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zapka

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Hello. I need help with a problem I cannot understand... I am not able to boot from CDs. Whenever I turn my PC on, I end up with a blank black screen with a blinking white cursor. There are times, however, that I get a message 'Boot disk failure...' and somehow be able to boot from CDs then. It sems like this only happens after I keep the PC off long enough.

I have already reformatted my disk to try and fix a previous problem. And now that I want to install Windows and everything else, I find that I usually cannot. I am wondering if anyone could explain this to me. Why is it that I am able to boot from CDs only after I have kept the PC off long enough? And for the times that I cant, I get the black screen...

By the way, I have already tried rearranging the boot priorities in the BIOS

Edited by zapka, 11 August 2005 - 05:48 AM.

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austin_o

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Hi. You need to set the bios to bood to cd first. Does the cd drive work ok in all other respects, like reading data, playing music etc? If you put a cd in the drive, can you navigate to it in windows explorer and access the drive? If you have trouble with these as well, you may need to clean the optical lens. If it works ok doing these, we have another can of worms to explore.
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