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Boot To Hdd Only With With Windows Cd-rom?


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#1 zomba

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Posted 06 October 2006 - 08:29 PM

Hi,
I have a Toshiba laptop that will boot to Windows XP on the HDD *only* IF I have a Windows XP CD-ROM in the CD-ROM drive.

It starts to boot from the CD-ROM and, if I don't hit a key at the prompt
"Press any key to start from the CD-ROM..."

THen the system will boot to the hard disk.

Without this CD-ROM work-around, the system fails to boot at all and halts very early in the boot sequence.

What can be deduced from this behavior?

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Posted 06 October 2006 - 09:02 PM

Hello, zomba:

Interesting issue...

What is the exact model of your Toshiba laptop?
Do you know what the boot order is set at in your BIOS? Is the hard disk the first boot device listed?
How long have you had this problem?
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Posted 06 October 2006 - 09:33 PM

questions
- just curious, can you boot without cd into safemode
- would a repair with XPcd work here
- have you tried the 'check all boot paths' in msconfig

I am following this post with interest, am I not sure either

Edited by fleamailman, 06 October 2006 - 09:55 PM.

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Posted 06 October 2006 - 09:57 PM

Hi Fleamailman and Joshuacat,

Thank you for your responses,

I was (attempting) to help a friend with her laptop but I failed to record the model number and I don't know the exact "history" of the problem, however it is a laptop.
(I have had the same problem with one of my own desktop systems (Gateway) and failed to find an answer to the problem)

The system would not boot to safe mode so I set the boot order to CD-ROM first - with the hope of performing a "repair" from the CD-ROM but repair was not an option. I could however start the recovery console but I wanted to take the second "repair" option but that was not available. The only option was to reinstall XP which I did not want to do.

During my several boot attempts I discovered that if I did not hit a key at the prompt "Hit any key to start from the CD-ROM" the system would then boot to the HDD.

If I did not use the CD-ROM, the boot sequence would halt after about 3 lines of text appeared on the screen (I assume from the BIOS)

The next thing I tried was to go into the recovery console and do:

bootcfg /rebuild
fixboot and
fixmbr

but these did not fix the problem.

So, I guess the question is, what does the system read off the CD-ROM before control is passed back to the HDD for the rest of the boot sequence.

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Posted 07 October 2006 - 06:57 PM

Are you using a Microsoft XP CD or the Toshiba CD? It could be that there are BIOS restrictions on the Toshiba that might make this happen with a Microsoft CD.

This is just a guess - I've only installed Windows on my Toshiba M45 with the supplied Toshiba recovery CD (and it allowed me to avoid installing all the Toshiba "extras" when I did it).
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Posted 07 October 2006 - 11:23 PM

In order to boot from the cd you may need to change the boot order in the bios to list cd first.

When you first begin to boot the computer and before Windows begins starting look at the bottom of the screen for what key to press to enter "Setup" or "bios".

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Posted 08 October 2006 - 08:26 PM

Hi Enthusiast,
I AM able to change the boot order.

The issue is, I want to boot to the HDD, but the system will only do so IF I have a Windows CD-ROM in the drive. Without the CD-ROM, the system fails to boot at all. Not even to safe mode.

So, the question is, what does the system read off the Windows CD-ROM before control is passed back to the HDD for the rest of the successfull boot sequence.

Thanks,

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Posted 10 October 2006 - 12:44 PM

There may be a problem with the boot sector on your hard drive. Try running the Recovery Console with these 3 commands:

fixboot
fixmbr
bootcfg
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