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booting problem

Discussion in 'Software' started by shaggy, Jul 25, 2007.

  1. shaggy

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    stumped by this one, just got an old laptop out of the loft (only about 2 years old) wanted to run UBCD on it to check a few things, but it crashed when trying to boot up from the CD, it just had a flashing cursor

    so took the cd out, tried to reboot, same problem, turned it off, unplugged, took the battery out, put it back in and plugged it in again, booted up to windows fine, i now have to do this everytime i want to boot the thing up, UBCD crashes every single time

    CD drive works fine with other CD's when i get it to windows so dont think thats the problem, theres no hardware errors in device manager, but i just have to cut all power for 5 minutes before it will boot up, last time i used it before this it all worked fine

    any ideas?
     
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  2. Sparky
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    Can you boot from any CD mate? Say you fired in the XP CD, would it run through the usual install process?
     
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  3. shaggy

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    Havnt actually got an other bootable CD's round here yet so cant try

    but anything else i can try first?
     
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  4. Tinus1959

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    First thing to spring in my mind is a broken battery pack. I once had a problem like this. I had to remove the battery, slap it with a flat hand and then it would work.
     
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  5. Boycie
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    take the battery out altogether and run it from the power pack and start it up a few times. - might pinpoint a batttery issue.
     
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  6. slyuen

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    Try changing the Boot Order/Sequence/Priority on your BIOS settings (Press DEL/F2/F10/WHATEVER during POST - try anything if you don't know which)......


    Bear in mind some old laptops' BIOS won't boot from CD, I've had one of those before and hand to use floppies to begin the initial Win2000 install lol.

    Or try a network install if your laptop supports...
     
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  7. MacAllan

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    Is this a CD you burned yourself? If so, maybe the laptop has a problem with it - older CD drives may not work with CDRW disks, or if you are using UDF format.
     
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  8. shaggy

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    Tried taking the battery out, no change, i dont have a floppy drive on it to use floppy boot disks so pretty sure its not that

    have set boot sequence back to default

    got a windows boot disc, reads that fine

    cd drive also works with other CD's that ive burned

    does taking the battery out clear some kind of cache? do laptops still have a little charge going through the motherboard if the battery isnt flat? like if you leave a PC plugged in?
     
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  9. Boycie
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    No, the only reason I suggested running it off the mains supply (with no battery) was to rule the battery out. The BIOS will have it's own battery to remember hardware configuration.

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  10. shaggy

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    hmmm strange, i wonder why taking the battery out and putting it back in makes it boot up normally then
     
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