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Old 07-01-2010, 11:24 PM   #1
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Default CD drive boot issue

For the past few days i've been trying to fix an old HP Pavilion 526x, because of the WPA I am not able to log in. After setting the bios to boot from the CD drive, it just skips it and goes onto booting from the hard drive. I don't know why it's doing this but after troubleshooting the CD drive I have concluded that it is not the problem. I would like to know if I can do something about this, to make the computer boot from the CD drive.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
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Old 07-02-2010, 02:08 AM   #2
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Have you got another CD drive in the machine? Have you got an external CD drive?
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Old 07-02-2010, 03:22 AM   #3
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No, there's only one in the machine, but I have another in another machine.
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Old 07-02-2010, 04:51 AM   #4
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Right well you could use the other machine to back up the data. It should have to Hard drive bays.
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Old 07-02-2010, 05:47 AM   #5
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There isn't anything of importance on the hard drive of the HP, what else could i do?
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Old 07-02-2010, 07:29 AM   #6
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There isn't anything of importance on the hard drive of the HP, what else could i do?
Well only you would know if there is anything important on there, apart from that only the Window's files would be on the hardrive.
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Old 07-02-2010, 08:51 PM   #7
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Ok, so what do I do about the computer not booting from the CD drive. Like i've said it just skips the step and goes on to booting from the hard drive.
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Old 07-03-2010, 12:38 AM   #8
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Copy the contents of Windows Disk onto a USB device, obviously format it first. Go into the bios and change the boot order to usb first. Reinstall windows Then figure out what's going on with the cd drive.
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Old 07-03-2010, 02:49 AM   #9
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Thanks, but I was able to fix it. I booted into safe mode, where I put the disk in and began reinstalling windows. I knew the problem wasn't the cd drive because i had already taken it out and tested it on my main computer.
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