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Dell Dimension 5100

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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  • swampy1979 Dec 16, 2008

    What I am trying to do is either replace some of my system files which needs to be done offline, or reinstall the OS but the only way I can do this is to boot from the BIOS with XP OS Disk or Bart PE from USB or Disk



    I have tried booting from USB too but again no joy, the device is there when XP is running so I know it works (I'm using the front USB connectors on front case).



    To boot from the USB drive, do I need to use the rear USB ports directly on the motherboard for it to be bootable in bios like a hard drive? (I'm not presently at the PC)



    Or is there any way to reset the BIOS without taking the PC to bits, to see if that would fix the issue

  • Frank
    Frank May 11, 2010

    what are you trying to do?

    are you reinstalling the OS?

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Press F12 when the BIOS startup.
it should give you a choice as to what drive you want to boot-off.
that also enable you to boot-off from USB.

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Replace the CDROM, or boot from a USB device.

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