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NOW what?! (unmountable boot volume)

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Hai! I have a problem.. I have an Alienware Aurora m9700 laptop that runs Windows XP Media Center.. well, at least it used to - but I digress.

This poor old thing has been thru it, but up until recently, it has worked. Now, when I turn on the pc, I get the normal startup screen, then halfway through the Windows XP load screen, I get the blue screen of death that says "Unmountable Boot Volume." So yeah, I read all over the internet about putting in the restore cd so that I can use the chkdsk option and fix it.. or format, whatever.. and well, although I do have this remarkable Alienware restore cd, I put it in and guess what? The cd rom drive don't work. It was starting to crap out on me before this issue happened, but now it REALLY don't work. I tried not only my restore cd, but a friend of mine was letting me use his copy of Windows XP Media Center.. nope, didn't work. So I read some more online.. thought that maybe I could boot from a usb flash drive I have. I download WinToFlash and put the system crap on there and plug it in.. no option to boot from usb in the BIOS. Anyone know what I could possibly do now?
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Simplest fix is to replace the optical drive.
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