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Old 01-03-2008, 01:04 PM   #1
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Cannot boot from laptop dvd/rw, drive works in Fedora and XP (SOLVED)

Was trying to install ubuntu ultimate on my laptop.
I wanted to wipe the whole harddrive, which currently contains Fedora core 4 and Windows XP on two partitions with GRUB as bootloader.

The problem is that the bios for some reason cannot boot from the DVD drive even though it has a boot menu that has a "Boot from CD" point.
The drive is a replacement for the old DVD drive (not a dvd burner) which could boot but died.

The drive is appearently not detected by the bios, and neither by GRUB
When i write "root (" and presses tab to see the available drives i only get fd0 and hd0.

The strange part is that the drive works flawlessly in both windows and fedora.

Still, i would like to wipe all partitions and install Ubuntu Ultimate.
Does anyone know a workaround?

Thanks a lot.

Last edited by deepcore; 01-04-2008 at 04:01 AM.
Old 01-03-2008, 01:48 PM   #2
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Do you have a floppy drive? You could create a bootable floppy which then boots the CD. Some install CDs come with a bootable floppy image which can be copied to floppy using dd.

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are there any options in bios for bootable "choices"?
Old 01-04-2008, 04:00 AM   #4
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Problem (partially) solved.

There are appearently a difference between the way the computer communicates with DVD/R and DVD/RW.

Older bioses (before DVD/RW) might therefore have problems with communicating with the newer DVD/RW drives. This is appearently espicially so with drives of the brand NEC (at least nearly all posts i found are concerning slimline NEC drives).

I tried a few DVD/RW drives, but to no awail.
My neighbor did however own an older laptop with a DVD/R drive.
I unplugged it and shuved it in my computer - and bingo, i could boot from the drive.

Take this as a warning to all people that are buying cheap laptops.
Beware that there might not come bios upgrades to your board and it consequently might not work with new pherpipals.

Thanks for the help, though


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