bootable cd-roms--not all are working

Posted on 2003-03-27
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Last Modified: 2010-04-26
i decided to try using my 133mhz pentium again, as i had some spare parts and time :).  i'm trying to boot from its cd-rom drive, but not all my cds work.

1)  Windows NT WS 4.0
2)  Windows 98 Companion
3)  Windows 2000 Pro
4)  Windows XP Home
5)  Red Hat Linux 6.1

of them, the win98 and linux cds work, but the win98 cd went missing months ago and linux is annoying to use.  why aren't the other 3 bootable when the other two have no problems and all of them are bootable in another 2 systems?

Question by:DeJimbo
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ID: 8225147
if you wanna download Win 2000 in your pc , must have more than 150 mhz of cpu frequency , and 64 Mo,

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ID: 8225152
if you wanna download Win 2000 in your pc , must have more than 150 mhz of cpu frequency , and 64 Mo,
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ID: 8226305
I have seen this happen before on older machines,
altho the answer to your question escapes me right now I have a work around.

go to www.bookdisk.com and download the relevant boot disk and boot it via a floppy.
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ID: 8226975
i wouldnt reccommend using xp or win 2k on this system...as they will be unbearably slow...as far as why?...maybe the cd-drive doesnt support the type of boot disk that you are using...

maybe try a known good cd-drive that does boot these and see if that works...or try bios update on old mb...

win2k as well as xp are picky so you cant just load them onto a hd in another system and then just move the hd over...

good luck


Author Comment

ID: 8228067
the reason why i was asking was because i don't have a floppy drive installed.

the cd-rom drive in another newer system can boot all the cds with no problem.

win2k runs painfully slowly for sure, but i was just adding it to the list of known cds that i coudl boot

i'm trying to use NT 4.0 which runs pretty good, and that cd can boot in other systems.  could it be if there are multiple boot choices for a cd vs one for, say, my linux and 98 which worked?

Accepted Solution

waffleironhead earned 60 total points
ID: 8228111
they are probably using different boot technology...have you tried using a known good booting cd-drive on the reluctant system?

Author Comment

ID: 8695950
sure enough, red aht had one boot sector burned ont he cd; win98 has just one as well.  th eothers had multiple sectors and confused my old sys.  

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