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Can Only Boot With XP CD In Bay.

by bobzoila / November 5, 2004 6:29 AM PST

When I try to boot normally, the PC will not boot unless I have the XP CD in the cd bay. I have reset the CMOS boot sequence to boot from HD, but it will not boot. Without the CD in the bay, it will sit there forever. I have a new 3ghz Pentium PC which I recently built. Anybody have any thoughts. Could this be a BIOS problem? Thanks.

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Re: Can Only Boot With XP CD In Bay.
by Cetin Denislam / November 6, 2004 3:53 AM PST

Power off your PC. Find the Clear CMOS jumper (read the manual) and change it to the Clear position. Let it stay let's say 1 minute and change it back. Power on, enter in BIOS, change the date, time, boot order accordingly. Save the changes at exit the BIOS.


Good Luck,

Cetin


Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,


T. S. Eliot

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Re: Can Only Boot With XP CD In Bay.
by dcrewchief / November 7, 2004 8:20 AM PST

it would be nice if people would post back to let others know if the fix worked or not so others could benefit from it. Cetin do you think the boot sector could be corrupt? maybe it can be fixed in the recovery console with fixboot or fixmbr. i am no expert just offering a possible solution.

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Regarding the Feedback (or lacking of) ...
by Cetin Denislam / November 7, 2004 8:20 PM PST

Donald,

Yes, fixboot and fixmbr are the first tools that should be run. The problem arises when after those were run the same behaviour exists. And yes, even if you checked that ntldr, ntdedect and boot.ini are present on the HDD and are correct (unaltered). My post is about this particular case.

OTOH, people come, ask and go, especially if the problem was solved. Otherwise they know their interest and are coming back (whining, commiseration, blaming, urgency, challenge tactics). This is the same since years.

In the real world, the situation is reversed. People wait one particular's doctor door and pay for the advise, even if there's no 100% responsibility for the cure. In the virtual world, they ask for help and wait for free doctors' answers, a pampering situation Wink


Cetin


Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,


T. S. Eliot

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Re: Can Only Boot With XP CD In Bay.
by jamesf42 / November 7, 2004 2:39 PM PST

Well it could be the bios settings or it could be a HD problem the settings might be wrong on the hard drive.

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