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Computer won't boot from CD drive

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I've just spent the last two days trying to get a "utility" system to boot. In the past, I've always selected ATAPI CD-ROM as the boot device and it worked perfectly. I guess I'm not using an ATAPI CD-ROM device any more. It has DVD capabilities so it wasn't until I figured out that the boot list was showing me the model number of the DVD and not one of the Hard drives that it finally boot properly. the moral of the story, jot down all of the model numbers before you hard install them into the system. It's also handy to note which is master, slave etc.