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Machine won't recognize CD-ROM after harddrive format

The machine was low-level formatted, and I need to have it boot up with a Microsoft XP install CD. However it won't recognize the CD-ROM at all. I switched drives with another functional machine, and eliminated the drive as the problem. I then switched the ribbon cable with another functional machine and eliminated the ribbon cable as the problem. I've checked the Startup Utility, at its configured as having a CD-ROM installed. Yet I can't seem to get it to work. Every time it boots up, it seems to ignore the drive and only look to the floppy for the operating system, and displays the basic "put floppy in drive and press F1" pictoral diagram. Any ideas why the machine won't see the CD-ROM drive and how to get this problem resolved? Thankx in advance! Basically the same problem. Had no problems before format. I used a 2nd program that ran from cd rom to " euthanize " the hard drive and after installing xp pro FROM CD....... xp wouldn't recognize its existence. Please Help!!!

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When booting up select whichever key gets you into the Bios. Normally either F2 or delete. Once in the Bios, find the boot up sequence and by the instructions that will be there to change the sequence change it to Floppy Drive, then CD Rom, then your hard drive with Windows on it. Press F10 to save and reboot.

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