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Solved No boot device found


XweAponX

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You got it settled then? I was thinking, if you had your SATA set us as IDE, it will not work for Windows 7-8.1, you have to have it set for AHCI. Inversely, if you are running XP, that setting MUST be set to IDE. Most Motherboards include a way to swap between IDE and AHCI. All except these new Acers and HP's which only have AHCI and no IDE setting, but they came with Windows 8.1.

Fine laptops, except for the fact that I can't get into the UEFI Settings through Advanced Start- Every PC or Laptop I've worked on in the last year that came with Windows 8 or 8.1 fails to launch the UEFI screen.

I had to force a failure to boot on the acer just so I could choose the advanced setup options when the error screen popped up, I did that by forcing the laptop off during boot, something I won't do again.

Normally, when you get the "No Boot Volume" error, especially on Windows 8, it's because in the BIOS you don't have UEFI/Windows Boot Loader selected as the boot device- If you are pointing "First Boot Drive" to the hard drive, well, sometimes that's not where the bootloader is located, especially if there are recovery partitions on the drive.

File this info in case it happens again, you can check it all in the BIOS settings.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
    CPU
    AMD 4400+/4200+
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
    Memory
    2 GB/3GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
    Sound Card
    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    "1842 x 1036"
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
    WDC WD32 WD-WCAPZ2942630 USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    PSU
    Works 550w
    Case
    MSI "M-Box"
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Dell Keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    Cable Medium Speed
    Browser
    Chrome/IE 10
    Antivirus
    Eset NOD32 6.x/Win Defend
    Other Info
    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.

HippsieGypsie

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Lilymoor, IL

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Glad to see you got it up and running, Delease! A+ for persistence, ability, patience, and a job well done. :thumb:

Great info, Jon (XweAponX). Good to know. :thumb:

I thought boot loader was part of the OS itself. No? On the HD/partition BIOS points to? Or is it now in UEFI itself or where it decides to put it? I found this illustration.

0268.Figure-1---Windows-8-Platform-integrity-architecture_thumb_79162960.png

Protecting the pre-OS environment with UEFI - Building Windows 8 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

Getting the "no boot device found" error when booting.
I’m wondering what caused this in the first place. Corrupt boot loader or something corrupt/switched settings within the UEFI? Not familiar with UEFI, but trying to learn.

Only thing I can access is bios.
I found no program to find keys within UEFI for the keys are now encrypted. However, when the OS is installed it stores it in the Registry and attainable via a few programs. Here’s one Brink advises.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/27129-product-key-find-windows-8-a.html
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8.1 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer T690
    CPU
    Intel Pentium D Dual Core
    Motherboard
    Acer/Intel E946GZ
    Memory
    2GB (max upgrade)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 - PCI Express x16
    Sound Card
    Integrated RealTek ALC888 high-definition audio with 7.1 channel audio support
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer AL1917W A LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1440 X 900
    Hard Drives
    350 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
    Thumb drives
    PSU
    Standard 250 watt
    Case
    Desktop 7.2" (183mm) W x 17.5" (445mm) L x 14.5"
    Cooling
    Dual case fans + CPU fan
    Keyboard
    Acer Windows PS/2
    Mouse
    Wireless Microsoft Arc
    Internet Speed
    54mbp/s
    Browser
    IE11
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    Office Pro 2013 / Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phone 8.1DP GDR1