Sir i have a computer having two cd drives, one is writer other reader, when i try to boot the computer from win XP disc it does not boot, i even changed the "boot from->Advanced" setting in CMOS but still it does not boot, one of my friends suggested that there may be a boot sector virus or bad sectors on disc so it does not boot, please suggest me a solution for this
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Re: Assembelled Computer does boot to format
In Bios check for the option 'First boot drive 'and there select the drive which you will use when booting ..Now insert the bootable cd in that drive and it will boot............
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In order to
correct the hard drive partitions so the recovery program will work,
you can use a variety of tools listed below.
KillDisk - Use their free killdisk program to wipe the hard
drive clean off all partitions.
or another Linux alternative bootdisk. Create a boot disk for the
Ubuntu Live CD and boot the computer from it. During the boot process
it will ask to "Try Ubuntu without any change to your computer". This
is the option you want. Once Ubuntu loads, find the partition editor
program under the System, Administration menu..
To delete a partition, right click on the partition that you wish to
delete and select "Delete" from the menu. Once you are sure that you've
selected the correct partition, and are positive that you have backed
up all the files or data that you wish to save from that partition,
click the "Apply" button at the top of the Window, and the partition
will be deleted.
3) Use the Acer Hard Drive Format Utility, on some versions of Acer
computers when you have the option to create Recovery disks, the system
creates a hard drive format utility CD as well. Boot from this CD and
format the hard drive. The
utility will recreate 1 partition (C: drive), after the partition has
been created, you'll be able to reload the HDD with the backup media.
The file is an ISO image for CD media only (not compatible with floppy
diskettes). Create a CD disc from the ISO image file using a CD writer
program on another computer.
Once the hard drive
partitions have been deleted by any of the utilities above, you can
proceed with rebooting the computer using the Acer System CD and
proceeding with the complete recovery of the system.
could be that the firmware/drivers on your husbands dvd player needs to be updated. different brands and releases of readers/writers will not all write and read in the same format. look at his manual for his computer , note the cd/dvd formats the drive is capable of. Now do the same for your computer, noting the formats available.
Now that you have them both in front of you , you should be able to see a common format. Thats the one you want to select when burning a cd/dvd so that his computer will be able to read the disk.
The Dell original standard CD drive shipped with the PE2600 is incapable of 'understanding' the latest generation of bootable CD's (no matter what the BIOS says).
As far as I can tell, it's not fixable in the firmware ..
However you can swap it out for a more modern drive - such as the TS-L462C (which is a plug in replacement combined DVD reader / CD reader/writer - and Dell post the required drivers on their PE 2600 web pages, so I assume it must be a 'supported' solution)
go into the control panel. click administrative tools. open computer management. click the tab called disk management. make sure the drive you want to format isnt the system drive. (it wont let you format while running) and format the drive from there. you can also choose the drive letter you want to format to. very useful if you are a neat person. (C: MAIN, D: documents, M: music, Z: dvd writer, V: virtual memory.........)