To boot from your DVD drive, all you need to do is reboot your computer, and while it's rebooting, hold the DEL key. That should take you to your BIOS setup. From there, all you need to do is tell it which deivce you want to boot from.
But, from what you explained, you're already booting up, and you're going into Windows, so I'm not sure that will fix your problem by booting up with the dvd/cd.
As far as your memory.a.
Do you have the correct memory for your computer? (it'll still load with the wrong memory, sometimes)b.
Have you taken out the memory cards, and re-seated them back in? (That could be a simple fix)c.
On some computers, during memory upgrades, you have to enter the BIOS
and verify/change the settings to make sure your memory is recognised. Have you tried that?d.
Add the memory with only ONE dvd drive, and see how it responds.e.
Do you have the IDE drives set correctly? meaning from the jumper pins and the cables? Attaching them both to the cables in a incorrect way can cause that problem.f.
Disconnect both dvd drives and boot up, and see how the computer operates.
Since you're having memory problems, you can expect delays and possible errors when trying to do certain tasks.
I would do 1st step b
, and step c
, before I do anything. Try those methods 1st, and see what happens. It's worth a shot.
As far as downgrading back to SP1, you may have to repartition and (or) reformat your hd. Not saying you will have to, but you may create more of a headache than what it really is. Don't even think about the down-grading part. Your problem sounds, and is probably very simple to fix.
Edited by Walkman, 10 November 2006 - 07:03 PM.