Try clean install,chngd bios boot CD 1st,CD ATAPI-CDROM FAILURE, GOES & BOOTS FROM HD

By SanSue
Aug 7, 2007
  1. I inherited a systemax CPU, trying to do clean install of Windows '98/ XP/ anything.

    Have done before on Dell, using directions listed on this site: "Tutorial: How to reformat your hard drive and install/reinstall Windows"

    Changed BIOS to boot from CD first. This BIOS looks different then my Dell. Would a screen print help?
    Get error message atapi cd-rom: failure and then boots from HD and goes straight to Windows ME.
    Any suggestions?

    I am a very basic user, I can follow directions but I am definitely not a techy.
  2. SanSue

    SanSue TS Rookie Topic Starter

    PS, the message above flashes fairly quickly and then goes straight to boot from Windows ME.
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