Unable to boot from CD, DVD, or USB device. Any alternatives??

By imekul
Jan 22, 2008
  1. Hey guys,

    I have a weird problem with my Tecra A4-S211 laptop. Simply put, I can no longer boot from any kind of bootable CD or DVD, even when the BIOS boot order has the CD-ROM listed before the HD. In Windows, the discs are read just fine, with no problem whatsoever.

    This has worked previously, but I have since swapped out the original DVD/CD-RW combo with a DVD burner (identified as Slimtype DVDRW SOSW-833S in Device Manager).

    Anyway, it seems like there's no way to get a bootable disc to work in the standard way. I have thought about alternate ways to boot, such as making a bootable USB flash drive, but I've learned that the BIOS does not support USB devices... ugh.

    So, I need some wisdom! How can I boot from a CD or DVD when I can't use a bootable disc or a bootable USB drive? My ultimate goal is to run BackTrack, and I don't care if it's from a CD, DVD, or USB drive.

    Any ideas on how I can get this done? One thing I thought of was perhaps finding a way to edit the boot loader and adding some sort of option to boot from a disc, although I'm not entirely sure how I could go about this.

    Anyway, I would appreciate any input that you might have! This is a really bizarre problem, and I just can't think of how to get around these issues.

  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    I've had computers like this, either:

    Set bios to Cdrom Cdrom Cdrom
    Update the bios
    Try different CD's that are known bootable (ideally original)
    Use a cleaning disc in the drive
    Use an external CD Drive (with USB driver support)
    Use a boot floppy to load drivers to run the CD
    Replace the internal CD drive !
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,138   +985

    UPDATE the driver!
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