually starts up fine. The error only happens intermittently, and only around 10% of the time.
Any help would be much appreciated. Dell's response is "install Windows 7", which isn't particularly helpful as we only support Windows XP Pro at the moment!