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XP reboot - no CD recognised

Ians20
Newbie
Posts: 2
Registered: 25-01-2008

XP reboot - no CD recognised

No 1 Son crashed his laptop and XP(pro) wont boot or recover, tried to reload from CD but doesn't recognise CD in drive - bonafide costalot XPpro disc so inexplicable. Wont boot anyhow including safe mode. Any solutions/ideas. Ta Huh
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Plusnet Alumni (retired) orbrey
Plusnet Alumni (retired)
Posts: 10,540
Registered: 18-07-2007

Re: XP reboot - no CD recognised

If it boots as far as the bios then you can make sure it's set to boot from CD, if it doesn't even let you get the bios up (usually by pressing delete or f2 during the boot screen) then you'll need to get it looked at.
notheruser
Grafter
Posts: 139
Registered: 08-01-2008

Re: XP reboot - no CD recognised

orbrey has most likely hit the nail on the head - first boot device is set to hard disc. can you tell us make and model of laptop?
Ians20
Newbie
Posts: 2
Registered: 25-01-2008

Re: XP reboot - no CD recognised

Can get into the bios without problem and set to boot from CD it just doesn't recognise the disc in the drive. Could extract HD and attach as a slave drive to the main PC and then try to load XP up again?
It's an IBM thinkpad pentium 4.
notheruser
Grafter
Posts: 139
Registered: 08-01-2008

Re: XP reboot - no CD recognised

Unfortunately that covers quite a few models - can you be a little more  specific with the model please?
The drive in the laptop is likely to have a different connector than the one in the PC, so that's not really an option. In any case, the install you'd do on the PC may well give difficulties when you try to boot the laptop with it.
When you boot up, can you hear the CD drive spinning up? (I.e. does it try to boot and fail, or just not try at all?) It's a bit obvious, but I have to ask - have you tried booting your PC with the XP disc, just to make sure it is okay? Did you get recovery discs with the laptop?