How to boot from a CD?


How do I boot from a CD?


This question was answered on April 17, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

CD is not bootable

Not all CDs are bootable in order to boot from a CD you must have a CD that is stated to be bootable Keep in mind that Windows 95 CDs are not bootable however Windows 98 and Windows ME CDs are bootable.

Not setup properly in CMOS

If the CMOS setup is not properly setup the computer may ignore or not look at the CD-ROM as a bootable option Verify in the CMOS that your settings are properly set to boot from the CD-ROM drive.

Generally these settings will be under the boot options You should have setup so the computer looks at the following options when booting:

1 - Floppy / LS120

2 - CD-ROM

3 - Network (if available)

4 - Hard Disk Drive

If CD-ROM is listed after a device that is bootable it will boot from that device before the CD-ROM Verify that the devices before CD-ROM such as floppy do not have a bootable device in them.

Jumpers not set properly.

Not all CD-ROM drives will boot properly if the jumpers are not set properly verify that the CD-ROM drive have the jumpers set properly We generally recommend that you have the CD-ROM set as master on the secondary controller This rule also applies to portable computers

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Posted by olivia of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on April 17, 2003