It appears that your HDD is spinning up in time to boot properly especially
since the workaround you have now solves the problem since the time required
to check for a DVD is enough to get the HDD up to speed.
If you put a non bootable disk in your DVD drive it may still delay it long
enough and not ask you if you want to boot.
If you do a restore will the system boot without any disk in the DVD drive?
If yes then it is because the HDD is already powered on.
"TheRealRandizzl" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> I can imagine this has been asked before, and if there is a thread
> about this, please link me to it and I'll waste no more time.
> I have a custom built PC that has worked great for me for a while. I
> run a legitimate copy (do I even need to state that?) of Vista 64bit
> Home Premium.
> Recently my system encountered a lock up and I had to hard reboot.
> Upon rebooting, I got the "Missing Operating System" error. I thought
> "okay, no huge deal, I'll just "restore" through the vista CD, use the
> command promt, try bootrec.exe/fixmbr and things will be fine.
> At first it seemed they were. But it turns out no. I guess I got a
> bit over zealous after having getting the error again up on reboot, and
> I formated my system. I even did a single pass low level format on the
> hard drive. I have now completely reinstalled Vista and I am still
> getting the error.
> I've found that if I leave the Vista install disc in the drive and not
> press any key to let it boot the CD, it will then boot the OS. But if
> the Vista CD is not in, the system goes straight to the HDD and gives me
> that error again.
> Has anyone ever seen or heard of this before?
> Is there a solution?
> What's the REAL problem?
> Thank you all for you help, in advance.