How do I set Bios to boot off CD first

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I have a Intel Pentium III 800 MHz 128 in a dell Dimension 4100, and
would like to set it so it boots from CD first, for a linux live cd. I
have CD rom set a secondary Master. Would I have to set it to master?
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "How Do I Configure My DellT DimensionT 4100 to Boot from the CD Drive?"
    http://tinyurl.com/adts6

    Ted Zieglar

    "bdeditch" <bdeditch@gmail.com> wrote in message news:1127794824.781268.4270@g14g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
    >I have a Intel Pentium III 800 MHz 128 in a dell Dimension 4100, and
    > would like to set it so it boots from CD first, for a linux live cd. I
    > have CD rom set a secondary Master. Would I have to set it to master?
    >
  2. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    No. You just need to change the boot order in the bios

    I already tried this Johnny and it did not work
  3. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    On Mon, 26 Sep 2005 21:20:24 -0700, bdeditch wrote:

    > I have a Intel Pentium III 800 MHz 128 in a dell Dimension 4100, and
    > would like to set it so it boots from CD first, for a linux live cd. I
    > have CD rom set a secondary Master. Would I have to set it to master?

    No. You just need to change the boot order in the bios.
  4. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "johnny" <johnny@n0sq.us> wrote in message
    news:pan.2005.09.28.00.12.48.255078@n0sq.us...
    > On Mon, 26 Sep 2005 21:20:24 -0700, bdeditch wrote:
    >
    >> I have a Intel Pentium III 800 MHz 128 in a dell Dimension 4100, and
    >> would like to set it so it boots from CD first, for a linux live cd. I
    >> have CD rom set a secondary Master. Would I have to set it to master?
    >
    > No. You just need to change the boot order in the bios.
    >

    In fact, ALL of the drives should be set for Cable Select.
  5. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "bdeditch" <bdeditch@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1127874612.077436.235300@g47g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
    > No. You just need to change the boot order in the bios
    >
    > I already tried this Johnny and it did not work
    >

    Did you set the drives back to Cable Select? What CD are you trying to
    boot? Have you tried to boot it in another computer?
  6. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    I do not think they are set to cable select, I have tried to boot up
    the disk from another computor and it worked.
  7. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Tom is correct, of course. And this brings up a minor question for me.

    Last night I installed a BenQ DVD drive into my Dimension 4500. (The
    DW1640 - it rocks.) Reading through the user reviews on Newegg's web site, I
    came across several reviewers who wrote that this drive won't work with
    Win2K or WinXP unless it's jumpered master/slave as opposed to cable select.
    Didn't make sense to me, but I didn't have a lot of disposable time so I
    just jumpered the drive to master and stuck it in. So far it works very
    well.

    So here's my minor question: Every other hard/optical drive I have is
    jumpered cable select. Does it make any difference that this drive is
    jumpered master?

    --
    Ted Zieglar
    "You can do it if you try."

    "Tom Scales" <tomtoo@softhome.net> wrote in message
    news:4il_e.108751$4i6.81508@tornado.tampabay.rr.com...
    >
    > "johnny" <johnny@n0sq.us> wrote in message
    > news:pan.2005.09.28.00.12.48.255078@n0sq.us...
    > > On Mon, 26 Sep 2005 21:20:24 -0700, bdeditch wrote:
    > >
    > >> I have a Intel Pentium III 800 MHz 128 in a dell Dimension 4100, and
    > >> would like to set it so it boots from CD first, for a linux live cd. I
    > >> have CD rom set a secondary Master. Would I have to set it to master?
    > >
    > > No. You just need to change the boot order in the bios.
    > >
    >
    > In fact, ALL of the drives should be set for Cable Select.
    >
    >
    >
  8. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    As long as you put it on the Master connector (end of the cable), it makes
    no difference if you jumpered it CS or Master.


    "Ted Zieglar" <teddyz@notmail.com> wrote in message
    news:CHw_e.8$XC5.150676@news.sisna.com...
    > Tom is correct, of course. And this brings up a minor question for me.
    >
    > Last night I installed a BenQ DVD drive into my Dimension 4500. (The
    > DW1640 - it rocks.) Reading through the user reviews on Newegg's web site,
    > I
    > came across several reviewers who wrote that this drive won't work with
    > Win2K or WinXP unless it's jumpered master/slave as opposed to cable
    > select.
    > Didn't make sense to me, but I didn't have a lot of disposable time so I
    > just jumpered the drive to master and stuck it in. So far it works very
    > well.
    >
    > So here's my minor question: Every other hard/optical drive I have is
    > jumpered cable select. Does it make any difference that this drive is
    > jumpered master?
    >
    > --
    > Ted Zieglar
    > "You can do it if you try."
    >
    > "Tom Scales" <tomtoo@softhome.net> wrote in message
    > news:4il_e.108751$4i6.81508@tornado.tampabay.rr.com...
    >>
    >> "johnny" <johnny@n0sq.us> wrote in message
    >> news:pan.2005.09.28.00.12.48.255078@n0sq.us...
    >> > On Mon, 26 Sep 2005 21:20:24 -0700, bdeditch wrote:
    >> >
    >> >> I have a Intel Pentium III 800 MHz 128 in a dell Dimension 4100, and
    >> >> would like to set it so it boots from CD first, for a linux live cd. I
    >> >> have CD rom set a secondary Master. Would I have to set it to master?
    >> >
    >> > No. You just need to change the boot order in the bios.
    >> >
    >>
    >> In fact, ALL of the drives should be set for Cable Select.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >
  9. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Thanks Tom. Once I've completely tested the drive, I'm going to switch the
    jumper to cable select. I'll bet that nothing bad happens.

