Why don't I see "Boot from CD"?

By flashheat ·
I have a 2006 Gateway computer with dual 2.8 Hhz processors and an Intel D945GCZ board. I have a Lite-On DVDRW SHW - 160P6S CD/DVD drive. I am running Windows XP Home Media Center SP3. The bios automatically finds the drive. But when I press F8 at boot-up, I don't see the boot from cd option. Why is this?...What's going on?

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F8 is for XP boot options

by IC-IT In reply to Why don't I see "Boot fro ...

not for boot device options.
When you first glimps options at the Splash screen press the pause/break key.
This will give you time to read the options.
When your ready to continue tap the space bar.

You can go into the BIOS and set the Boot Order to cd first. Then if you have a bootable CD in the drive it should boot or give you a message to enable the boot.

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Bootable CD?

by TheChas In reply to Why don't I see "Boot fro ...

In BIOS, you may need to set the option to boot from other devices in addition to making sure that your CD or optical drive is in the list of boot devices.

And as in the first answer, for some BIOS you need to have the CD device listed before the hard drive or the BIOS will not even look for a bootable CD if a bootable hard drive is present.

Next, the CD in the drive MUST be bootable.

For CDs like original Windows CDs, they should just boot. As should a true COPY of a bootable CD.

Most ISO images of bootable CDs will boot when properly created.

However, if you did a drop and drag or used a standard CD program to burn a CD from a list of files, there are steps you need to take to make the CD a boot CD. The actual steps depend on the software you are using.


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