Creating A Bootable Cd Rom...help

By kristina1978
Jul 26, 2005
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  1. :confused: ANYONE!! I have been trying to do a fresh install of win xp for 3 days. Finally troubleshooted the prob to the mb. When I called there tech support they said I need to update the bios.. That's great except:
    1-I have no OS on the machine.
    2-I have a laptop to download the bios updates from, but I do not have a floppy drive in my laptop.

    I searched creating a bootable cd.. follwed the directions. Now I have a more problems. I unzipped the bios files and added them to the cd I made for the boot cd. When I insert this cd, I get a NON_SYSTEM DISK ERROR
    I created a cd, with only the boot. It boots with A:/, I created another cd with the bios files, I put the other cd in typed in dir, and none of the files for the bios come up, I get kernel and some other junk. I was able to copy the cd with only the boot disk to the floppy on the machine, but can't copy the the cd that has the boot disk and the bios files.
    DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT I'M DOING WRONG????HELP PLEASE
  2. urbandragon

    urbandragon Newcomer, in training Posts: 336

    ok.. lets see here.

    when you were at the A:\ and hit dir. did the light on the floppy disk turn on?

    What media type is the bios update on.. floppy or cd.

    when you boot from a floppy boot disk it will create at RAM drive for A:\


    Try getting to the A:\ prompt and doing
    b:
    this should give you a floppy drive and start accessing the floppy.
    If the bios files are on a cd.. put it in the cdrom and type
    d:
    this should be your cd rom drive, depending on how many hard drives and cdrom drives you have.
    you may have to go up a few to find the files.
    example

    e:
    or
    f:
    again that is depending on how many drives you have configured..
  3. kristina1978

    kristina1978 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 21

    No the cd spun.. because it was booting from the cd as if it was the A.
    The bios files are on a cd.
    I tried what you said but it does not recognize my cd drive when I put in d:
  4. kristina1978

    kristina1978 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 21

    it shows c:, d:, and so on as invaild drives :)
  5. urbandragon

    urbandragon Newcomer, in training Posts: 336

    then it sounds like your boot disk is not working correctly. What kind of boot disk is it?
  6. kristina1978

    kristina1978 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 21

    I had to create if off of my laptop on to a cd. I searched how to create a cd boot disc and followed the instructions....
  7. urbandragon

    urbandragon Newcomer, in training Posts: 336

    let me see if i can find a good bootable cd image or a util to create one so you can add the bios files.
  8. urbandragon

    urbandragon Newcomer, in training Posts: 336

    Ok. wait a sec...

    are you running winxp setup from a cd....

    if so you may be able to do this.....

    boot to the cd and go to the recovery console...

    from there
    d: to access the cdrom drive...

    i have not tried but this should work
  9. kristina1978

    kristina1978 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 21

    I will try....
  10. kristina1978

    kristina1978 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 21

    where is recovery console??? how do i get there on the xp disc? remember, I have no OS running
  11. urbandragon

    urbandragon Newcomer, in training Posts: 336

    doh thats right. no os would mean no recovery console.

    I'm still looking for an easy to use/setup bootable cd.
  12. kristina1978

    kristina1978 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 21

    tried what you said just incase... it says it can't find the file name that I am suppose to enter in dos from the cd
  13. urbandragon

    urbandragon Newcomer, in training Posts: 336

    what format is the bios file in... is it a .zip file... if so you probably have to extract the files before you put them on the cd...
     
  14. kristina1978

    kristina1978 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 21

    FROM ABOVE!!!!
    I searched creating a bootable cd.. follwed the directions. Now I have a more problems. I unzipped the bios files and added them to the cd I made for the boot cd. When I insert this cd, I get a NON_SYSTEM DISK ERROR
    I created a cd, with only the boot. It boots with A:/, I created another cd with the bios files, I put the other cd in typed in dir, and none of the files for the bios come up, I get kernel and some other junk. I was able to copy the cd with only the boot disk to the floppy on the machine, but can't copy the the cd that has the boot disk and the bios files.
    DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT I'M DOING WRONG????HELP PLEASE
  15. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff Newcomer, in training Posts: 8,165

    Use the instructions and downloaded files from this page:
    http://www.nu2.nu/bootcd/

    Once installed, you can create a bootable CD in minutes with any content you wish.
    Use a CD-RW, so you can overwrite if you make a mistake.
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