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System won't boot from CD-ROM

By koneck
Mar 21, 2009
  1. I am trying to format my pc but the problem is the motherboard only support one IDE cable (pci extension slots are available). I have the cd-rom and the hard disk on the same ide cable and i set one as master and the other as slave but it doesn't boot from the cd-rom, i switch them a round and still nothing.

    I know I can use a usb flash drive as a boot disk but can I make it back into a normal flash drive?

    I wouldn't mind knowing how to go about booting from LAN too.
     
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    Did you set the CD drive as the first boot device in the BIOS?
     
  3. koneck

    koneck TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes. I even set all boot priority as cd-rom
     
  4. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    Let's get back to basics then. Can you list your system specifications so we know what we are working with?

    Are you sure the CD drive is working properly?
     
  5. koneck

    koneck TS Rookie Topic Starter

    This link show the same motherboard i am using (biostar.com.tw/app/en-us/mb/content.php?S_ID=370) and yes the cd drive is working cause i replace it with one from my other pc. The other pc boot without a problem.
     
  6. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    Okay, that's the motherboard. What about the rest of the components?

    What Windows version are you trying to install? The Windows CD is in the CD drive before you start the PC, not after, correct?
     
  7. koneck

    koneck TS Rookie Topic Starter

    the pc is no running on windows xp sp2 and I am trying to install windows sp3.
    I have a Western Digital 80gb hard drive, an LG HL-DT-ST DVD-RAM GSA-H55N. and AMD Sempron1.91ghz, 384mb of RAM
     
  8. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,425   +77

    Wait a mo' You may be trying to boot a CD which is NOT an install CD. Something in what you are saying says you may have an SP3 update CD. MS will supply this on request, but (although I have never seen one), it may not be bootable, it may just require executing.
     
  9. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,979   +362

    I think we are getting to the crux of the problem. Exactly what CD do you have here? It wouldn't make sense to upgrade Windows XP SP2 to SP3 from a full Windows XP SP3 CD but rather from an SP3 update CD as gbhall said. If so, you don't boot from it. You simply install it. Maybe what you call "boot" is not the same as what we are thinking as "boot."
     
  10. koneck

    koneck TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I want to install a fresh copy of xp.The cd that i have can boot other pc but not this one, I used the same cd and format 4 other pc before but it does not seem to be working on this one.
     
  11. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,425   +77

    Well, all I can gather from what you have said is the actual drive will allow booting in another PC, but not in this one. You only have one IDE channel with 2 devices on it. Right?

    Often a CD will only boot when set as either first or second drive on the channel, and it depends !. This requires the master/slave settings to be either slave or cable-select. If cable-select, then a specific cable type is required.

    Try this: http://www.mikeshardware.com/howtos/howto_connect_ide_hd.html for the full info

    If that doesnt help you, either the drive or cable is faulty, and should be replaced.
     
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