Will not boot from CD-ROM

By hoochkyle ·
I'm trying to reload Windows XP on a Dell Dimension 2400 PC and it will not recognize the CD-ROM as a boot device. I have it listed first in the boot order, there are two optical drives, I have them set up as master/slave. Boot cd is in the Master. It is connected to the secondary IDE controller on Mobo. I have tried disconnecting the slave drive, I formatted the HDD on my other PC. I have tried all of this with both optical drives and multiple boot disks. I have the original Dell reinstallation disk. I have tried to reset the BIOS to factory defaults. I have had the jumpers set to cable select. I have swapped out RAM. I have cleaned out the guts of the PC. I have swapped hard drives out (both 80gb, on WD other Seagate). I have tried pressing F12 twice(in another discussion). I do not get the "press any key to boot from cd" comment. I get "Master boot record error Press a key" (hard drive has been formatted). I press a key and get "strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility" if I press F1, I keep getting the same thing. Any suggestions?

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RE: "connected to the secondary IDE controller on Mobo" ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Will not boot from CD-ROM

Have you tried connecting the CD drive to the Primary IDE controller?

Also - I didn't notice you mention if you'd checked this offending CD drive in another machine. Perhaps the drive is SNAFU ?

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Primary-No Go

by hoochkyle In reply to RE: [i]"connected to the ...

Just tried it in the Primary, and no change in messages. There are two cd drives, neither one of which work as a boot drive. I did not check to see if they were good. I do have a known good cd drive that I could replace it with. I will try that and see what happens.

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Do you have a floppy drive?

by tmalo627 In reply to Will not boot from CD-ROM

If so, Microsoft has a link on their site to use 4 floppies in sequence to boot. If your CD drive is working after the floppy boot you should be fine with this.

<a href="" target="_blank">Click here</a>

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