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Boot from CD-ROM

By Bu Jaas ·
I have configured my PC boot sequence as 'removable media', followed by 'atapi cd-rom', followed by 'hard disk'. However, if I insert a bootable CD-ROM it will not boot from the CD. The CD-ROM drive is a slave on the secondary IDE channel along witha HD as master and another HD (alone) on the primary IDE channel. My CD is bootable on other PCs.

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by donalconlon In reply to Boot from CD-ROM

Try putting the cd rom first in the sequence. As long as the bios can see the cd rom drive there shouldn't be a problem.

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by Bu Jaas In reply to Boot from CD-ROM

I've already tried that - it didn't work.

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by Bill_W In reply to Boot from CD-ROM

Point of information:

PC boot sequence as 'removable media', followed by 'atapi cd-rom', followed by 'hard disk'

was set in the BIOS of the PC, wasn't it?

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by Bu Jaas In reply to Boot from CD-ROM

Yes, they're set in the BIOS.

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by Bu Jaas In reply to Boot from CD-ROM

Just to let you know that my HDD on the primary IDE is ATA/100. The HDD on the secondary IDE is slower. My understanding is that if I mix slow and fast devices on the same IDE controller then the slower speed is set. I want to avoid this as much as possible.

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by oaguilar In reply to Boot from CD-ROM

Remove the hard drive off of the second controller and leave the cd-rom as the master. Try booting then. If that works, reconnect the hard drive and set it as slave. Normally you want to seperate cd-rom's from hard drives. Being that you have 2 HD's that transfer at different speeds, I understand your config. If this fails, try using a boot disk and run the setup on the cd from DOS.

Also, what are you trying to boot....an OS, partition magic,etc?

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by Bu Jaas In reply to Boot from CD-ROM

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by ghetto_punk In reply to Boot from CD-ROM

set the jumpers on the HD to slave and the cdrom to scan. in the bios check the auto configure ide setup it should auto scan and detect the master and slave. refuse the master and accept the slave(because the slave should be the hd). then save and restart the computer and it should work.

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by Bu Jaas In reply to Boot from CD-ROM

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by maxwell edison In reply to Boot from CD-ROM

You need two things:

First, you need to set the first boot device in the BIOS as the CD-Rom.

Second, you need to have a bootable CD-Rom disk in the CD-Rom drive.

If you have those things, it will boot on the CD-Rom. If you don't have both of those things, it won't.

See these links for the steps necesary to create the bootable CD-Rom disk:

http://www.nu2.nu/bootcd/

http://www.netbsd.org/Documentation/bootcd.html

http://www.cdpage.com/Compact_Disc_Variations/bootablecdarticle.htm

(REMOVE SPACES from the pasted URLs.)

Best of luck and have a GREAT 2002!

Maxwell

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