Interesting Vista boot problem

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  1. Cthalupa

    Cthalupa New Member

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    Vista is flat out refusing to boot without the install DVD in the drive. I get the usual no valid disk detected, etc, error. However, as long as I set to boot from the DVD, and then don't press a button to enter setup mode, the computer boots fine.

    I've tried quite a few things. Doing the startup repair on the DVD does nothing. Manually trying to fix it using bootrec.exe and bootsect.exe does nothing. EasyBCD and VistaBootPro both do not recognize a Vista install when I attempt to use them to fix the problem.

    I've tried quite a few things, from the braindead to to the esoteric, and nothing seems to fix it.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Is this on an install that was working until recently, or is it a new install?
     
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    Working until recently. Made no changes to it between the last time I had turned it off, and it came back on, and then when I turned it off, and then later refused to boot.

    It still boots as long as I have the vista install CD in.

    Yep. /fixmbr, /fixboot, tried deleting the bcd, rebuilding it, and so on.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I know you said there was no recent changes, so this is just a stab in the dark.

    But I've read about this happening when SATA and IDE drives are used on the same system.

    If you have SATA and IDE drives on the build, will it still do this if you disconnect whichever drives are not running VIsta? And when they are disconnected, can you do the mbr fix then?

    Is the normal bootloader listed in msconfig?
     
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    I am in fact running SATA and IDE drives in the system, so that could very well be it. I'll try that, and see what happens.


    Yep. Listed as Microsoft Windows Vista, C:\Windows, Current OS, Default OS.
     
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    No luck :wtc:
     
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    I got the no valid disk detected error on a bad hdd. Just a thought.
     

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