How do I boot to a cd with an Averatec 2200 series laptop

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I have tried everything to get an Averetec 2200 series laptop to boot to a cd. I have to reformat and it just will not in the normal way. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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I'm pretty sure you can press F2 to get into the BIOS, from there you can change the boot order to read from the CD-ROM first. I think F10 or F12 might get you into the boot menu but I'm not 100% sure.
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As noted above, F2 is the hotkey to enter the BIOS during POST.    Does this work okay?

If so, you should simply have to set the default boot order so the optical drive is first, and it should then boot with no problem to any bootable CD/DVD.

The only complicating issues are if either (a) there's a BIOS password that you don't know (almost impossible to reset, as it uses a security chip to protect it);  (b)  the optical drive is bad (can you boot to the current OS and access a CD/DVD to confirm the drive is good?);  or (c)  the disc you're attempting to boot from isn't bootable (Have you confirmed that on another system?).

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I will check this out. thanks.
All so if you have it set to boot corectly in the BIOS you may have a bad drive.

Some of the symptoms of a bad CD / DVD drive are


1It is loud
This can happen if there is a disk in the drive tray or not.


2Computer will not read the disk.
When you put a disk in, it may not show up in Windows.

Tip: Download a LINUX LIVE CD and boot it up.  See if you can put a CD in and it works properly. I use one that you can download from here: http://software.opensuse.org/113/en If you can boot from this live CD then the drive is working properly to boot into Linux at this point.

This can help greatly in figuring out if it is a Windows Problem or a Hardware Problem.

3The system will not recognize the drive at all.
It will not show up in the BIOS, Device Manager, or it may have a splat next to it in the device manager.


4Software conflict
I have seen a conflict with other software that cause a problem in the registry and the drive will not show up in the Device Manager.  You can check it out buy going into RegEdit.
 
If you have never been in your registry before I would recommend you not to try this check as you may delete the wrong key and cause yourself more problems. If you would like to try this, then here we go.

1. Click Start RUN and in the Run box type regedit.
2. Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Control/Class
3. Under the Class entry, double click on {4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
4. In the right-hand pane, click on the UpperFilters entry
5. Make sure the UpperFilters entry is highlighted, press Delete, then Yes.
6. In the right-hand pane, click on the LowerFilters entry and delete it as well.

Close out of the registry editor and reboot.


5In Device Manager, but not My Computer
If a drive is showing up in Device Manager but not My Computer, then Uninstall the drive in Device Manager and reboot and let Windows pick up the drive again.


6Clean the drive
Take some compressed air in a can and open the drive and blow it out.


7Bad connection?
Try taking the drive out of the laptop and inserting it back in.  That may fix a bad connection problem.  While you have the drive out of the laptop take a soft toothbrush and run it over the connections a few times.




Of course if you were able to boot up a LIVE CD of Linux, and the drive functions properly there, then most likely it is a Windows problem.

If you have tried all this and the drive still will not work in Windows or Linux and does not show up in the BIOS then odds are your drive is probably bad.  You might try using the drive in another computer as a final diagnostic test.

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