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no bootable device: insert boot disk and press enter

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Hi all.

can any one help me? I have bought a used branded system intel 965 c2d 1.8 1gb 80gb sata. Now, I have installed windows xp and other necessary applications on it. When I rebooted it, it shows "NO BOOTABLE DEVICE: INSERT BOOT DISK AND PRESS ENTER" (Remember, I have pulled off the bootable cd from cd rom). Boot Order is OK i.e. HARD DISK Then CD/DVD Rom.

Amazing fact is that, When I reinserted bootable cd of xp into cdrom, then it showed as usual "Press any key to boot from cdrom" (I did not press any key so that it may boot from hard disk) well it loads the o/s and takes me to the desktop. Everything is working fine.

The same problem occurs again and again if I don't insert a bootable disk into the cdrom. Can I boot from the hard drive without inserting bootable disk into the cdrom.

Please urgent.
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:welcome: ngn_999
Read the step by step guide @ http://support.microsoft.com/kb/313348
Can you confirm that you followed the steps from Configure your computer to start from the CD or DVD drive onwards.

Use the Format the partition by using the NTFS file system option, it does take longer but helps with a clean install.
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Hi ngn_999...

It sounds like the boot.ini file is missing, corrupt, or is not pointing to the correct boot device.

Boot into Windows using the installation disk as you have been. Right click on My Computer and choose Properties. Under the Advanced tab in the properties, click on Startup and Recovery, click on the Settings button, then the Edit button. This will open the boot.ini file in a notepad window. Copy and paste the contents of that window here for us.

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