How to boot to J-446A ver2 mobo BIOS

April 26, 2010 at 09:31:04
Specs: Windows XP SP3
How can I set the bios to boot from cd-rom?

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#1
April 26, 2010 at 09:58:28
Under the 'BIOS FEATURES SETUP' section of the BIOS,
there's a 'boot sequence' option, you highlight this & then use
the PgUp/PgDn keys to toggle between the options. Set it to
D,C (assuming your CD drive is drive 'D'). It's on page 33 of the
manual.

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#2
April 26, 2010 at 10:15:50
Just press the Del key at startup, enter the BIOS menu, change the boot order, save your setting & exit.

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#3
April 27, 2010 at 00:17:32
Only options are
A, C
C, A

is there a software that can emulate (or something) the cdrom. I hope for a not very difficult solution.


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#4
April 27, 2010 at 14:14:20
Is your CD drive even being recognized by the BIOS? Your board is an extremely outdated socket 3 board so it's very possible that it doesn't support booting off the CD drive. Which OS did you expect to run on it? It's an old DOS/Win3.1 machine. It may be able to run Win95, but I doubt anything newer than that. But you'd need to get a hold of a Win95 floppy disk set. I could be wrong but I believe it was 11 floppies?

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#5
April 27, 2010 at 14:36:32
As jam stated, your BIOS is either not seeing the CD drive or you can't boot from it. If the CD drive is identified in the POST screens then you could download a Win98 boot floppy file from bootdisk.com. Make the boot floppy and use it to get to a command prompt. You can then possibly start a CD by means of a setup file. Type dir after changing to the CD drive letter and hit enter. Should show you a list of files on the CD.

How do you have the CD drive connected, if you even know? May be connected to an add in card, which requires drivers. As jam stated, you won't be able to run much on that computer anyway. What are you wanting to install?


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#6
April 28, 2010 at 02:20:38
I want to install windows 98SE.
Do you know a program called smart bootmanager. I tried it but no luck. Formated floppy in WindowsXP and copied two SBM files to it. Rebooted from floppy and made it a bootloader. Now i put it to the old pc floppy drive. Reboot it and I get a message "SBMK Bad!"

Maybe i should have made it bootloader in the old pc's floppy drive. I try that.


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#7
April 28, 2010 at 14:12:28
Hopefully you have at least 64MB RAM. Of course, anything over that amount won't be cached & may end up hurting performance due to the way Windows reads the memory.

Since you want to try Win98SE, all you need to do is boot off a Win98SE boot floppy. I never heard of "smart bootmanager", but it's unnecessary. Just boot off the 98SE boot floppy & start the installation from DOS. If you don't have the floppy, download the file that will create one for you from here:

98SE boot floppy creator - direct download


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#8
April 30, 2010 at 04:27:06
I got only 24MB of ram on that old motherboard. So I will use a newer motherboard.

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