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My cd rom wont boot up at start up

I have an old HP computer and it wont boot up from the cd rom what can i do? do i need a floppy disk? where can i get it?

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  • Shakira08 Oct 08, 2008

    its an old computer from a friend what can i do to make the cd rom boot up a cd in start up
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1) Has it ever booted from CD-ROM? If it has, go to step #2. If not, go to step #3
2) If nothing has changed (BIOS, hardware additions, etc), it's a bad CD drive
3) Check your BIOS "boot order" section. It varies from motherboard to motherboard, but all BIOS's have some type of boot sequence that you can configure. It's possible that yours may be FDD, HDD, CDROM (in that order), which means that as long as you have a working Windows computer, it never needs to boot to CD. Try changing the order and that should fix you up :)

Hope this helps :)

Scott

Posted on Oct 08, 2008

  • Scott Merrill
    Scott Merrill Oct 08, 2008

    Unless you have a "boot menu" prompt that pops up at startup (such as "F12 - boot order" or something like that) you can't ...you'll need to change the boot order in the BIOS.

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