When I start my machine it seems to go through the POST ok, displays the prompts for setup (del), boot menu (f11), network boot (f12) etc. It also detects the hard drives. However even if I press del or f11 during start up it never actually displays the setup or boot menus.
This means I can't boot off of the CD - in fact nothing happens at all after the hard drives and cd rom drives etc are discovered.
The system has been working perfectly for year and has just started exhibiting this problem. I've never had this before (ie previously f11 or del produced the correct menu).
And of course the machine doesn't boot the operating system.
So I'm stuck: I can't display the setup or boot menu.
R u kidding me? Clean the dust off of your motherboard is the best you can come up with? It's CMOS moron and you shouldn't lightly suggest EVER clearing it unless you are positive it will work. Stop annoying people.
First try to clean you mother board with anty dust spray
secound on your motherboard you can see clear comos junber behind the battery comos try to clear it ...... i think your motherboard will workink after that
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If your PC doesn't boot up using the hard drive, you can check that by looking for the F2 or F12 displayed on the screen during boot up. Then start pressing F2 or F12 quickly to get setup.
In setup follow the directions and set your "boot device" to "hard drive"
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Then use Recovery Console: To boot from the Windows XP CD, insert it into the CD-ROMdrive on the problem system and press [Ctrl][Alt][Delete] to reboot thecomputer. Once the system begins booting from the CD, simply follow the promptsthat will allow the loading of the basic files needed to run Setup. When yousee the Welcome To Setup screen, press R to start the Recovery Console.
You'll then see a Recovery Console menu. It displays the foldercontaining the operating system's files and prompts you to choose the operatingsystem you want to log on to. Just press the menu number on the keyboard, andyou'll be prompted to enter the Administrator's password. You'll then findyourself at the main Recovery Console prompt.
After restarting windows use a system utility software like RegInOut.
Power on the computer and enter the BIOS menu. It will tell you which button to press to enter setup. Generally it will be F1, F2 F10 F12 or Del.
At this point you can insert your operating system disc.
In BIOS navigate the menus and look for Boot Order, or similar
Make sure CD/DVD boots before anything else
Press whichever key the menu states to save and exit (Probably F10)
When the computer boots it should either start booting to the installation setup or ask you to press any key to enter installation. Do so and follow the prompts to install your operating system.
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Your CD is not starting as it is not configured for first boot device. I am not sure on which function should be used to get to Boot Menu however you may want to try using either F2 or F12. Then its all about changing the Boot device fromHard Drive to CD. Once Changed follow the steps mentioned below,
Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into the CD drive, and then restart the computer.
Click to select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD drive if you are prompted.
When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.
Press 1 (One) to select windows XP and then hit enter.
When you are prompted, type the Administrator password. If the administrator password is blank, just press ENTER.
At the command prompt, start typing
COPY D:\i386\ntldr C:\(Considering that D is your CD Rom Drive) COPY D:\i386\ntdetect C:\(a file that may also be missing)
Then rebuild the boot configuration boot.ini file by Attrib -H -R -S C:\boot.ini(if not found skip the next line) DEL C:\boot.ini BootCfg /Rebuild
Once all these steps are completed make to change the boot device to hard drive from CD rom.
Press delete to go to setup. In the boot menu tab of the BIOS make sure the correct boot disk is selected, and that hard disk boot has first priority. Also make sure there aren't any bootable disks in the cd/dvd drives that might prevent the computer from booting.
This machine is one of the first "legacy free" models which means there are
no BIOS options to change.
All settings and resources must be assigned by the OS.
For details, please check the "legacy free" FAQ on MS Knowledge base. If you are trying to access the BIOS to change boot order so that you can boot from a CD, hold down the 'c' key during POST/boot. This will case your laptop to boot from CD-ROM.