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Sounds like your system is booting from somewhere other than the hard
drive or you have a music cd or movie dvd in the DvD/CD drive when you
booted the laptop. If so, remove the music cd or movie dvd and reboot.
You want it to boot from the hard drive.
Turn the computer off and press the power button to reboot it. Notice
the screen and watch for which key it says to hit to change the Boot
Order or Boot Sequence. You have to hit that key when you see the
message otherwise it will be to late and you will need to start over.
Select the Hard Drive and let it boot up. This is a temporary change and
only good for this boot cycle. You'll have to do it each time you boot
or you can make it permanent.
To set your boot order or boot sequence permanently reboot the computer
and look at the screen to hit the key it says to get into the Bios or
System Setup. Hit that key when you see the message or it will be too
late and you will have to restart it. When you get into the Bios or
System Setup tab over to the Boot Order or Boot Sequence. The normal
boot order should be the DvD/CD drive 1st, the Hard Drive 2nd. With
this setting you have to make sure nothing is in the DvD/CD drive when
you boot the system or it will try to read it as a system disk and give
you an error if it can't boot from it. If there is nothing in the
DvD/CD drive it moves to the next boot device which is the Hard Drive.
This setting is the best because it will allow you to use a Repair Disk
or Operating System Disk to fix your computer when the hard drive has
Try the following*Check weather required driver for your DVD drive is installed or not(in Windows 7 it automatically installs drivers)if yes.......try this..... *If you are using Windows operating systemGo toStart>Control Panel>Hardware and Sound>Device Manager>select DVD/CD drivers>Right click on your name(Name appears after clicking arrow beside DVD/CD drivers option)Ridht click on your device name>Select enable
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Two things to check: First, look on the tray edge - does it say DVD and CD, or just CD? If it does not say DVD,it will not play them. The second thing is you may not have software to play a DVD. Usually Windows will use media player, assuming you have a dvd player. You can also open "my computer" and the drive will show up as a DVD or just CD.
Its possible the drive is going bad or if you did not buy this new the previous owner may have taken the DVD drive out and replaced it with just a CD drive, one way to check this on your dell is to look at the picture below and you will see that it says dvd on it, Check to see if yours looks the same if it is not the same chances are it was replaced. You can always right click on the cd drive within my computer and go to properties and see what it says, Hope this helps you out and should you need any other help let us know thanks again.
U need to reinstall the driver for you cd/dvd rom drive u can do this by "Start right click computer select properties click hardware tab ,device manager then dvd/cd rom drive uninstall driver then click action tab check for hardware change i should be gone after this step go to the dell web site and download the correct driver for your cd/dvd from the web site here is the link http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/index.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen this should fix the problem hope this helps
you need to enter setup by tapping one of the f keys or the delete key. i'm not sure which it is for this model. when you enter the bios setup change the boot order to boot to the dvd first. hit f10 and save the change then reboot with your install disk in the drive. it should start installing.
I also have an inspiron 1525 and I once had this issue (I'm running xp pro) but I found that you need to reinstall you audio driver, here is a link to the vista driver http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&ServiceTag=&SystemID=INS_PNT_PM_1525&os=WLH&osl=en&catid=&impid=