I can't boot my compaq armada e500 on cdrom even if i set it in the bios as first boot sequence. It went directly to the hdd and start the windows xp. I tried to set it to floppy as first boot and it works fine. I tried to remove the hdd but still it can't detect the cdrom. The cdrom drive is ok coz i can use it when windows xp is running. I want to boot on cdrom coz i want to install ubuntu linux as another OS. Is anybody can help me with this problem? Thanks in advance.
Try booting to DOS screen only by inserting a boot-able floppy disc (I use Win ME disc at this point although my system is also Win XP). Then select "boot with CD-ROM driver". It will detect your CDROM drive and assign a letter. Now insert the CD and boot from there. I have done this sequence many times with no problems.
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