CD-DVD Bios issues

Toshiba / 1900
February 18, 2009 at 11:39:53
Specs: Windows XP
I've replaced my original CD-DVD in a Toshiba 1905-S303 notebook with a new TEAC DW-28E. Windows XP picks up the new CD-DVD okay. However, the BIOS does not recognize the new CD-DVD and I cannot use it to reboot from the backup CD. Any ideas on how to reset the BIOS to recognize the new CD-DVD?

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#1
February 18, 2009 at 15:30:52
If Windows sees it, then the BIOS will see it. "I cannot use it to reboot from the backup CD" Do you mean boot from the CD? You don't reboot from a backup CD. You reboot the computer, which is the same as restarting. What exactly are you trying to do, and what is the content of the CD? Backup CDs are not normally bootable.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#2
February 19, 2009 at 05:50:07
Actually, I'm trying to reformat the HDD and clean up files by reloading. The CD is a recovery CD. The BIOS recognizes the HDD but not the CD drive. The BIOS may see it, but it will not use it.

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#3
February 19, 2009 at 06:33:39
You may have the boot order set wrong in the BIOS (setup) screens. Check to verify the CD drive is listed BEFORE the hard drive.

While you are in the setup I suggest you also disable fast boot and any logos so the full POST routine shows at startup. That is the only sure way to know if the BIOS is actually configuring the drives.

I think that with laptop drives it is possible the BIOS may not properly configure a replacement drive and WinXP can. Could even require a BIOS update.

A assume you verified the replacement drive is fully compatible with your laptop?

If it is installed in a removable bay I suggest you re-seat it.


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#4
February 19, 2009 at 07:10:21
The CD is before the HDD. Tried disabling the fast (quiet) boot and logos; no luck. Already updated BIOS. Already removed and reseated CD. Replacement CD is only one I could locate (apparantly the original is no longer available); works fine when WinXP is running. Is there some way to use WinXP to reconfigure BIOS with correct information?

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#5
February 19, 2009 at 07:17:38
Perhaps your CD isn't bootable.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#6
February 19, 2009 at 07:29:09
So do you SEE POST screens at startup? If so, do you see the CD drive listed there? If not, then you can't boot from it. Laptops have very limited BIOS options but the CD drive must be configured in there somewhere. Usually on the first screen. If just a generic listing of Auto. Try toggling the setting to something else and then back. The BIOS may then pickup on the optical drive. If there are other options besides AUTO then explore those.

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