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Cannot boot from CD

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#1 AdamMinsh


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Posted 26 August 2011 - 11:32 AM

I am trying to boot from my windows xp cd to reformat my laptop. I did the obvious, going into the bios and setting cd drive to first boot priority. Start up the laptop, only to have it boot straight into windows. I have tried pressing esc to get into the boot menu and the only thing that is listed is "notebook hard drive". My laptop is a compaq presario v3000. Also notable: the cd drive starts spinning and DOES show up on bios.

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 12:05 AM

Hello AdamMinsh and welcome to Bleepingcomputer.

I am sure it is something you have done, but I need to ask you anyways just to be sure you have done so.

Have you selected F10 to save the changes you made to your laptop's boot options in the BIOS setup utility?

I am asking because there are times the changes are not saved upon exiting the BIOS utility.

When you have chosen the option for the optical drive to boot first, there should be some mention on the screen during boot up asking the following: "Hit any key to boot from CD or DVD"

Watch for those words, because not all systems automatically boot to a disk, you have to hit a key on the keyboard to tell your BIOS it is okay to boot from another device and the media contained on it.


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