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Fujitsu Lifebook A3110 won't boot from Vista DVD but will boot from Windows 2000 CD. The boot order is set correctly in the BIOS. When I insert either a Windows XP boot disk or a Windows Vista boot disk it won't boot. I have tried both of these OS boot disks on other computers and they work fine. The Windows 2000 boot disk works with no problem. I've flashed the BIOS and even replaced the drive. Same issue remains.

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  • vopro1 Nov 15, 2010

    Thanks for your speedy reply. I don't have a USB drive that big at the moment. I would have to go purchase one. On a separate note I was able to load my Vista OS using a friends external USB drive so at least I got that far. The problem I'm faced with now is I have an extra optical drive I paid $50 for and I don't know if it's a bad drive or not. It just seems weird I can watch a movie from a DVD on it but it won't boot from a DVD but it boots from the Windows 2000 CD. I also tried putting in a DVD which I burned Windows AIK to and it won't read that either. Is there any possibility there is something in the laptop BIOS that won't recognize bootable DVDs even though it recognizes a regular movie DVD?

  • vopro1 Nov 15, 2010

    Thanks, I will wait for your reply.

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    Constantly boots up windows error recovery, does not boot up from recovery disk just reloads same error problem, changed all settings to try and boot up from disk still doesn't do it. Tried BIOS settings and diagnostics but they don't provide much help. Any suggestions would be great! Worked fine until laptop cut out earlier and now wont load


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Can you get the machine to boot up from a USB stick? create a bootable usb stick with instructions below and transfer everything from the DVD to the stick. you need around 4GB stick.

On another machine, open the cmd.exe or command prompt with administrator rights.

In the prompt write diskpart and hit enter.
Then type list disk, note the disk number of the flash drive.
lets say your pendrive is disk 3 (replace it with your own number)
Then enter the following commands in diskpart and hit enter
Select Disk 3
create partition primary
select partition 1
format fs=ntfs

Next insert your windows disc in the drive, find out what is the drive letter of your dvd drive and what is the drive letter of your usb stick then go back to the command prompt
Enter the drive letter of your dvd drive and hit enter like this for example if it was D drive then below (and don't forget" : " without the quotes)
Next enter CD BOOT
write bootsect.exe /nt60 F: ((Where the F is your USB Sticks Drive letter))
Copy the DVD content into the usb stick by using the normal explorer, no need to do that on the command prompt.
Change your laptops boot order so it boots from USB-HDD or USB-XXX (replace XXX with any other available usb option...) Hopefully this does it.

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  • Ekse Nov 15, 2010

    If the drive plays DVD's and CD's its fine.

    But I'll check with a colleague that works at Fujitsu repair and see what he says about it.

    I can't reach him right now, I'll probably hear from him tomorrow.

  • Ekse Nov 15, 2010

    will get back to you as soon as I hear anything.

  • Ekse Nov 16, 2010

    I remember we used to install these fujitsu machines off usb sticks, but it probably was mainly due to not having a vista dvd's around.

    The friend is a friend of a friend, I heard he hasn't worked for Fujitsu in almost a year now, and he might not remember anymore.

    I'm pretty sure your both drives are OK.

    Will get back to you when I hear something from him.


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