I cant boot from CD, cd is set as first boot device, the disk starts up as though all is well then i get a message saying unable to boot from this device. the disk is good as it works on all other PCs its just this damn dell pc
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Place your system disk in the CD/DVD Rom tray. Power up the desktop and boot from the CD/DVD Rom. Follow the prompts and use the Replace System choice in the menu.
If it won't boot from the DVD/CD Rom, Enter the BIOS menu and set the first boot device as CD/DVD Rom then try again. When installed, download the latest drivers from Dell.com. That will ensure that you have the very latest tried and tested drivers. Hope that helps.
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If you are getting message the message "selected boot device not available" that is because you have do not have a bootable HDD (Hard Disk). Please do the following:
Insert the Windows XP Operating system Disk. Restart the computer and start Tapping the F12 key, It will give you the boot options. Select to boot from CD/DVD-Rom When prompted press any key to boot from CD-Rom Once the computer is booted from CD, follow the instructions to install the Operating system. Note: You can also go to BIOS (by pressing F2 or Delete) and change the boot device to CD-ROM
Once you finish installing the Windows Operating system. You can go ahead with installation of your Linux Operating system. After you finish Installing Linux you will get the option in GRUB to select the Operating systems.
If you have already installed Linux and want to install the Windows, Follow the same procedure but it will directly boot Windows after you finish Installing Windows. You will have to write the GRUB again for your Linux system.
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Go back to setup and check your boot sequence. It may not be looking for your hard disk. Do you know what Hard disk you have? It may not be wired in there properly if it's in the boot sequence. Set DVD/CD to 1st boot device and put in your installation disk. Do you boot now? Do you have data on your hard disk you need? If not, Re-format the drive.
I had the same issue with my dell dimension 2400. The issue I was having resulted in the connection to the drive was loose. Try taking off the side of the case, find the drives in question and reseating the plugins. My pc was quite a bit older though and i don't know if this will be your solution, but its worth a shot. You can even try installing a different cable and swapping to another power supply plug.
Check the cabling between the drives. Make sure the BIOS sees your drives. Try swapping the ribbon cables between the drives and the motherboard. If you have to, disconnect each device and test them one at a time. This process should isolate the problem device. Make sure that the drives' jumper settings are correct, too (per cable if two devices, one master and one slave, or both devices set to cable select).
go into the BIOS (Setup)(Should be F2, but look for the instruction on the DELL splash screen). Try to move the cd-rom up the list. The instructions should be on the screen somewhere, sometimes it is + to move up - to move down. It should say on the screen. Tthen save the settings and reboot. Let us know if it still does not boot from CD. You will have to hit a key when it says "Hit any key to start from CD.." before the timer expires.