EMachine 1000b Won't Boot To CD Drive.

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No matter what I try I cannot get this emachine to boot to the cdrom. I am trying to do a clean install of XP Pro and it won't do it. I can get it set in the bios but it bypasses it everytime. I have tried several different hd and I know the hardware will support XP. The E splash screen pops up at bootup and I can't see it the process it is taking to get there.


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Is this a legitimate Microsoft XP CDROM?  Some phony XP CDs are not properly made and don't boot.

Have you configured your BIOS to boot from the CD drive?  You really don't specify exactly.  The CD MUST be #1 in the boot order if anything else (like the HDD) is bootable.

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"I can get it set in the bios" means it is first in boot order! Yes it is the real Win XP disc not a bootleg!
Luc FrankenEMEA Server Engineer
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You might want to create bootdisks for setting up winXP, you can get the ones you need from => http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm this doesn't solve your problem booting from cd-rom, but it's a nice workaround.

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I did try the bootdisks today and it keeps telling me the NTLDR file is missing. I can put a install disc from Maxtor or Seagate just to see if it will grab a floppy and it does this with no problems. I am going to try a different cd drive and see if that helps.
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Have you tried booting from a win98 bootdisk (with cd-rom support) and create the bootdisks yourself using the MAKEBOOT.EXE wich is on your winXP cd-rom?

LucF

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I tried to get the bios to detect the drive by putting it as slave on the IDE1 connector with the hard drive. By itself (cd drive) on the IDE2 connector on the mb it was dead. But on the IDE1 as slave it was recognized. XP started install but had errors so I put a new cd rom drive on the IDE2 connector and it installed fine.

Before doing this, bios would detect it but not find it during boot. I tried the Win98 with cd-rom support and it said no drive detected.
Thanks for all the help and info..
Luc FrankenEMEA Server Engineer

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So this is a typical "B" grade answer I provided I think...
> Have you tried booting from a win98 bootdisk
        > I tried the Win98 with cd-rom support and it said no drive detected.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/help/closing.jsp#7
> B: The Expert(s) provided an acceptable solution, or a link to an acceptable solution, that you were able to use, although you may have needed a bit more information to complete the task.

It got you thinking, you figured that your IDE controller was faulty and afterwards that your cd-rom drive was faulty.
Not sure, correct me if I'm wrong.

Anyway, glad you solved your problem.

LucF
Luc FrankenEMEA Server Engineer

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LucF, I gave it a "B". It helped me get going but didn't quite nail it down, so to speak. You got all the points because I tried two of your suggestions.

I have another post that is up for comments now if you know anything about Win 2000 Adv Serv.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Win2000/Q_20782937.html

thanxx
Luc FrankenEMEA Server Engineer

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I'm going to take a look now, I have to say I'm not very experienced with Advanced Server.

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