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I have a Dell Latitude D600.\r\n

I have a Dell Latitude D600.
When I try to boot from the cd (to start a ghost recovery) the cd-rom drive is not loaded and I get a "No CD-ROM drive to use; GCDROM not loaded! " and then:

Invalid drive specification

Bad command or file name

How can I get the cd driver to load so I can boot from the CD? I'm running Windows 2000 Professional.

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  • mary_prenave Jun 19, 2009

    I have gone into the boot menu via F12 and specified to boot from the CD. It then states:

    WARNING: - All data wil be erased when this process begins

    Back up any data before beginning recovery

    To terminate the recovery process press Ctl-C now,

    otherwise, press any key to proceed.

    Press any key to continue...

    Invalid drive specification


  • mary_prenave Jun 19, 2009

    I downloaded the new bios and burned it to a CD. I then put the CD in the D600, powered on, hit F12 to get into the boot menu and tell it to boot from the CD, and it ignored it and booted from the hard drive. Not sure what I did wrong.

  • mary_prenave Jun 19, 2009

    I updated the BIOS and I still have the same problem. It still thinks there is no CD ROM drive. Yet the disk spins, the light flashes, it sends a message to the screen saying a recovery is about to be done, backup all date, blah blah, then press any key to continue. Then I still get this:

    Invalid drive specification

    Bad command or file name

  • mary_prenave Jun 19, 2009

    Thanks - I'm going to try to get a new image to burn and try the recovery again. It's gotta be the image I have that is corrupt. Thanks for heping me make sure the pc was not the culprit.



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Have you changed the bios to boot from the cd rom 1st?

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  • seth veloso Jun 19, 2009

    You should be booting from drive D: for you cd rom, drive A: should be your floppy

  • seth veloso Jun 19, 2009

    Hey, another thing to try is go to the following link

    there is a download for a bios update that in part deals devices in the media bay are being reported incorrectly. I am guessing that you have a second computer and the deel is not working. You can download the new bios file, burn it as an image to a cd, put the cd into the Dell, press F2 to enter bios and change boot order, boot from cd rom, then it should update its bios, when doing, put your ghosting cd back in and give it a try
    let me know

  • seth veloso Jun 19, 2009

    did you burn the cd as an image file? You want to press F2 not F12.

  • seth veloso Jun 19, 2009

    Well, if it is starting to recover then stops, it sounds to be like maybe the cd is scratched, your lens is dirty, or the files are maybe corrupted on the disk. Your mobo does seem to be looking at the cd drive, its whats in the cd drive that's bad.



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