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Re: [vox-tech] [OT] windows XP CD won't boot
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Re: [vox-tech] [OT] windows XP CD won't boot

things are of course stranger than expected....

the machine boots fine from other bootable media: floppies or CDs

in fact, it was with a win2k CD that he was able to format the HD.

it seemed like the only way the XP CD would boot is if it was part of the
install process... i wonder if there are any magical bits in the MBR that it
could set...?

of course linux would be the best option... but he is pretty into his windoz


on 04.5.14 10:06 PM, Rod Roark at rod@sunsetsystems.com was reported to have

> What I would do is see if it can boot another bootable CD,
> like maybe some Linux distribution.  If not, and you're SURE
> the BIOS settings are right, then it's likely a bad CD drive.
> If it does boot, then the Windows CD is likely damaged;
> might as well keep on trucking with the Linux distro.  ;-)
> HTH,
> -- Rod
> On Friday 14 May 2004 10:04 pm, dylan wrote:
>> right!
>> the bios is configured to boot from the CDROM drive first.
>> it seems like the bios tries to boot from the CD, gives up, and then reports
>> that there is no operating system found.
>> we know that the system *should* boot off of this CD, as we have done it in
>> the past. however, it didn't boot until the winXP installer was started from
>> a pre-existing windows install...(on the subsequent reboot it booted from
>> the CD and finished the install...)
>> dylan
>> on 04.5.14 9:50 PM, Rod Roark at rod@sunsetsystems.com was reported to have
>> writen:
>>> On Friday 14 May 2004 09:51 pm, dylan wrote:
>>>> hi everyone,
>>>> my room mate has a nasty PC that had XP installed on it... he wanted to
>>>> format his HD and then re-install XP from the CD... however the XP
>>>> installer
>>>> would not let him format his C drive before the install... so he formatted
>>>> the C drive with another boot disk, and not the winXP install cd wont even
>>>> boot....
>>>> does anyone have any ideas on how to make the CD boot, and install his OS?
>>> Is there, um, an error message or anything?
>>> Without more info you're just going to get dumb guesses from
>>> us.  Like maybe the BIOS settings are not supporting bootup
>>> from a CD....
>>> -- Rod
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