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    Arrow How to boot from DVD?

    I simple question: I have heard you can boot from DVD the same as CD but it doesn't work for me,

    I get two options:

    1. F1 to try again

    2. F2 for setup menu

    so I select F1 get same message.

    I select F2 and enter the menu:

    boot menu:

    1. onboard or USB Floppy Drive
    2. onboard SATA Hard Drive
    3. onboard IDE HArd Drive
    4. Intel ARRAY
    5. onboard or USB CD-Rom Drive

    I have tried the DVD in both D: and E:

    on the boot menu I see I can edit to and add options, is there something I should add at this point?

    any help is greatly appreciated.

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    Re: How to boot from DVD?

    I dont see a listing for your DVD drive in your boot menu, only your CD drive. Is your DVD drive recognized? Can you use the edit function to include your DVD drive in the boot menu?

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    Stew2
    Last edited by Stew2; July 22nd, 2006 at 09:58 PM.

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    Re: How to boot from DVD?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stew2 View Post
    I dont see a listing for your DVD drive in your boot menu, only your CD drive. Is your DVD drive recognized? Can you use the edit function to include your DVD drive in the boot menu?

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    Yes I hope I can but have no idea exactly what to add, perhaps if someone could tell me what there menu says I then I can add it.

    On this box I am running XPsp2.

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    Re: How to boot from DVD?

    Quote Originally Posted by yozef View Post
    Yes I hope I can but have no idea exactly what to add, perhaps if someone could tell me what there menu says I then I can add it.

    On this box I am running XPsp2.
    What type of computer are you running? Is it a home built or a factory machine? Specs?

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    Re: How to boot from DVD?

    I was just checking (thank goodness for 2 comps and a KVM switch ) and on my homebuilt computer with an Asus motherboard the bios gives me a boot order with only one cd or dvd drive listed, but before I get to the boot device priority screen there is a menu option that says CD rom drives. If you select that option it allows you to choose from your regular CD or your DVD drive to be the first drive. Select your DVD drive and then go into the boot order screen and it should show up your DVD instead of your CD , move it to number one for the boot order and your set! (At least on mine... American Megatrends bios)
    I hope this helps. I took some pics of the screen but I have to see how they turned out, I will attatch them if they are readable.

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    Stew2

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    Re: How to boot from DVD?

    it is a custom-built Dell XPS Gen 5.

    screenshots would be great.

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    Re: How to boot from DVD?

    An XPS... nice! I don't know if your bios is set up the same as mine (highly unlikely ) but it should be similiar. I took a couple of pics but they are crappy, light reflections, me shaky etc. Hopefully you can see enough to get the gist of it . Hope they help. Wish I could have taken a screenshot but that doesn't work in bios.

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    Re: How to boot from DVD?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stew2 View Post
    An XPS... nice! I don't know if your bios is set up the same as mine (highly unlikely ) but it should be similiar. I took a couple of pics but they are crappy, light reflections, me shaky etc. Hopefully you can see enough to get the gist of it . Hope they help. Wish I could have taken a screenshot but that doesn't work in bios.

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    Thanks, your BIOS is different from mine. I will try to post screenshots later.

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    Re: How to boot from DVD?

    A friend of mine has a dell dimension (not sure of the model number), which had a cd-rw and a dvd-rw. The bios would not allow you to boot from the dvd drive; it wasn't selectable in the boot device menu, although all the other options were. After trying to get it working for a while we still couldn't work out how to boot from DVD.

    Not much help I know, but perhaps it's just a problem with the BIOS on certain Dell Desktops. Or it might just be that I missed something really obviouse ( which is more than likely (^_^) )

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    Re: How to boot from DVD?

    By the way, the first picture is showing that CD rom option I was talking about. The second picture shows the options after I selected it. I chose my DVD drive as my primary CD rom boot device. Then you hit esc to get to the first picture again. Move up one and you get the Boot Priority option. Select this and then your DVD drive should be in the boot option menu, move it to the number 1 spot and you should be good to go. Although your XPS may not be set up like my American Megatreds bios perhaps your edit function will allow you to select your DVD as your primary CDrom device and then put it into the boot sequence. For some reason they dont show you more than one optical drive in the boot order, thats why you have to select the DVD as the primary CDrom device so that it will show up instead of your CDRW. Just figured I should explain what the pics actually mean since they are such lousy pictures anyway. Good luck with it!

    Regards,
    Stew2

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