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I am having the same problem as others here I understand the fixes but the one problem that I am having is my Dell won't boot from from cd/dvd drive or usb setting.

This is really driving me bananas. I have an original copy of WinXp.
Help woould be very useful

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Edited by tman1969, 08 December 2009 - 07:26 PM.

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Is the CD drive listed first in BIOS boot order?
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Yes the bios is set to cd/dvd only I have not listed the other bootable devices.
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Did you try that CD on another computer to see, if it'll boot?
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thanks for the reply
I have and it is bootable
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Is the drive usable? Does it play CDs/DVDs?
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when the system was working yes it was doing everything. Should I somehow try to install a bootable dell disk, (where would I get one from)
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OK. Let's go back...
What's wrong with the computer?
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The system boots no problem right to the logon. When I press enter it will go thru its usual. It then logs me off. I have read other posts that have the same problem but the difference is that I cannot boot from any drives. I pulled out the hard drive and used it as an external saved all my files and then tried to repair it thru winxp cd. It got me to repair ask whether 1. for windows or
2. h:\

Of course I chose H:\ but then it asked me for my admin password???????

So in short it loops thru logon and logoff but cannot boot

thanks
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I assume, you put Windows CD in and you restart computer, correct?
What happens then?
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If I choose cd/dvd in the BIOS settings it say no bootable disk. If I change the bios settings to hdd it boots in and then loops even thru safe mode.
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If I choose cd/dvd in the BIOS settings it say no bootable disk

It says that when you actually starting the computer with the CD in?
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yes
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Make sure, CD drive is listed 1st in BIOS...
Download Windows Recovery Console: http://www.thecomput...om/files/rc.iso
Download, and install free Imgburn: http://www.imgburn.c...hp?act=download
Using Imgburn, burn rc.iso to a CD.
Boot to the CD...see, if it will.
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Ok I will try this and get back to you

Thank you
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