|The CD drive was working fine. I was able to brows the CD, burn files to the CD|
Do u know how to burn a bootable file?
Did u test the bootable CD in another system? Next time use MobaLiveCD to test your bootable discs.
These are the reasons why u can't boot from optical drive (I assume the optical drive is recognized in BIOS and working well)
-The disc isn't bootable.
-The boot order is not set right in BIOS, you can still use boot option button displayed on post screen instead of going into BIOS. The post screen can b paused by pressing pause/break key.
-Unsupported media type.
Go into BIOS and make sure hard disk is recognized, if not swap power and data (use 80 pin cable) cable and try different PATA slot. A bad power supply unit can cause hard drive(s) to not appear in BIOS. U can also try clearing CMOS.
Attach the USB drive and the option to boot from it will appear (use boot option button displayed on post screen). May be a BIOS update will enable booting from USB drives if current not supported.
Is there any option than to take out the Hard disk and format with the help of some other system?
Windows doesn't like to shift, if u install windows in another different system the OS will not work, this is only possible if similar system is used.
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