laptop hangs when booting from disc

December 3, 2010 at 14:11:12
Specs: WinXP
Here's the situation: I bought a Toshiba satellite on clearance, it was preloaded with Vista. I downgraded that to xp pro sp3 and it was running great until two days ago when it had a problem where it requested I put in the install disc and run the repair utility. Problem is when I try to boot from disc it says

Press any key to boot from disc.....

Pressing a key only causes it to hang and the cd drive to spin up for about 20 seconds. Aggravating thing is I've had this problem before and figured out how to overcome it but this is something I run into so rarely that I can't remember.

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December 3, 2010 at 14:27:19
Dirty laser or dirty disc.

Try cleaning the disc and/or try blowing out any dust from the read laer area on the optical drive.

When everything else fails, read the instructions.

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December 3, 2010 at 15:07:34
Not the problem.

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