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I can't boot up normal, safe mode, or to the cd-rom on my dell dimension 4600 desktop, i've set to boot to cd rom in bios, but still nothing

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  • cfimaster Jun 07, 2010

    on a normal mode i just get a black screen after the bios information, in safe mode it locks up while loading drivers

  • joecoolvette
    joecoolvette Jun 07, 2010

    Tell me what procedure you used, to set the first boot device to CDROM in boot options. Reason I ask, is that many people go all the way through the procedure, but do not save changes at the last.

  • cfimaster Jun 07, 2010

    in the bios i set it first boot cdrom and saved settings when exit....when i go back into the bios, it's still set to boot cdrom first

  • cfimaster Jun 07, 2010

    i am trying to install os, on the boot up menu, when i choose the partition option, i get same results as when i try to boot up in windows, black screen

  • cfimaster Jun 07, 2010

    got a virus that caused this problem

  • cfimaster Jun 07, 2010

    maleware, not sure exact name

  • cfimaster Jun 07, 2010

    maleware

  • cfimaster Jun 07, 2010

    can i partition the harddrive from cdrom?

  • cfimaster Jun 08, 2010

    no, but i'm thinkin i have a virus that is causeing this, just trying anything to get some sort of response.....i don't have a floppy drive and i can't get it to load from either cdrom drive with xp new install cd in......guess hdd controller drivers and cdrom drivers arent' there anymore, i get nothing no matter what i do after the dell screen

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If you are trying to boot off an Windows Installation disc then you might have a problem. On some computer the CD-ROM drive won't be able to read the operating system disc.

The solution to this issue would be to put in a DVD drive and try to boot from that.

More details on the normal and safe mode boot attempts would be nice too. Are you getting a blue screen or is it just hanging up?

Posted on Jun 07, 2010

  • Angelo Valentino Montalbano

    Sounds like at least one of the boot files is corrupt or missing. You need to reinstall your operating system to fix this problem.

  • Angelo Valentino Montalbano

    Maybe your PSU is going. It most likely needs more power when it starts to boot the OS or go into the setup and therefor doesn't have enough power to display. Try another Power Supply and see if it displays.

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