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I have a dell dimension l866r( i no it's old but, it's for my kids) my problem is i'm trying to reformat and for some odd reason it's not booting from the cd. i set the bios to boot from cd but, it's still not picking it up. can some1 help me plzz?

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Unless something's wrong with your CD drive hit F12 on the keyboard when the computers turning on it should give you a list of devices to boot from one of them should be CD

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