Cannot boot from CD

August 26, 2011 at 09:26:46
Specs: Windows XP
I am trying to boot from my windows xp cd to reformat my laptop. I did the obvious, going into the bios and setting cd drive to first boot priority. Start up the laptop, only to have it boot straight into windows. I have tried pressing esc to get into the boot menu and the only thing that is listed is "notebook hard drive". My laptop is a compaq presario v3000. Also notable: the cd drive starts spinning and DOES show up on bios.

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August 26, 2011 at 09:40:24
The optical drive isn't recognized by BIOS. Try to reinstall the drive(swith off the laptop then remove battery & optical drive).

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August 26, 2011 at 09:51:08
I went ahead and did as you suggested. I removed optical drive and battery, reinstalled optical drive, and refired boot menu. No luck :(

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August 27, 2011 at 02:17:26
I'm guessing there's something wrong with the cdrom drive.
From what I read your laptop is able to boot through a flash drive.
If you got an at least 1gig flash drive laying around, try using UNetbootin to make it a bootable.
On the BIOS config set it up so that the boot priority is:

1. USB Hard Drive
2. Notebook Hard Drive


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August 27, 2011 at 03:03:16
I think with HP laptops you have to press F11 to access the boot options and there you might find the boot CD option. If the laptop has it's original drive you may not even need an XP CD in order to do a factory restore. You may have the necessary setup files on a hidden recovery partition.

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October 25, 2011 at 12:33:16
Generally speaking, Error code 5 means the software is unable to identify the CD key number you've entered.
This could be due to the CD key number.....


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