__/ On Saturday 27 August 2005 21:42, [Philip Herlihy] wrote : \__
> DVD actually. I've taken the DVD player out of one machine and put it
> into one I want to install Small Business Server on, and although I can
> tell the BIOS to boot first from the CD/DVD, it fails to find the boot
> although I get a message to say it's looking for it on the CD. I've also
> tried it with an XP Pro CD, and the same happens. On all other machines,
> the XP disc is bootable. What am I missing? I'm no great shakes at the
> BIOS level - it's all half (quarter?) understood.
It sounds as if that machine gives up on the CD-ROM phase and moves onwards
to the next which is usually the hard-drive (if not network/floppy).
- Make sure that the head in your CD drive is clean. If it is not, the
effect would match that which is described above.
- Try booting from a floppy disk to re-assure yourself that the problems
does not lie at a higher level like BIOS, but rather at the CD drive's
- Change the sequence of boot sources, e.g. to attempt CD-ROM before
- Consider the fact that the drive might be faulty. Can this be checked,
e.g. by getting a DOS prompt and mounting the CD drive?
Hope it helps,