Need help loading OS on Dell Dimension L733r

I have a Dell Dimension L733r running Windows XP Professional.  I'm having to reload the OS on this PC.  I've ensured that the CDROM works properly and set the boot order to the CDROM first.  After doing these things I cannot get the computer to boot to the CDROM.  Any help is appreciated.
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1namylnAsked:
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Craig BowmanConnect With a Mentor IT Services SupervisorCommented:
is it a genuine xp cd?  
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acl-puzzConnect With a Mentor Commented:
it looks like this CD is not made as a bootable CD try another CD
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Craig BowmanIT Services SupervisorCommented:
I was going more along the lines of that box being so old that it doesn't read CD-R discs...
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Craig BowmanIT Services SupervisorCommented:
this is why i was asking about the cd being genuine or burned
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acl-puzzCommented:
do u see this message  when you power on this machine

"Press any key to boot from cd......

if the cd is bootable you need to press any key on keyboard. to start setup but CD shold be bootable

if you dont see that message you need to try another CD
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1namylnAuthor Commented:
When I say I've verified the CDROM is working properly that means I've tried more than one drive.  The disk I'm using is a Dell XP disk.  It has a valid COA.
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Craig BowmanIT Services SupervisorCommented:
great, thats the first thing that popped in my head so I thought i'd ask.
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acl-puzzCommented:
ok did you see this message ""Press any key to boot from cd......"  ?
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1namylnAuthor Commented:
No.  Hitting f12 doesn't bring the boot menu up either.
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acl-puzzCommented:
F12 is used for network boot for PXE based installation

if you dont see this message that means this cd doesnt have files to boot an installation process you must need to change this cd and use an alternate XP CD
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☠ MASQ ☠Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Does the CD boot in another machine?
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1namylnAuthor Commented:
F12 brings boot menu in most Dell Bios.  Tried multiple Dell MFG CD's.  CD works good.
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
To get to the BIOS setup on the L Series you need to hit Del while the blue logo is on the screen.
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nobusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
possibilities :
-bad cd, cd drive, or cables
-wrong settign from the Bios boot priority
-bad onboard ide/sata controller
-bad ram
you checked the cd, but did you try another drive, or swap the cables, or connect it to another controller?
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nobusCommented:
note : you can test cables and drive on another pc as well !
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1namylnAuthor Commented:
I will try another cable.  Additionally, I will try a PCI IDE card.  I've had this problem with this type of PC but it was well over 3 years ago and I don't know how it was resolved.  I had to do something with a floppy but again I don't remember.  I think the PCI IDE card may fix the issue.  Will try and repost.  None the less thanks nobus as your post was a good memory jogger.
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nobusCommented:
you can also just swap the cables to disk and cd (if both are on a separate cable)
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Lieven EmbrechtsConnect With a Mentor Senior IT ConsultantCommented:
also try to reset the bios to factory defaults.

- go into bios
- select factory defaults
- save
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vivigattConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Have you updated the PC's BIOS? Usually there is a "boot off floppy" options ?
When teh PC is supposed to attempt booting off the CD, can you see CD activity (led blinking)?
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1namylnAuthor Commented:
Loaded OS on another computer with no drivers then moved that drive to this computer.  I was able to then load the needed drivers.  Points are for efforts.
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