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System won't reboot without user help


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Let's get this problem solved so I can screw up something else!!! :whistling:
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LOL....Great attitude!

Do you have an XP installation cd or a floppy drive?
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I have a XP pro SP2 slipstreamed disk and I have the Sony original recovery DVD installation disk (Media Edition). 2 different disks total.
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The post before my last one was meant to be a joke.
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Which OS is installed on the machine?
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Sony Media Edition 2005
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The Media Edition is actually 2 DVD ROM disks. The XP PRO slipstream disk is a single disk.
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Let's try to boot from the Sony cd and see if Recovery Console can be accessed. If it tries to do a format, cancel out. If it gives the option to enter Recovery Console by pressing "R", do so and let me know.
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I'm unable to boot from the Sony disk. I get the original problem -- non-system disk, press any key, etc. and then bootup continues to completion at the desk top.
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It just seems like this machine is trying to boot from a device that it can't find. Let's look in the BIOS setup yet again. Look at the boot priority and list all the displayed options for me.
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Under boot priority I have:

1st device PM-WDC WD2000BB
2nd " SM- Plextor DVDR
3rd " 1st Floppy Drive


I have tried changing the device order in the past but nothing seems to help the problem.
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According to that, the machine shouldn't even be looking elsewhere for boot instructions. Please copy/paste the complete boot.ini file contents here for me.
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[boot loader]
timeout=10
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Media Center Edition" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
C:\CMDCONS\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /cmdcons
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Boot into Windows, open Control Panel and double click on the System icon. Under the "Advanced" tab, in the "Startup and Recovery" section, click on the "Settings" button...what is shown in the "Default operating system" dropdown field?
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"Windows XP Media Center Edition" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
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