Can't enable my secondary IDE channel

By Matt1977
Jun 1, 2004
  1. Hello!

    I recently purchased and installed a brand new 12.7mm slimline CD-RW for my laptop.

    The device works absolutely fine when Windows XP has loaded up, but I can't seem to actually boot from the darn thing (i.e. by inserting a bootable CD, and then restarting the computer).

    I've been into my system bios (by pressing F2), and have looked everywhere for a way to change my IDE settings, but to no avail.

    I've made sure that my boot sequence includes the CD-RW as the first device, but it still just says that the secondary IDE channel is disabled.

    I just don't know what to do :confused: !

    I can change the IDE setting without any difficulty from my desktop (which also runs Windows XP), but my laptop's sytem config. just won't give me the same options.

    Does anyone know of any other way to solve this problem??

    Any help would be greatly appreciated :) !
  2. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Any info about the laptop would be greatly appreciated too :) !
  3. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Maybe you can try to boot to a 98 bootdisk if you have one, then try accessing your CD and see what happens. But the information on your specific model will help us find the proper solution.

    BTW :wave:Welcome to TechSpot:wave:
  4. Steve B

    Steve B TS Rookie Posts: 94

    If I'm reading this correctly, you wanna BOOT the system from the CD?

    In the BIOS theres GOTTA be a facility for this.

    look for FIRST BOOT DEVICE, or BOOT FROM...
    If you choose CDROM, then it should read from either device - as long as it knows its there.
  5. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    I'm sorry to ask this but is that CD-RW actually an IDE device and not USB? :p
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