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W7 64bit wont boot from cd-drive

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a b V Motherboard
July 24, 2010 10:44:27 PM

Hi i have a Gigabyte Ga p35 DS3L mobo and i am trying to install w7 64bit home edition.

Hardware specs:
Motherboard: Gigabyte Ga P35 DS3L
Graphic card: Sapphire Radeon 5750
CPU: Intel Pentium 2.66ghz duo core
Memory: 3x 1gb Corsair DDR3
Cd-drive: Plextor something...
Hardisk: Western digital 1tb
hardisk2: Samsung


When the system tries to boot from the cd i can see the cd-drive working, hear the cd spin, but i get:

Boot from cd/dvd:
Boot from cd/dvd:


And there it stops... exactly the same i get without a disk, only then i get a message that tells me to insert disc.

The cd works in other computers, the cd-drive boots linux cd's and everything in the computer worked fine with windows XP.

Thanks in advance.

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July 25, 2010 12:17:20 AM

I'm having a bit of a problem too.
( see my thread )

Try changing what sata port it's in.
a c 177 V Motherboard
July 25, 2010 2:02:52 AM

Have you tried to boot to the windoze installer disk on another system? Might just be a bad disk... Kind of suspicious if linux boots OK!
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a c 199 V Motherboard
July 25, 2010 2:28:39 AM

This might be dumb but you keep saying CD drive. You do know Windows 7 is on a DVD right? XP was on a CD.
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
July 25, 2010 9:01:35 AM

"I'm having a bit of a problem too.
( see my thread )

Try changing what sata port it's in."

ill try that.

"Have you tried to boot to the windoze installer disk on another system? Might just be a bad disk... Kind of suspicious if linux boots OK!"

The disk booted ok on my laptop.

"This might be dumb but you keep saying CD drive. You do know Windows 7 is on a DVD right? XP was on a CD."

yeye cd/dvd-drive, i was lazy =/
a c 177 V Motherboard
July 25, 2010 2:23:08 PM

Thinking to take a look at boot structures that vary between how a linux might boot, vs how the win installer kernel boots - might give us a clue... What 'flavor' of linux boots? (Hopefully, Ubuntu - as I have the installer disks here - but, can get whatever...) Is it a 'live' linux (runs from the CD/DVD), a dedicated installer, or both (most Ubuntu...)?

'Nother thing: boot order... I usually recommend that, if your board has a floppy port (even if you don't have a floppy!), you set your boot order to: 1 - floppy, 2 - CDROM, 3 - Hard Disk. This allows you to 'blind flash' the board, should you have a pretty complete BIOS failure or corruption; also allows you to 'interrupt' your boot to stick in, say, a bootable MemTest, UBCD, or other 'tool' disk - it costs a couple seconds each boot, but if you have a BIOS disaster, you won't be able to enter the BIOS to change that boot order!
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
July 25, 2010 3:16:59 PM

The linux is a live linux/installer disk, its Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop edition, i can use it from the disk and install it to my computer as well.

btw, can the IDE channel my cd/dvd-drive is plugged into have something to say?
(it is in a "master" channel)
I have nothing in IDE channel 0...
a c 177 V Motherboard
July 25, 2010 4:18:18 PM

Is the Plextor actually an IDE drive? IOW, does it connect with a flat ribbon cable? Otherwise, for SATA drives, the whole 'channel/master/slave' thing is simply a 'compatibility appendage'; a setup built into the controller/BIOS/driver that allows the SATA controllers to 'look like' an older, 'twin-IDE cable' controller - it really means nothing as applied to physical SATA controllers...

That's good - I'm pretty positive I've kept my old 9.04 installers; I usually keep 'em stacked one deep, in case I run into trouble with new versions, and have to 'go back one'!
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
July 25, 2010 4:58:04 PM

ah ok, its not a Sata drive, its IDE.
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
July 25, 2010 5:01:28 PM

can the cd/dvd-drives reading speed have something to say?
a c 177 V Motherboard
July 25, 2010 5:18:55 PM

If it's a flat cable, definitely check your install vs the IDE Cabling/Jumpering section of the 'sticky'...
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
July 25, 2010 5:27:53 PM

I have wired correctly according to that section.
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
July 25, 2010 5:42:13 PM

Problem solved, i pulled out my previous cd/dvd-drive and it worked perfectly.

guess it didnt understand the hardware for some weird reason.

Thanks for all help/replies.
a c 177 V Motherboard
July 26, 2010 1:52:31 AM

Surprising - I used to buy exclusively Plextors back in the day, when I used all SCSI devices - made, far and away, the best stuff in the business! Glad you got it though - I had little luck with 'surgery' on the boot tracks - my main tool (BootItNG) said they were pretty similar...
!