Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Amarillo ,Texas
Hi Ranulph , I'm about out of ideas but will see if I can find something.
You might give the USB drive a try with the command prompt as above.
You have a confusing problem.
Don't do this.
To explain a linux boot disc . Even if you removed Windows from your hard drive & had no OS it should boot from a working optical drive.
When the optical drive is the first boot option in your BIOS startup & has a linux boot disc . Windows should not even be part of the boot.
In other words should be ignored since it should boot without even checking for Windows boot.ini on the hard drive.
Try to boot from the Ubuntu disc in your laptop from its internal drive .
This is to test to see if the Ubuntu disc is working correctly.
You will need to change the BIOS in it to boot first to its optical drive.
If it boots your laptop into Ubuntu then you know the disc works .
If it does the problem has to be hardware on your PC .
If it's not the optical drives then it has to be the cable ,contacts , or the motherboard .
To put it simply if it won't boot from a linux disc that is known to work then the problem
the problem has to be the PC hardware.
Windows could also have a problem but you have to get it booting from the linux disc before Windows even has a chance to work.
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Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: West Texas
Cholla is correct. If the disc is known to be good and the boot order is set to look for optical drives first, then it should go into Linux. Windows problems do not apply here.
If the computer was working before, with the optical drives functioning properly with the particular chipset and controllers of this motherboard, then everything is pointing to a hardware failure of some sort.
Join Date: Aug 2012
The USB optical drive works on the laptop, but will not work on the PC. Even when the PC is shutting down or is 1st booted and is still in the BIOS phase, it is constantly trying to read and is "hunting".
Today I have flashed the BIOS. It already had the latest version of BIOS, but did it again. No joy. I flashed to a previous version in case the new version was at fault. No joy.
I have tried different SATA leads in different SATA sockets on the mother board. No joy. The IDE drive is also doing the same thing, so I know it's not just the SATA drive.
It has got to be some sort of hardware issue down to the mother board or BIOS, but I'm at a loss.
Thanks lads for your patience and help. If you do have any new ideas please let me know as I am stumped.
Join Date: Aug 2012
I have tried but can't as it is a company machine and the security on it won't let me access the BIOS.
I will try and find another machine that I can access the BIOS and try it on there.
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