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Can't Install Windows... Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Pre

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Anonymous
December 16, 2010 3:20:56 PM

Hello.
I am trying to Install Windows XP on my old PC. It didn't have a CD-ROM so I used one from my new Computer. The Problem I am getting is that whenever I connect the CD-ROM, computer doesn't boot. It Ends Up giving me error : "Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and Press Enter"
The Hard Disk is alright and does boot if CD-ROM is disconnected. However, After I connect the CD-ROM, Hard Disk won't Boot either, even when it is first boot device.
CD-ROM is working fine on other PC and hard disk is also quite right when CD-ROM is not connected to the PC.
I would really appreciate it if someone could help me out.
Thanks.
December 16, 2010 3:57:35 PM

Are any of these devices IDE? I suspect a Master/Slave issue.
Anonymous
December 16, 2010 4:54:32 PM

i am not sure what u mean but i have tried to change data cables... but it didn't work either...
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December 16, 2010 4:57:42 PM

Does the cable for either the HDD or CD drive look like this?

Anonymous
December 16, 2010 5:00:58 PM

Yes both... I mean its a single cable but supports two devices...
December 16, 2010 5:05:23 PM

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Yes both... I mean its a single cable but supports two devices...


We have a winner!

There are two possible ways to troubleshoot this problem.

1.) Change the Hard Disk drive to master in your BIOS
2.) Make sure the jumper on the HDD is set to the "master" configuration.
Anonymous
December 16, 2010 5:07:04 PM

thanks...
but sorry... i dont quite understand what are your solutions?
December 16, 2010 5:10:15 PM

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thanks...
but sorry... i dont quite understand what are your solutions?


In IDE systems there is a device marked as a master and another marked as a slave. Basically, if your hard drive is not made the master the computer will not attempt to boot from the hard drive. What we need to do is change this.

Do you know how to get to your BIOS?
Anonymous
December 16, 2010 5:17:02 PM

First of all, I want my computer to boot from cd-rom so that I can instal windows. And yeah, I know how to get to the bios.
Anonymous
December 16, 2010 5:25:18 PM

Psychoteddy said:
In IDE systems there is a device marked as a master and another marked as a slave. Basically, if your hard drive is not made the master the computer will not attempt to boot from the hard drive. What we need to do is change this.

Do you know how to get to your BIOS?



First of all, I want my computer to boot from cd-rom so that I can install windows. And yeah, I know how to get to the bios.
December 16, 2010 5:38:54 PM

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First of all, I want my computer to boot from cd-rom so that I can install windows. And yeah, I know how to get to the bios.


Ok, well let's try this then. At startup there should be a function key that you can hit to select boot order. It should appear when you boot up your computer stating something to the effect of "F10 - Change Boot Device" or something similar. Press this key while the computer displays this message and select your disk drive at the prompt.
Anonymous
December 16, 2010 5:57:38 PM

Psychoteddy said:
Ok, well let's try this then. At startup there should be a function key that you can hit to select boot order. It should appear when you boot up your computer stating something to the effect of "F10 - Change Boot Device" or something similar. Press this key while the computer displays this message and select your disk drive at the prompt.

No use. Still same error.
December 24, 2010 7:37:29 AM

please take a look of your cd-rom.you will see there is a jumper attach at the back of the drive..check the jumper,is it on the master-pin(is a colour plastic)dnt worry,u can see the wording.try this..
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