Hi, my dell latitude c 610 doesn't want to boot to cd.
my windows is crash and i want to repair it but when i inserted the win cd and pressed f 12 i don't see the option cd/dvd rom, i see internal hdd, cardbus nic, onboard nic, diagnostics.
please tell me how to configure the bios to boot to cd.
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Re: How to configure theh bios to boot to cd
Try getting into the BIOS setup routine. It may take F1 or F10 just after you start the power and hear a single beep. Then hit the Function key. Once you get into the BIOS setup, look for the setup area in which you can determine in what order your PC will look to boot. As in 1-HDD, 2-FDD, 3-CD, 4-USB Flash Memory and so on. You may have the CD boot turned off altogether, and will need to simply toggle it back on.
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First - re-seat the hard disk and reboot the computer. If the computer does not boot up then reboot and go into the BIOS configuration to see if the BIOS detects the hard drive. If it doesn't detect the hard drive then it could be faulty. Then the hard drive needs to be replaced in the computer/laptop, Windows installed and the computer or laptop's device drivers plus your programs etc. to get a functioning computer/laptop again.
Sounds like the image doesn't have the right drive controller driver included. Could be because the image was created on a different laptop or could be the drive controller is configured differently. You can confirm this from the STOP error code on the blue screen
Go into the BIOS setup (probably F2 at boot) and see if the controller mode is set to AHCI. If so, set it to compatibility or combined(?) and try again.
Either way, if you've installed an image for the wrong hardware, you probably should do a remedial install. Boot from your Windows XP disc and follow the prompts as if you were doing a clean install until you get to the license agreement. At the next screen, it should show you any existing Windows installs and give you a new option to repair. Let this go - it won't touch any user files, just replace all the Windows files with those from the CD. Have your system drivers and service packs handy to tidy up when it's done.
You Dell Latitude cannot detect the hard disk. First - re-seat the harddisk and reboot the computer. If the computer does not boot up then reboot andgo into the BIOS configuration to see if the BIOS detects the hard drive. If itdoesn't detect the hard drive then it could be faulty.Then the hard drive needsto be replaced in the computer/laptop, Windows installed and the computer orlaptop's device drivers plus your programs etc. to get a functioningcomputer/laptop again.
try removing the battery from th back.wait for like 5 minutes then restart the computer.
you can also flash the BIOS.
else try pressing F8 at the startup if you can go yo the advance boot options. go to repair my computer..select the language then select the username and password..then in system reco ery optios try startup repair or system restore.
else go to safe mode with networking...there in command prompt type sfc /scannow if you have vista or 7..else if you have the xp in advance boot menu try last know good configuration.
if none of the above is working..try ctrl+F11 at start up which will take you to recovery option..you can perform system recovery there...but it will delete all the data.
if the above step is not working try to use the windows repair with the oprating system cd. insert the cd in to thr cd rom, restart the computer press F12 at the startup it will give you the boot sequence then select the cd
and if none of the things are working contact dell..there might be a hardware issue plese rate if you find this helpful..thanks
THAT'S BECAUSE IT WAS CONFIGURED FOR THE LAPTOP IT WAS INSTALLED FROM.
IF YOU CAN FIGURE A WAY TO GET THE "NO CD" COMPUTER TO READ AS A MASS STORAGE DEVICE YOU MIGHT POSSIBLY GET IT THAT WAY. OR USE AN EXTERNAL CD/DVD DRIVE. GOOD LUCK
Press F12 as you boot up the Dell and select the CD as the alternate boot device, insert the Windows installation CD in the CD drive and continue.
If you can't select the CD as the alternate boot device then go into the BIOS configuration then the Boot order and select the CD as the first boot device, save and exit. You can change it back after Windows is installed if you wish.
You could try to start in safe mode by pressing F8 and restore last configuration used to see if it works.
If not i am afraid you have to use the Windows CD and try the repair mode. If you have anything on it which you can't delete never format it.
But first try to see if you can boot in safe mode. If you can boot in safe mode we can turn off the setting so you can see what the blue screen is about. If you can't go in safe mode you have to use the Windows CD. Sorry....