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Re: DELL Demension 8300 PC, cannot boot from cd rom
Try ubuntu which is a good version of linux,search on google..Now if you really want to install another o/s then you need to change BIOS setting to boot from cd first on start up screen.For most pcs it;s normally a delete or F2 button but hace a look at boot up it will say something like press del or F2 to change...
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Ensure the disk and ROM compatibility. check the CD/DVD in other drive and vice versa (another CD/DVD in PC CD/DVD ROM. then ensure the booting sequence in BIOS setup. if every thing is ok and fine then the problem is with your CD/DVD ROM.
You should use the bootable Windows XP CD to start the installation.
To do that, you must first enter the BIOS in the Boot Options select the DVD drive as first (so that it will boot from CD/DVD first, instead of the hard disk). Save and Exit, insert the bootable Windows XP CD in the drive and when prompted to do so, "press any key to boot from CD-Rom".
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ok For that check in bios that first boot device is your cd or dvd rom.
When you power up the computer pressF2 or "del" key to enter in bios then go to boot option then set first boot device as your cd or dvd rom then save settings then exit. then check. Also you can boot your cd or dvd with F12 key Press F12 when you power up then select your cd or dvd for boot.
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You're probably looking for "F12", or less likely the "Escape" key. It doesn't hurt to press it a few times, since the window of opportunity can be pretty short sometimes. Obviously if you see the Windows (I assume) logo, you've gone too far.
When in doubt do without, that is remove the new hard drive cable and power, remove the DVD drive and try loading booting the XP from just this CD device. Enter the BIOS and check if the system sees the device. If it's not found in the BIOS then you'll never boot anything. Address it as the Primary device on the cable (I don't use CS) and see if the BIOS sees it.
If you get CD device seen in the BIOS then try to boot the CD in it. If it boots then power off and connect up your 40gb drive (optioned as Primary) on the other cable. Now power on as check the BIOS for the drive and the DVD device. If both are seen then boot the cd and try to load XP. After it's up and running install the other CD device as a Slave on one of the cables.
Although the BIOS in this old machine has a boot from cd option, it is quite possible the DVDrom drive simply doesn't support the feature. Many P2 machines were like that. Chances are you will need a bootable DOS/WIN95/WIN98 floopy which will allow you to get it running with a CD driver.
Once you have this accomplished you can simply use the command prompt with cd support boot option and use the command prompt to load the installer on the CD. Once it finishes it's initial setup it will be able to use the cd drive for everything BUT booting.