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Compaq CD ROM will not read

By mctazman2 ·
Have a Compaq Deskpro SFF. The CD ROM is recognized when system is booted from boot disk. Will not boot from a CD ROM or load WIndows XP when booted from installation disk. Any ideas? I think I may need to load specific CD drivers but I am not sure.

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by wcp In reply to Compaq CD ROM will not re ...

This is definitely a hardware problem.

You do not need any CD-ROM driver.
Make sure the first boot sequence was se to CD-ROM.
Otherwise check the following.

1. C Try to use a different bootable CD or try it on other computer.
2. CD-ROM: Try it on other computer or temporarily install a known good CD-ROM.
3. IDE cable: Try with a different one.
4. Power plug: Try another plug.
5. IDE channel: Try to connect the cable on Primary IDE.

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by mctazman2 In reply to

Unfortunately all this WAS checked prior to posting.

1. C Try to use a different bootable CD or try it on other computer. USED ALL KINDS
2. CD-ROM: Try it on other computer or temporarily install a known good CD-ROM. DONE THAT
3. IDE cable: Try with a different one.SWAPPED HARD DRIVE WITH THIS ONE
4. Power plug: Try another plug.DID THAT
5. IDE channel: Try to connect the cable on Primary IDE. SWAPPED

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by mctazman2 In reply to

Unfortunately all this WAS checked prior to posting.

1. C Try to use a different bootable CD or try it on other computer. USED ALL KINDS
2. CD-ROM: Try it on other computer or temporarily install a known good CD-ROM. DONE THAT
3. IDE cable: Try with a different one.SWAPPED HARD DRIVE WITH THIS ONE
4. Power plug: Try another plug.DID THAT
5. IDE channel: Try to connect the cable on Primary IDE. SWAPPED

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by mctazman2 In reply to

Unfortunately all this WAS checked prior to posting.

1. C Try to use a different bootable CD or try it on other computer. USED ALL KINDS
2. CD-ROM: Try it on other computer or temporarily install a known good CD-ROM. DONE THAT
3. IDE cable: Try with a different one.SWAPPED HARD DRIVE WITH THIS ONE
4. Power plug: Try another plug.DID THAT
5. IDE channel: Try to connect the cable on Primary IDE. SWAPPED

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by ctrservices In reply to Compaq CD ROM will not re ...

Is the CD-ROM recognized in the BIOS? When you boot from a boot disk and it recognizes the CD-ROM, can you see the complete file system on a CD?

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by mctazman2 In reply to

Is the CD-ROM recognized in the BIOS? YES IT IS
When you boot from a boot disk and it recognizes the CD-ROM, can you see the complete file system on a CD? NO

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by mctazman2 In reply to

Is the CD-ROM recognized in the BIOS? YES IT IS
When you boot from a boot disk and it recognizes the CD-ROM, can you see the complete file system on a CD? NO

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by mctazman2 In reply to

Is the CD-ROM recognized in the BIOS? YES IT IS
When you boot from a boot disk and it recognizes the CD-ROM, can you see the complete file system on a CD? NO

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by mctazman2 In reply to

Is the CD-ROM recognized in the BIOS? YES
When you boot from a boot disk and it recognizes the CD-ROM, can you see the complete file system on a CD? NO

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by ctrservices In reply to Compaq CD ROM will not re ...

Just a piece of advice. A question for clarification of your situation can be answered with the Comment button. When you reject the question as a wrong answer, some posters will leave you to your own devices.

Your solution does lie in your answers to my questions.

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