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Boot a Sony DVD RW DRU-840A drive in DELL precision 530

Installed a Sony DVD RW DRU-840A drive in DELL precision 530 MT, it can be used for read/write, but BIOS cannot recognize it is a bootable device.

The BIOS revision is A11.
What can I do to make this DVD drive as a boot device on Dell 530 MT?


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  • Jin Mar 09, 2009

    To eliminiate all possile interference, I have unplugged other IDE CD
    device and used different bootable DVD. Also, DELL precision 530 MT has
    hot boot key -- F12, which let users to choice boot device.
    Unfortunately, nothing works.

    I guess that BIOS does not support DVD boot.

  • Jin Mar 09, 2009

    The BIOS recognizes the DVD drive as a CD drive regardless it it is installed as master or slave on the Secondary IDE controller. This is why I believe the BIOS is the problem -- it is too old to know what is a DVD.

    If a CD drive and this DVD drive both installed, they both are recognized as CD drives.

  • Jin Mar 09, 2009

    Simply install just this DVD drive does not work due to this drive is always recognized as a slave.

    What I have found is that this 530 MT (mayeb all 530) can only boot a master CD device. Therefore, set jumper to force this DVD as the master and system can boot from it.

    Thanks for the hint.

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    I can't get my dell to boot up ,I have reset the bios , and checked the memory but still nothing

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    Dell530 won't boot

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    My crazy idea to upgrade our antique Dell Precision Workstation 530 MT with a Transcend 128GB PATA SSD (TS128GPSD330) failed because BIOS (A11) does not recognize it as disk (unknown device). There is no other disk on that cable and Master/Slave does not make any difference. Any ideas?



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Have you tried changing the boot order.

If you're trying to use it as a boot device you need to tell the system to boot the cd /dvd drive FIRST and of course you need to have a bootable cd / dvd in the drive.

Let me know if you're already tried this.

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    RescueTechLA Mar 09, 2009

    Every computer I've ever seen has had a cd / dvd boot option.

    Were you able to find the boot order in the bios?

    Does the bios recognize that there is a cd / dvd drive attached?

    Should look something like this:

    Don't mind the arrow. The part where the cd /dvd drive will show up is under: Primary slave or Secondary Master.

    Let me know.

  • RescueTechLA
    RescueTechLA Mar 09, 2009

    Whether is says cd or dvd doesn't matter.

    Try removing the hard drive and just boot the cd straight.

  • RescueTechLA
    RescueTechLA Mar 09, 2009

    Awesome, I'm glad I was able to help.

    Best of luck!



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