CD drive isn't being read

By Evan ยท 4 replies
Feb 8, 2005
  1. I am trying to reinstall windows xp to fix a major virus/spyware problem on my daughter's computer.

    The system will not boot from cd.

    I have tried the disk in another system, and it works fine.
    I have tried three different cd drives, no change.
    I have swapped the ide cable with a brand new one, no change.
    I have swapped ide ports on the mobo, no change.
    The drive does appear in the BIOS, and I have set the cd as the primary boot drive.
    I have even disabled the other boot drives. (All this gets me is a system beep and a message to press F1 to try booting again.)
    The drive does not spin at boot, but it spins endlessly when I try to look at it using windows explorer.

    This is an older Dell system with a P4 1G chip on what appears to be a Dell mobo.

    What next?
  2. Gbrooksgeorge

    Gbrooksgeorge TS Rookie

    The CD you are trying to read, is it a CD - R/W or a CD-R. I have found that CD-R/W will not work on older CD readers. I had the same problem and re-created the software on a CD-R andit worked just fine.
  3. Evan

    Evan TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I believe that the media is CD-R. It is a licensed copy from my company's IT department.
  4. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 942

    Get the CD drive from a machine that you have verified will read the CD, and try that. If that fails to work, you are out of luck - Try a boot manager. My personal favorite is SBM (Smart Boot Manager, located at ). Install that to a floppy, boot from it, then instruct it to boot from CD. That may help you.
  5. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    ya sounds like older cd drive will not read the burnt copy I have had that issue when using the wrong burning config setup
    should get yerself a 52X or n'other cdrw would be better
    if you can burn a new copy change burn config to iso bootable
    iso level 1 no multisession
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