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Can't Boot From CD - Dell Inspiron e1705


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#1 d0ubty

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 12:48 PM

Hi,

Currently, I'm trying to boot my computer from a CD with a Fedora 11 ISO file. In the past, I tried to re-install XP using a CD as well. Both times, I changed the BIOS boot order to CD/DVD first, AND tried selecting CD/DVD from the menu that comes up when F12 is pressed at startup. And in both situations, the normal boot from the hard drive commenced unchanged. In the future (2 weeks) I'm going to want to boot Windows 7 in the same way so I can set up a dual-boot with Fedora (I eventually got FC11 to work with a USB bootable...but testing it's capability to re-install to see if I could USB boot W7 came with a strange error...more info if requested--might have to do with the fact that FC11 is already on there).

Does anyone know what might be keeping my CD/DVD drive from booting these operating systems?

Thanks,
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Edited by d0ubty, 08 October 2009 - 12:50 PM.


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Posted 08 October 2009 - 01:38 PM

Boot options in the BIOS...might possibly be somewhat superceded by the bootloader used, I think...whether it should or should not be so.

That's the direction I would be headed.

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 01:47 PM

Boot options in the BIOS...might possibly be somewhat superceded by the bootloader used, I think...whether it should or should not be so.

That's the direction I would be headed.

Louis



I'm not all that experienced in this field...how would I go about viewing/changing the bootloader that is used?

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 03:18 PM

Well...I'd assume that the FC11 install has a bootloader.

It may be that it overrides the XP bootloader, in the same manner that the Vista/Win 7 bootloader does when installed along with an XP install.

If that is the case, that's the place to start.

I have no familiarity with any O/S other than Windows. so I can't help you there.

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 03:31 PM

Well...I'd assume that the FC11 install has a bootloader.

It may be that it overrides the XP bootloader, in the same manner that the Vista/Win 7 bootloader does when installed along with an XP install.

If that is the case, that's the place to start.

I have no familiarity with any O/S other than Windows. so I can't help you there.

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OK, cool. Thanks for the help.

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Posted 09 October 2009 - 06:43 AM

I'll bet your CD drive is dirty or has a hardware problem. If the system will boot into Safe Mode (F8 key while the Dell logo is up), try a commercial CD. If it won't recognize or read it then, the drive is ill; but, they are very cheap and easy to replace.
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Posted 09 October 2009 - 08:11 AM

Well...I'd assume that the FC11 install has a bootloader.

It may be that it overrides the XP bootloader, in the same manner that the Vista/Win 7 bootloader does when installed along with an XP install.

If that is the case, that's the place to start.

I have no familiarity with any O/S other than Windows. so I can't help you there.

Louis


you want to install windows form a CD right
then the FC11 bootloader should not do any thing
as its puts its boot loader(i think fc11 uses grub) into the hard drive and loads from the hard drive

you know what i mean ?
bios trys to boot form CD/DVD
nothing their(cd/dvd may be dead)
trys to boot HARD DRIVE
finds bootloader(grub) and bootloader(grub) loads




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