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Bios doesn't show CD ROM as a boot option!


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#1 cap2587

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 08:35 PM

I have an old system running Windows XP and am wanting to perform a re installation of XP. Unfortunately I am unable to boot from the CD (no CD Rom Option in the Bios) for some reason and the system won't let me boot from my Flash Drive. Is there any other way to install XP without these two options. It was booting from a CD yesterday, but today it won't work. I checked the connections and they seem to be fine. I removed the battery, but that did not help. I tried another CD drive, same result. The system had a bad log log off thing going on which was caused by Internet Security 2010. I removed the virus by putting the old hard drive in another PC. Without thinking I tried to do a repair install using a Dell Home re installation disk, and got half way through and it kept asking me for a audio driver. I was stuck and then realized I should not be using this disk as The system was pre built and not a Dell. Please Help. Thanks

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 12:45 AM

OK I'm confused about why you were using a dell repair disk...but any ways...

Have you checked the data cable going to the cdrom for any signs of damage? e.g. pulled wire not making contact with the post. Or tried another cable?

Have you tried an AUTO setting in BIOS for the channel the drive is on?

Have you tried a different power wire if there is another spare?

Not sure if you have IDE or not, but your boot options might be settings like IDE-0 IDE-1 ect, it may not list them as hard drive or cdrom.

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 10:58 AM

Have you tried resetting the BIOS to system defaults?

The only time I've seen a BIOS not reflect a properly attached drive...the drive was dead or something was wrong with the BIOS (CMOS battery needed replacing).

Assuming that the drive was previously recognized and working properly, I'd try a new CMOS battery. That would also reset the CMOS/BIOS to defaults.

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 08:46 PM

Thanks so much for all of your good suggestions. I finally solved the issue through trying all of your suggestions. I should have studied how the cables were configured before I started removing the hard drive. I changed the configuration of the ribbons and that worked. I did learn through this experience and will be better when a similar situation arises. Cheers. Craig

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Posted 01 February 2010 - 05:26 AM

Glad to hear it!!

I didn't think about the possibility that you had a master/slave setup on the same ribbon wire.........my bad......I mean if that was the problem.
I guess I should have asked if you had 2 drives on the same cable and if you had the slave/master jumpers on each drive set correctly.

Any way, glad we were of some help, thats what this forum is all about. :thumbsup:
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