Can not boot from XP CD

June 22, 2005 at 08:42:11
Specs: XP home, P4/ 1g

I appear to have a virus that has disabled my virus scanner,I reloaded the software but when I start the scan the computer locks up after scanning about 12 files. I can not boot from the XP CD and do not have a floppy drive or a spot on motherboard to install one, The CD recognizes other CD's and can load software but when I try to access any Windows CD it does not even recognize it and asks me to insert a CD? I have set the boot seq to go to the CD first but again it does not see it, works fine on other PC's. I have tried on line V-scan but does not find any problems I would like to format the drive & start over Any help/ideas would be appreciated thanks

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June 22, 2005 at 09:04:38

If it is a virus you have, I don't think you need to reformat your computer unless it has completely destroyed your OS and you can't do anything.

Try going into safe mode and running the virus scan from there. (Press F8 when booting your computer)

If for some reason you can't get into safe mode, go to start --> run and type in msconfig . From the first dialog box, select "Diagnostic Startup" or if you are a bit more advanced click "selective startup", and disable everything excep the necessary os items and virus scan.

Once you run the scan and remove any viruses you can then go back into msconfig and select normal startup again. Restart and you should be good to go.

Also, while in diagnostic mode you might want to check for spyware.

hope this helps,


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June 22, 2005 at 10:16:22

Are you really certain you are using an XP CD?
Are you sure you have it set to boot to cdrom and not cdrw? I did that ingenious thing recently and it made me crazy until I noticed.
Do you see the "press any key to boot to cd"? If it is a genuine XPCd or Dell Windows cd, it should do that unless you are in the wrong drive..

Rich M

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June 22, 2005 at 11:51:00

you might have to go into the bios by tapping f1 or del on reboot to change the boot order to boot to CD.

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June 22, 2005 at 13:15:09

I have tried to run the v-scan from safe mode but at about 12 files in the machine locks up, Access to the CDROM is the same does not show anything with the Dell recovery CD or Oringinal windows XP CD, But I can access any other CD files, This is a CDRW/DVD combo drive and is the only one it is also setup in Bios as the first option with the hard drive as the second.It does not give the option "Press any key to boot to CD" but in another machine the Dell & windows XP cd does, I will try the MSCONFIG option with selective setup to try to isolate possible virus also I have run spyware doctor & register mechanic and cleaned some things out but when I reboot the computer and try to run spyware or vscan I am back to the same thing if however I disable Vscan & spyware software and reboot verything seems to run fine for the time being..would appear there is a virus of some type loaded at boot and working against software trying to seek remove it.
Thanks for the help.

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June 22, 2005 at 13:32:46

This just is not possible...are you seeing the post screens or are you looking at Dell screen at bootup. You may need to hit escape at bootup so you can see everything behind the Dell emblem and are missing the "press any key to boot to cd".
I think I would reset bios defaults again to optimum, reset the boot order, try putting a different cd rom in, replace the cmos battery (possibly not holding settings?), and if none of that worked, march the sucker to a dumpster and buy new!!!

Rich M

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June 22, 2005 at 14:09:11

I wish it was not possible and you might be right I was looking at the Dell screen, sometimes the most obvious is the hardest to see. I can tell you for a fact when in windows explorer and the XP disk Dell or Microsft inserted it showes nothing and when I try to access it it asks me to install a CD, other none OS CD's are fine. I have reset the bios, removed the battery and reset the boot order..which when I go back has held the settings. tonight I will ensure I am seeing the post screens..Hopefully as simple as that..As far as the dumpster however not at that stage yet..but thanks for the laugh.

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