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Struggling to change boot order in a old machine (Compaq Evo N800v)

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by SubProphecy, May 2, 2010.

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  1. SubProphecy

    SubProphecy Thread Starter

    May 2, 2010

    I would really appreciate if someone could help me with this problem:

    I'm trying to change the boot order but it seems impossible to boot it from the CD because I would like to format it, but it only has two options, cd not included...:confused:

    I've already tried a few forums but with no luck.

    Thank you very much for your time.

    Best Regards

  2. DaveBurnett

    DaveBurnett Account Closed

    Nov 11, 2002
    Have you tried it with a blank hard drive?? None bootable hard drive would do if you don't want to blank it.
    It does seem a bit strange. I wonder if it gives you the choice of booting from the second bay and just says it is a floppy drive even if it is a CD
  3. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    Though there is no reason to format since that can all be done during installation, try to bring up a boot menu. On many machines, it is F12.

    Do you have a floppy drive? The CD can be loaded from floppy if you have one available. One way is to boot from the PLoP Boot Manager floppy which will load CD and USB drivers and give you the option to boot from any partition it detects. Or you can start a Windows installation directly from the booted Madboot Floppy.
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