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Can't boot from dvd drive

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You need to put the DVD drive in the boot sequence. While booting your system up hit either F2 (function key) or delete (depends on the type of PC you have) go into your bios and select your DVD drive in the list of boot devices. You should also check and see if you have autorun turned off in control panel.

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  • Bobbybee Nov 29, 2012

    Hi Jim...I've tried those things before I posted. See my comments below to JD Merrill to see more details about my situation. Thanks for your sugestions.

  • Jim Cadman Nov 30, 2012

    Did you run the windows 7 compatability wizard on the machines to make sure all your hardware will run ok first? That has come around to bite me in the past.

  • Bobbybee Dec 02, 2012

    Hi Jim...I ran the compatibility wizard....nothing major was reported. So...I tried to install 7 again after rebooting in XP mode. Again...It failed and said that there was a file missing...So...I used the Original 7 DVD that Microsoft sent me. This worked. It loaded 7 when installing in the "custom" mode. But..again...neither DVD's would boot when the system was initially turned on. I then used a standard CD to create a Repair CD. (non DVD). It failed to boot. I installed a different CD R/W drive and repeated the build of a repair CD (700MB) wouldn't boot either!

  • Bobbybee Dec 02, 2012 looks like I'll have to install XP first and then Install 7 with any DVD CD disk. I've been working on systems for a number of years...I've never seen anything like this before. Thank you for your assistance and offers of support. I think that anyone that happens to get one of these HP d220 mt system might be saved a lot of time and effort if they run across these comments. Thanks again.. Bob Barnes


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When you boot your PC, a brief display should appear that gives you options for booting. On my computer, this is done by pressing and holding the F12 key, although your PC may be different. If you've already tried this and it simply will not read the disk in the drive, then you have a problem with your DVD drive. In that case, it could be the hardware (drive) itself, a loose connection within the PC housing, or it could be something as simple as a software driver. Check to make sure your drivers are up to date first. But, also make sure you are following the necessary steps (for your computer) in the boot process to tell it to boot from the CD/DVD.

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  • Bobbybee Nov 29, 2012

    Thanks for your ideas. I had already tried using a different DVD drive. (Internal).

  • Bobbybee Nov 29, 2012

    I also went through the setup program and made sure that the USB port was able to see a CD drive unit. either case, A regular CD (Windows XP Pro Installation Disk) works when the system is rebooted. I also used my original Windows 7 DVD in place of a working copy. Same thing happened. Neither DVD drive configuration will boot using the Windows 7 DVD.

  • Bobbybee Nov 29, 2012

    There must be something in the BIOS that sets the initial read operation to sync up to a DVD. Again...when the system is started normally using XP...Once the desktop settles down....I can read any DVD disk. The problem that I have after that is that Windows 7 won't "upgrade" windows XP...Windows 7 then fails and won't try to install. So....I have several of these HP D220 mt systems that were donated to my program that I really need help with.


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