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Can't Boot From DVD-ROM drive or Floppy Disk Drive

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by DaffyD®, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. DaffyD®

    DaffyD® Flightless Bird

    I'm running Windows XP SP3 and I tried inserting the setup CD to test out
    the recovery console but even after going into the BIOS to configure the
    computer to boot from the DVD drive, it only boots from the hard drive to
    Windows. I tried the same experiment by setting the computer to boot from
    the floppy drive but again it booted from the hard drive straight into
    Windows. My computer was assembled by a tech at my former place of
    employment so it's not a brand name. What more information do I need to
    provide for help in fixing this? Thanks.
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    DaffyD® ( : []=

    If I knew where I was I'd be there now.



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  2. Elmo

    Elmo Flightless Bird

    DaffyD® wrote:
    > I'm running Windows XP SP3 and I tried inserting the setup CD to test out
    > the recovery console but even after going into the BIOS to configure the
    > computer to boot from the DVD drive, it only boots from the hard drive to
    > Windows. I tried the same experiment by setting the computer to boot from
    > the floppy drive but again it booted from the hard drive straight into
    > Windows. My computer was assembled by a tech at my former place of
    > employment so it's not a brand name. What more information do I need to
    > provide for help in fixing this? Thanks.


    Sometimes F12 during startup will get you to a boot menu where you can
    select the device.

    --
    Joe =o)
     
  3. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Jan 7, 3:13 pm, "DaffyD®" <daf...@woohoo.com> wrote:
    > I'm running Windows XP SP3 and I tried inserting the setup CD to test out
    > the recovery console but even after going into the BIOS to configure the
    > computer to boot from the DVD drive, it only boots from the hard drive to
    > Windows. I tried the same experiment by setting the computer to boot from
    > the floppy drive but again it booted from the hard drive straight into
    > Windows. My computer was assembled by a tech at my former place of
    > employment so it's not a brand name. What more information do I need to
    > provide for help in fixing this? Thanks.
    > --
    > DaffyD® ( : []=
    >
    > If I knew where I was I'd be there now.
    >
    > __________ Information from ESET NOD32 Antivirus, version of virus signature database 4751 (20100107) __________
    >
    > The message was checked by ESET NOD32 Antivirus.
    >
    > http://www.eset.com


    If we know more about your system, we can help you figure it out:

    Click Start, Run and in the box enter:

    msinfo32

    Click OK, and when the System Summary info appears, click Edit, Select
    All, Copy and then paste the information back here.

    There will be some personal information (like System Name and User
    Name), and whatever appears to be private information to you, just
    delete it from the pasted information.

    This will minimize back and forth Q&A and eliminate guesswork.
     
  4. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:-OiojmX9jKHA.1864@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl,
    DaffyD® <daffyd@woohoo.com> typed:
    > I'm running Windows XP SP3 and I tried inserting the setup CD to test
    > out the recovery console but even after going into the BIOS to
    > configure the computer to boot from the DVD drive, it only boots from
    > the hard drive to Windows. I tried the same experiment by setting the
    > computer to boot from the floppy drive but again it booted from the
    > hard drive straight into Windows. My computer was assembled by a tech
    > at my former place of employment so it's not a brand name. What more
    > information do I need to provide for help in fixing this? Thanks.


    Did you have a bootable disk inserted in each case? If no, then what you
    describe is normal.

    Twayne


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    ALWAYS verify and confirm ANY advice from a
    newsgroup!
     
  5. HeyBub

    HeyBub Flightless Bird

    DaffyD® wrote:
    > I'm running Windows XP SP3 and I tried inserting the setup CD to test
    > out the recovery console but even after going into the BIOS to
    > configure the computer to boot from the DVD drive, it only boots from
    > the hard drive to Windows. I tried the same experiment by setting the
    > computer to boot from the floppy drive but again it booted from the
    > hard drive straight into Windows. My computer was assembled by a tech
    > at my former place of employment so it's not a brand name. What more
    > information do I need to provide for help in fixing this? Thanks.


    Maybe your system can't boot from the CD (it's broken) and moves on to the
    next device in the boot sequence table. Rearrange your BIOS so that the CD
    is the ONLY thing your machine can boot from and try again.
     
