usb cdrom is excluded in boot priority

February 19, 2011 at 11:38:04
Specs: Windows Vista
I have tried repeatedly to put the usb cdrom in the priority list so I can boot from the CD Rom as I put a new harddrive on my lap top, but all it does is beep. I have tried f5, f4, f6 shift + shift -, +, -, etc. It will not move. As of right now, because I put in a new hard drive, there is no operating system on the laptop because it will need ready off the cd rom. I can here the cd rom run, but it will not read it

Please help!

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February 19, 2011 at 11:43:05
what are the options listed for boot devices in the bios?


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February 19, 2011 at 12:05:18
PCI BEV: Realtek Boot Agent


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February 19, 2011 at 12:28:50
Why is it that you can't boot from "IDE CD: TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-L633A- (" ?

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February 19, 2011 at 12:35:12
I tried putting that on top of the list, but I still get an error of Operating System not found.

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February 19, 2011 at 12:35:37
Did you have the Vista DVD inserted into the CD drive at the time you tried booting from it? You need to watch the screens. Watch for a message to hit any key boot from the CD. Hit the space bar at that time.

Are you sure the new hard drive is compatible with your laptop?

Are you sure the original problem was the hard drive?

Is this your laptop?

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February 19, 2011 at 12:54:43
There is no message that comes up to hit a space bar.

Not sure, how would I know? I bought what was similar in it, but upgraded from 250 g to 500.

I had it in to a professional and they told me they would upgrade it.

This is my sons lap top

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February 19, 2011 at 13:02:31
So a professional told you the hard drive needed to be replaced? Or are you just trying for more storage space?

If the drive is compatible and you installed it right you should see it setup in the BIOS (setup) screens and in the POST screens which go by when you first start up the computer. It would appear from your #2 response, that both the hard drive and CD drive are being configured by the the BIOS. So, that leaves the DVD you are using suspect.

Did the CD drive work before the hard drive change out?

Are you trying to install Vista, or something else? What type of disk are you using?

What is the brand and model of the laptop?

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February 19, 2011 at 13:18:02
They told us to replace it and to upgrade to more storage space since the hard drive was nearly full.

The drive is reading correctly in the BIOS as SATA port 1 and the DVD drive as port 2.

Yes the CD drive worked before it was changed.

I'm trying to install Windows 7.

It was custom built on cyberpowerpc. It has no official brand on it.

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February 19, 2011 at 13:24:41
Do you have a full version DVD of Windows 7? (What does the DVD say on it)

If you are not seeing the boot from CD message then your boot order may be set wrong. You need to have the CD drive set in the boot order BEFORE the hard drive.

Your first post indicates you may not know how to set the boot order. You need to enter the BIOS (setup) screens and set from there. You may need to highlight a selection and then use the up or down arrow keys. The method should be noted on that screen.

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February 19, 2011 at 13:33:35
The dvd is Windows 7 Ultimate Edition.

I just tried setting the CD drive before the hard drive, but that didn't work either.

I've been trying different BIOS settings.

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February 19, 2011 at 13:43:05
Just to be clear, you are attempting to boot from the internal CD drive while the Windows 7 DVD is inserted in that drive. The USB stuff is all unplugged?

Can you see any messages on the screen when you first start the laptop? You should see the hard drive model as well as the CD drive model displayed on those screens.

Probably a dumb question but do you have the Windows 7 DVD inserted with the label facing up?

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February 19, 2011 at 13:49:37
Yes, nothing is plugged in at the moment.

The hard drive model is WDC WD5000BEKT - 75KA9 and the DVD/CD drive is TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-L according to the BIOS menu.

No, its not upside-down ^_^

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February 19, 2011 at 14:43:09
OK, so with the boot order set with the CD/DVD drive listed 1st & booting up with the Win7 disc in the drive, you should see a message on the screen that says "press any key to boot from CD.....". If you don't press a key in the alloted time, the BIOS will bypass the CD/DVD drive & move on to the next item in the boot order. Is it possible the "press any key" message is being hidden by a splash screen?

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February 19, 2011 at 15:04:31
After the BIOS screen, even if I keep hitting the spacebar while it loads, this is what keeps coming up.

Intel UNDI, PXE-2.1 (build 082)
Copyright (C) 1997-2000 Intel Corporation

For Realtek RTL8111B/8111C Gigabit Ethernet Controller v2.17 (080602)
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
Operating System not found

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February 19, 2011 at 15:14:32
You need to start continuously tapping as soon as you start the computer.

You have your boot order set to boot from a network. Check the boot order again.

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February 19, 2011 at 15:15:41
And remove the network boot from the boot order.

Is there a splash screen upon bootup or not? If there is, find the setting in the BIOS & disable it.

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February 19, 2011 at 15:24:05
A splash screen? Network boot?

I just tried my old windows 98 CD and it managed to load that up, but I didn't install it.

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February 19, 2011 at 15:29:08
Then your Windows 7 DVD may be defective.

PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable

The above refers to your network card

Operating System not found

The above indicates the computer skipped over the CD drive and tried to boot from the new hard drive, which of course, is not bootable.

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February 19, 2011 at 15:42:36
Quit playing with the drive maybe and consider a usb flash install.

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February 19, 2011 at 15:49:30
could get you running until you get another windows cd:


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February 19, 2011 at 15:58:29
You have a DVD drive, right? Are you sure it works? It may be able to read CDs but not DVDs.

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February 19, 2011 at 21:59:57
I finally managed to it to work by installing my old Windows 98 disc and then upgrading to Windows 7 from that.

Thanks for the help everyone.

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