Question about Dell Dimension 5100 (D51L1) PC Desktop
Cd rom drive is not visible at start up bios settings may have changed
Check the cables to make sure they are connected and tight. If the drive is not appearing in the bios, then it could have went bad and will need replacing. If it is, but not appearing in windows, then here are the steps from Microsoft on how to fix the issue. All operating systems are included in the fix.
Posted on Feb 08, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
When in doubt do without, that is remove the new hard drive cable and power, remove the DVD drive and try loading booting the XP from just this CD device. Enter the BIOS and check if the system sees the device. If it's not found in the BIOS then you'll never boot anything. Address it as the Primary device on the cable (I don't use CS) and see if the BIOS sees it.
If you get CD device seen in the BIOS then try to boot the CD in it. If it boots then power off and connect up your 40gb drive (optioned as Primary) on the other cable. Now power on as check the BIOS for the drive and the DVD device. If both are seen then boot the cd and try to load XP. After it's up and running install the other CD device as a Slave on one of the cables.
Posted on May 28, 2009
SOURCE: I am trying to change
In order to change the boot sequence on a Dell computer you have to press the F12 key right after the computer starts and BEFORE the Windows logo appears.
You can also choose F2, if you have to get into the BIOS.
On some machines you just have to hold down the respective key, on others you have to tap it repeatedly. Just try it out.
When you see the Windows logo, let the computer complete the start-up, reboot and try again.
Once it is booting from CD/DVD, follow the instructions on the screen ("Press any key to boot from CD...")
If you have any more questions, just come back here and leave a comment - I'm happy to help.
Posted on Dec 07, 2010
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