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Hello, I want to boot from a CD, however, simply inserting the cd in the drive does not work. I have tried using a boot disk to boot from the CD, I have also tried adding the cd to my multi-boot menu, both these solutions have failed. The computer runs Mandrake Linux/Windows. Thanks.
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The problem here is to do with the motherboard and CMOS setup. Assuming that the CD is bootable, then boot process occurs before your operating system takes control.

1. Some motherboards are incapable of booting from the CD drive - in which case only solution is get a new motherboard/PC.

2. The CMOS has to be set to boot from the CD ROM before the HD or other media. The order is set in the CMOS setup, and can normally be accessed by pressing the Del Key/F2 or whatever is appropriate for your motherboard. Once in the CMOS setup mode, alter values so that CDROM is checked first on bootup.

Hope that helps.
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looks like a new hard drive.
CMOS setup can let me boot from a floppy but not a CD :(
thanks for the advice
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