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Can not boot from CD after changing boot order in bios..help please


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#1 funlover

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 09:37 AM

Hi all, I have googled this over and over and still cannot solve this problem. I am wanting to format my hd and install Win7 64 bit. I now have Win XP 32. I have changed the boot order in bios to CD first..I do get the message to "press any key etc", but it goes right past and opens windows. Below is a list of my system. I have the hard drive jumper on cable select. I have tried to boot to floppy with an XP boot disk and get a prompt, but don't know what to type?? I have even tried to use my original Win XP disk and it does same thing. I would appreciate any help please.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 10:02 AM

There are only 3 reasons a system will not boot from an optical drive:

1) It is not the first device in the bios boot order
2) The cd or dvd is bad or not bootable
3) The drive itself is bad

Edited by Allan, 18 May 2011 - 10:02 AM.


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Posted 18 May 2011 - 10:42 AM

Thanks Alan. I believe it is first because every time i go back to bios and check it shows it as first. I have reinstalled windows with this cd at least 5 times over the years, so believe it is good. I also bought a new win7 full install and it does same thing. The cd drive works to install software, play music and to burn dvd's...would it do these things if it was bad?

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 11:32 AM

Try the disk you are using in another computer just to see if that system will boot to it. It's possible the cd is damaged. Also, you can try a different BOOTABLE disk in the drive to see if it will boot to that one.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 04:52 PM

Both disks boot from our other computer. In bios it shows my cd drive as slave? It is a sata drive and apart from the hard drive. Is there anything i need to do there?

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 05:37 PM

I've had this happen to me many times due to bad RAM, if you have more than 1 stick in the system try swapping one out, if that doesn't work then try the other. If you only have one stick then try using a stick from a working system.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 05:51 PM

You were unable to boot to the optical drive because of bad ram? And it happened MANY times?

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 05:55 PM

on multiple costumer systems. I did say MANY times didn't I? I fix a lot of computers

Edited by BrianM86, 18 May 2011 - 05:56 PM.


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Posted 18 May 2011 - 06:01 PM

Can the ram be bad if it shows up in "my computer?

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 06:02 PM

Yes sir. And I'm assuming you mean System Properties after right clicking My Computer and selecting Properties from the drop menu.

Edited by BrianM86, 18 May 2011 - 06:03 PM.


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Posted 18 May 2011 - 08:24 PM

Ok Brian, that is what i meant. I will remove one and see if that works..thanks.

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 06:52 AM

1) I've never heard of a system not booting to the optical drive because of a ram issue.
2) Having said that, there's no harm in checking anyway. You don't need to remove the ram, just run a diagnostic: To check the ram, download memtest (http://www.memtest.org/). Burn it to a cd using a dedicated .iso burning utility (http://www.petri.co.il/how_to_write_iso_files_to_cd.htm), make sure the cd drive is at the top of the boot order in bios, then boot to the newly created cd and run the utility.

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 04:01 PM

Any other system configuration anomalies...apparent?

I would disconnect the hard drive and see if the drive boots properly (with any bootable disk) minus the HD connection.

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 06:48 PM

Want to thank you all for your input and help. I finally got it to work by using a usb dvd drive. I couldn't believe it was so simple! I went to bios and selected to boot with USB dvd drive and it worked perfectly....so far i love windows7!




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