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Can't boot from CD - Hp mini 311

by Ad-nan / September 11, 2011 6:36 AM PDT

Hello, I have an HP mini 311-1000CA with an external CD/DVD reader (or whatever it's called) , I put the windows 7 installation CD into it.

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There has never been a Windows 7 install CD.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 11, 2011 6:40 AM PDT

All are DVDs and do require all the drives and more to support boot from DVD.

Not all drives can do this.

Try a Windows 7 DVD and not a copy or make a copy of your DVD from Microsoft but let's stop here.

Most folk can't install Windows at all. Tell the full story please.

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Please tell me more...
by Ad-nan / September 11, 2011 6:52 AM PDT

Ummm do you know anything about this issue on HP MINI 311 itself?
I don't know what to tell ... My 1st post tells the story, if you want any specific detail ask me , I'll answer if I can.

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(NT) It's a DVD , not a CD .. Sorry for that.
by Ad-nan / September 11, 2011 6:53 AM PDT
In reply to: Please tell me more...
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I can tell this..
by Ad-nan / September 11, 2011 7:07 AM PDT

Sorry for the 3rd post.

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Re: drives
by Kees_B Forum moderator / September 11, 2011 7:41 AM PDT
In reply to: I can tell this..

It's strange that F: and G: are shown as a DVD and CD, if these aren't present. That leads to 2 questions:
1. Is some virtual disk software installed?
2. Are they shown in the BIOS setup?


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Yes , there is.
by Ad-nan / September 11, 2011 7:43 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: drives

There is that virtual disk software that looks like a sheep on its icon and it can enter iso files ...

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by Ad-nan / September 11, 2011 8:05 AM PDT
In reply to: Yes , there is.

Please I need faster answers...
What should I do with this virtual disk software?!

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Re: virtual disk
by Kees_B Forum moderator / September 11, 2011 6:28 PM PDT
In reply to: Yes , there is.

The virtual disk is only shown in XP, not in the BIOS. So that's totally unrelated. Not need to do anything about it.

In your first post, you said you already were in the BIOS-setup to set the boot sequence. So I didn't tell again. And, given your answer, it's not necessary anyway.

So now your only problem is: the netbook doesn't boot from your Windows 7 DVD if the BIOS is set to boot from an external drive and that DVD is in the drive.

Things to check:
1. Is the DVD bootable (try in another PC)?
2. Does the drive read other DVD's in Windows (try with another DVD)? For an external drive on a netbook you might need to use an Y-cable and the power adapater (not on battery!) or a powered USB-hub.
3. Is the BIOS really set to boot from that drive first?

If the answers are yes, yes, yes, it's time to call HP tech support.


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Yes, yes ... Maybe.
by Ad-nan / September 11, 2011 7:07 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: virtual disk

1. The DVD is 100% bootable.
2. The drive read the windows DVD itself ( when I check it from the windows, not from the BIOS) .
The external CD/DVD drive needs to be plugged in two usb ports, and then it works.
Do I need to put my computer on AC power? But nothing was telling about that or an error with the power...

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by Ad-nan / September 11, 2011 7:16 PM PDT
In reply to: Yes, yes ... Maybe.

CD-ROM boot (enabled) -- Not CD/DVD.

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Re: maybe
by Kees_B Forum moderator / September 11, 2011 7:22 PM PDT
In reply to: Yes, yes ... Maybe.

1. The DVD is bootable
2. The drive is OK and works under Windows
3. The boot order is set to USB CD/DVD drive first

So all should be fine if you boot with that drive connected and the Windows DVD inside it. Connection to AC Power won't harm at all, and certainly is worth a try. I'm amazed you try to do it on battery power.


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AC power.
by Ad-nan / September 11, 2011 7:31 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: maybe

Ok then Kees, I'll try to do it on AC Power , but I'm expecting this won't work...
Stay in touch, I'll tell you what happens later.

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Check and verify
by Willy / September 12, 2011 5:58 AM PDT
In reply to: AC power.

Reviewing the past posts, you should be doing the following and verify that:

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