boot from CDROM: failure.....

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July 31, 2010 at 11:34:25
Specs: Windows 2000
Hi all,

I am trying to install windows xp on my old computer with windows 2000. I don't have floppy drive. I just got a dvd drive and connected it yesterday. It doesnot read any data file from the windows 2000, it only reads audio cd. I have a bootable xp cd and I changed the BIOS boot sequence to boot from CD first. When I restart, it detects the CDROM drive and the cd starts rotating but the message "Boot from CDROM: failure....." appears and boots to windows 2000.
How do I install win XP now.
I appreciate your help.

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July 31, 2010 at 12:53:04
Are you sure the WinXP CD is bootable and good? Sounds like a bad CD.

If the new DVD drive is a SATA type make sure that you have it connected to a bootable port (some may not be bootable) and the controller is enabled in the BIOS.

What type of WinXP disk do you have?

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July 31, 2010 at 15:46:22
"I changed the BIOS boot sequence to boot from CD first."

That does not necessarily have to be listed first, it just has to be before any hard drive or SCSI, or in older bioses, before any hard drive partition drive letter . When a floppy drive is installed, it should be listed before the CD drive.

"I just got a dvd drive.."

New or used ?

"It doesnot read any data file from the windows 2000, it only reads audio cd."

There is no software or normal hardware problem that would cause that situation.

The disk should be clean and free of major scratches .
Optical drives vary in their ability to read scratched disks. E.g. LG drives aren't good at that.

If you can read the files on the 2000 CD but the computer won't boot from the CD, or in any case, if it's a used drive, try using a laser lens cleaning CD in the drive.
If you don't have one, most places that sell CDs and DVDs have them, and even some "dollar" stores have them for a buck or two

If the CD is a copy, a CD-R disk should read fine in any drive, or a DVD-R should read fine in any drive that can read DVDs , but other types of burnable disks may not read fine in a drive they were not made in.
E.g. I had problems with reading 2000 on a CD-RW disk in some drives.

If the copy is on a DVD
- of course, a CD - only - drive cannot read it.
- a DVD combo drive (that can burn and read both CDs and DVDs) has at least two lasers and associated circuits - sometimes one of them malfunctions after the drive has been used a lot - in that case the drive would read either no CDs at all or no DVDs at all.

A CD burner drive (can't read or burn DVDs) may have two lasers and associated circuits.

If you have two or more optical drives connected, many bioses will boot from only one of them. In that case,
- try the disk in another drive if the drive can read the disk,

- or - go into the bios Setup and
- find the list of hard drives - it's usually near the boot order or similar setting - and make the optical drive you want to boot from the first one in the list
- or - less often - the boot order or similar list may have more than one hard drive listed - make the optical drive you want to boot from the first one in the list .

"If the new DVD drive is a SATA type make sure that you have it connected to a bootable port (some may not be bootable) and the controller is enabled in the BIOS."

Early mboards that had SATA support built in may have some SATA headers you can boot a hard or a bootable disk in an optical drive connected to it from, and other headers that don't have that ability.
The two types of headers may be different colors, or not. The first numbered SATA headers you could / can boot from. If you have a generic system, the info about that is stated in the mboard model's manual.

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August 1, 2010 at 01:13:17
Thanks for the response guys.

I got a brand new ASUS PATA DVD drive. My computer supports only IDE interface which i think is same as PATA interface. And the win xp cd is a good one and there are no scratches on the cd, it works on my laptop, yes the OS image is on the cd rom.
I mostly think the problem could in the bios settings. Because the drive is able to read audio files.


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August 1, 2010 at 06:55:01
IDE - EIDE - PATA refer to the same things.
PATA - Parallel ATA - is a term that didn't exist before SATA controllers and drives became available. All hard and optical drive standards previous to SATA ones transfer data a parallel way. SATA - Serial ATA - ones transfer data a serial way.

Your problem with the DVD drive cannot be caused by bios settings.

A problem with the data cable could cause your symptoms, because audio CD output is carried on different wires in the data cable than other data.

It is common to un-intentionally damage IDE data cables, especially while removing them - the 80 wire ones are more likely to be damaged. What usually happens is the cable is ripped at either edge and the wires there are either damaged or severed, often right at a connector or under it's cable clamp there, where it's hard to see - if a wire is severed but it's ends are touching, the connection is intermittent, rather than being reliable.
Another common thing is for the data cable to be separated from the connector contacts a bit after you have removed a cable - there should be no gap between the data cable and the connector - if there is press the cable against the connector to eliminate the gap.
80 wire data cables are also easily damaged at either edge if the cable is sharply creased at a fold in the cable.

Try another data cable if in doubt.

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August 1, 2010 at 08:28:26
What service pack is integrated into your Win2000 CD?

What exact type of Win2000 CD do you have? I never heard of an academic upgrade of Win2000.

One issue could be that Win2000 prior to SP 3 doesn't support hard drives larger than 127GB.

You don't indicate if the CD is actually doing anything, if you can even tell. Any messages on screen other than what you posted?

I have found Win2000 to be very fussy about hardware and have had installations fail due to Windows not being able to configure the hardware.

Of course, if it isn't even starting the installation that wouldn't be the problem.

Look in your BIOS for a setting that increases the seek time for drives. Possible the drive just isn't getting enough time to read the Win2000 CD.

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