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Old 10-26-2005, 07:36 PM   #1
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My computer is a dell 5100 inspiron. It has a cd-r/w dvd-rom combo drive (HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4241N). I can't boot from a cd-r,regular cds are fine, also I get the same thing in windows. I did firmware update and bios update. I have run out of ideas. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!
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Old 10-26-2005, 08:09 PM   #2
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What are you trying to boot(what program/os)? So you burned some files onto a CD and you want to boot from it?
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Old 10-26-2005, 08:19 PM   #3
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I know it will boot from a regular cd i use max blast to format, but all i can find is my copy of win xp sp2. its like my cd-rom won't read a cd-r at all.
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In order to burn a Bootable disc you have to burn an image to the cd using something like Nero.

The images is normally .iso format, but there are a few others. When you burn, click "burn image" dont just burn the files to the disc
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Old 10-26-2005, 09:07 PM   #5
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the copy I have of win xp sp2 works on my other computer. I know the cd is good. It just won't boot in my notebook. plus I can't get any burned cd to read in windows. thanks in advance for any help you can give me.
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Old 10-26-2005, 09:16 PM   #6
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Did you try the boot priority in CMOS?
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Old 10-26-2005, 09:20 PM   #7
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yes i did i made the cd-rom first boot and turned off every thing else.
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Old 10-26-2005, 10:22 PM   #8
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It seems like your CD drive mesed up. If you have a friend have an external drive then borrow it and then try it to your laptop/
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Old 10-26-2005, 10:29 PM   #9
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Looks like it. Get a new internal CD drive
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Old 10-26-2005, 10:37 PM   #10
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that's what i'm afraid of. but i can try any way. thanks
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