[Novalug] BIOS boot equence puzzlement
edjames at greenbelt.com
Mon Aug 20 19:11:48 EDT 2007
Also, early CD's were not bootable devices themselves, which could
be fixed by just installing a newer CD. Still, to follow Jason's
line of thought, what is the maker, version, and date of the BIOS
that the old machine has?
Note - I bought a PC Warehouse machine with just DOS installed a long
time ago. It was just an original Pentium. The CD was bootable, but
the machine was a little flakey in that only devices on IDE0 (the first
ribbon cable for the drives) were bootable. Since the machine had 2
HD's and one CD, it was a pain to yank HD-2 and replace it with the
CD just to install an OS.
Quoting Jason <novalug at jasons.us>:
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> I would add Question negative 1: are you sure that the BIOS supports
> booting from CD? A system running NT may be old enough not to. What
> do you see in the BIOS for boot order selection?
> Ed James wrote:
>> Question one: Are the cdrom drive and your boot hard drive both on
>> the same ide (or wotever) cable?
>> Question zero: Ya sure the cdrom drive is wired up and works? As in,
>> have you tried to read anything using it?
>> Ed James
>> Quoting Charles M Howe <cmhowe at patriot.net>:
>>> I bought a used computer from Computer Warehouse. It comes with NT
>>> installed. Later I may be asking how to install Linux, specifically
>>> Ubuntu (or maybe KUbuntu) Feisty. I will probably add it rather than
>>> wipe out NT because I want to play Myst (and maybe Riven).
>>> But for the moment I want to boot in Knoppix but am unable to do so.
>>> When I look at the BIOS settings at bootup I see no way to do so. I am
>>> used to dealing with BIOS setup programs that allow you to
>>> establish the
>>> boot order. I would want to try the cdrom drive first, obviously.
>>> Suggestions, please.
>>> Charlie the Perpetual Newbie
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