I've recently purchased a diagnostic CD from Spot au and I would like to be able to boot my system from this disk. I've been into the BIOS and set the first boot sequence to 'Onboard or USB CD-ROM' but the disk is not recognised and the computer simply boots as normal.
Is there any way that I can set the first boot to CD-ROM exclusively and get over this problem?
i think you did not choose proper boot sequence from the bios.
plz choose another which indicate that your cd rom.
another way is that you when boot the pc press f9 key many time then it will ask you for boot device.
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During the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup
Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS the scroll down to advanced bios features press enter change your first boot device to cd,press escape then press f10 to save to cmos to restart
(note after you have loaded the operating system you must go back and change the first boot device to your hard drive)
The BIOS is AMI. Under ADVANCED SETUP: The options listed for 1st,2nd ,3rd Boot device include: IDE-0 means Pri master ? IDE-1 means Pri slave ? IDE-2 means Sec master ? IDE-3 means Sec slave ?
You may need to try installing windows xp. I had a gateway that had a brand new hard drive and wouldn't take 98, but installed xp flawlessly. Look at the computer and see if it says designed for Windows XP
under the laptop xp home sticker. have u backed up personal files ? pics docs music ?
turn pc on .repeatedly tap F12 then put xp cd in it. then choose cdrom. then it will boot to a blue screen. loading stuff on bottom 2 minutes.then 2 options repair console or install windows. choose second. then F8 i agree to licensing terms and then drive is listed.. at that point u can delete and create partition then it will ask to format i do quick. then rest is easy.
if its inspiron 8100 you wont have theoption of ctrl f11 as its older than 2005 when quick restore was added to dells. you will need the xp cd dell can ship it for under 11$ also download audio video network drivers for that model then burn them to cd .
However im able to remove almost all viruses with ubcd4win.com boot cd ( even with remote support= tech can do it remotely)
After making 100% sure you have no diskette or CD in any drives the conclusion may well be that the disk is ruined. You ay try to boot from a diskette or CD and see if you can access the disk then. (see www.ultimatebootcd.com for instructions to make a boot CD)
"The ultimate boot CD" has a few tools that might help you out. Since you can't boot you must make it on a different computer, though.
You may also try to insert the disk in a diffe rent computer to see if it can be booted there. Also make sure all cables are properly connected.