I purchased this new laptop running Windows 8 and as a software developer I was apprehensive from the beginning. I just generally dislike having to learn a new way to do something that I already know how to do (or where something is and has been for the last 10 years, etc. as in XP). I tired to like it, I even changed the color scheme to a nice pretty peachy color but I can't get a damn thing done on it.
So now I've replaced the drive with a clean one so I can install XP but I can not get it to boot from the DVD drive. The computer didn't come with any disks and the only thing that happens when I start it up is I can hear it access the DVD drive and give it a little spin like it's going to let me boot from it but then it goes directory to the Aptio Setup Utility.
If I reboot and hit the esc key to get it to give me a boot menu it says "Please select boot device" but the only option displayed says "Enter Setup".
Under the Advanced main menu tab, if I go into SATA Configuration it shows the 0 dirve as the SATA drive with the serial number and then beneath it is shows the ATAPI CDROM with it's serial number.
Under the Boot main menu tab there are only two options:
Launch CSM (inaccessible)
Boot Option Priorities (inaccessible)
Delete Boot Option which is live but there is nothing there to Delete
There is also a Network stack [enable/disable]
Ipv4 PXE Support [enable/disable]
Ipv5 PXE Support [enable/disable]
Ipv6 Delay Time of 0
I have no idea what any of that means
Anyone can get this machine to boot from the CDRom drive and install XP I will be more than happy to award you all 500 points. If it's a collaborative effort I'll divide them as equitably as possible.