Solved Not able boot from CD disc in CD-ROM drive

August 31, 2013 at 04:29:22
Specs: Windows 7, T2050@1.60GHZ-RAM-1.25GB
There may be Jumper setting problem of the CD ROM. The six jumper pins are open. There is no blocks on the pins. I do not know how to set them.
There could be BIOS problem also. In bios, the settings are as follows:
Primary IDE master - CD ROM
Secondary IDE master - Hard disk
Is it that hard disk should be IDE master and CD ROM IDE slave?

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#1
August 31, 2013 at 04:38:33
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As long as both are Masters, they are correct, they are on different IDE ports, neither one is a slave to the other. No jumper probably sets it to Cable Select which means that which connector on the cable determines which is master on that cable (you have two cables). You just need to make sure both devices are Bootable and that the CD ROM is listed in the boot order before the hard drive. You also probably need to "Hit any key to boot from CD" during the boot process (this may flash briefly along the bottom of the screen), just tap it repeatedly while starting up.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
August 31, 2013 at 06:30:54
Have you made any hardware changes? Have you EVER been able to boot from a CD?

"Primary IDE master - CD ROM
Secondary IDE master - Hard disk"

The HDD should be the primary master & the CD drive should be the 2ndary master. Once you correct that (just switch the cables), make sure the boot order is configured correctly in the BIOS. The CD drive needs to be listed before the HDD.


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#3
September 1, 2013 at 04:20:36
I do not have two cables. Apart from power cable there is one ribbon type probably called IDE cable is connected to both hard disk and cd rom drives in the same order. What is the meaning of “both devices are bootable”. CD ROM is directly not listed in the boot order. Against primary master it is mentioned as CD ROM. Against secondary master it is mentioned as Hard disk. Again under 1st,2nd & 3rd boot device there are four options to select. They are, 1)1st floppy disk, 2)Disabled, 3) SM-ST3802110A, 4)PM-HL-DT-ST GCE-8. SM probably stands for secondary master and PM for primary master. All three boot device I made PM to see if it boots from CD. It did not. During boot process after hitting F2, one screen comes where it asked to give choice. But no option is displayed. It says to use tab. But no change after using tab. I feel, something should be wrong bios settings or some other setting if any.

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#4
September 1, 2013 at 04:33:00
I have recently acquired the system. So I am not aware if it ever did booting from CD ROM. How am I going to make HDD to be primary master and CD ROM as secondary. Both are connected by one ribbon type cable probably called IDE cable in the same order ie. Mother board – Hard disk – CD ROM. There is no other cable other than the power cable. CD ROM is directly not listed in the boot order. Against primary master it is mentioned as CD ROM. Against secondary master it is mentioned as Hard disk. Again under 1st,2nd & 3rd boot device there are four options to select. They are, 1)1st floppy disk, 2)Disabled, 3) SM-ST3802110A, 4)PM-HL-DT-ST GCE-8. SM probably stands for secondary master and PM for primary master. All three boot device I made PM to see if it boots from CD. It did not.AlsoI tried 1st boot device as floppy disk, for 2nd boot device 4th option of above mentioned, fro 3rd boot device 3rd option from the above. Both floppy drive and CD drive are not booting. Can there be any generalproblem?

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#5
September 1, 2013 at 04:49:51
There is a discrepancy in the information you are giving.

Primary IDE master - CD ROM
Secondary IDE master - Hard disk

This indicates that each drive is on a separate cable. If they were both on the same cable the would both be either primary or both be secondary, depending on which port they were plugged into on the motherboard. It is the cable that determines whether they are primary or secondary and Jumpers that determines whether they are slave or master.

SM-ST3802110A is you hard disk

PM-HL-DT-ST GCE-8 is your CD Drive

You need to set the boot order in the BIOS.

You need to move the CD drive to no 1 in the boot order.

Hard drive to Number 2

Floppy to Number 3

And disabled to no 4

It matters little if the Hard disk on on primary or secondary. Windows will quite happily boot from a secondary, even the secondary slave if you tell it to. It is the boot order in the BIOS that matters.

Stuart

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#6
September 2, 2013 at 06:57:49
I tried with the boot device order as CD ROM - Hard disk - Floppy drive. But it did not boot from CD. It appears system does not recognize CD drive during booting.

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#7
September 2, 2013 at 08:37:16
Are you sure that the CD drive is working?
Usually, there is a separate section where you declare what drives are bootable, after they are bootable, they can be put into the boot order. Your boot order should be (if you have all three) is 1- Floppy, 2- CD-ROM Drive, 3- Hard Disk.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#8
September 2, 2013 at 09:01:30
Yes. I am in a position to view files in the cd. Also I am in a position to burn files to cd through win7 inbuilt software. The problem is only with booting. While booting it does not seem to detect the cd drive. In other systems, during booting process one can hit a key to get boot option. Here also after hitting a key, one screen comes where it is asked to give choice. But there is no option available to give choice. It should display the name of the drive ie. CD ROM for opting for it. That place is blank. So I can not give my choice. In the boot order I put CD ROM for all three 1st,2nd & 3rd boot devices just to see. Still it does not boot from cd.

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