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PC Won't Boot From CD DVD Drive - Please help!

  • Windows XP
  • CD-Rom
  • DVD Drives
  • Storage
  • Devices
  • Win32
  • BIOS
  • Motherboards
  • Windows 7
  • CMOS
Last response: in Storage
November 12, 2013 4:25:54 AM

Hi Guys,

Right I'm having such a headache with my computer at home. I am upgrading from 32bit windows xp to Windows 7 64bit. When I try to run the install from my desktop I get the error message of the disc is not compatible with your version of windows please reboot your pc from CD. So I know I need to do a clean install and I know to do this i need to boot from CD BUT my PC doesn't seem to be able to do this and this is where my problem began!

I disabled all of the bootable devices in the BIOS apart from the DVD drive and it gave me a black screen with a message which said:-
"No suitable bootable devices please insert cd or select suitable device and reboot"
(or something along them lines anyway).

This made me think the disk is faulty, so I loaded up XP, and it seems the disk is fine, it reads as Windows 7 but I just get the error message when I try to load it up. So the disc is fine.

I have entered the BIOS and tried setting the DVD drive as the primary booting device
I have tried disabling all other booting devices, that didn't work either ( see above )
I have tried selecting the DVD drive as the bootable device too.

I have a MSI Mother board, I have been advised to switch the ribbon cable from the hard drive with the ribbon cable from the DVD drive, also I've seen posts about resetting the CMOS.

If possible I would like to do this without having to play around with the motherboard itself, the last thing I'd want is to blow up my motherboard.


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a b G Storage
a c 527 V Motherboard
a b $ Windows 7
November 12, 2013 4:30:46 AM

Since you mention a "ribbon cable", I have to ask if this is an IDE drive and if so, did you change the jumper setting on the rear of the drive to Master?

-Wolf sends
November 12, 2013 4:35:36 AM

Sorry I'm a bit of a techy novice.

Is the jumper setting on the back of the DVD drive itself?

I've not tampered with any of the drive since I've had the PC.

I bought the PC, installed windows XP and that was it, not touched it since, only used it for day to day things and gaming.
a b G Storage
a c 527 V Motherboard
a b $ Windows 7
November 12, 2013 2:43:19 PM

Yes, if it's an IDE drive, the jumper setting would be at the rear of the drive, itself.

As an example:

-Wolf sends