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Unable to boot from CD Drive


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#1 shmuly

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 08:44 PM

While the BIOS does recognize the CD Drives (I have two), it isn't available in the boot order menu. I see the listing for CD Drives but there are no drives listed under it. In the hard drive section it does have both hard drives.

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 08:48 PM

I would suspect the cable became loose from the motherboard header or the cable is bad, seeing how it sees neither one
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Posted 20 January 2009 - 08:50 PM

Make sure that you actually can recognize the drives in BIOS. Also check to make sure that if both drives are on the same IDE cable that the jumpers are both set to Cable Select, or one is Master and the other is Slave. Also what kind of computer is it, sometimes on the boot screen you can hit one of the F keys to bring up a boot menu.
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Posted 20 January 2009 - 09:23 PM

In the list of drives in the first page of the BIOS, both CD Drives show up. I checked the cables and nothing looked loose.

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Posted 20 January 2009 - 09:45 PM

Ok, well just set CD as the first boot device and try to boot from an XP cd. If it doesn't work in one try in the other. How old is the computer? Older bios's sometimes have problems booting from cd's. Make sure the cd you use is original and not a burned copy.
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Posted 20 January 2009 - 11:43 PM

To be more specific:
On the first page of the BIOS (listing all the system components), the CD Drives show up.
On the page that configures the boot sequence, there is a tree showing the different media types and the items under that.

Example: Under the Hard Drives, I see both of my hard drives. Under the Floppy drives, I see my floppy drive. Under the CD Drives I see nothing. It's as if there are no CD drives installed (even though I was able to see both CD Drives on the first page).




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