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How can I make this laptop boot from CD drive?

To make a long story short, I know the drive works because the CD shows up once booted, and I know the computer can boot from CD because it's done it before. It just suddenly stopped working. CD is set to first boot priority in the BIOS, and instead of booting from the CD, the laptop starts booting the OS (Linux Mint KDE 9) right away. Does anyone know how to make this computer boot from CD?

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I think

In reply to: How can I make this laptop boot from CD drive?

You have to press one of these keys F2, F12, Delete, Esc during the Boot Splash to pick which drive you want to boot.

The other reasons are that you do not have a bootable disk or the drive is bad. If you are using an USB CD Drive you have to be able to boot from USB.

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Actually

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I already did that. It's F12 to select a drive to boot from, and no matter which I pick, it always starts up normally and skips booting from the selected drive. It's a built in drive and I know it works because once it's booted, I can use CDs just fine. The disk is definitely bootable, since I've used it on other computers. And the weird thing is, I've booted from CD drive before on this machine, but now it won't work.

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Double check if that CD is bootable

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Double check if that CD is bootable?
Maybe sth wrong with it?

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The CD (or rather DVD) is bootable

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I tested it on other computers and it booted fine.

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Then I think...

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Then I think it is hardware issue.

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Perhaps a Dumb Question

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Check the disk, are you using a DVD on CD Drive? It happen to me before, now days 99.% of all computers has a DVD drive and we take that for granted.

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Not a dumb question

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It's definitely a DVD drive though. Sorry I didn't clarify.

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I GOT IT!!!!

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I have the exact same laptop with the exact same problem and I figured it out. Try hitting the c key repetitively as it boots. Yes it will beep at you (so don't jump like I did) each time you hit the key but if you do that and your BIOS settings are set to boot cd drive first it will work. Good Luck!!!!! I know this thread is old but I hope this will help other people trying to figure it out!!!

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Finally!

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After 4 years, I got it to work. Sure was a long wait.


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