  6. Paul

    Paul Flightless Bird

    DaffyD® wrote:
    > I'm running Windows XP SP3 and I tried inserting the setup CD to test out
    > the recovery console but even after going into the BIOS to configure the
    > computer to boot from the DVD drive, it only boots from the hard drive to
    > Windows. I tried the same experiment by setting the computer to boot from
    > the floppy drive but again it booted from the hard drive straight into
    > Windows. My computer was assembled by a tech at my former place of
    > employment so it's not a brand name. What more information do I need to
    > provide for help in fixing this? Thanks.


    When you make the BIOS changes, are you using "Save and Exit" as the last
    step ? When you go into the BIOS the next time, is the boot order still
    as you modified it earlier ?

    In your floppy test case, do you hear/see any response from the floppy
    drive at all ? That would tell you it is plugged in. If you want something
    to test it with, you could always prepare a memtest86+ floppy. The floppy
    installer here, does a sector by sector copy of the memtest program, onto
    a blank floppy. The floppy ends up with no file system, so you can't even
    list the floppy once it is prepared. But it should boot into a 640x480
    testing screen.

    http://www.memtest.org

    Normally, I'd suggest identifying the motherboard, but really, they
    should all work more or less the same, when it comes to preparing
    a BIOS boot order, and having the motherboard respect that order.
    For example, mine is set to Floppy, CDROM, Hard drive, and then in a
    separate menu, the three hard drives are prioritized. I also have the
    option of pressing F10, to make a dynamic boot decision at startup. Not
    all BIOS support the "pop-up boot" menu idea, of selecting the boot
    device on the fly.

    Paul
     
  7. Unknown

    Unknown Flightless Bird

    Since your computer was assembled by a tech at your former place of
    employment I would
    strongly suspect you do not have a normal BIOS. It probably was modified to
    prevent what
    you are tryiing to do..
    "DaffyD®" <daffyd@woohoo.com> wrote in message
    news:-OiojmX9jKHA.1864@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > I'm running Windows XP SP3 and I tried inserting the setup CD to test out
    > the recovery console but even after going into the BIOS to configure the
    > computer to boot from the DVD drive, it only boots from the hard drive to
    > Windows. I tried the same experiment by setting the computer to boot from
    > the floppy drive but again it booted from the hard drive straight into
    > Windows. My computer was assembled by a tech at my former place of
    > employment so it's not a brand name. What more information do I need to
    > provide for help in fixing this? Thanks.
    > --
    > DaffyD® ( : []=
    >
    > If I knew where I was I'd be there now.
    >
    >
    > __________ Information from ESET NOD32 Antivirus, version of virus
    > signature database 4751 (20100107) __________
    >
    > The message was checked by ESET NOD32 Antivirus.
    >
    > http://www.eset.com
    >
    >
    >
    >
     
  8. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Jan 7, 4:05 pm, Jose <jose_e...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > On Jan 7, 3:13 pm, "DaffyD®" <daf...@woohoo.com> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > I'm running Windows XP SP3 and I tried inserting the setup CD to test out
    > > the recovery console but even after going into the BIOS to configure the
    > > computer to boot from the DVD drive, it only boots from the hard drive to
    > > Windows. I tried the same experiment by setting the computer to boot from
    > > the floppy drive but again it booted from the hard drive straight into
    > > Windows. My computer was assembled by a tech at my former place of
    > > employment so it's not a brand name. What more information do I need to
    > > provide for help in fixing this? Thanks.
    > > --
    > > DaffyD® ( : []=

    >
    > > If I knew where I was I'd be there now.

    >
    > > __________ Information from ESET NOD32 Antivirus, version of virus signature database 4751 (20100107) __________

    >
    > > The message was checked by ESET NOD32 Antivirus.

    >
    > >http://www.eset.com

    >
    > If we know more about your system, we can help you figure it out:
    >
    > Click Start, Run and in the box enter:
    >
    > msinfo32
    >
    > Click OK, and when the System Summary info appears, click Edit, Select
    > All, Copy and then paste the information back here.
    >
    > There will be some personal information (like System Name and User
    > Name), and whatever appears to be private information to you, just
    > delete it from the pasted information.
    >
    > This will minimize back and forth Q&A and eliminate guesswork.


    If the OP would follow the instructions, there would be no guessing
    about the BIOS, motherboard, etc.
     

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