Computer-Not BOOTABLE CD in ATAPI CD-ROM

December 22, 2010 at 14:23:51
Specs: Windows XP
We have a Sharp Notebook. It has been working fine but a few days ago, everytime we would turn it on a black screen would come and it says Not BOOTABLE CD in ATAPI CD-ROM. I have tried everything and i cant get it to go into safe mode.

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#1
December 22, 2010 at 15:31:38
Take the disk out of the CD drive.

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#2
December 22, 2010 at 16:16:23
there is no cd in the cd drive

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#3
December 22, 2010 at 18:19:48
Check bios settings. See that it shows a hard drive and set boot order to it first.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#4
December 22, 2010 at 18:50:06
while in the bios, check to see if it is even recognizing the hard drive. The drive may be toast and, its going to the next boot device, the CD and not finding a " BOOTABLE CD in ATAPI CD-ROM".

larry


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#5
December 22, 2010 at 21:02:34
"Not BOOTABLE CD in ATAPI CD-ROM"

Is that the EXACT message?

If it isn't, tell us the EXACT message, and show whether it's on one line, or on more than one line. .
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When CD drive or similar is listed before hard drive or similar in the bios Setup's Boot order or similar settings, some bios versions will display a line whether there is a disk in the optical drive or not , e.g.
"Booting from CD"
If the disk is not there, or if it is but is NOT found to be bootable, something is displayed after that, so that the line e.g. then shows
" Booting from CD - not bootable " or similar,
BUT the bios will always (except in the case of some oddball Dell bios versions) then try to boot from the next thing in the Boot Order or similar list.
E.g. if hard drive is next in the Boot Order or similar list, the bios will try to boot from that. If the hard drive is found to be NOT bootable, then you will see a message " no operating system found" or similar - you DO NOT get that message when there is no optical disk in the optical drive.
The bios will NOT try to boot from anything else in the Boot Order or similar list if it detects a hard drive but finds it isn't bootable, however, if it doesn't detect the hard drive at all, it WILL try to boot from the next thing in the Boot Order or similar list, if there is something listed after that.

If hard drive is listed after CD drive or similar, and if there is no disk, or there is a disk but it's not bootable in the optical drive, if the bios doesn't detect the hard drive at all, and if there's nothing listed after hard drive in the Boot Order, the line you would normally see when there is no disk, or there is a disk but it's not bootable in the optical drive, will still be on the screen as the last line(s) displayed.


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