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Cant boot from hd or cd

By probizzle
Mar 4, 2008
  1. ok so my friend at his work said they were throwing away a couple good dell computers (Gx260) i thinkp4 1.4ghz the small tiny ones so i told him to grab me 2 of them so he did. so they came with windows 2000professional on it and was password protected so i was going to try to install xp so i switched the hd out for a bigger one and this is what im getting. i boot from the cd rom drive and it says strike f1 to retry boot, f2 for setup utility? and if i push f1 it displays the same error over and over agian, and if i try to boot from the hard drive it says error loading operating system? i i thought it might be the cd rom so i swapped it out for a dif one and does the same thing. any help?
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    You were given two options F1 (you tried) and F2 (umm nothing!)

    F2 will allow you to set up the boot order for CD as first bootable drive
     
  3. probizzle

    probizzle TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 30

    ive pushed f2 it takes me to the bios and i have changed it to boot from the cd rom
    thats the first thing i did
     
  4. probizzle

    probizzle TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 30

    ive pushed f2 it takes me to the bios and i have changed it to boot from the cd rom
    thats the first thing i did
     
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Probably should have mentioned that

    It must mean:
    your Cd is faulty
    The cd drive is faulty
    The CD (disc) is not bootable
     
  6. probizzle

    probizzle TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 30

    ok well i got 2 diffrent xp cds and they both end up doing the same thing i tried one and the computer froze after i said to boot it from the cd rom. i tried the other xp cd and it gives me the same error any clue now?
     
  7. probizzle

    probizzle TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 30

    ok well i got a new error when booting from a cd it says "CDBOOT: Cannont boot from CD - Code : 4"
    any clue?
     
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    As above - The CD/DVD drive is faulty
     
  9. probizzle

    probizzle TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 30

    ive tried 3 diffrent cd roms and get the same error and ur saying a faulty cd drive.... ive taken a working cd drive out of my working computer and got the same error... wierd
     
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Ok

    CD is bootable
    CD is known working
    Drive is known working

    Jumper on back of ATA CD/DVD Drive set to CS or Master (just swap it ie instead of Master make it CS)

    Data cable (ATA or Sata) ?
    Motherboard (Although you could connect the drive to the Hard Drive connection (and temporarily remove the Hard Drive just to confirm)
     
  11. probizzle

    probizzle TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 30

    ok the drive is set to master and i hooked up a floppy drive and made a 98 boot disk to see if that would work but when i hooked up the floppy and told it to boot all i get is a blinking line and nothing comes up im about to give up on this thing
     
     
  12. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    lol (although you're serious)

    Have you got both Sata and IDE together in that machine?
    Sometimes that just doesn't work (ie you may need a Sata CD/DVD)
     
  13. probizzle

    probizzle TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 30

    nope the hd and cd rom are all ide
     
  14. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Have you tried CS (the norm)

    Also you have:

    IDE 0 going to HDD (CS)
    IDE 1 going to CD (CS)


    I hope

    And did you try putting the CD into IDE 0 (and removing the HDD) just to test if the CD boots

    One last option, sometimes the floppy can cause IDE issues (just unplug the data cable (M/B end)
     
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