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Selected boot device is not available

\015 Hi I see this seems to be very common with dell!!! Anyway the problem I am having is this.\015\012\015\012I have selected the cd drive as first boot device on IDE and the Hdd as drive 0 on sata.\015\012They are recognised in the BIOS and in the correct boot order.\015\012With the windows XP cd in the cd Rom reboot the computer and it says\015\012cannot detect boot device press F1 to retry or F2 to enter setup utility.\015\012\015\012I have tried everything.\015\012\015\012If i press F12 to go to the boot meny it lists \015\0121 USB or internal CD Rom Drive\015\0122 Sata HDD\015\012\015\012i select 1 , the cd drive whirls for a second and then says\015\012selected boot device is not available. The cd works in other computers and i have tried three other cd drives in the computer.\015\012\015\012This is a DELL DIMENSION 5150. i have looked at all the online manuals etc and see this seems to be common altough I cannot resolve this issue\015\012\015\012PLEASE HELP\015

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Hi everyone, if someone still looks for the answer ... SATA CD/DVD drive worked for me.
Hi all, I also encounter with this problem in dell optiplex 360, I was trying to install Solaris 10 on the machine but it gives me an error selected boot device is not available, hit f1 to retry,... so on so forth. When I tried to to boot the disk with the XP installer, the machine boot successfully but when I reinserted the installer the same problem occur... what may be its cause? is it on the installer or on the disk? pls help..
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