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My dell dimension 4600 will not boot from cd drive first

I changed the order in the bios to boot up from the cd drive first but it still goes to the hard drive first. please tell me how to correct this problem.

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  • henry_sulliv Feb 18, 2009

    rwalkero was correct, his advise worked the first time. it went right out to the drive and booted up from the cd reader.



    thanks for your help.



    henry_sulliv



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Go back to the Dell BIOS screen and change all setting back to the default settings. Put in a Bootable CD and press F12, this will give you boot menu. Then you can boot to any device that you need to.

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