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Can't Boot from "CD"?

I can not enter "BIOS", I'm left with a black screen with only one option to to press F1. I used zero writing software to completley wipe the drive to do a clean install of xp home, but the computer will not boot from "CD" and go into setup? the computer is an IBM NetVista 2257 82U with a 40GB hard drive & 512MB ram. What do I have to do to get it to boot from "CD"?

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  • jkonkle Jun 20, 2009

    There is no info on the MB, the sticker on the bottom indicates that it is a IBM, NetVista, machine type 2257, model 82U, Manufacture date 203?

  • jkonkle Jun 21, 2009

    Thank-you for the link, I found the manual, it is alot more complicated compared to the other computers I have worked on. Holding the F1 key did get me into BIOS, I came accross the 2 IBM CD's that did come with the computer, but honestly, I'm confused, it shouldn't have to be this hard, there is absolutly nothing in the bios settings for configuring the boot order, bios does recognize the cd rom but it still will not boot from cd & I know that the cd drive does work. Each time I turn the computer on it goes through the memory test at the IBM screen & then it switches to a black & white DOS screen with what looks like a drawing of a floppy disk with arrows pointing to the floppy drive, but when I press F1 the computer repeats the same cycle. I even disabled the floppy in bios hoping that, that would force the motherboard to boot from cd rom, but still, nothing. No matter what I try or do, the computer will not boot the cd rom for Windows XP home setup & I have 3 copies of XP home CD?

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  • Rob Carpenter Jun 20, 2009

    You indicate you are left with the press f1 option. Have you pressed the f1 key on your keyboard?

  • Rob Carpenter Jun 20, 2009

    Do you have the manual to this IBM? If not you can get one at
    http://www-01.ibm.com/support/search.wss...
    You should be able to get a copy at this sight. It should help you with this. Make sure everything is connected properly and nothing is left loose. pressing the f1 key should get you into the bios. Once there you should be able to check the bootable device list and make sure your cd rom is enabled to be bootable. If you enable it you need to save your changes and restart with cd in and it should boot to your disk providing the disk is a bootable disk.Let me know haw this works for you.


  • Rob Carpenter Jun 21, 2009

    O.K. does the computer have a floppy drive in it? If so you can insert a 98 bootup disk in it and restart your computer. once bootup is installed you can tell your computer to setup with the xp cd. Try this, it is not that hard. I have done this on older computers. Some computers does not give you the option to boot from a cd.Give this a try and let me know how it works.

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