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Internal IDE Optical Drive Won't Boot Disks


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#1 hackman2007

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 10:43 AM

I'm having a very frustrating problem with my IDE optical drive.

Inside of Windows it works perfectly. I can burn CD's, rip CD's, burn DVD's, and rip DVD's. I can listen to music CD's, watch movies, etc. I can do perform any task with an optical drive I want to do inside of Windows.

Outside of Windows is a completely different story. I can't boot any CD's or DVD's. When I try to boot the Ultimate Boot CD for example it gives the following error: "Error booting from CD/DVD drive. Press any key to reboot". Trying to boot from an XP disk gives the following error "Cannot find NTDLR". At this point it appears that the drive may be defective, but why does it work inside of Windows?

In an effort to troubleshoot the problem I switched DVD drives with a known working one. It boots disks and runs perfectly also inside of Windows. It also uses an IDE interface so that rules out the port and the cable. Only problem is, I can't switch to this drive permanently.

Does anyone have any ideas on how I can fix this problem? (I don't want to get another optical drive)

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#2 fairjoeblue

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 12:50 PM

Usually one of the first signs of CD drive failure is the inability to start bootable disks.
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#3 hackman2007

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 06:14 PM

Okay, I fixed the problem.

It turns out for some odd reason the computer didn't want to use the DVD drive that was in the computer. I switched out the burner with another known working burner in a different computer (also IDE). I tried booting from it and it worked.

Then I put the burner that was suspect in to the computer from where I got the other one, it worked too, booted disks just fine. No errors, nothing at all.

So in other words, both drives work just fine. I'm not sure what happened and why the burner decided it didn't want to work properly with the burner, but the problem is fixed.

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 07:08 PM

A similar thing has happened to me :thumbsup:, computing is an art, not a science :flowers:.

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 07:31 PM

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 08:35 PM

I think the gremlins are staying at my house for now :thumbsup:




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