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Reboot and Select.. After bios update

  1. #1


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8

    Reboot and Select.. After bios update


    Hello!

    Solution: Reflashed to 10.08 with the drive in. Still not booting.

    Reflashed again, using a different key- BOOTED!

    W00T!

    Thanks for the assist. Marked Solved.

    Solution: Ensure usb key formatted to Fat32, format it again, don't flash bios unless you actually need to, and most of all- with this particular board and multiple hard drives, do not update bios to 10.10.


    I've had this issue with the "Reboot and Select Proper..." since I did a bios update (cause I'm an idiot.) to 10.10 on my Z77A-GD65 board. Until the update, I had no issues booting.

    Previous bios unknown (cause I'm an idiot).

    Primary Drive (Sata 3 Intel Port) - 128GB Kingston SSD (Windows 8)
    Secondary Drive (Sata 3 Intel Port) - 120 GB Kingston SSD (OSX 10.8.3)
    Tertiary Drives: Seagate 1TB (D drive, Problem drive) Port 3 - Sata 2
    Seagate 1TB (OSX storage) - Sata 2
    Seagate 500GB (OSX backup) - Sata 2

    I've checked (and then replaced) connectors, power lines (modular P/S). The system _will_ boot with the secondary (D drive) disconnected and I have hotswap enabled, so I've found a workaround in that I ground myself off on the case and when the Win Logo shows up, I reconnect the drive. The issue with that (other than my fat-a$$ climbing under a desk each time to disconnect and reconnect a drive) is that my case is open and this is an "always on" (I travel and stream to my iPad) PC, so sometimes BitDefender, Windows Update or "Other" force a reboot where my drive is connected and fails to boot- leaving the message about proper boot device on screen for hours, potentially days when I'm out of town.

    This issue seems similiar to another on the forum here: Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media Other than it's not my boot device itself with the issue.

    I've tested by disconnecting all drives except the WIN SSD, it boots, adding in one drive at a time, it boots- until I plug the D drive. Same for the OSX side- all drives are fine, but OSX bootloader won't load if the D Drive is connected- Insert Media or ....

    Thanks for taking the time to read this.
    Thoughts?
    Last edited by HardRom; 28 Oct 2013 at 00:09. Reason: Solution

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  2. #2


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I have a 1 TB Seagate drive that if connected to my system, fouls up the whole thing. But there is nothing wrong with it, it simply interferes with the rest of my Seagate Drives.

    I tried everything, replacing power and Data cables, even bought an expensive Data line, to noah vail.

    Finally I gave up and just stuck it into an External Box.

    There might be a power issue with your PSU, maybe it is one too many HDs for it to handle and that HD is breaking the camel's back.

    Dont give up, just try different Data cables and buy a good Power Connector.

    When all drives are connected, which drives does it detect, also, with the two OSX drives disabled, will it detect and boot?

    Try moving the drives around on the SATA bus as well, I've had to do all kinds of finicky things to get my system to find and use all of my drives.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    I've switched cables (power supply and sata), changed ports. No go.

    In reference to the detection, the bios sees the drives (all 5) with no issues, it's only post bios where the drive does it's broken magic and farks everything up. The mac side will boot when the issue drive is disconnected- it doesn't 'care' whether or not the winOS drive is connected or not - as a matter of fact, the bootloader will allow me to choose my Win8 drive and partition and will boot to Windows.

    Sadly though, that awesome bootloader means nothing if I can't even get to it since the system seems to insist on loading *something* from that drive after bios POST.

    The external box (toaster, I call it) is an option since I have one on my desktop- and would be a lot cheaper than the module I was trying to find that allows you to switch on and off drives with a button press (sits in an open dvd bay)... that I don't know the name of. The issue lies in that I paid a buddy with OCD to do my cable management and to get the drive out will ruin the whole thing. First world problems, I know- but I'd just like my system to work as it did before the bios update...
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  4. #4


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Is this a Mac Tower running Boot Camp, is some other kind of rig?

    The BIOS may have not copied properly, you can either do it again, or, if you have the previous BIOS saved somewhere, you can try to put the old BIOS back in. I've done it before so I know it can be done, but I don't know what kind of Box this is, how are you running MACOS?

    You may have to re-download the previous BIOS file from whoever made the MB, and install it.
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  5. #5


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    OK, here is your board, you can download the BIOS right from there, it's 10.8

    MSI USA ? Motherboard - Z77A-GD65
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  6. #6


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    It's a hackintosh (with retail DVDs, paid mountain lion download).

    I think your speculation on the bad bios flash is correct- I thought of it after my last reply but neither of my two USB keys do anything- I go to the update (over clock off, bios 'A'), choose the file on the key (I redownloaded 10.10) and it hangs. I gave it 20 minutes but didn't see the red DO NOT... DO ANYTHING AT ALL! (or such) warning with either key.

    Ill buy a new key tomorrow and try again. Let you know.

    I really wish I'd paid attention to which bios I had- it was stock as in I'd never updated it yet and the board is only February-old, but...? I'll do some comparisons from what I know of dates and go from there.
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  7. #7


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    It was probably 10.8, depending on how long you've had the board.

    I'll have to talk to you about how you got OSX to install - I tried installing it to my Gateway laptop, but my power section burned up.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    I specifically bought hardware I knew would work (tonymacx86), which made everything SOOOOO much easier- I know, because I used to run horrible hacks that were so butchered you'd be hard pressed to call them OSX. Including distros so I could run them on AMD systems.

    MyHack has some decent reviews if you have access to a mac at all to make the key from it. I've never had it work for me though, but maybe try there first.

    I haven't had a chance yet to reflash- been working on my other rig all night, but I will reply back later today when I get a chance to reflash and test.
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  9. #9


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I don't like what I heard about it hanging up during re-flash, maybe it was a bad file.

    I have in trhe past accidentally used a wrong BIOS file, I had to put the Bios Flasher on a Floppy Disk and fix it that way.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Just in case, the newer motherboards will not maintain a boot device in many circumstances. Usually all you have to do in to into the bios and put the device you need to the first priority. If you are using a UEFI system, it would be a Windows boot Manager, Legacy install would be the drive itself, and I have no idea for Apple, but maybe something that mentions UEFI.
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