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Can't Boot from WIN XP CD to reinstall

by astroboi71 / August 15, 2007 1:02 PM PDT

Hi All,

I'm trying to reinstall WIN XP and when I pop the CD in, it says that the CD WIN XP is a earlier version than what I have on the pc (must be due to Service pack 2 ..I think). I've also tried booting the PC from the CD but nothing happened.... went straight to WIN XP . I have changed the boot sequence to CD-ROM in the BOIS setup. I've checked that the CD-rom is working. The WIN XP CD is working too.

I'm just wondering, maybe somehow it's not recognising my cd-rom because it's set to 'secondary slave Disk'? Below is a snap shot of my bios set.

Diskette Drive A: 1.44M, 3.5"
Diskette Drive B: None
Primary Master Disk: LBA , ATA 100 , 0GB
Primary Slave Disk: None
Secondary Master Disk: None
Secondary Slave Disk: DVD, ATA 33
Display Type: EGA/VGA
Serial Port(s): 3F8 2F8
DDR RAM At Bank: 0 1

Any help is much appreciated!

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there's a clue here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 16, 2007 6:23 AM PDT

"Secondary Master Disk: None
Secondary Slave Disk: DVD, ATA 33"

I won't explain it but Microsoft seems to have trouble with booting from secondary slaves where there is no master. Try moving that DVD from slave to master and good luck.

As to the SP2 CD issue, you can create a XP SP2 CD with a tool called AUTOSTREAMER. See for details.


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there's a clue here.
by astroboi71 / August 16, 2007 9:12 AM PDT
In reply to: there's a clue here.

Thanks Bob!

I've tried the moving my dvd rom to primary slave, and secondary master..but didn't work. couldn't boot from cd.

Thanks for the SP2 CD tip. I've downloaded sp2 and will try to create a Win XP with sp2 CD.

Thanks again.


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Can't Boot from WIN XP CD to reinstall
by inshalla1 / June 19, 2009 4:14 PM PDT

I have the same problem except that I dont yet need it. So I'm looking for a program that will give me a master CD of my rig , including SP2 & SP3, before it happens!

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