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Re: Cannot open CD drive on startup to reinstall XP?
LOOK FOR A PIN HOLE LOCATED ON THE CD-ROM THIS WILL MAKE THE CD-ROM TO OPEN.
SOME KEYBOARD HAVE THE OPTION ON THE KEYBOARD TRY PUSHING IT A FEW TIMES AND WAIT FOR 1 MINUTE AND THEN PUSH THE REFRESH BUTTON ON THE KEYBOARD OR IN THE PULL DOWN MENU ON THE DEST TOP IN VIEW AND HALF WAY DOWN.
LAST OPTION REMOVE THE POWER FROM THE DRIVE WAIT 2 MINUTER THAN PLUG PWR IN TRY OPEN BUTTON AGAIN.
LAST YOU CAN FORCE THE CD-ROM OPEN WITHOUT BRAKING IT CAREFULLY.
ONE OF MAY BOOK SAY TO CALL THE VENDER OF THAT DRIVE AND SEE IF THEY HAVE ANY IDEAS ON HOW TO OPEN THE DRIVE WITHOUT BRAKING IT.
LAST BUT LEAST IS THE DRIVERS MAYBE CORUPTED AND YOU NEED TO DELETE AND REINSTALL AS NEW HARDWARE AND USE THE CONTROLL PANAL OPTION TO IN STALL NEW HARDWARE OR HARDWARE WIZARD.
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Re: Cannot open CD drive on startup to reinstall XP?
Open up your computer case and make sure that the cables leading into the cd drive are securely attached at both ends. there should be 1 power cable and 1 ribbon cable attached to the cd drive. if these are fine then open up the drive manually using a paper clip into the tiny hole on the front of the drive.
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For checking: 1.cd rom/dvd rom is functinal/ working properly 2. sata cable is ok. 3. cd window xp is clean and clear.
if all that okay, try again reinstall.
if 1 and 2 is okay, you should see the cd rom in [my computer] so, what you need now is try to clean your cd/disk with suitable cleaner. if you dont have it, you can try with perfume with have alcoholic. clean using soft tissue and make sure no dirt at that disc.
You say, you cant found cd drive? in [my computer] or during setup? if your pc still can log on. try log on window, open my computer to see and check your cd drive have no problem. try ..and request again. im here until 5 pm..hope can help you
If your computer boots up you should be able to reinstall with your xp os disk, click on your cd drive & choose reinstall or new install, after that you'll probably have to go to windows update & update the system, if that does'nt work you may have to go to bios settings & set the cd rom as your boot devise, restart & install that way, after your done be sure to set the bios to thier default settings.
If it gives you options to choose from such as Windows XP, NT 2000, etc. then select one and press enter. If not, try reinstalling Windows using the restore disc that came with the computer. Make sure to set your CD drive to boot first from your BIOS setup. To enter the BIOS press F2 at startup. Then select the CD drive and set it to first in the Boot Order list. Restart your computer with the Windows disc in the CD drive and follow the on screen instructions.
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You need the windows CD to install windows, insert the cd in drive and press enter when asked to press anykey to start from cd.
if you don't get the start from cd and the windows setup doesn't start then most likely your computer is not set to startup from a cd drive, look in the cornerts of your computer screen look for boot menu or press this to enter setup / bios
you can either use the setup / bios or the boot menu and boot from the cd.
if you use the boot menu, make sure the cd is in the drive and select the drive from the list
if you don't find boot menu or it doens't work go into the bios / setup and you will need to change the boot order to include the CD drive FIRST before hdd or floppy. consult your motherboard manual or ask me if you need help in the bios.
IF you have the XP installation CD you can easily do that, Just set your BIOS to boot from the CDrom then put the XP CD on your CD drive then restart the computer , so your computer will automatically boot from the XP installation CD then on that process you will have an option to format the entire hard drive that you have using the XP CD installation, then just let the installation finish...
just worth a try if your using XP. :) using XP recovery console:
To run the Recovery Console from the Windows XP startup disks or the Windows XP CD-ROM, follow these steps: 1. Insert the Windows XP startup disk into the floppy disk drive, or insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive, and then restart the computer.
Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD-ROM drive if you are prompted. 2. When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console. 3. If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you must access from the Recovery Console. 4. When you are prompted, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER. 5. At the command prompt, type the command:
6. When finished checking, exit the Recovery Console and restart the computer, type exit at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.
Also verify that your HD has been set to master in Primary IDE and the others (if you have like CDROMS) in as slave.