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Old 06-09-2017, 09:12 PM   #1
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Question booting from cd problem in award bios


(please read all the way though to fully understand the situation)

first off, i know that this is a linux based forum, but i figured that this is a small enough problem that this community can get my problem solved and i can get started working on doing things on my linux based laptop.

My uncle gave me his old computer that is super underpowered in terms of specks. it runs in xp and has two cd drives. my plan is to turn it into a retro gameing thing for stuff like doom and such, i dont want to erase the drive because their might be something worth of importance. Needless to say, i found a way to crack his password and gain administrative privileges. (with his permission of course [and i will not tell anyone on how to do so]).

the way i plan to crack it, i have an iso image that i have burned onto a cd that i am suppose to boot from. when i go into the awardbios to select the cd as the primary way to boot, it goes strait to the HDD and into windows.


(sorry for any misspelled words)
 
Old 06-09-2017, 09:52 PM   #2
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Problems that you may have with a CD is bad download (test md5 or shal). Burning on less that the very slowest speeds, using poor or less than best quality CD, using CD-RW, assuming that the old system has a working optical drive. Many others.

The very low spec computers may only be supported in linux from a few distro's. We'd need to know specs to decide what you may be able to use.
 
Old 06-10-2017, 09:56 PM   #3
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it is not a bad download because i was able to boot from it from my laptop. the top cd drive (witch is the first one to be pluged into the cable) works inside of xp, however when i put the bootable disk inside of it and went into the bios, the cd drive was not there (as if the disk was not there). but when i put the disk inside the second cd drive, i at least had a choice of the cd (im assuming the drives name?).

and what spects are you looking for. (p.s. i will be away from the old computer for a week.)
 
Old 06-11-2017, 02:40 PM   #4
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Some old computers will not boot from optical drives or only boot from one optical drives if two drives have been installed.


Older systems will generally have to have the devices shown correctly in bios. It may be that some cable choice or jumper(or lack of jumper) is needed. Restore the system to one drive and lowest ide port.

Look at the other things I wrote about.

Just because a cd boots on a different system, it only proves that that system will boot. No other assumption can be made. Not even a quality of download.
 
Old 06-23-2017, 08:05 PM   #5
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i just faceplamed a little bit, i think its because i left secure boot on....

and i was saying that the cd would show up on the old system and could boot on my "newer" laptop therefore it recognised the disk and the disk itself works properly.
 
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See my signature for "Ultimate guide for Windows users...".
 
Old 07-09-2017, 04:17 PM   #7
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real reason why

(i just got back from vacation sorry)

the REAL reason why is that the cd drive wouldn't boot from it, although i could use the drive inside of windows xp and it would work as intended.

i swapped the cables and made the 2nd cd available and the 1st not connected, and BOOM, cd was recognised, ran the iso image, blanked the password and i was in. i suppose that the 1st cd drive just couldn't boot....is that a thing?
 
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I don't think it's a "thing".
My BIOS is somewhat particular also.
 
Old 07-09-2017, 07:07 PM   #9
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If by "is that a thing?" you mean being able to boot from one disc drive on a system and not the other, I have definitely seen that before. Just worked on a computer a month ago or so where that was the case. It was an older computer as well, still running XP.
 
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"....It may be that some cable choice or jumper(or lack of jumper) is needed. Restore the system to one drive and lowest ide port."

It is a thing.
 
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