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Posted on 2010-01-07
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I have a Toshiba laptop with a corrupt HD and it won't load XP.  I need to reload the OS from a XP boot disk.  I go into setup to tell the machine to boot from the optical drive first and it seems to lock in the change but regardless, it will NOT boot from the cd, just goes right to the HD for boot-up which ain' t gonna work because the disk has a problem.  Any suggestions how to force the machine to look to the optical drive to boot from when it refuses to?
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by:HainKurt
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only place is the bios... maybe you dont save after changing it... the other option is cd is not bootable (try other boot cd's) or try the cd on other machines to see it is really bootable...
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Just disable all the booting option except from CD only. This will verify whethere there is fault in boot disk or in the procedure like your settings are not saved. Your bios battery is drained etc.
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If you press F12 during start up repeatedly, a Boot Device menu should come up and allow you to select the CD-ROM drive manually.
If that still doesn't work then chances are either the cd isn't bootable, or your CD-ROM drive is malfunctioning.
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I had to Hit F12 once to bring up the boot menu, then restart.  Upon restart, I had to repeatedly and quickly hit F12 to bring up the "Press Any Key to Bood From CD" prompt.
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Did you perform the step provide above that is => Just disable all the booting option except from CD only. This will verify whethere there is fault in boot disk or in the procedure like your settings are not saved. Your bios battery is drained etc.

If so what is the outcome?
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I was able to finally get in by repeatedly hitting the F12 Key a second time after setting the boot sequence by using F12 (the first time).  I did not have to disable all other bootable devices as you suggested.
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