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BIOS not recognizing CD drive

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October 29, 2010 3:04:36 AM

Hello. I am trying to install Windows 7 via a bootable DVD created with the Microsoft Tool. I have 2 drives-CDRW/DVD-ROM and a DVDRW. Though I changed the boot sequence, the setup doesnt initialize from the boot disk;instead Vista (my current OS) loads. How can I fix this? Any help greatly appreciated.System is a Del Inspiron 530.

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October 30, 2010 1:16:24 PM

You enter setup/Bios select your preferred DVD drive as first boot device exit setup saving changes and it does not start from the DVD drive (with the disk in there of course)?
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November 6, 2010 3:09:07 PM

rolli59 said:
You enter setup/Bios select your preferred DVD drive as first boot device exit setup saving changes and it does not start from the DVD drive (with the disk in there of course)?


Hi rolli59, When I enter the BIOS steup, the options are CDROM (not DVD) ,HDD,Removable. So when i choose the CDROM drive as first and save and exit, it does not use the bootable disk in the CD drive (I have 2 drives as stated before and I am assuming that the CDRW/DVD-ROM is the "CDROM" seen by BIOS). One thing weird is that the 2nd drive is not seen by the BIOS. Why is that? Does my BIOS need an update?
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November 10, 2010 10:27:55 PM

If the BIOS does not see the drive, either the data cable, power cable, or the drive is bad.
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November 13, 2010 2:38:36 AM

jsc said:
If the BIOS does not see the drive, either the data cable, power cable, or the drive is bad.


jsc, the drive is working just fine; infact I created the bootable DVD for Win 7 using that drive. So I dont know how to solve this issue.
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