Old Compaq wont boot from CD

Gigabyte / M52l-s3
March 8, 2010 at 13:06:53
Specs: Windows 98SE, P75 / 40MB SDR
I can't make my old PC boot from CD drive (Compaq Presario 772 CDS),in BIOS there aren't any useful options like "First Boot Device",they are separated in options like "Storage"(Although there is Floppy and HDD there,there isn't the CD drive.),and "Processor and memory" options.I will post images tommorow.BTW,I'm trying to run Damn Small Linux Live CD 4.4.10.,the CD drive is seeable from Windows.Computer specifications are:

CPU:Intel Pentium 75
RAM:8MB onboard + 4x8MB SDR
VGA:Cirrus 1MB
HDD:Seagate 535MB

P.S. I see my mistake in the product line.

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March 8, 2010 at 14:24:40
If the bios doens't support booting from the cdrom you'll have to do it the way our ancestors did it--with a floppy bootdisk.

Are you trying to run the linux from cd or are trying to install it via the cd onto the hard drive?

If you're trying to install it you should be able to copy the cd contents to the hard drive and then run the setup. Well, that is, if you have enough hard drive space.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.

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March 8, 2010 at 19:02:14
I may be misremembering things but I seem to recall during my many searches for bootable CD info that I came across a floppy disk that booted up first but then re-booted the CDROM drive which may or may not be your only solution?

Bootable CD Loader v1.50Z


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March 8, 2010 at 19:45:13
DAVE's right on it. Read this:


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