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Unable to reboot using Time reload disk or XP installation disk!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by somerled76, May 1, 2009.

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  1. somerled76

    somerled76 Thread Starter

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    I have recentley made some alterations to my dad's comp.
    Changed the mobo etc... had to change it back for various other reasons.
    my current issue is that i wanted to reformat and install XP onto the HDD.
    But it is not reading any software disks, do you think it would it be a software, OS or hardware problem. Could you direct me where to post if this is in the worng place.

    The computer is running Xp home ed at the mo and boots up, but i have to press F1 in the bios prompt at the mo as it is set to boot from cd drive, which fails. the cdwr/dvd reads and will play dvd's but will not read any software disks. i have tried printer, OS , broadband initial drivers disk. In the cdwr/dvd properties it says file system unknown when a software disk is iinserted. This is true for jpegs and audo disks!
    Any ideas. I have updated the fireware for the drive.
     
  2. bbearren

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    Have you uninstalled the drive in Device Manager, rebooted and let Windows find and reinstall it?
     
  3. somerled76

    somerled76 Thread Starter

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    Just tried that. no joy. Still plays dvd's! but doesn't recognise software!!!
     
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