I was told by my motherboard tech to press the F8 key to envoke a BBS menu.
When I got home, I gave it a whirl, pressing the F8 key. I saw on the bottom of the ASUS splash screen it state that loading boot menu.
It is a DOS type of menu screen that shows the drives that are installed on the computer.
I was able to choose the DVD drive and let it run and it did choose the XP Pro CD that I had in the bay and run.
I think I am on my way.
I think this type of question needs to be in the FAQ somewhere so that us users can look there an find the answer rather quickly instead of stumbling on it.
Q: Can a DVR drive be used as a boot up drive or must it be a CD drive?
I had a system crash due to memory and harddrive, at least that is what I have determined the problem.
I have 2 DVD drives installed, a Pioneer 115 - master and a BenQ LightScribe - slave.
I have my O/S on a 250gig drive.
Upon my system creashing, I was going to try to figure out what the problem was but when I insert the XP Pro cd in the Pioneer dvd drive, I can see the light come on but it will not allow the cd to boot. I have change the bios to allow the cd to be the first drive to be reconized.
After some working around the problem, I finally got my harddrive reformatted and with a new O/S and made sure that there were no problems with checkdisk.
I then proceeded to install additional software for the motherboard which has integrated stuff on it. It asked for a reboot and now the drive will not boot up as it needs to fix pci.dll? I think that is the file.
It mentions on the screen to insert the XP cd and to a "r" which I believe is a repair of missing or bad files.
BUT I can not get the DVD drive to recognize my XP cd.
Any thoughts how I can get around this?
My first thought was to create a boot floopy disk with cd drivers and boot from it and maybe have it recognize the dvd drive and then I can run setup.exe off of the cd.
But I can not find drivers nor is my memory good enough to remember how to do this. Been a while since I have had to do this.
I am stressed and confused and pissed off.
Any thoughts or help here would be great.
DVR drive is a Pioneer DVR-111D.