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Old 9th June 2012   #1
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NVIDIA Boot Agent On Startup


I just turned my computer on and kept receiving a message along the lines of NVIDIA Boot Agent. I'm not sure what it means, but it was a black screen, and it would say "port 01" for a while, then mention something about booting from CD-ROM.

I restarted the computer and it did the same thing, so I figured maybe there's something in the CD drive. I removed the disc in the drive and then it finally booted up.

What could be the problem?

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It was trying to boot from the CD.

You should be able to change that option in the BIOS/CMOS Setup. (Set it to try the hard drive first).

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Is there a reason it would have changed by itself?

I've had this computer for years, and have never entered the BIOS to change anything.

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1) If the CMOS battery is dead, on power-up, it would load the factory's BIOS default settings.

2) Have you ever had an 'almost' bootable CD in the CD-ROM drive before?

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1. Is there a way to know if this is the case?

2. I've had to boot from a Windows Vista disc to recover my system before, if that's what you mean. (Not really a computer guy) But when I did that it just booted straight from the CD, I didn't have to change any ordering in the BIOS.

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Usually a failing battery will let you know by the date and time being wrong from a cold boot. If that is the case, they are easy to replace and are only about $3.00 US price. Wally World and Radio Shack have them. Only takes a couple of minutes to replace one if need be.
I have a PC that is about 14 or 15 years old and still has the original battery. I have also replace them on a PC that was only a couple of years old before.

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Are you referring to the date and time on the computer clock?

Because it's still accurate.

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Originally Posted by Supermaine View Post
Are you referring to the date and time on the computer clock?

Because it's still accurate.
Yep. If it is wrong, that is usually the first sign of a failing battery.

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Yep. If it is wrong, that is usually the first sign of a failing battery.
Hmm. Well it's still correct.

My biggest concern is that it's the hard drive. Could that at all be the problem here?

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I doubt that it is the HD going bad. Did you look in the BIOS to see what the boot order is?

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I doubt that it is the HD going bad. Did you look in the BIOS to see what the boot order is?
I haven't restarted the computer yet.

Honestly, kind of nervous/scared that it may not boot up the next time.

But, is that what you would recommend me do?

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Yes. Check the BIOS and make sure the boot order is the way you want it. I usually do HD then CD or DVD as second.

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Okay, let me go over what happened.

Just turned the computer back on this morning. It says hit F12 for Boot Menu (I believe) or DEL for Settings.

I first went to the Boot Menu and the order was "Removable, HD, NVIDIA Boot Agent, etc"

I restarted, and then went to the BIOS settings. The order was "HD, NVIDIA Boot Agent, etc"

Now as I said, I'm far from an expert, so I have no clue if those two are supposed to be the same or not. But the HD was first in the sequence, so I saved the settings.

But once I exited the Boot Menu screen, I got the NVIDIA boot agent screen again, with this message.

PXE-E61: media test failure, check cable.

Then the computer booted up normally.

I thought I would try just one last time. So I restarted the computer again and no message came up this time, it just went straight to the loading windows screen.

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Hi Supermaine. When you go into the BIOS to change the boot order what happens if you select your harddrive, then the CD/DVD drive and you disable the NVIDIA boot agent completely? Does the computer still boot up properly with that boot device disabled?

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Hi Supermaine. When you go into the BIOS to change the boot order what happens if you select your harddrive, then the CD/DVD drive and you disable the NVIDIA boot agent completely? Does the computer still boot up properly with that boot device disabled?
The NVIDIA Boot agent was listed third in sequence so I just disabled the third option and only left the first two.

It booted up normally just as it did the time previous to this.

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