I have researched all the questions already posted on EE and I've done about everything I know to do. This laptop is having major issues and I need to reformat the HDD.
1. I went to the bios and moved the CD/DVD Drive to to the top of the Boot Sequence. I went as far as to turn off the Diskette Drive and USB Storage so not to interfere. I usually would not do this but I thought I'd give it a try. Anyway, hit ESC, selected save and exit and rebooted. Nothing....it completely bypasses the CD drive on boot up.
2. On restart I hit F12 and select CD Drive to boot from and it completely bypasses the CD drive. On restart the CD drive does light up and I hit "any" key in case the question about booting from a CD just is not appearing but nothing happens. It goes right on into Windows.
3. I can boot into safe mode and read the CD drive just fine.
4. I used the same CD on another computer and it worked fine. I've even tried 3 other XP CD's just in case but none work in this laptop.
Any other ideas on what I might be able to try?