Hi. I have a Dell Inspiron 9200. I've just now started to try booting the computer from CD/DVD in order to run various programs, but this does not work. The BIOS appears to be set correctly to check the CD before booting from the hard drive.
The Ubuntu DVD I have has an option to fix this (just for its DVD) in this situation; their fix works and I now have a menu option for "ubuntu" any time I reboot.
However, other seemingly bootable CDs or DVDs will not boot this machine.
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Re: difficult boot from cd drive - dell inspiron
Try to do this, when you see the dell logo, keep on tapping f12 then choose cd rom or dvd rom device, then keep on tapping enter until you will be able to see the setup page of the program/os that you are installing.
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If you're trying to boot from the DVD/CD(OS disc) try tapping on F12 to go to the boot menu and then choose your DVD/CD drive to boot from the OS Disc. From there, you can use the OS Disc to repair your computer. Here's the step by step instruction once you've booted from the OS disc:
1. Insert the Windows bootable CD into the computer.
2. When prompted to press any key to boot from the CD, press any key.
3. Once in the Windows setup menu press the "R" key to repair Windows.
4. Log into your Windows installation by pressing the "1" key and pressing enter.
5. You will then be prompted for your administrator password, enter that password.
6, Copy the below two files to the root directory of the primary hard disk. In the below example we are copying these files from the CD-ROM drive letter, which in this case is "e." This letter may be different on your computer.
copy e:\i386\ntldr c:\
copy e:\i386\ntdetect.com c:\
7. Once both of these files have been successfully copied, remove the CD from the computer and reboot.
If this does not resolve the problem, you might need to reinstall windows.
Hope this helps!
You might need to go into the computer's BIOS and see if it's set to boot from a bootable CD or USB device. If it's set to only boot from the hard drive, it won't even look at other drives. Different computers use different ways to access the BIOS: you might try pressing the F12 key when the boot logo appears. Check your owner's documentation - it should tell you the procedure for your computer.
go into bios by pressing F2 - change the boot order so the cd / dvd drive is the first bootable device and use the installation / recovery disc you got with it and boot from the cd and re install or install windows xp.
If you do not have the cd then you either need to find it or contact dell and see if they have another one with a key ( which may be chargeable )
did you change the order in the bios setinbg?put the 1st device for boot to be the CD/DVD-rom not HARD drive, to get into bios try F2., ESC, ,F12 . and in the bios setup change the order put 1st boot device to be CD/DVD-rom, then try again to setup Windows.
check whether the CD that you boot from is a "Bootable CD" . While burning an OS in a CD/DVD the option of "Make the disc Bootable" should be ticked on which makes the disc bootable with its boots records. The system will realise that the disc is a bootable one only if the disc has these boot files in it.
Try setting the boot sequence to Cd drive as first priority and dont forget to save the settings. If all your hardware componets are good, the above things will be the probabilities.
My Laptop Inspiron 2200 With Windows XP only boot with the C drive when I remove the CD-DVD-CD drive. Otherwise ,I am asked to go to Bios to reconfigure the booting order.
The CD-dvd can not be pick-up by Plug and Play .
As a result I can only use the Laptop without the CD-DVD
When I reconnect the DVD it will not boot.
I have inspected every single pin in the DVD and from the Motherboard I can not see any damages
you can configure it on the bios settings of the unit itself (possibly F2 or F11) Then go to boot sequence then look for the removable device. Then save your settings and restart your laptop. It should be working now.