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PC will not boot from CD drive

Hi Thunder,

Thank you for your suggestion of using the winxp floppies to enable the PC to boot from the CD drive.

Actually, I am not the one with the problem -- I'm trying to help my sister with her Dell Dimension 4100 (FixYa did not list the 4100 in the drop-down menu so I selected the 4600 as the closest option).
She's currently having (unrelated) trouble getting online and hasn't had a chance to download the floppies yet. While she's dealing with the cable company I thought I'd ask you a couple questions. I'm a technician myself but I work for Metro in Washington, D.C., as an automatic train control (ATC) tech -- I know just enough about computers to be dangerous, so bear with me!: 1) Since her PC doesn't even begin to try and boot from any of the Windows CDs she has (95, Me, XP Pro) I'm curious how using the winxp floppies will help. 2) Because I'm in Maryland and she's in Iowa, I'm trying to help her over the phone and sometimes there are 'communication problems'. For example, after I posted my question she told me that while the DVD drive works (will play audio CDs) it has what seems to be a mechanical problem -- when she tries to load a disc into it, the DVD drive often kicks it right back out. Therefore it turns out she apparently has _not_ tried to boot from the DVD drive, only the CD drive. My question is: Does it matter if the CD drive is '0' or '1' in the BIOS? I was thinking that if the DVD drive does have some sort of problem, the PC may go there first to try and boot and then skip the CD drive and go straight to the existing copy of XP Pro on the hard drive. In any case, that's what's happening -- no matter what she's tried, the PC ends up booting from the hard drive (except when we disabled it in the BIOS as a test). She even went to Dell and downloaded and installed the latest version of the BIOS for her PC. Thank you Thunder. I'll be sure to rate your suggestion once my sister has a chance to try it. Sherman

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  • Sherman Johnson Jan 26, 2009

    Thanks to both Thunder and mklocker.

    I got an email today from FixYa asking me to rate your solutions. I haven't done that yet because my sister got her existing version of XP to work (for now) and is reluctant to reinstall Windows unless she absolutely has to.

    I'll keep you posted.

    Sherman


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