Solved Compaq 6730b won't boot from CD

April 8, 2014 at 07:10:27
Specs: Windows XP, Intel/Lots
There is not even an option for it in the BIOS, anybody know how to get around this and install XP ? ...................................................................................................

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April 9, 2014 at 23:03:22
Thanks guys but after research and experimentation I have solved the problem myself.

For reasons which can only be known to Compaq the CD ROM is actually referred to as a 'Notebook Upgrade Bay' which does appear in the boot device list but not content with that bit of nonsense even with it promoted it to the top to enable it it's necessary first to reset of the BIOS to defaults and then change something called 'SATA Device mode' from SATA to IDE, only then can you and actually boot from it.

Nice one Compaq !



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April 8, 2014 at 15:32:30
What do you need to install XP for? Did the original installation go awry or did your hard drive fail? What kind of CD are you trying to use to boot from, just a standard OEM CD? (it usually has a purple,green or blue label)

What key do you use to get into the BIOS while it's booting? Sometimes F12 will open a boot menu, but being a laptop I can't make much of a guess.

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April 8, 2014 at 15:56:21
Is the CD showing in Computer and does it work generally?

There is usually a BIOS option to put it ahead of the system drive during bootup.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#3
April 8, 2014 at 23:43:40
Does it show in bios setup? If it's defective or disabled in setup it may not show as a boot device.

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April 9, 2014 at 10:41:23
Thanks for the replies but it seems to me that nobody has actually read or understood the question !

Since I very clearly said "There is not even an option for it in the BIOS" then I would have assumed it perfectly evident that I don't need advice on how to access the BIOS nor what to do when there.

As for why I want to install XP and what disc I'm using for that what has that got to do with a laptop which will not boot from CD and doesn't even show one in it's BIOS ?


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#5
April 9, 2014 at 13:32:23
OK maybe we slipped up this time but something like "My CD drive is not visible in BIOS (see original question) can someone help with that?" would have been a less jarring response. Bear in mind that this service is given for free by volunteers in their own spare time.

Most likely the CD drive has failed, its connections have worked loose or one of its two cables are faulty. BIOS is too far down the chain for it to be much else. Hardware is where you need to look for this issue, including BIOS itself although I regard the latter as less likely.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#6
April 9, 2014 at 14:52:35
Apparently you didn't 'read or understand' my response. I didn't give you advice on how to access the bios. I gave you reasons why it might not show there as a boot device.

Besides, we can't always assume posters here know what they're talking about. This one didn't even know they had no optical drive:

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...


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April 9, 2014 at 23:03:22
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Thanks guys but after research and experimentation I have solved the problem myself.

For reasons which can only be known to Compaq the CD ROM is actually referred to as a 'Notebook Upgrade Bay' which does appear in the boot device list but not content with that bit of nonsense even with it promoted it to the top to enable it it's necessary first to reset of the BIOS to defaults and then change something called 'SATA Device mode' from SATA to IDE, only then can you and actually boot from it.

Nice one Compaq !


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April 9, 2014 at 23:58:11
Sometimes those bios settings can be tricky. We're glad you got it figured out. Thanks for posting back.

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