CD drive for Inspiron seen in Bios and in OS

October 18, 2010 at 02:04:23
Specs: Ubuntu 9.10
I have inherited an Inspiron 1100 that had died after using a Vodafone mobile internet dongle, I have managed to get the computer to boot by reloading Ubuntu, as Windows XP would not boot at all, through a different machine and then upgrading the Bios to A32. But now my CD Drive will not boot on the Windows disc, or read CD's when booted into Ubuntu? The Cd drive will initialize and try to look at discs but all I get is an error message that reads the OS could not mount the disc and when I try to use the Windows disc it will stop at searching for hardware and load Ubuntu! Any help would be great!

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#1
October 18, 2010 at 05:17:17
it booted from the ubuntu cd and you installed ubuntu. Try booting from the ubuntu cd again. Is the windows cd a home made copy??

larry


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#2
October 18, 2010 at 05:29:46
Thanks Larry

I had to load Ubuntu to the HDD on a different Laptop and then transfer the HDD back.I did try to reload Ubuntu after i Flashed the Bios and it still would not work.
Previously the USB ports did not work either but his method managed to spark them back to life.

Unfortunately the copy is home made but has worked on several different machines before and still does!

The Dongle is one that has had previous history in Australia of completely destroying computers. I was hoping that someone had seen this problem and got one working from it?


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#3
October 18, 2010 at 10:32:55
so the you could not boot from the cd before or after. it sounds as though the cd has never worked , in the time you have had the laptop, even though it is seen in the bios. could be just a bad cd drive, some cd drives just will not read cds even though they are still seen in the bios.

larry


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#4
October 18, 2010 at 11:15:16
Since I have had the laptop, no the drive has not worked but I know it worked before as it was my mothers laptop.

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#5
October 18, 2010 at 15:53:48
Interesting development, I removed the HDD and booted on the cd rom which worked and went into setup but stopped, obviously, as there was no HDD. So I put the HDD back in and setup failed and went back to the problem as it was. Failing to boot from the CD and booting into Ubuntu.

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#6
October 18, 2010 at 21:48:00
If the CD drive works when the HDD is removed, but not when it is connected, you probably have a resource conflict. To properly check if the CD drive really works when the HDD is removed, see if you can boot a Live disk, and run the OS. If you can, the CD drive is good, and you probably have a conflict. In that case, if you can get into the BIOS set-up, see if you can manually set the resources for one of the devices (the CD drive, or the HDD). If the BIOS does not support that, you may want to try replacing the CD drive if you have access to one (I do not suggest you spend any money on a replacement CD drive when it may not pay off), but make sure that the replacement CD drive uses different resources.

HTH,

Ernie Registered Linux User 247790


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