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Can't set order to boot first windows xp cd

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April 26, 2012 8:44:48 PM

I have computer with P4B533 motherboard but I can't set an order to boot first from CD, I tried F8 and in bios to set CD-ROM first but isn't booting, what should I do ?

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a b V Motherboard
April 26, 2012 10:10:12 PM

Double check your settings according to the mobo manual, chapter 4.6 Boot Menu/Boot sequence.
http://www.fixya.com/support/p363472-asus_p4b533_mb1188...

If the CD still doesn't boot:
1. check in "Main Menu" chapter 4.3 and see if the CD Drive is being recognized. If not, check the CD drive connections
2. back in the BIOS "Boot Menu" (chapter 4.6) Disable Removable Device and Other Boot, leaving only the Atapi CD-Rom and IDE Hard Drive enabled, CD-Rom first in the boot sequence... go to Exit menu and select Exit Saving Changes.
3. If still no success, check the BIOS post and pause it with Pause/Break to read the screen on which key you can use to manually select the boot device. Disable "Quick Power On Self Test" if necessary.
April 27, 2012 3:53:34 PM

tried above functions but it won't boot actually it shows me I can press 'del' to enter SETUP and ALT-F2 to enter EZ Flash utility and nothing about F8 or any other booting information....
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a b V Motherboard
April 27, 2012 4:02:40 PM

You can always try updating to the newest version of the bios. It should be on Asus's web site, then again socket 478 is pretty old.
a b V Motherboard
April 27, 2012 9:12:44 PM

edzha90 said:
tried above functions but it won't boot actually it shows me I can press 'del' to enter SETUP and ALT-F2 to enter EZ Flash utility and nothing about F8 or any other booting information....


Are you pressing F8 right after the SETUP (BIOS) posts? you're supposed to press it every 1 to 1 and 1/2 second or hold the key till the Safe Mode boot options list appears on the screen. If the Safe Mode options list doesn't come up on the screen, the boot sector may be damaged, the partition could be damaged, or the hard drive may be dead.

As for setting the first boot order, do it according to the motherobard manual (BIOS section) and if still no success, the CD Drive may be damaged, may have lose connections, the master & slave jumper settings may be incorrecty configured, or the CD may not be bootable.

If nothing of this helps, you may have to give us some more detailed information to better understand the problem.
April 27, 2012 11:21:13 PM

I changed cd-rom and hdd then it was easy to start installing, thank you your help :) 
a b V Motherboard
April 29, 2012 1:47:18 AM

edzha90 said:
I changed cd-rom and hdd then it was easy to start installing, thank you your help :) 


Sometimes damaged (non-booting) hard drives can be accessed if installed as Slave to a working hard drive... see if the old HD is accessible this way, so you can rescue your files before discarding it.
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