    --
    Ted Zieglar
    "You can do it if you try."

    "Tom Scales" <tomtoo@softhome.net> wrote in message
    news:KvA_e.109014$4i6.50754@tornado.tampabay.rr.com...
    > As long as you put it on the Master connector (end of the cable), it makes
    > no difference if you jumpered it CS or Master.
    >
    >
    > "Ted Zieglar" <teddyz@notmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:CHw_e.8$XC5.150676@news.sisna.com...
    > > Tom is correct, of course. And this brings up a minor question for me.
    > >
    > > Last night I installed a BenQ DVD drive into my Dimension 4500. (The
    > > DW1640 - it rocks.) Reading through the user reviews on Newegg's web
    site,
    > > I
    > > came across several reviewers who wrote that this drive won't work with
    > > Win2K or WinXP unless it's jumpered master/slave as opposed to cable
    > > select.
    > > Didn't make sense to me, but I didn't have a lot of disposable time so I
    > > just jumpered the drive to master and stuck it in. So far it works very
    > > well.
    > >
    > > So here's my minor question: Every other hard/optical drive I have is
    > > jumpered cable select. Does it make any difference that this drive is
    > > jumpered master?
    > >
    > > --
    > > Ted Zieglar
    > > "You can do it if you try."
    > >
    > > "Tom Scales" <tomtoo@softhome.net> wrote in message
    > > news:4il_e.108751$4i6.81508@tornado.tampabay.rr.com...
    > >>
    > >> "johnny" <johnny@n0sq.us> wrote in message
    > >> news:pan.2005.09.28.00.12.48.255078@n0sq.us...
    > >> > On Mon, 26 Sep 2005 21:20:24 -0700, bdeditch wrote:
    > >> >
    > >> >> I have a Intel Pentium III 800 MHz 128 in a dell Dimension 4100, and
    > >> >> would like to set it so it boots from CD first, for a linux live cd.
    I
    > >> >> have CD rom set a secondary Master. Would I have to set it to
    master?
    > >> >
    > >> > No. You just need to change the boot order in the bios.
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >> In fact, ALL of the drives should be set for Cable Select.
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>
    > >
    >
    >
  10. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Its a desktop model from about 2001. Now since there was only one hard
    drive to begin with or at least I am sure that was the case. When I
    opened it up it had 2 hard drives but only one hooked up. Now that I
    think about it I am sure that they might have been set to CS. I made
    one master and the other slave. It works fine excepot for the booting
    up part. I did get it to boot up from the CD , but had to go into Bios
    and change some things around. CD Rom is secondary Master


    Then you have a defective CD or non-bootable CD in the drive or there's

    something seriously wrong with your hardware or in the way the drive is

    installed. I would suggest trying to boot from the CD on another PC to
    see
    if the CD is OK. If it is OK, you probably should check the straps on
    the
    back of the drives to see if they're properly set as master (MA) or
    slave
    (SL). There are some systems that use "cable select" (CS) to
    automatically
    assign master/slave but that requires a special cable. This is not an
    all-inclusive check but it's a start. I don't remember if this is a new

    laptop but, if it is, Dell tech support should be able to help you. It
    would be faster to diagnose with a call to tech support. Keep in mind
    that
    opening up a laptop is not for the faint of heart and you could mess up

    something else if you're not careful - and if it's under warranty I
    wouldn't mess with things inside.
  11. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    On Tue, 27 Sep 2005 19:30:12 -0700, bdeditch wrote:

    > No. You just need to change the boot order in the bios
    >
    > I already tried this Johnny and it did not work

    Then you have a defective CD or non-bootable CD in the drive or there's
    something seriously wrong with your hardware or in the way the drive is
    installed. I would suggest trying to boot from the CD on another PC to see
    if the CD is OK. If it is OK, you probably should check the straps on the
    back of the drives to see if they're properly set as master (MA) or slave
    (SL). There are some systems that use "cable select" (CS) to automatically
    assign master/slave but that requires a special cable. This is not an
    all-inclusive check but it's a start. I don't remember if this is a new
    laptop but, if it is, Dell tech support should be able to help you. It
    would be faster to diagnose with a call to tech support. Keep in mind that
    opening up a laptop is not for the faint of heart and you could mess up
    something else if you're not careful - and if it's under warranty I
    wouldn't mess with things inside.
  12. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    On Wed, 28 Sep 2005 00:17:04 +0000, Tom Scales wrote:

