I can not boot any hard disc cd or usb pen

February 23, 2011 at 11:41:35
Specs: Windows 7
my desktop pc has stopped booting from any source, I can get into the BIOS to change boot order and so on, each time i try to boot from lets say a bootable cd like hirens boot cd the drive starts to spin then stops and then nothing happens until I try to reboot again.

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#1
February 23, 2011 at 11:43:29
Try botting with the HDD unplugged. Also you have to be careful if you CMOS battery is dead then all settings are going to default when you exit the BIOS and restart.


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#2
February 23, 2011 at 11:47:58
yeah the cmos battery is ok have removed and replaced it to reset the config, why the hdd would the fact that i have chosen the cd drive or the usb to boot from not override the hdd no?

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#3
February 23, 2011 at 11:50:49
Ive seen crummy OEM computers have issues similar to this. You may have to try multiple times just to get it to realize there is in fact a bootable device in the CD drive.

Have you verified that the USB and Disk you used are valid bootable devices? If your computer doesnt see anything worth booting off of then it moves to the next devices until it hits your HDD.


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#4
February 23, 2011 at 11:57:05
yeah they are all booting fine on my other machine, i got win 7 disc to boot a couple of times out of thousands of attemps, tried the startup repair came back with nothing, just cant understand how it wont boot from anything!

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#5
February 23, 2011 at 12:01:33
Yes I feel your pain, I used to manage a tech center I told a guy It would take me 24 hours to reformat His HDD it took me 3 days (Literally hundreds of tries) just to get it to boot to the right device, by then he was not a happy camper.

Pull any device that doesnt need to be there too Boot, ie unplug HDD and CD drive if booting from USB.


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#6
February 23, 2011 at 12:05:29
yeah, I'll try that, but really need to get the hdd to boot, cheers

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#7
February 23, 2011 at 17:05:18
It should boot to a cd if it is somewhat new. Since it can't then I'd consider re-seating everything that can plug in and try again. Start at bios and be sure memory is what it is supposed to be. Maybe even swap memory out.

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#8
February 23, 2011 at 23:42:23
Verify the boot order. If you want to boot from a cd make sure that drive is first. Some bios' also require a device on the list be enabled. Usually an enabled device will have a checkmark by it.

If all that looks OK then likely your cdrom is bad.

It should boot from the hard drive (again if it's enabled in the boot order). Could there be some separate problem with it? Or did you wipe it or install a new one?

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#9
February 24, 2011 at 02:40:59
yeah its not a bios boot order problem seen as I have been trying to boot from cd for a few days now constanly and it half booted about 3 times in that time so its trying to boot but having problems. the hdd has win xp pro which has been fine, prob psu or motherboard problem funny though because the machine is a couple of years old, gonna keep on trying to boot from cd or usb key

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