cannot boot from cd

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by duked, Feb 14, 2006.

  1. duked

    duked OSNN Addict

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    im trying to format my computer. popped in my XP cd and configured the BIOS to boot from the cd-drive first. after restarting it won't boot from cd and proceeds to load my OS (also xp service pack 2) ne ideas?

    edit: also hit F11 which brings me to an option asking what to boot from (HD, cd drive, floppy) and i choose cd of course but still the same thing
     
  2. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    Perhaps your CD isn't bootable? Is this a CD-R or original copy of XP?

    If you have set your BIOS correctly, as long as your drive doesn't have problems reading discs, your PC should boot from it.
     
  3. duked

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    not an original copy of xp, and it's a cd-rw (it's all i had at the time), is that a problem?

    is there neway i can still get it format and install? perhaps get to DOS somehow (don't know how to do that either)
     
  4. kcnychief

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    XP Setup cannot run from DOS, it has to be run from the CD directly in a 32-bit environment. A CD-RW isn't a problem, but the disc you copied might not have been bootable.

    If you can boot to Windows at all, double-click the drive with your CD in it, and run an install that way. Do a clean install (not upgrade), and during this I believe you will have the option to format.
     
  5. madmatt

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    Make sure the CD is finalized.
    Make sure the CD is bootable.
     
  6. LeeJend

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    If your "cd" drive is really an older DVD drive then it may not be able to boot from CD's. I've seen a few of these around.

    If you have a newer DVD or a CD only drive available install that to reload from.

    Also, you can try burning a copy of the XP CD-RW to a CDR. As above make sure the burnign program is set to finalize the copy.
     
  7. duked

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    Just to let yall know, all is well now (finally).

    Problem was the cd wasn't bootable, I guess when I downloaded it I didn't realize, after reading through the forums 15 pages I figured out the boot file was not included with the XP but luckily there were instructions on how to do so.

    So after 3 (that's right 3) XP installation attempts, a successful format and a new era has begun. :D with a lesson learned.
     
  8. kcnychief

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    Glad to hear you got it worked out. Sometimes things that take you awhile are good learning experiences :)
     
  9. l_brubaker15

    l_brubaker15 OSNN One Post Wonder

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    yes perhaps it isnt bootable