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Old 03-10-2004, 01:30 PM   #1
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cannot boot from CDROM

I have a CDROM bootable BIOS and cannot get the BIOS to boot from CDROM I am trying to install Slack 9 from the CDROM with the startup sequence (CDROM, C, A). Even though the BIOS is set to boot first from CDROM, the BIOS gives control to the HD. The BIOS ends up its thing with the BIOS message "Boot from ATAPI CDROM" briefly before passing control to the HD.

This Slack 9 CD does not give me any problems. I have done the boot/root disk thing many times and once the boot/root disks load, the CD works fine. I have also tried several CDROM drives without difference.

Anybody go through this? The HD is the primary master and CDROM is primary slave, if relevant.
Old 03-10-2004, 01:49 PM   #2
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Has your computer booted up off of other bootable CD-ROMs? Also, the fact that your CD-ROM is primary slave COULD have something to do with it. If you can make it secondary master, it might work (I remember reading about this somewhere...).
Old 03-10-2004, 02:37 PM   #3
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I have tried other CDs, same thing "Boot from ATAPI CDROM: Failure." I just retried using my CD-ROM as primary master and HD as primary slave but it did not work.
Old 03-10-2004, 05:32 PM   #4
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Well what is actually installed on your HDD? If you have another OS like XP on it, booting from the CD ROM, even if the BIOS startup sequence is properly configured, may not work. If your HDD is formatted (you may say clean of any OS) then itl should work.

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Old 03-10-2004, 06:09 PM   #5
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Ive heard that some CDR's that were recorded very fast (above say 8x) will not properly boot. Are you absolutely certain that other CDs, say a REAL Win9x disk wont boot?

Also, try every Function key and the Del key (F10 and F12 on some systems) to see if you can invoke a "boot menu"... all modern Dell computers have a hidden boot menu if you press F12.

To test xbbd's thereoy re XP not allowing cdrom boot (Im not sure how, but I have seen this myself), just disconnect the hard drive for a single boot and see if you boot to the cd.

other posters suggestion to move it to 2ndary master is a good one too.
Old 03-10-2004, 11:22 PM   #6
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I ran into the same exact thing you describe -- I have 2 machines, and my Slack v9.0 disk is bootable in one of them but not bootable in the other. Who knows why. Just like you, booting from the boot/root floppies may be a bit of a hassle, but once it's installed, the problem is solved. I just don't see that it's worth spending hours/days hunting down the cause, because its effect simply isn't that important, at least to my anyway.

Incidentally, the Slack v9.1 CD's boot from both machines. -- J.W.


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