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Thursday, November 15, 2007

How To Boot From CD?

Simple.So just put the bootable CD into your CD drive and then restart your computer.

If your computer does not boot from a bootable CD, you may need to set your CD-ROM drive as the first boot device.

To set your CD-ROM drive as the first boot device you need to go into the system setup (BIOS). To go into the system setup you need to restart the computer and hit a specific key (usually the Delete key) on the keyboard as soon as the screen comes up. You can refer to the right top corner or the bottom of the screen for the specified key. Below is a list of some common computers' brands with the keys needed to enter the system setup.

Acer - Ctrl+Alt+Esc or F2
Compaq - F10 or Del
Compaq Presario - Press Alt+Ctrl+Esc at boot when you see the "Compaq" log in big letters
Dell - F1 or Del.
Gateway 2000 - F2 or F1
Hewlett Packard - F1
Aptiva - Press F1
ThinkPad - F1 or Ctrl+Alt+S
Leading Edge
Fortiva 5000 - Ctrl+Alt+A or Ctrl+Alt+S
NEC - F2
Packard Bell - F1 or F2 or Ctrl+Alt+S
Sharp Laptop 9020 - F2
Sony - F3, then F2, or F1
Toshiba Laptops - Toshiba Utility, on the selected models you can hold the ESC key during boot which will then prompt you to press the F1 key to enter the BIOS.

On most systems a message will come up telling you which key to hit to enter the system setup. Below is a picture of a system starting up with a Phoenix-Award BIOS. Notice the message at the bottom of the display. On this particular system setup you would hit the Delete key while this message is being displayed to enter the setup utility.

Once you have entered the System Setup you should come to a main menu. Below is a picture of the main menu for a version of Phoenix-Award BIOS. Yours may not look exactly the same, but the basic idea is the same for all System Setup utilities.

In this particular System Setup utility, the boot device settings are under the 'Advanced BIOS Features' category. Yours may be in a different category. If your System Setup does not have an 'Avanced BIOS Features' category, try looking through the different categories until you find the boot device order settings. Below is a picture of the 'Advanced BIOS Features' category.

As you can see from the picture, the 1st boot device is set to the CD-ROM drive. If the first boot device on your system is set to something else (floppy drive for example), simply change it to the CD-ROM drive. In the picture above you can also see some basic instructions on how to change the settings. Once the CD-ROM drive is set as the first boot device, you need to save the changes and exit the System Setup utility. Usually you can just hit ESC on the keyboard to go back to the main menu and then select 'Save and Exit Setup'.
There are literally hundreds of versions of System Setup utilities and this is just one example; however the basic idea is the same for all of them. If your system setup does not look the same you may have to use a little intuition to find and change the boot device order.

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