Error: Reboot and Select proper Boot device?

Ok, so for Christmas, my parents bought me a computer off of ebay. It was new, and still in its original packaging. When I turn it on, I get the error:

Reboot and Select proper Boot device

or Insert Boot media in selected Boot device and press a key.

I had a friend come over and check the BIOS (I think its called that), and he said everything is normal. He also looked inside of it and checked to see if anything may have been knocked out of place suring shipping. He said that everything looked to be in order. I've googled it about all day, and the responses I keep seeing require me to have the XP cd. Which wasnt shipped with the computer. I've also seen stuff saying that I need to get a boot floppy (or something like that), but I dont have a floppy drive.

Any help would be great. Thanks in advance.

5 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    You either need a boot disk, or you need to "point" the motherboard to the correct boot drive in the BIOS. Search around for boot devices in the BIOS and see if one of them is going to a floppy drive and one designating your hard drive(usually C) don't change anything else in there though, if it is, then you have a software issue need to get a boot disk and possibly Windows software.

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  • Rae
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    turn your computer off and turn it back on. before it boots up (comes on) hit the F10 key. This will send you into setup mode which is pretty self explainatory once your there. You need to scroll to find your boot order. You'll find a list including floppy (if applicable) disk, CD ROM, and Hard Drive (I believe). Most computers follow the same bootup device list which is CD ROM, Hard Drive, and floppy. Set your list in that order and save changes. Reboot and you should be okay. I'd go back to the purchaser and request the XP disc as you may need it for several things in the future. Oh, if your computer doesn't go to setup mode on F10, try F8 and then F5 One of them should work. I also suggest that you read your manual and become familiar with the built in system tools. There is a feature which you use to save the configuration of your entire computer at any given point (date). If you run into problems (especially without the XP disc) you can go to the tools and hit the return to configuration date you previously saved everything at. I'm a little rusty having been away from the job for over a year (computer recycling) so I hope my info helps out.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It sounds like whoever sold you that computer wiped the hard drive before they sold you the computer. If Windows is not installed on the hard drive, the computer will not be able to use it as a "boot device" and you will get that error. You will need to purchase a copy of Windows (XP) to install on the computer before it will boot.

    Source(s): 15 years in computer IT support.
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  • D McC
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    it sounds to me that your computer does not have an operating system installed in which case you will have to buy a windows xp disc and install the operating system. many computers sold on ebay dont have windows pre installed, maybe you should contact the seller if that is possible to clarify this point

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  • 1 decade ago

    If your computer is not working properly while you are working on it, it could be a problem with device drivers, hardware or software.

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