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How to boot my MSI notebook from CD

January 1, 2009 at 07:52:04
Specs: Windows XP, T5450 @1.66 GHz 1.99 GB

I'm trying to do a full installation on my PC. I've promped BIOS on Boot Priority to boot from CD/DVD and it wont boot from CD. It shows a messege on startup "insert boot device into media device and press any key" it doesn't recognizes the CD. Any help please...

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#1
January 1, 2009 at 07:55:07

Does the CD drive work other times? Did you ever use the disk you are trying to boot to before?

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#2
January 1, 2009 at 08:00:11

Yes, the CD drive works good, the CD works as well. Last night I read on that CD how to setup the installation process. I don't think there is a problem on the Drive or CD... any suggestions?

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#3
January 1, 2009 at 08:04:15

When cold booting to the CD you may need to hit any key when prompted to do so on the screen. Have you watched the screens when booting to the CD?

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#4
January 1, 2009 at 08:08:23

it doesn't prompt me to press any key at startup,instead it shows a message" insert boot device into media device and prees any key" while the Boot CD is in the Cd Drive. it's weird

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#5
January 1, 2009 at 08:32:43

Is the disk you are using a restore CD or a full WinXP CD? If a restore CD there may be a different procedure to follow.

Your specs indicate you have a custom built computer, is that correct?


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#6
January 1, 2009 at 09:06:58

well I don't have the original XP CD, so would that be a restore CD? a friend gave it to me, well my OS is running with that CD now. What do you mean by costum built? how can I check for specs??

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#7
January 1, 2009 at 09:13:21

Where did your computer come from originally? Did it come with WinXP installed on it?

Do you by chance have a USB flash drive inserted or a floppy disk?

Do you have an installation key to enter if you do get the computer to boot to the CD?


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#8
January 1, 2009 at 09:26:03

It's a Notebook no Flopy drive and no USB flash drive is in.
I bought the PC online. I think they buy lots of PCs from China and they assamble it at their store.
No WIN XP was installed. I had to install it and I have the installation keys.

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#9
January 1, 2009 at 09:32:59

You state the CD is not the original. If it is a burned disk the drive may not be reading it correctly. Is it clean?

If the CD or CD drive is not recognized by the BIOS then it should skip over and boot to the hard drive. Was/is your system bootable to WinXP now?

The CD you are using can be readable in WinXP and still not be bootable.

Recheck how you have the boot order set.


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#10
January 1, 2009 at 09:39:17

how should my boot sequence be set?
step by step...plz.

the CD works fine the first time I installed win XP with it.

If the CD or CD drive is not recognized by the BIOS then it should skip over and boot to the hard drive. Was/is your system bootable to WinXP now? How can check this?

The CD you are using can be readable in WinXP and still not be bootable. Howcome?


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#11
January 1, 2009 at 10:04:16

should I do a system restore for previous good known date of PC work??

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#12
January 1, 2009 at 10:19:26

To answer your last question first. Not every CD that has data written to it is bootable. Certain files must be present. However, you just stated you have booted to that CD before, so that would indicate the CD is bootable.

Is the CD a CDR disk? Is your CD Drive installed to a removable drive bay? If so, try removing and re inserting it.

Boot order in your case is simple. CD drive first then hard disk.

Why would you want to perform a system restore to an earlier date?

Was/is your WinXP installation working?


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#13
January 2, 2009 at 11:10:18

Certain files must be present... can you explain me more about this.

well I don't remember if I booted from this CD, but I certainly installed winXP from it.

Yes the CD is CD-R 700 MB what does that mean?

The CD drive is not removable drive.
on Boot Priority it shows CD/DVD then SATA (would the be the HD?), and then Networking.


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#14
January 2, 2009 at 11:22:20

the only reason I want to reinstal Windows is,,,
like two months ago I wanted to remove, delete McFee anti virus software from C:/ drive to E:/ drive, where I have more space. A message popped up asking if I want to remove some reading program so I unintentionally clicked on "yes to all botton" option. Since then when I try to open McFee or to uninstal it it shows a blank screen, IE didin't worked properly, now it doesn't work at all I use Mozilla lucky me, I click on " Help and Suport" it doesn't even appear on the screen, so I figure if I do a System restore I could change something there,,, what do you think? Could I mess up some Operation System Program when I tried to remove it from C:/ drive? it seem like it....

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#15
January 2, 2009 at 12:54:45

You are not sure the CDR you are using has ever been successfully booted to.

That would almost be necessary in order to install WinXP. You didn't upgrade from another operating system did you? WinXP was the only operating system ever installed on that computer?

Did you backup your personal files? Reinstalling would overwrite them and they would be lost.

Backup all personal files. Pretty much anything in My Documents. And if you kept music or pictures elsewhere be sure to copy them to CDR or DVDR if your burner is capable of writing to DVDR disks. Doesn't matter which. If you have an external hard drive you could copy stuff to it.

After you have copied absolutely everything you need to save then try opening some of those files to verify you made good copies.

Then we can work on performing a system restore or reinstalling WinXP completely.


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#16
January 3, 2009 at 08:52:23

I already did a backup of all necessary files a while ago... what is the next step?

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#17
January 3, 2009 at 09:01:17

And you are sure the WinXP CD you have is from a retail version. Did you buy the WinXP CD or did it come with the computer?

Download two programs. SIW.exe and magicaljellybeankeyfinder.

Use SIW to determine the brand and interface of your hard drive, unless you already know.

Use the second utility to recover your WinXP installation key before wiping the drive. Links to both programs are below. Get the standalone version of SIW.

http://www.gtopala.com/siw-download...
http://magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/

Keyfinder may also show other useful keys, etc. Writer them down too.


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#18
January 3, 2009 at 13:19:19

I appreciate for all your help a friends gave me a Bootable CD and it worked, but in Spanish lol,, it's ok. weird my CD didn't worked.. shall I have any problems I ask you.. thanks...

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#19
January 3, 2009 at 13:29:03

If that is the case then there is something else you can try.

Try copying YOUR WinXP CD to a new CDR. Use the verify data option in most burning programs. Surprisingly that works many times.

If your friend's WinXP CD is a factory copy then that may explain things.


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