Can't boot from CD Rom

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by tom9042, Dec 24, 2004.

  1. tom9042

    tom9042 OSNN Senior Addict Folding Team

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    I promised step son # 2 that I would format his hard drive and reinstall his operating system, Windows ME (yes, that piece of trash). I changed the BIOS to boot from the CD and when I try to boot from the ME CD, it won't boot. Am I missing something? I don't remember this ever happening before. I tried playing music from a CD in the CD Rom drive and it worked OK.

    I have done this before (he doesn't browse safely). One other piece of info, I added two PCI cards to add USB2 and firewire ports, so he can connect to the iPod he's getting for Christmas. Windows ME recognized them before I tried to reinstall the operating system.

    Thanks in advance for any help.
     
  2. fantasi

    fantasi My Yngy is My HoneY! Folding Team

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    put cd rom on ide 1, then hdd on ide 2
     
  3. tom9042

    tom9042 OSNN Senior Addict Folding Team

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    I switched the cables on the HD and the cd rom and the system kept the HD on IDE1, (the HD showed up first in the BIOS) and the Windows ME cd still wouldn't boot.

    I'm tired and this is giving me a headache. I'll try it again in the morning. Thanks fantasi for your suggestion.
     
  4. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    Get into the BIOS and make sure that the CDrom is set as the 1st boot device.
     
  5. Tittles

    Tittles Dabba Dooba Political User

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    Try getting a boot disk for windows me by going here http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm. Then put it to a floppy. After that boot up from floppy while the ME cd is in the drive and choose support with cd rom (you will see what i mean since i am not to sure thats what it exactly says). There u can format and all that stuff.


    edit: I should right that better for u to understand.

    1. go to the site above and get the boot.
    2. put it on floppy
    3. boot up from floppy
    4. choose the option without cd rom so once it gets done loading u can format the drive by typing format c:.
    5. Restart
    6. Boot up from floppy again but this time with cd rom support.
    7. Once it loads type setup
    8. Should be able to be on your own from here since its just installing windows.

    Hope this helps and good luck.
     
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  6. tom9042

    tom9042 OSNN Senior Addict Folding Team

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    Thanks TittleBitties, your method got the HD formated and I'm reinstalling Windows ME now. I'm going to install every type of virus and adware scanner to make sure he keeps the drive cleaner in the future.

    I'm still not sure why I couldn't boot with the Windows CD. I had the BIOS set to boot from the CD first, and it wouldn't boot. Now that I have a rescue disk, I guess it doesn't matter if I have the same problem again.
     
  7. drz01

    drz01 Weekend DJ

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    It may be an upgrade or an oem cd, you have to have a boot disk to install from these disc.