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Need to run win mem diagnostic on compaq r4000. can't get it to start from cd instead of harddrive. How do I change start up order? Thanks

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There is a setting in the BIOS that allows you to change the boot order for devices, yours is set to Hard Drive and needs to be changed to CD-ROM.

If you are using Vista, it has a built in MemTest...although it is not as comprehensive as a program like Memtest86.

Some BIOS also have a key to hit during bootup that temp changes the device it boots from, for my last motherboard it was the ESC key and it pop up a little dialog box for me to choose.the device.

If it is changed via the BIOS, it will stay that way until you go back in a change the option back to your hard drive. But if you do not have a CD in your DVD/CD-ROM drive, it will automatically go to the next device in the list (which should be your hard drive) and start up normally.

Hope this helps you out.

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