    >
    > "johnny" <johnny@n0sq.us> wrote in message
    > news:pan.2005.09.28.00.12.48.255078@n0sq.us...
    >> On Mon, 26 Sep 2005 21:20:24 -0700, bdeditch wrote:
    >>
    >>> I have a Intel Pentium III 800 MHz 128 in a dell Dimension 4100, and
    >>> would like to set it so it boots from CD first, for a linux live cd. I
    >>> have CD rom set a secondary Master. Would I have to set it to master?
    >>
    >> No. You just need to change the boot order in the bios.
    >>
    >
    > In fact, ALL of the drives should be set for Cable Select.

    I prefer not to use CS. Just my preference.
  13. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    On Wed, 28 Sep 2005 09:15:48 -0400, Ted Zieglar wrote:

    > Tom is correct, of course. And this brings up a minor question for me.
    >
    > Last night I installed a BenQ DVD drive into my Dimension 4500. (The
    > DW1640 - it rocks.) Reading through the user reviews on Newegg's web site, I
    > came across several reviewers who wrote that this drive won't work with
    > Win2K or WinXP unless it's jumpered master/slave as opposed to cable select.
    > Didn't make sense to me, but I didn't have a lot of disposable time so I
    > just jumpered the drive to master and stuck it in. So far it works very
    > well.
    >
    > So here's my minor question: Every other hard/optical drive I have is
    > jumpered cable select. Does it make any difference that this drive is
    > jumpered master?

    CS only works with a special IDE cable that is designed for CS. CS
    assigns master/slave based on which IDE connector the drive is attached
    to. The master or slave strap on the back of the drive will override this
    feature.
  14. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "johnny" <johnny@n0sq.us> wrote in message
    news:pan.2005.09.29.00.05.06.918961@n0sq.us...
    > On Wed, 28 Sep 2005 00:17:04 +0000, Tom Scales wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> "johnny" <johnny@n0sq.us> wrote in message
    >> news:pan.2005.09.28.00.12.48.255078@n0sq.us...
    >>> On Mon, 26 Sep 2005 21:20:24 -0700, bdeditch wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> I have a Intel Pentium III 800 MHz 128 in a dell Dimension 4100, and
    >>>> would like to set it so it boots from CD first, for a linux live cd. I
    >>>> have CD rom set a secondary Master. Would I have to set it to master?
    >>>
    >>> No. You just need to change the boot order in the bios.
    >>>
    >>
    >> In fact, ALL of the drives should be set for Cable Select.
    >
    > I prefer not to use CS. Just my preference.
    >

    Good for you, but all Dells come with CS cables and drives jumpered as CS.
    Seems silly to replace the cables.
  15. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "johnny" <johnny@n0sq.us> wrote in message
    news:pan.2005.09.29.00.10.39.452147@n0sq.us...
    > On Wed, 28 Sep 2005 09:15:48 -0400, Ted Zieglar wrote:
    >
    >> Tom is correct, of course. And this brings up a minor question for me.
    >>
    >> Last night I installed a BenQ DVD drive into my Dimension 4500. (The
    >> DW1640 - it rocks.) Reading through the user reviews on Newegg's web
    >> site, I
    >> came across several reviewers who wrote that this drive won't work with
    >> Win2K or WinXP unless it's jumpered master/slave as opposed to cable
    >> select.
    >> Didn't make sense to me, but I didn't have a lot of disposable time so I
    >> just jumpered the drive to master and stuck it in. So far it works very
    >> well.
    >>
    >> So here's my minor question: Every other hard/optical drive I have is
    >> jumpered cable select. Does it make any difference that this drive is
    >> jumpered master?
    >
    > CS only works with a special IDE cable that is designed for CS. CS
    > assigns master/slave based on which IDE connector the drive is attached
    > to. The master or slave strap on the back of the drive will override this
    > feature.
    >


    No, it won't. If you put a drive jumpered Slave on the end of a CS cable,
    it will be the master, but unpredictable.

    We appreciate your help here, but you may want to learn a little more about
    Dells before sharing general knowledge that doesn't apply.
  16. KKK I HAVE A MAJOR PROBLEMO last night i made a new partion on my vista hom premuim my master drive, For xp but i know i could not install it while running vista as my os so i went to the bios and set it up and it says that it is no a valid os disk and it is i have set it up on another computer mind you it is from dell and it is a real working copy, BUT know niether os will run and i wasnt able to install xp so i tried to boot vista and the boot manager takes 2 to 3 hours to load and then the os menu takes 3 or 4 and i cant get to the os to delete the other partion and im STUCK
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