Cannot boot computer from CDROM

December 17, 2009 at 17:59:23
Specs: Windows XP
I put the cd in before rebooting. I have bios set to run disc first. I get the option <Press any key to boot from cd..>, then I press a key and it doesn't change this screen just stays there. My disc drive has a green light then turns orange if that matters. Also i hear clicking in the drive, and then it stops and the screen doesn't. The cd works. I tried it in a laptop and it worked just fine. It is a cd I made. But like I said it has been tested and it worked. But for some reason it will not work in my desktop computer. The computer is kinda old, but has an upgraded MB and can take this. I am trying to install Windows XP Pro Black Edition on a new hard drive I bought. The hard drive was already formatted to NTFS. Please help me why my computer will not boot into the cd. I am getting very angry with it.

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#1
December 17, 2009 at 18:19:54
So it's hanging on the boot-from-cd option screen? How long do you let it sit that way before you reboot or shut it off? If you let it set for 2 or 3 minutes do you eventually get an error message?

What happens if you have no cd in the drive and let it attempt to boot from the hard drive? Does it hang then or give an immediate 'no operating system found' (or similiar) error?

I'm thinking the problem is not with the booting from cd option but with something associated with hardware. Maybe there's a problem with the cdrom or hard drive and it's hanging because of that.

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#2
December 17, 2009 at 18:54:18
Old machine, Old CD drive, Dirty/worn out laser/lens.

What burn speed was used when you made the disk? If cleaning the lens on the CDdrive doesn't help then maybe replace the drive and try again, or make a new install CD but use a slower burn speed.

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#3
December 17, 2009 at 19:01:12
richard 59, i burned the cd at the slowest speed using poweriso. i burned at 10x. like i said the cd is fine i used it on another comp a couple minutes before. and i dont know how to clean the laser. i dont have a cleaning cd either.

daveincaps, i never get an error message. and i have two hard drives. one with a os and one without. the one without is what im trying to get an os onto. so when i boot without cd it boots up normally. i do have more of the older type of disc drive. but its still recognizing a disc there so its gotta read it some how.


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#4
December 17, 2009 at 19:42:17
So the cd boots up OK on another computer? And when you boot up on the PC on which you're trying to install another OS, the disk is seen OK by the working OS? Does an original non-recorded cd boot in the drive?

If it's currently slaved to a hard drive then try it by itself on a separate cable.

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#5
December 17, 2009 at 20:11:03
i have 2 ide cables. one set goes to the drives. i have a cd rom drive and dvd drive. seperate. and the other ide cable goes to hard drives

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#6
December 17, 2009 at 20:21:45
I'm having a problem understanding some of the details you give:

"i have a cd rom drive and dvd drive. seperate."

What do you mean by 'separate'? Are the cdrom and DVD on the same cable or is the DVD just another drive you have laying around that you can swap into the system?

If both are on the same cable then disconnect one and try booting from the other. We want to isolate that cdrom on its own cable and try to boot from it. If we don't do that then we can't rule out some kind of interference with the second drive on the cable.

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#7
December 17, 2009 at 22:13:11
Is your keyboard ps2 or usb? I know I may be reaching here just curious. If it is usb try with a ps2. What does happen after you push any key? does it eventually boot up the OS you have on the other drive or just sit there? I had one at school last week that never gave the no OS error. If we tried to boot without the cd we would just get a black screen and a cursor.


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