WILL Boot from XP PRO CD - but NOT XP HOME ??

Macintosh / G5 1.8 powerpc
December 29, 2010 at 12:05:35
Specs: XP PRO, 2GB
Has anyone else experienced this?

I have multiple XP HOME OEM install CDs.

The computer (an older DELL)...will NOT boot from any of the XP Home CDs.

At first I thought it was a BIOS settings issue. But even after checking that...nothing. It simply would not boot from an XP HOME CD.

As soon as I put in an XP PRO install CD....it boots from it no problem.

Other computers WILL boot from the same XP Home CDs - No problem.

Has anyone else experienced this...and found a solution?


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December 29, 2010 at 12:16:10
Are you seeing the prompt to "Press any key to boot from CD..."?

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December 30, 2010 at 12:53:31
Some OEM disks are not real disks. They don't have the full version or drivers that may be needed for this system.

Other than that the only reason left is the drive or disk is bad or both.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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December 30, 2010 at 15:07:26
The XP Home CDs must be seen as bootable.

You must see "Press any key to boot from CD..." or similar, when you insert the CD and have the bios set to boot from a a disk in an optical drive, when you boot the computer.

Make sure the disks are clean and free of major scratches - some optical drive models are a lot better at reading scratched disks than others.

Try using a laser lens cleaning CD in the drive, or if it's a laptop, eject the optical drive's tray and, with no disk on the tray, clean off the obvious laser lens with a tissue or soft cloth.

If the XP Home disks are copies, a CD-R disk (or DVD-R disk if it can read DVDs) should read fine in any drive, but other types of burnable disks may not read properly in a drive they were not made in.

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December 30, 2010 at 20:57:46
Since they work in other computers...AND this computer does.boot from an XP pro CD (so the computer is configured and able to boot from CDs) - I'm leaning toward the issue of the drive not being the right type to read these CD copies. I'll try a newer CDRW and see what happens.

Thanks very much.

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December 30, 2010 at 22:05:12
Try cleaning the laser lens anyway if you haven't already done so.
CD-R and DVD-R disks are the most likely to read properly in any drive.
You could try burning them at a slower speed. You must burn them in adrive that has no problem recognizing the original disk as bootable. I've had problems with CD-RW operating system disks in drives they were not made in, especially over time - they read fine for a while after they were made in other drives, then they don't.

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