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Re: IBM 600E 2645 won't boot from CD rom
You can go into the BIOS and change the boot order of the drive devices,change the CD as the 1st boot device.
As the laptop boots up, press F12, this will allow you to select the CD as a boot device.
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You might have multiple problems. Are you sure the CD-Rom works? It is not uncommon for CD-ROM drives to go bad in laptops. If it was bad before and then the hard drive became corrupt all before it was given to you then you would have no way of knowing. This would explain why you do not get the Press Any Key to Boot From CD on boot.
There is no doubt that the hard drive image is corrupt, so the first thing I would check is the CD drive and go from there.
I know you can't boot from the Windows 98 CD, and probably not from Windows 2000 either. It is possible to turn the the Windows 98 bootable floppy into a bootable CD, but I think you would be much better of trying to install Linux.
ok go to the bios system by pressing esc or F12 or F2 key when the computer restart. After that change the boot sequence. CD drive first after that HDD or follow the instruction that are given by computer in bellow or side, after configure just press F10 for saving.
u will have to go to your setup screen and reorder your boot screen so your cd rom will boot first so you can install windows 98, but if your cd rom isn't working you need to go to your device manager and look for your cd rom and install the driver
Your cpu is slower than I was thinking of. However you should be able to load XP. When you load XP remove all partitions and set it up on NTFS. Go for a full installation, load, anti virus and any utilities that you want. Get yourself an external hard drive and save all your folders to that after you have finished working on them. That way you will free up your cpu to manage. If you still want to load 98. Try going into the Bios and set the CD drive as your first boot option, with a bit of luck it may work. Once you have loaded your operating system be it 98 or XP, go back into the bios and re-set your boot preferences to HDD then CD Rom. Failing that I can not help you any futher. You may think of up grading to at least a P3 in the future. Another point. Borrow a copy of windows XP from a friend and install that, if it loads ok then you can obtain your own copy if you want to.
The main programing on the motherboard (bios) should recognize and read from the CD drive, If it doesn't then there is three possibilities as to the problem. 1- the bios have glitched, so, start by doing a bios flash. 2- the optical eye or the reader board in the CD drive has gone out, and the drive will need replaced, 3- there is a malfunction with the motherboard, and the board will need to be replaced. These three are the only possibilities and fixes for this problem.