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Dvd drive not showing in boot sequence

by phil66 / March 5, 2009 9:36 AM PST

Dell XPS 600 Dual core plentiun d 3.0ghz 800mhz
Windows XP Home SP 3
Bios Dell a09
2 sata hardrives Windows installed on one and 2Linux distro on the other.
ide cd-rom
ide dvd rw+/-rw

My dvd drive is a LG model; gwa 4164B it is listed in the drive section of the Bios.
Not listed in the boot sequence.
The sequence is cd-rom, sata hard drive, floppy drive, and ide hard drive (not present)

I am trying to boot a linux dvd distro but what ever I try it boots to grub then to selected windows.
Conversation with LG they said the dvd should be in the boot sequence.

Are they giving me correct information.
What can I do or change to correct this.

Thanks

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Let's say no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 5, 2009 9:41 AM PST

Did you try that DVD drive all alone on the IDE cable as master (if on 40 conductor cable) or CS (for 80 conductor cables)?

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"When I move dvd to the end of the cable and make it master
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 6, 2009 8:48 PM PST
In reply to: Let's say no.

"When I move dvd to the end of the cable and make it master and cd-rom as slave."

Since you are not following my advice I can't answer what will happen. I'm sharing how I troubleshoot such issues. The methods I use work for me. If you change the method then you have to develop YOUR method and work on what the answers mean for YOUR method.

I'm more than willing to share how I tackle such issues.
Bob

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Some BIOS
by samkh / March 5, 2009 9:46 AM PST

allows only one optical to boot. If that is your case, you'll have to select DVD as primary optical in the BIOS. Ask Dell if there's a 'fix'.

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Dvd and cd-rom question
by phil66 / March 6, 2009 10:37 AM PST
In reply to: Some BIOS

Cd-rom is listed as master and dvd is on slave

When I move dvd to the end of the cable and make it master and cd-rom as slave.

Will I have a problem booting cd's or does dvd also boot cd's Will I have to change back and forth between drives every time I was to boot a different media.

As far as "ASKING DELL" I am very satisfied with their computers this is my second one. Their customer service smells.

Thanks

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(NT) The dvd drive CAN be use as a cd drive..no problem.
by ahtoi / March 7, 2009 3:37 AM PST
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burners
by fonzie2 / March 6, 2009 11:58 AM PST

how can i burn dvd movies

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The first thing to do is to create your own new posting.
by ahtoi / March 7, 2009 3:46 AM PST
In reply to: burners

and you question is too vague.

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