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Optical drive boot problem

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by damker, Jan 8, 2013.

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  1. damker

    damker Thread Starter

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    Hi there pals. Happy and prosperous new year!

    I have this problem: I want to make my computer boot from the windows 7 cd in the optical drive, but although it asks me if I want to do that, there is no option to "press any key" and it goes on to book from the hard drive. Despite my pressing a key at the question it goes on with the hard drive boot. It used to boot properly from this windows 7 cd some time ago, but something must have happened in the DOS or CMOS part or something like that.

    How could I remedy the situation?

    Anticipated thanks and regards with warmest season greetings.

    D.
     
  2. Elvandil

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    Make sure that your drive is a DVD drive (look at faceplate). The Win7 medium is a DVD.

    Check BIOS and make sure that the boot priority has the optical drive before the HD.

    Is this an original DVD? If not, perhaps you did not include a boot sector when making the DVD. Files alone do not a bootdisk make.
     
  3. foxidrive

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    If it used to boot from that disk and now it doesn't -

    A) try a different bootable disk to test the DVD reader.

    B) Also test the same Win7 DVD in someone elses machine - maybe the disk is marked badly enough in the places that matter for it not to boot.

    C) Another thing that sometimes affects it is that the dvd lens could be coated with dust/ciggie smoke etc. Lens cleaners exist.

    D) Some optical drives become flaky - laptop models particularly so.

    E) You can use an external USB dvd drive too.
     
  4. damker

    damker Thread Starter

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    Hi there pals.
    Thanks for your input.
    I followed your suggestions, which were very enlightening and eye-opening; however to no avail. I guess there must have been some problem with the disk.
    Alternatively, I downloaded the tool "Windows7-USB-DVD-tool" and created a bootable USB drive instead. If you Google "Windows7-USB-DVD-tool.exe" you can find many download sources.
    Bear in mind that the tool does not recognise usb drives plugged in a usb hub (cf. http://image.made-in-china.com/4f0j00tvuaBKjqahgf/4-Ports-USB-Hub-USB2-0-Hub.jpg). It has to be plugged into a usb port on the motherboard.
    Subsequently, when you reboot, you go into setup pressing the key Del and choose the first boot option the USB-HDD (not other usb options) and voila! The machine boots from the usb stick and you can go on with your Windows 7 installation.
    Thanks for your help.
    I should mark this topic partially solved, since the afore method is not a solution but a circumvention of the problem, but there is no such option, so admin(s) can decide on that.;)
    Thanks again.:)
    Cheers.
    D.
     
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