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#1 sharpie

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 04:06 PM

i wanted to do a fresh install, but i am unable to boot from cd. i know the disk works and ive done it before with this computer, but it's not working now. does anyone haave any ideas on how i can make this happen?

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 04:10 PM

http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/138-how-to-repair-windows-xp/page__view__findpost__p__489
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Ever thought of a Repair Install -

Please read the link -

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 04:25 PM

There are 3 primary reasons you may not be able to boot to a cd or dvd:

1) The optical drive is not the first device in the boot order or
2) The disc is bad, not bootable, or not an original, retail OS disc or
3) The drive itself is bad

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 08:13 PM

You might also check the cd for scratches/dirt and clean it if needed.
Might be dirty
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Posted 13 January 2012 - 10:10 AM

http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/138-how-to-repair-windows-xp/page__view__findpost__p__489
Hi -
Ever thought of a Repair Install -

Please read the link -

Thank You -


last time i just hit f12 and booted from the cd do you think the bios change will work? the drive isnt bad and the disk isnt dirty because after my computer boots up it's able to read it.

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 10:59 AM

Allan has the best answer. I'd go into the BIOS and make sure that your optical drive is listed, then change the boot order so that CD/DVD drive is first in line. Also, yoou might have missed where it comes up and says "Hit any key to enter setup" I've done that just by looking away from my monitor for a second and it boots off the next device since I didn't respond before the time out.
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