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Dell gx60 cd-rom not working . pc would not start windows xp pro have to use F1 key turned off Primary driver 1 and secondary driver 0 and secondary driver 1 pc starts windows without the F1 key but have no cd-rom put any of the items on to auto pc reverts to only starting with F1 key. I thinkk I might be better installing a external cd drive connected by usb and use that instead would this world and hopefully save all tha hassle of putting on primary 1 and the two secondary drivers what do you think Rose

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Hi Rose, I'm Fred, and I am a Dell tech. :).
External drives are tricky because the computer may not be able to access them to boot from. Your best option is search for a replacement to the optical (cdrom) drive. Since you are buying one, try to get a dvd burner or dvd reader or cdrom burner. They are usually only a few dollars more, and come in handy down the road. Now, if you cannot get this computer repaired for less than 70 bucks, scrap it. the gx60 is a high-end pentium 3, and not worth much additional money. You can purchase a perfectly good used dell pentium 4 from gearxs for about 80 bucks, with windows XP, and all the basics installed, shipped to your house. the gx60 is not worth a heavy investment, unless you just happen to have the parts and the time.

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