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Boot CD not recognised

I am wanting to reinstall Windows XP for a friend but the computer is reporting no disk in the drive. Set the machine to boot from disk in the BIOS but no luck. Oddly enough, I put in an Ubuntu disk in and it is recognising that but won't proceed to install. The XP disk is OK BTW. Please can someone advise?
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pd
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Registered: 09-05-2008

Re: Boot CD not recognised

Sounds like it might be the drive that's faulty.  In such a situation I usually try another CD/DVD drive even if it means taking the one out of my own machine.
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Re: Boot CD not recognised

Thanks for the reply. Yes, it rather sounds like it is although it does recognise Ubuntu. It is an elderly laptop so don't think it's worth messing about with.
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Re: Boot CD not recognised

External USB Drives come in handy at times like these.

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pd
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Re: Boot CD not recognised

Yes, it's probably the best option.  I hadn't realised it was a laptop.
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Re: Boot CD not recognised

I have an external CD/DVD drive and have plugged it in -  went into BIOS again and it is not recognised so not sure how to proceed from there. Can't think of anything else to do.
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Re: Boot CD not recognised

Worth trying a copy of the Windows disk
Denzil
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Re: Boot CD not recognised

An older lappy may well not be capable of booting from a USB device. The internal drives can usually be replaced, but are usually fiddly and you need to be a bit careful as not all lappy drives are interchangeable.
Superuser
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Re: Boot CD not recognised

Just an odd thought Poppy - Is the XP disk an original or a copy?  I've had similar problems of compatibility between CD's written on newer CD writers for reading on older CD drives. 
Maurice
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Re: Boot CD not recognised

You could be right Maurice but I never thought of it. CD's are awkward things. Funny how it read the Ubuntu disk which was created recently on Roxio. Someone is having a look at it for me to see if it is worth repairing.
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Re: Boot CD not recognised

It's not so much an error on the CD Poppy more of an incompatibility in the way data is written.  The CD will probably be OK on a more recent drive or the one it was originally written on.  If you have an original CD, give that a try.
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