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Gateway Desktop wont boot from CD

titanmdm 208 24 January 7, 2011 at 08:17 AM
So I'm trying to reinstall windows XP but this old Gateway E-4600 will not boot from the CD (which has worked on other computers). I have altered the BIOS to have the CD drive boot first. Pressing F12 during boot does not bring up the boot order menu.

Our computer lab was previously serviced by a company that may have changed a setting to disallow booting from CDs.

Any ideas Slickdealers?

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Are you sure the optical drive is hooked up and working? It might not be F12 for this model to get to boot options. I know Dell is F12, but my Gigabyte motherboard its another key. At boot if you get a splash screen hit esc to see behind it and look for the key combo to press.
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If I actually boot into windows the CD drive works and recognizes the XP disk...so I don't think its the CD drive or the disk. There really is no splash screen. It just goes directly to the Windows XP screen.
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So I'm trying to reinstall windows XP but this old Gateway E-4600 will not boot from the CD (which has worked on other computers). I have altered the BIOS the have the CD drive boot first. Pressing F12 during boot does not bring up the boot order menu.

Our computer lab was previously serviced by a company that may have changed a setting to disallow booting from CDs.

Any ideas Slickdealers?

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Quote from titanmdm View Post :
If I actually boot into windows the CD drive works and recognizes the XP disk...so I don't think its the CD drive or the disk. There really is no splash screen. It just goes directly to the Windows XP screen.
There has to be a post screen all computers have them, especially older computers like this one. It is the screen before you see the windows boot screen. It is where you would hit the key to get into the bios. You may have fast boot enabled in the bios, turn this off and the screen will be up for longer.


Also no need to post your thread more than once over a period of 45 min.
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Hmmm. Dont know why it would have posted twice.

But your advice on disabling quick boot paid off....but pressing F10 is still sending me to the BIOS and not a boot menu screen.
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Read online that ESC might be the key for older Gateways....still doesn't work.
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Just a thought - I know you said you changed the boot order in the bios to CD first. Why don't you disable the other booting options:

First boot device = CD Rom
Second boot device=disable
Third boot device=disable
Fourth boot device=disable

IF that doesn't work, in the BIOS settings, go to where Plug and Play is configured and set the PNP to "NO" . Make sure you set it back to "YES" later. "YES" means the bios will only configure the most critical - hard drive, monitor, keyboard - and let the OS configure the rest. Maybe it's not considering the optical drive critical and not configuring it. "NO" means it takes over everything - then it may see the CD drive before the OS starts.

Just a thought. Good luck.
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While booting the system, press the F8 key about once every second until it goes into a boot menu. Pick CD and go from there -- make sure your operating system disk is in the drive.
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