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Gateway Reboot: Select Proper Boot Device Fix

In my experience, fixing the “Select Proper Boot Device” error on a Gateway computer often requires a reboot of the system.

Changing Boot Order and Device Selection

To change the boot order and device selection on your Gateway computer, follow these steps:

1. Access the BIOS: Restart your computer and press the designated key to enter the BIOS setup. This key is usually displayed on the boot screen and commonly includes keys like F2, F10, or Del.

2. Navigate to the Boot menu: Once in the BIOS setup, locate the Boot menu. This menu may vary depending on the BIOS version, but look for options related to boot order and device selection.

3. Change the boot order: In the Boot menu, locate the Boot Order or Boot Priority option. Use the arrow keys to rearrange the devices in the list to set the desired boot order. Typically, you want your primary boot device (such as your hard drive) to be at the top of the list.

4. Select the proper boot device: After adjusting the boot order, save your changes and exit the BIOS. Your Gateway computer will now attempt to boot from the device you specified as the primary boot device.

5. Troubleshooting: If you continue to encounter issues with booting after changing the boot order, ensure that the selected boot device contains a valid operating system. You may need to reinstall the operating system or check for any errors in the boot sector.

Common Boot Device Error Messages

  • Check BIOS settings:
    • Restart the computer and press the specified key to enter BIOS settings (usually Del or F2).
    • Make sure the correct boot device is selected as the first boot option.
    • Save changes and exit BIOS settings.
  • Check boot order:
    • Restart the computer and press the specified key to enter boot menu (usually F12 or Esc).
    • Select the correct boot device from the list.
    • Press Enter to boot from the selected device.
  • Check cables and connections:
    • Shut down the computer and unplug all cables and peripherals.
    • Check the connections of the boot device (HDD/SSD) to the motherboard.
    • Reconnect all cables and peripherals securely.
  • Run Windows Startup Repair:
    • Insert a Windows installation disc or USB drive.
    • Boot from the installation media.
    • Select “Repair your computer” and then choose “Startup Repair.”

Repair and Restore Boot Loader and EFI Partition

To repair and restore the boot loader and EFI partition on your Gateway computer, follow these steps:

1. Access the Recovery Environment: Start your computer and access the recovery environment by pressing the designated key during boot-up. This key varies depending on the model of your Gateway computer, so consult your user manual or Gateway’s website for the specific key.

2. Repair the Boot Loader: Once in the recovery environment, select the option to repair your computer. This will initiate the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE). From here, select “Troubleshoot” > “Advanced Options” > “Command Prompt.”

3. Rebuild the Boot Configuration Data (BCD): In the Command Prompt window, type the following commands one by one, pressing Enter after each:

  1. bootrec /scanos
  2. bootrec /rebuildbcd

4. Restore the EFI Partition: If you are using a computer with UEFI firmware, you may need to repair the EFI partition. To do this, type the following commands in the Command Prompt:

  1. diskpart
  2. list disk
  3. select disk X (Replace X with the number of the disk containing the EFI partition)
  4. list partition
  5. select partition Y (Replace Y with the number of the EFI partition)
  6. assign letter=Z: (Replace Z with an available drive letter)
  7. exit
  8. cd /d Z:\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\
  9. bootrec /fixboot

5. Reboot your Computer: After completing the above steps, type exit in the Command Prompt window and reboot your computer. Your Gateway computer should now boot properly.

Troubleshooting Damaged Hard Drives

If you are experiencing issues with damaged hard drives on your Gateway computer, follow these steps to troubleshoot and fix the problem:

1. Check the connections: Ensure that all cables connecting the hard drive to the motherboard are securely plugged in. Loose connections can cause issues with booting.

2. Run a diagnostic test: Use software such as CrystalDiskInfo to check the health of your hard drive. This can help identify any potential issues with the drive itself.

3. Repair the boot sector: If the issue lies with the boot sector, you can use the Windows Recovery Console to repair it. Boot into the recovery console and run the command “fixboot” to fix any boot sector problems.

4. Use a data recovery tool: If you are unable to access your files on the damaged hard drive, consider using a data recovery tool such as Recuva to recover your important data before attempting any further fixes.

5. Consider professional help: If you are still experiencing issues with your hard drive after trying these troubleshooting steps, it may be time to seek professional help. A computer repair technician can assist in diagnosing and fixing the problem.


How do I fix reboot and select proper boot device error?

To fix the “reboot and select proper boot device” error, access the BIOS Setup program by pressing [Delete] or [F2] during startup. Reset BIOS to default settings and check the hard drives listed in the BIOS.

How do I skip reboot and select proper boot device?

To skip reboot and select proper boot device, check and reconnect computer cables and connections to ensure the drive is properly connected.

How do I reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key in Asus?

To reboot and select the proper boot device or insert boot media in a selected boot device on an Asus laptop, start by restarting your computer. Access the BIOS/UEFI by pressing the designated key during the boot process. Navigate to the boot order or boot priority section and set the correct boot device. Save changes and exit the BIOS/UEFI.

How do I fix the selected boot device failed?

To fix the “selected boot device failed” issue, you should start by verifying the boot order in BIOS settings. Additionally, you can repair corrupted or missing system files using SFC and DISM scans, adjust BIOS settings to enable Legacy Support and disable Secure Boot, and run Windows Startup Repair.

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