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by Zayniac / February 2, 2009 12:22 PM PST

I'm running Windows 2000 SP4 on a couple year old Dell Optiplex GX270 (Pentium 4, 3.0 Ghz)
There is both a CD drive and a DVD/CD drive, and there are two 30 GB partitions on the hard drive, one blank.
I want to install W7 to the blank partition, but my problem is that the CD drive is the primary slave drive, and the DVD drive will not show up in the boot menu in the BIOS, though it will shop up for diagnostics.
I don't know where to find the name of the BIOS - but could somebody please help me install?
I'd really appreciate it.

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Not necessarily a problem...
by John.Wilkinson / February 2, 2009 1:44 PM PST
In reply to: Need Help Installing

Some BIOS versions lump all optical drives together as a boot option, so it may simply state 'CD' instead of listing the two drives individually. Try setting the optical drive option as the primary boot device and rebooting the machine with the burned Windows 7 DVD in the drive. If that does not work, consider physically disconnecting the CD drive and connecting the DVD drive in its place.


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by Zayniac / February 3, 2009 12:32 PM PST

OK, so first, here's what I discovered from the BIOS:
that the Bios is version A08
That the Primary Master drive - hard drive (40gb, so assumedly the main partition)
primary slave drive - hard drive (40gb - assumedly other partition)
seconday master - says cd rom, but under details, is the cd drive
secondary slave drive - the dvd drive
so under boot menu options, it simply says IDE cd-ROM device, so i'm assuming it would try both.

so what i did:
put the dvd in the dvd rom drive, selected IDE CD ROM device, after a second, windows 2000 started loading.
did the same thing, but - just to see - put the dvd in the cd rom drive, assuming there would be no difference.
what happenned was that it went to the windows 2000 pre logo boot up, like before, except then stopped, and now whenever i try to boot up the computer, at this point am told, "Windows 2000 cpi;d not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEMced startup options for Windows 2000, press F8.

You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windowss 2000 setup using the original Setup floppy disk or CD-ROM.
Select 'r' at the first screen to repair."
Hopefully I can find the disc, tomorrow as I think it's at work...
But any help, diagnostic, suggestions for what to do instead? Clearly it's almost as if it can't load it from DVD...I tried putting in a Windows Vista Restore disc to see if the problem could be fixed that way, but no suprise, the restore disc did not even come up.
Thank you all so much.

I should mention, that perhaps this has something to do with the fact that I copied the contents of the ISO file to the secondary partition? BUt this didn't cause problems when I booted up before, so I do not think this should be the problem, except I remember seeing nonce in my research, a page that said something somethin (0)partition(2) - file
stuff(0)stuff(o)stuff(0) - file
three more times
then one where it said a bootup file could not be found

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Fixed/So, any suggestions?
by Zayniac / February 3, 2009 2:03 PM PST
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OK, I fixed the W2K problem with an XP reinstallation disc, amazingly - I didn't even think I had done anything, but it now works, so I'm over the moon.

I will try the normal CD-ROM for DVD boot again, and then if worst comes to wrost, the cable switch, though I'm apprehensive of that. (Though considering the above info - I don't think that it would actually make any difference then? I'm assuming that when it says IDE CD-ROM drive, it would try both, right?)
In the meantime, I've got it installing in VMWare, which is riduculously cool, but still, if anyone can suggest a dual boot suggestion with the BIOS info above, I would really appreciate that.
Self troubleshooting: Everything else: Lose!

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Try this
by norsksteve / February 6, 2009 2:56 AM PST

You must boot up from the DVD drive; not the CD drive. You will have to change the cables from the cd drive to the dvd drive but make sure you have the jumpers set to cable select. Leave the cd drive disconnected until you finish or switch the two drives if you do not want to go back later to finish it.

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For Sure!
by GUARDIANANGEL822 / February 6, 2009 1:25 PM PST
In reply to: Need Help Installing

The technical advise you have received from various members pertaining to being able to boot from your DVD drive is correct. you must physically, for the sake of a successful install, remove the function of the cd-rom., "period". You will be able to reconnect it later and restore it back to it's previous functional state. Now that, that is clear, let's address a widely overlooked feature which Microsoft does mention in detail pertaining to the specific requirements for a successful install. After you download the Beta program to a Blank Dvd, and please make sure that blank disk has been formatted, You "must " download and install "ACTIVE ISO", or you will be pulling your hair out trying to figure why W7 will not install, even those you see it listed in your My Computer window showing the program on the Dvd Drive. Remember, The ISO file is merely an image file and must be converted to a down loadable format recognized by your system. When you have followed these instruction, you will have a successful install and be part of the W7 Beta members only club. Wishing you Good Luck......

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