Dos boot CD will work on some PCs but not others

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jackalope474

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I am trying to create a boot CD for GHOST 2001 for an IBM laptop that does not have a floppy drive. I have created it using a floppy GHOST boot disk and NERO 5.5 burner software. It works fine on 5 of my machines, but does not work on 4 others. Of course one of those is the laptop with no floppy. I have verified that the bios is set to boot from the CD prior to the hard drive. On these machines during the boot sequense it sees that there is a boot CD there, but it never boots. The curser just sits in the upper left hand corner of the screen and never moves. I know the image is good since it works on 3 Dell desktops and 2 IBM laptops, but does not work on another IBM laptop, 2 Compaq desktops, and a home made Athalon clone with a Lite On 40X CD/RW that burned the CDs.

Any ideas on what is stopping the boot process?
 

DaveBurnett

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Try using a brand CDRs and burning at a lower speed. Some CD Roms - especially older ones have trouble reading CDrs. They may be able to read from windows, but by then CD drivers have been loaded and the error correction will force a retry - often successful. When Booting it is first time or never.
 
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