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Windows How The Hell?????

Discussion in 'Software' started by maxxbasher, 7 Jan 2006.

  1. maxxbasher

    maxxbasher What's a Dremel?

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    How The Hell do i get round this, i was looking at my sisters PC today, and OMG what a mess, double click an icon and the programme won't load, try to open other pragrammes and you get error messages, or file missing messages, i tried a couple of system restores, and get restoration incommplete messages.
    So i decided on a complete install from the rescue discs, "but" it won't boot from cd, i have checked the bios settings and it is set to boot from the cd, if you go to my computer the cd and dvd drive icons are missing, any help would be great as i'm feeling a litte stuck, An ideas, cheers :wallbash:
     
  2. andyunder

    andyunder What's a Dremel?

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    the bios may be set to boot from cd but is the drive visible in the bios. if its not then eaither the bios does not show them or it is not conected or broke.
     
  3. maxxbasher

    maxxbasher What's a Dremel?

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    It shows up in the bios, and it is definately connected as it ejects no problem, i don't think it is broken as the dvd player which is seperate has the same problem, so i doubt both are broken, any ideas on how to do a clean install, Cheers.
     
  4. andyunder

    andyunder What's a Dremel?

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    do we have a make for the pc or is it a coustom build with a ghost disk
     
  5. maxxbasher

    maxxbasher What's a Dremel?

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    Yeah, it's an emachines which she bought new so it has the origional drives which are samsung.
     
  6. andyunder

    andyunder What's a Dremel?

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    did it come with a floopy disk too as some of them do. make sure you are not missing "press any key to boot"
     
  7. maxxbasher

    maxxbasher What's a Dremel?

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    Yes it came with a floppy,
     
  8. andyunder

    andyunder What's a Dremel?

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    try booting from that
     
  9. maxxbasher

    maxxbasher What's a Dremel?

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    I need to boot from the cd though, because the rescue programme is on 3 cd's
     
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    andyunder What's a Dremel?

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    if you boot from the floopy then it will ask you to insert the cd's
     
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    maxxbasher What's a Dremel?

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    Oh right, i'll give it a go, cheers.
     
  12. maxxbasher

    maxxbasher What's a Dremel?

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    Tried the above and still no joy, any other ideas as i'm at a loss here.
     
  13. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    Try a different CD/DVD drive. Otherwise check for a BIOS update to allow you to boot from CD properly. (I had a laptop which needed a BIOS update to do it properly.)

    :thumb:
     
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  15. OneSeventeen

    OneSeventeen Oooh Shiny!

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    I know on my Dell at work, even though the Optical Drive is the first/primary boot device, it still won't boot to anything but the hard drive unless I hit F12 during POST to tell it what to boot from. (making the BIOS boot order pretty worthless)

    Maybe start mashing F-keys during POST?
     
  16. cpemma

    cpemma Ecky thump

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    You'll need a system floppy with generic CD drivers included. It should give you the option to load the CD drivers during booting. Should work even if Explorer can't see the CD drive.

    If your floppy doesn't work, I'd try a 98SE or ME one from bootdisk, that should get you to the point where you can run setup on the CD.
     
  17. padrejones2001

    padrejones2001 Puppy Love

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    Oneseventeen is definitely right and has the most likely solution. I had a couple computer that would do the same thing. Just mash f12 and it'll ask you what you'd like to boot from.
     
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