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Cannot boot from a cd on Acer Aspire


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#1 kcguru

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Posted 18 May 2014 - 10:34 PM

My office just bought an Acer Aspire 603G running Windows 8.1. Found out the software we need to run isn't compatible with 8.1 yet. They advised me to install a dual operating system, either XP or 7 Pro and go from there. Sounds good in theory. Problem is, when I try to boot from a Windows XP cd, or any cd for that matter, it won't boot. It just bypasses and goes straight to the regular operating system of 8.1. I have gone into the bios, disabled secure boot, enabled the boot menu, and changed the boot options to go to the cd first and still nothing. When I restart, I can hit a key to bring up the boot menu but the only option is Windows Boot Manager. I contacted Acer, who kept telling me to enable/disable CSM Launch and I kept telling them that I don't even have that anywhere on my boot options! When I go into the boot tab, all I can do is change the boot order and view the priorities, that's all. No CSM. They had me update the BIOS, still nothing. Then they said they would have to bump me up to a level 2 tech which isn't available until sometime tomorrow. Anyone here have any suggestions or should I just throw it out the window?



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Posted 19 May 2014 - 07:27 AM

Is there any option in bios to enable legacy boot? If so enable that and try again.


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Posted 19 May 2014 - 08:07 AM

Here is some info... http://www.pagestart.com/win8dbwin701181301.html .



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Posted 19 May 2014 - 01:25 PM

Is there any option in bios to enable legacy boot? If so enable that and try again.

I do not have that option anywhere.



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Posted 19 May 2014 - 01:48 PM

I did a bit of research on this computer. As you mention it does not support legacy bios mode. Also people seem to have had trouble getting drivers for this machine for windows 7.

 

You can read this thread: http://www.eightforums.com/installation-setup/41741-downgrade-8-7-acer-aspire-axc-603g-uw31-i-need-help-3.html

 

If the start menu is the main reason for wanting windows 7, I would recommend installing classic start or classic shell. This will give you back the start menu.


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Posted 20 May 2014 - 01:20 AM

Try downloading another CD/DVD player and see if that works. I have an idea tat i read somewhere that Windows 8.1 does not support  windows dvd players. I could be wrong but it is worth a try.






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