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CANNOT BOOT FROM CD at reboot


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3zhap

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Trying to format my computer, I have a Vista CD, but the computer doesn't read it at boot.
I press F8 and choose my ASUS-CD-DRIVE (it's also at priority 1) but it still starts up as normal even after selecting the CD on F8.
Any help please?
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Have you tried getting into your BIOS and setting the boot order to first boot from the cdrom drive then the hard drive. It sound like it always boots from the hard drive right now.

to navigate in the bios you use the arrow keys. To open a section in a new window to change the settings hit the enter key after highlighting what you want to change in blue by using the arrow keys to move to that line. You can hit the Esc key to get back out of the bios,

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When you computer starts, hit one of these keys (depending on your computer):
  • F1
  • F2
  • DEL
  • ESC
  • F10

This will allow you to enter your BIOS and make changes to your computer. You must now find the option allowing you to configure what your computer does first, you want to set it to "CDROM" or something similar. Then save and exit.
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I've tried that, works for my laptop, but not my computer :S
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Hello 3zhap...

Is your optical drive as DVD drive?

How was the cd acquired and how was it burned?

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It works on my laptop and other computer, so there's something wrong with computer1's boot drive or something.
I've changed the CD Drive to priority 1 boot device. Still doesn't work - I did that earlier today already.
Press F8 takes me to a menu showing my CD Drive, Floppy Drive, and I think RAM or Hard Drive, clicked CD Drive, and just boots normally.
I did all this earlier toady already.
Maybe my CD Drive isn't installed properly so it can't read it before it actually starts up/loads windows?
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Is it a DVD drive?
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I have both a CD and DVD drive, but only the CD comes up in [setup] when i press [del] to change the priority boot drives.
Floppy, CD, and something else (HDD I think.)
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Therein lies the problem. Vista is a DVD and you must use a DVD capable optical drive to read it.

Are your optical drives IDE or SATA?
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I have no idea, to tell you the truth, mate.
I've tried putting it in the DVD Drive, but the DVD Drive isn't in the Priority Boot Order- There's no option to select it.

:S

Thanks alot for the reply.
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NVM FIXED, THANKS for the replies mate.
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Did the DVD drive work before?

Sometimes, when using IDE drives, the secondary slave is not recognized by BIOS until it's installed by Windows. Kind of a catch 22 in your situation.

Is the DVD drive on top or under the CD drive?
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Great!

What did you find?
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That as exactly it, the DVD was Secondary so it couldnt read it :)
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:)

Glad you got it figured out... :)
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