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Re: missing cdrom drive
Is the LED of your CD ROM blinking? If yes then go to device manager by right clicking the My Computer icon and then click the Properties command. In the Properties window select the Hardware tab and then click the device manager. Is the CD ROM entery there! yes> right click and enable the device. If no then reformat your hard disc and reinstall.
In case your CD ROM's LED is not blinking (Rarest case) then simply check all the cables connected to it, atleast the power cable. if it is still not working, your CD ROM got damaged and there is a time to change it.
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you are missing a key boot file for windows that is special to XP.
Load your installation disk.
restart your computer and when the F2 setup appears in right bottom corner (right after starting) press the F8 key (couple of times) and choose CDrom drive. (if you miss, try CTRL ALT DELETE--to reboot and try again.
(if that does not work, you will have to go into F2 setup and tell the computer to boot from the CDROM--you will find it by looking on each tab for a list of CDROM, Hard Drive, and listing of boot disk priority. Save you change by exiting BIOS set with F10.
At this point you can choose R for repair.
windows should repair itself. Once done, PC will reboot and you should be good.
** if other files are suddenly missing or other weird things, I would recommend a new install of windows. You should have up to date files for antivirus and malware.
go to start -> run
here in the run box write devmgmt.msc
This will lead to device manager here in disk drives or sata-ata remove ur cdrom driver by right clicking it and choose uninstall. This will uninstall the drivers for cdrom and now at the top where ur computer name displayed right click on it and select scan for hardware changes. It will automatically install drivers for it.
1 - The driver for the cdrom drive has become corrupted somehow and needs replacing. Go out to the ACER website and download the cdrom driver specific to your make and model of computer (it is IMPORTANT that you provide specific information in the window boxes to get the correct driver for your hardware.) Once you have the new driver, uninstall the device from within Device Manager. Reboot the computer and when Windows proclaims it has found a new device, select to install the device driver from a specific location. Browse to the folder where you expanded the drivers and let Windows install and update the drivers from that location. OR the other possibility is....
2 - Your cdrom drive has died. Remedy, have it replaced.
You will need to go into the BIOS screen and set the first boot device to CDrom. You can get to BIOS when the machine first boots, as soon as you see writing on a black screen press the bottom to get to setup. When you get to the setup screen look for an option to set boot devices or "boot priority". The first boot device needs to be CDrom and the second device can be Hard Drive. Now save the settings. This time on boot the computer will boot to the CDrom restore disk and you can follow its guides to restore your system.
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You don't need to clear the Bios, what you need to do is open the bios, by either the delete key, or F2 key, or when your computer reboots, it should tell you on the first screen what key to push to get into the Bios setup. Once your in there, look for Boot drives, and change your boot drive to first priority your CDROM dirve, so it will look first at your CDROM, prior to your hard drive. That message is because it's looking at the hard drive.
Give a try,
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