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IBM Aptiva Won't Boot From CD

by bluemeanie123 / February 3, 2013 1:26 AM PST

I have an old IBM Aptiva model 2174-595 and I can't get it to boot from CD. What I want to do is reformat and reinstall a fresh copy of XP but I need to boot from CD to do that. I have checked BIOS and it is set to boot from optical drive first and 1st IDE HD second but it always just goes to the old Windows startup. I have disconnected and reconnected all of the cables. I know the DVD drive works since it runs fine after Windows starts. I know the IBM is old but I'm just using it in my garage.

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Old optical drives can lose that capabiliy.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 3, 2013 1:30 AM PST

If this CD is bootable (you test it on other PCs) then try duplicating the CD and trying the duplicate.

Other ideas include.
1. Cleaning the CD/DVD lens.
2. Replacing the old drive.

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I think the drives are good
by bluemeanie123 / February 3, 2013 3:54 AM PST

I actually have two drives in the machine and have tried booting from both. As I said the drives work fine as they both play DVD's and games... just can't boot from them. My XP disc is a genuine original and should be bootable. Maybe since my IBM is old I need some sort of boot disc.

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Did you try any of the ideas so far?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 3, 2013 4:01 AM PST

Once in a while you encounter clients that don't do any of the suggestions and they come back with more questions when they didn't do anything. It still should fail to boot.

Just to add, just because a drive works in windows does not mean it should boot. Booting exercises a drive in a new way. You've been around long enough to know this.

So you have the genuine original and you can duplicate that and test that it boots elsewhere and try the duplicate on this PC.

Or will you be taking it to the shop?

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