have a compaq 2111AP laptop; it originally came with a toshiba cdrom drive ( i dont remember the model); the cdrom developed a reading trouble and i got the cdrom replaced with dvd/cdrw TEAC DW-224E-C
i checked for its reading and writing ability when i collected from compaq service center. (after the machine was up and running in windows xp pro); it plays cds and dvds and burns cds; also when xp boot is inserted it auto plays them also.
recently i was planning to repartition the hard-disk and install a boot manager; when i tried to start the machine with DOS boot CD (after setting the options in bios: CDROM/Harddisk), it still started with Windows xp on harddisk. ignoring the cdrw drive.
i removed the hdd and i set floppy / cdrom / hdd for booting sequence; when the laptop was started it checked the floppy (green light and whirring sound); no response for cdrw(no greenlight!) and went to the preboot bios giving a message (check the cable; no operating system found);
i changed the boot sequence for floppy / hard disk / cdrom; again the same message; it appears it checks floppy and the hard disk only.
when i entered the bios setup, it list the floppy (legacy floppy drive), hard disk (toshiba...) but just names cdrom (with no product identification; not dvd/cdrw or teac) ; does bios identify the product brand
My laptop is compaq 2111AP with mobile pentiumIV 2.0 Ghz and 390 mb ram.
my bios details are:
Phoenix bios4.0 Release 6.0
Hewlett-Packard Presario 2100 Bios Revision KE.M1.54 dated 12/17/02
Chip set ALI M5237 REv3
is a bios update indicated?