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Re: Want to Boot from dvd ROM
When the pc in post usually on dells bios there is a boot menu option it is usually f12 if you don't know what your doing in the bios it is not a good place to test your skills after pressing F12 just choose cd rom for boot
Thanks for replying Jose! Pressing F-12 does allow the choice for the PC to boot from the internal CD Rom or an external USB CD Rom drive. Unfortunately, it does not recognize the external USB port DVD Drive. I believe that this BIOS simply will not recognize the USB DVD during the boot-up process. It does "see" it immediately after the Windows boot so perhaps the driver just doesn't load until Windows does.
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What are you trying to boot from? It sounds like you selected something other than your hard drive.
When you power on the computer take note of which key it says to hit to Change the Boot Order or Boot Sequence and hit that key. This is a one time change that will get you booted up. You should select your Hard Drive to boot from.
To make the change permanent you will have to get into you Bios or System Setup. Reboot the computer and notice what key it says to hit to get into the Bios or System Setup then hit that key. When it opens up, hit the tab that lets you change the boot sequence or boot order then save it and exit out. Normally you want the DvD/CD drive 1st and the Hard Drive 2nd. This way if your system has problems you can insert a repair disk or operating system disk to fix it in the drive. The only drawback is that you need to make sure nothing is in the CD/DvD drive when you boot up (such as a music cd or movie dvd) or you will get a message telling you that it can't boot from the device.
If you like, you could just make the Hard Drive as your first boot device.
You have to change the boot settings in bios (hit F2 as you see the Dell Logo) and in the boot menu look for one that says boot from USB, or external CD drive, and move it to the top of the list so it will boot before the hard drive does.
Boot (power off/on) and go into the BIOS (Usually hit F2 as it powers on and the white bar goes across the bottom for self test). F2 will probably be listed as an option along the top (right). You only have a limited time to hit the key.
One of the menus should show what devices are connected (CD, hard drives). Make sure the system sees you're hard drive and CD-DVD. If the CD/DVD is not listed anywhere I would guess it is not installed correctly. I am not sure if the 620 will support an external USB C/DVD. This is another option and again, boot order would have to be changed.
Another menu has boot order. Make sure CD/DVD is at top of the list since you stated the drive is blank. I would make sure hard drive is second in the list. Save/Exit BIOS
Look for the boot order options in the setup or pay attention at the actual startup of the laptop when the IBM logo is being displayed. You will notice a message on the screen indicating which button to press to select the "boot order" or "boot options". Press the button (ussually one of the F1 - F12 keys) and you will be presented with a choice of which device to use to boot from.
When you start the PC, there will be a logo or something on screen, and there will be a text like:
"Press Del to enter setup, press F8 for boot menu."
The keys can differ, but thats about what it says.
Press the key to enterte boot menu, then set your CD or DVD-rom drive at the first place in the list.
Quit the setup, insert the disk, and wait.
There will be a text like:
"Pres Eter to boot from CD."
Press Enter, and the installation will begin.
I hope this answers yor question,
you either have the boot priority in the bios off or you have improperly cabled your hard drive . perhaps you set it to boot to cd while installing the operating system and forgot to change the order back.
The floppy drive does not have to be present for the system to boot (if set to "not installed" in bios)
your boot devices are your cd/dvd rom and your harddrive.
Seeing as you've recently replaced the power supply , ime assuming you didnt dismantle the whole computer , just the power leads coming from the power supply, which means you only moved power , not data cables.
This would be the first thing to check -- power to the harddrive and cd rom, the 4 pin connector that sometimes connects to the motherboard and any data cables you might have bumped while changing the power cables. check these things and post here again.
hey if you boot into bios and you need to make sure that the computer will recognize the hard drive and that the jumper that is on the hard drive is set as either master or slave depending on what you want than make sure that of the parameters are right and apply it. than restart the computer and than see if the cd will now boot and you should be able to continue from here ok
best regards mike