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Hi Experts,

I have an HP machine that freezes or reboots every time it starts (including safe mode). I want to run diagnostics on the machine but cannot boot to the DVD, the option is not available.

I have changed the DVD drive, used different SATA cables, Connected to different SATA ports, disconnected the HDD and disabled the network adapter.

When I go to specify the boot device it is not available but when configuring the boot order the DVD drive is visible.

Look forward to reading your suggestions.
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by:gsnshankar
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in the bios instead of auto detect set it to cdrom .

Is your Hard disk IDE or SATA?
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by:isdd2000
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Hi gsnshankar,

the Hard disk is SATA
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by:nobus
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what model Hp is this?
is the cd drive visible in device management - without errors
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by:gsnshankar
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Is the Power to the Dvd drive okay?

 Are you able to open the DVD tray?    

Is this a new setup not working or an already working setup failed now?
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by:nobus
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and are you sure the drive is OK?
you can also reset the bios to defaults
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by:isdd2000
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Hi Experts,

The model is dc7700 SFF. I am unable to boot into windows hence the diagnostics. The drive has power, disks can be inserted and it is available in the bios.
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by:nobus
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by:Mohammed Rahman
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In BIOS, select the First, Second and Third Boot device to CD/DVD. Or change the boot order priority with DVD at the top. (Settings vary from BIOS to BIOS). Start the computer and the BIOS should automatically default to the DVD as the boot device and you should at least see the light on the DVD flashing for few seconds. Or, you should feel the drive spinning (when you touch the drive). This is an indication that the BIOS is trying to look for bootable media. If the system boots, bingo. If it doesn't you may have to dry another disk. Try disconnect all mass storage devices and also printers with Media Card Readers (if there are any).
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by:isdd2000
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Hi Mody2579,

I have disconnected all other devices other then the DVD drive and still no boot from media. The LED light is active and the drive is spinning, and two DVD drives have been tested.

Thanks.
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by:Mohammed Rahman
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Try the solution provided by me from the link below. Once we have windows installed. We can then check and try figure out the reason for the computer to not boot from DVD. You will need a 4GB USB drive, another computer and OS disk. We may need to update BIOS or figure out some other possible solutions.

** This is not a solution, its just a work around.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/Windows_7/Q_27301353.html
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by:nobus
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can you answer my question plse? (3rd time i ask) " is the drive visible in device manager, as asked?"
and was the link of any help?
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by:Mohammed Rahman
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@nubus:

isdd2000 said: "When I go to specify the boot device it is not available but when configuring the boot order the DVD drive is visible"

I guess that the drive is getting detected in BIOS and thats the reason it show in the boot order menu. Do we really have to worry if the drive is visible in device manager as booting is completely outside Windows evnironment and has nothing to do with being detected in device manager.

Please correct me if I missedon anything.
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by:nobus
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mody - plse do not reply to me - let the asker do that
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by:Hugh McCurdy
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I can't tell from the posts.  Do you get any sort of boot menu when you boot?  (Maybe you need to request a boot menu by pressing F12 or some other key -- if you don't get a boot menu.  I have a notebook like that.)

Have you verified that the DVD will actually boot using another computer?  (No joke, this happened to me.  The DVD had booted in the past because I had used it for installation.  A year later, it wouldn't boot on any computer.)

In closing, I was going to suggest a bootable USB drive but I see mody already suggested it.  IMHO, Mody has a good idea and if nothing else works, I suggest you try it.  At the very least, you should be able to run some diagnostics (if you can boot as Mody suggested).


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by:isdd2000
ID: 36541840
Hi Experts,

Unfortunatly the link is no help as i cannot boot into windows without the machine crashing.
Also there is no bios update settings avaible in the bios menu.

In summery: I have no access to windows even in safe mode.
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nobus earned 2000 total points
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i suggest to use a minimum setup then, as in my guide here :  http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Components/Motherboards/A_1945.html      (Short-overview-of-how-to-troubleshoot-bad-hardware-when-a-pc-does-not-post)
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by:isdd2000
ID: 36546713
Thanks Nobus,

I will try this tonight.
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by:isdd2000
ID: 36954124
Sorry it's been a while guys. But looks like the motherboard is gone.

Cheers.
Thanks for your help Experts
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by:isdd2000
ID: 36955272
I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for isdd2000's comment http:/Q_27304864.html#36954124

for the following reason:

The motherboard was found to be inoperation. No member surgested this as the solution. All testing that was surgested had already been done.
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by:Hugh McCurdy
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I don't see where mody2579's suggestion (bootable USB key) was attempted.  If it was, that could have led to the MB diagnosis.

I also think that nobus' link (read the URL) suggested a motherboard problem.

IMHO, 400 points for nobus and 100 points for mody.
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by:gsnshankar
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I admit hmccurdy..
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by:Hugh McCurdy
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admit?
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by:gsnshankar
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I meant 'accept' here...
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by:isdd2000
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Thanks for your help. Sorry for the mix up
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by:nobus
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have fun with it
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