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i work for a small computer repair company and my boss wanted me to format this one computers hdd, but for some reason the cd-rom drive does not want to boot the cd, everytime it scans the drive for a cd to boot on startup, it just says "....failure"
ive tried everything, it detects both the cd drives on startup and in the bios, but will not boot from either of them. I even tried disconnecting one of the drives but that didnt work either, any suggestions?
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post #2 of 10
and you tried it in your other CD drive? or your master CD drive?
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post #3 of 10
Is CDDrive setup to be the first priority in the boot process?
    
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post #4 of 10
Supposedly there exist some HP computers that can only use the network boot option to install windows....my friend and I spent several hours trying to reformat one of those - we eventually had to give up and take it to a pc shop.
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post #5 of 10
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ive tried it on both cd drives, ones on master the other slave, and yes the cd drive is the first priority on the boot sequence, i'm thinking maybe some sort of firmware or driver isnt there
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post #6 of 10
Might be silly but ... is it an original copy of Windows? If it is the backup copy of the shop's original, maybe it is non bootable?

Maybe the disk is damaged? Can you try the drive in another system and see if it reads disks? This is a repair shop right? There has to be other drives that you can swap out to test or other comps that you can put the disk into to see if it boots.
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post #7 of 10
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Might be silly but ... is it an original copy of Windows? If it is the backup copy of the shop's original, maybe it is non bootable?

Maybe the disk is damaged? Can you try the drive in another system and see if it reads disks? This is a repair shop right? There has to be other drives that you can swap out to test or other comps that you can put the disk into to see if it boots.
Good point!
If you can get the CD/DVD drive to read other disks then im guessing the disk your trying to use is broke :~(
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post #8 of 10
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yes it is an original genuine copy of windows, and yes it does boot, i tried it on another computer we had here and it works fine
this computer im trying to boot it on is fairly old, so there might be some sort of conflict w/ the drives and the motherboard or something, im not really sure what is wrong here, computers are magical sometimes lol
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post #9 of 10
ok just run one on a single ide cable, don't activate both... try it?
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Did you get it sorted out?
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