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July 3, 2008, 4:58 pm
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I can't boot from CD but floopy drive is working. It is a Gateway
machine. It starts with windows Xp logo and then goes to the screen with
different choices to start up: Start windows normally, Last good known,
safemode etc). In BIOS it is setup to boot from CD (light does come up
on CD drive) then floopy and HD. I have even used gateway restore CD and
Gateway Operating System windows Xp Professional CD for reinstatllation
*but it still keeps going to the same Startup Option screen*
Re: CD drive
You can't boot any form of Windows from a floppy - the floppy is
too small to hold the system. It can hold a DOS system, however,
so that can boot from there.
[mail]: Chuck F (cbfalconer at maineline dot net)
Try the download section.
Re: CD drive
Is the problem that you can't boot from the CD drive or that you get the XP
startup menu appearing?
When you are in Windows can you see the CD drive and read from it? If not
then I'd suggest your CD drive is dead and needs replacing. If you can view
the contents of the CD from XP and simply can't boot from it then something
is amis - the only obvious candidate is the BIOS but it sounds like you
already have that covered. Although when you said that you've used the
gateway restore CD does this mean that you could successfully boot from that
The start-up screen you are seeing - with options for how to boot XP - is an
XP menu. Normally it only comes up if you hit F8 when XP first loads or if
there was a problem last time round. If you let it start normally into XP
and then tell XP to restart then does it still appear?
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