HP A317X Boot Issues

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Debbie5162

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I am working on an HP A317X computer. I want to boot from a CD or a Floppy and I can do neither. I have set the boot sequence to boot from Floppy-CD-HD-Network. After awhile I figured out that by hitting the escape key on the keyboard while booting, I got a boot menu, but I still cannot boot from a CD or Fopppy disk.

It tries to read the floppy or CD and then I get a black screen with a flashing curser and that's as far as I can get.

Does anyone know this computer well enough to help me?

Thanks,
Debbie
 
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Put the CDROM first in your boot order. Probably not the problem, but...

Do you have another bootable CD to test? Or are you able to test the CD in another machine? Could be a bad disc.
 

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Put the CDROM first in your boot order. -- I've tried this. I've also tried flip flopping it with the floppy drive first.

The disk is good, I've tested the floppy and CD in another machine.

Could a virus cause this to happen?? Or is this an HP thing?
Could it be shut off in the bios somewhere else, I can't figure this one out.
 
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Some BIOS's have enable PnP OS as an option, you can see if that is enabled. There is also (sometimes) and option to enable or disable boot from CDROM or Floppy.

Have you ever done a bootable CD on this machine before?

A virus shouldn't have anything to do with it, and yeah, it's probably an HP thing. Hunt around in your BIOS for things that look like enable boot from CDROM or alternate disk...
 
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