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Re: mystery EasyNote cd boot problem

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      01-15-2006, 11:27 PM

"metronid" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message news:...
> "Claire Rand" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> news:Xdgyf.1361$(E-Mail Removed)...
>> Hi.
>> I hae recently been given a pair of PCs to fix by family, the desktop is
>> now
>> running smooth (I nuked XP and reinstalled from an actual boot disc, not
>> an
>> 'image' type recovery disc).

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> I have been writing boot disks for some time now
> Not only do I use disk imaging but that is how the major producers
> catalogue them
> When donloading disk imaging assures that you will be formatted if
> approriate and ready to go
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>> then to the laptop, which had 'lost' its dvd drive, well after getting
>> rid
>> of everything by sonic systems and the pxhelp20.sys drive filter problem
>> its sort of working, but the cd/dvd is somewhat erratic, it will *not*
>> read
>> an xp disc (I have several, non work) it will read a SuSE 6.1 disc fine,
>> everythime. a Suse 9. DVD never reads, various other discs work just
>> fine.
>> the system however will *not* boot from *any* cd, i just get a message
>> about
>> the cd being non-bootabl, which it definatly is.

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> A true Windows XP CD is a bootable Cd (if it is true and not a copy)
> I can only validate truth
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>> basically I'm trying to wipe this machine and reinstall from scratch. I
>> have
>> a network connection to another machine and read the XP disc, so i can
>> copy
>> files over, but i can't nuke the current install, since i can't boot
>> anything else.

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> Can the unit be wiped clean
> Yes that can be made to happen
> You could even go as far as to wipe the unit clean except for a folder
> that contains a copy of XP
> and made to boot from C drive
> Can you borrow a USB CD drive ?
> Have you ever used partition magic
>> The laptop has no floppy drive, thus i can't boot from that, i have no
>> idea
>> how to boot from usb, and i'm not sure my usb mp3 player is suitable
>> anyway.
>> does this sound like a hardware problem? the bios sees the drive fine, it
>> registers the disc fine, it just *won't* boot from it, no matter what
>> boot
>> order is set.
>> my feeling is that it's something setup in the bios to only boot from
>> certain types of disc, with certain images present, but a flat refusal to
>> read an XP install disc (genuine one at that) is a bit odd when it reads
>> other discs. i'm wondering if anyone else has had this probelm. and if so
>> is there a cure?
>> the machines apparently under warrenty still, but when my mate took it to
>> pcworld.. well lets just say they told her it was a 'disc drive problem',
>> unny since they didn't even look at it from what i hear. Does she have to
>> go back and be a bit more forceful?
>> i'm lothed to give up on this if its a software problem, aftr learning
>> all
>> about drive filters, and how to get rid of them... just to get xp to even
>> see the drive again..
>> ARGH.
>> any ideas?
>> --
>> Claire Rand
>> (E-Mail Removed)


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