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bcroadkill

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I have decided to put my computer through the routine format/re-install process as it was getting pretty slow. However, I can't seem to boot anything on power on no matter what options and methods I try. My boot order is in check; i have tried booting with both CD and USB. It recognises that there is something to boot, as I get a little message saying

Boot from CD/DVD:

yet I can't do anything and it goes away and continues start up. This is very inconvenient - does anyone have any ideas as to what may be going wrong?
 

bcroadkill

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I have decided to put my computer through the routine format/re-install process as it was getting pretty slow. However, I can't seem to boot anything on power on no matter what options and methods I try. My boot order is in check; i have tried booting with both CD and USB. It recognises that there is something to boot, as I get a little message saying

Boot from CD/DVD:

yet I can't do anything and it goes away and continues start up. This is very inconvenient - does anyone have any ideas as to what may be going wrong?
 
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When booting from a Windows installation disc, you should get a prompt saying "Press any key to boot from CD"
If you ignore that message and do nothing, the installation disc will be ignored and the system will boot from the hard drive.
 

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are you sure the CD/DVD is an actuall bootable media - or maybe damaged -
can you try on another PC making a bootable DVD - something like ubuntu

also has a USB option to boot with as well - instructions for DVD and USB below

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UBUNTU Stand Alone CD
It may be possible to boot from another Operating System
This will at least test the Hardware

If you have another PC with a cdwriter and spare CD
goto http://www.ubuntu.com/ and download the ISO http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download

You can also run from a USB device now - if the Machine supports booting off a USB Stick
http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download

full details are here (Note this is for version 9 - so the start up options are slightly different )
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/wind...backup-files-from-your-dead-windows-computer/

click on the image "download ubuntu"
Select a location
then begin download
Save the file onto your PC – remember where you saved it – so you can find it again to create the image bootable CD.

You do NOT copy the ISO file onto a CD - you have to use the ISO to create a bootable CD
The CD creator software you have on the PC may have an option to create an image from an ISO
If not - use this free program http://www.imgburn.com/

When the UBUNTU CD boots - you will see a screen - with Language on the left panel and two option images labelled

== > Try ubuntu
== > Install ubuntu

You can try Ubuntu without making any changes to your computer, directly from this CD

Use OPTION 1 "Try ubunto without any change to your computer" ONLY this option this will run from the CD and not install onto your harddrive - be careful, if you do install onto the PC - you will wipe the data and software OFF your hard drive.., so repeat only use option 1

Now you should see a UBUNTU desktop
This at least proves the main parts of the PC are working and that the drive is bootable

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merging duplicates, please do not create duplicates for the same issue.
 

bcroadkill

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are you sure the CD/DVD is an actuall bootable media - or maybe damaged -
can you try on another PC making a bootable DVD - something like ubuntu

also has a USB option to boot with as well - instructions for DVD and USB below

------------------------------------------------------------------------

UBUNTU Stand Alone CD
It may be possible to boot from another Operating System
This will at least test the Hardware

If you have another PC with a cdwriter and spare CD
goto http://www.ubuntu.com/ and download the ISO http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download

You can also run from a USB device now - if the Machine supports booting off a USB Stick
http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download

full details are here (Note this is for version 9 - so the start up options are slightly different )
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/wind...backup-files-from-your-dead-windows-computer/

click on the image "download ubuntu"
Select a location
then begin download
Save the file onto your PC – remember where you saved it – so you can find it again to create the image bootable CD.

You do NOT copy the ISO file onto a CD - you have to use the ISO to create a bootable CD
The CD creator software you have on the PC may have an option to create an image from an ISO
If not - use this free program http://www.imgburn.com/

When the UBUNTU CD boots - you will see a screen - with Language on the left panel and two option images labelled

== > Try ubuntu
== > Install ubuntu

You can try Ubuntu without making any changes to your computer, directly from this CD

Use OPTION 1 "Try ubunto without any change to your computer" ONLY this option this will run from the CD and not install onto your harddrive - be careful, if you do install onto the PC - you will wipe the data and software OFF your hard drive.., so repeat only use option 1

Now you should see a UBUNTU desktop
This at least proves the main parts of the PC are working and that the drive is bootable

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I tried installing another Linux distribution earlier. I can safely say that it is not a problem with the media. Something is physically wrong inside the computer, I have suspicions that it may be the motherboard. Is there any information I can provide you guys that will determine this?

It may also be worth noting I have two options for boot priorities, one typically in BIOS settings and another in the option screen during boot.

I'm not familiar with BIOS workings, but is it possible to download fixes or settings for my current motherboard and flash it in some way? If this is truly the root of the problem.
 

etaf

Wayne
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what happened when you tried to boot a virtual disc ?

did that dvd boot ?
 

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the ubuntu info i posted - explains how to run the software from the CD without touching the harddrive - so you can run on the PC without effecting the harddrive

wanted to see if it at least booted the DVD - if not what error message dud you get ?
 
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