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Can't boot from CD Rom

tom9042

OSNN Senior Addict
#1
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.
 

tom9042

OSNN Senior Addict
#3
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.
 

Tittles

Dabba Dooba
Political User
#5
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.
 

tom9042

OSNN Senior Addict
#6
TittleBitties said:
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.
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.
 

drz01

Weekend DJ
#7
tom9042 said:
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.
It may be an upgrade or an oem cd, you have to have a boot disk to install from these disc.
 

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