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#1 kappa

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 07:07 PM

I am trying to re-install xp and it keeps giving me "no boot device available - strike f1 to retry boot, f2 for setup utility"
The boot sequence has the CD drives(s) at the top.
I have removed the secondary CD drive and both hard drives and the Cd will still not boot.
It currently only has a CD drive installed and the CD will still not boot. I tried another XP cd and a 98 cd both will not boot either. I tried a Ubuntu Cd I used last week and that wont boot either.
It is the same error no matter what Cd drive I use to install.
Any ideas would be appreciated..
Any USB program that will start a command prompt?
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#2 FrankOtheMountaiN

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 07:22 PM

Did you reconfiure or change your CD drive lately?
Is this a desktop?
Are you certain the drive power and data cables are plugged in?

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 07:22 PM

I had the same problem. Think i pressed f8 and booted in safe mode then restored to an earlier version. It turned out that my burner drive had a problem so I disconnected it.

Just guessing because I did not write down how I got it working.

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 08:01 PM

@FrankOtheMountaiN
It is a desktop (Dell Dimension 9100) and I haven't changed the drives or settings.
I was planning on switching out the hard drive to a 1 tb, so I was moving my files to my external.
I dont have the new drive yet so I was trying to install a fresh copy of xp, the drive was reformatted in another computer.
now the computer wont recognize any bootable CD

@rabbit67
I tried both drives in the computer and both won't boot from the CD.
The hard drive is blank so I can't boot into safe mode.

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 08:39 PM

Is the cd/rom SATA or IDE. Is it recognized in the bios?

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 12:05 AM

Do you have "boot virus detection" enabled in your bios? If so, disable it and try it again.

Reason I ask that is I have a brand new Windows XP disk and I wanted to make sure it worked so I tried to boot with it, it did not work. I knew I had booted from one of the CD drives once before with a "fix-it" disk so I tried the other CD drive, still did not work. I became afraid it was the Windows disk but was not ready to accept that. I then wondered if it was because of the recent change I made enabling "boot virus detection" so I disabled that and tried it in the first CD drive again, it worked. Unfortunately, it did not make it so I could boot from the second CD drive, and that is the one I wanted to use, but it did let me boot from the first one. I do not know if that is suppose to stop it from booting from the CD drive but it seems to be what stopped it on my system.




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