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09-11-02, 08:23 PM
I just finished putting my new computer together and the CD-ROM does not read my WinXP CD. I tried using a boot disk to run the setup.exe in DOS but that doesn't work as well. Does anybody have an idea what the problem is?

09-11-02, 08:25 PM
In the bios...set the boot order to see your CDROM first.. Just a shot in the dark here. Oh and moving to hardware for you.

09-11-02, 08:25 PM
do you have the BIOS set to use cd-rom for first boot device ?

09-11-02, 08:31 PM
check the IDE cable and power cable make sure ther pushed in ther tight

allso make sure you have the jumpers set right

09-11-02, 08:35 PM
Thanks for the quick reply guys...I did all that...I can explore the CD (in DOS) however the setup.exe will not run...I get some message like "This file cannot be run in DOS"...Anybody know what the hell i'm doing wrong? Do some CD-ROMs have autorun disabled or something?

09-11-02, 08:43 PM
pull the floppy out , insert the windows xp cd, reboot, it should start the xp install.

09-11-02, 08:44 PM
Here's my computer specs:

NVidia P4 PB400 Motherboard
Samsung 52X CD-ROM
Lighton 40X12X48 CD-RW
Lighton 16X DVD
512 DDR Ram
60 Gigs of HD

09-11-02, 08:46 PM
I tried that The Snake...the cd-rom doesn't run the setup.exe file...i get a failure message...do i have to run fdisk?

09-11-02, 08:47 PM
i don't know , try a different cd drive, you have 3 of them

09-11-02, 08:52 PM
The Dos way... Using a Win98 startup floppy.

Put smartdrv.exe on your boot floppy execute it, navigate to the i386 dir on the CD, and execute winnt.exe in Dos from the boot floppy.

x: (the letter of your CDRom)
cd i386

If you don't execute smardrv, the install will take all day.
You can find smartdrv.exe in any win98 PC in c:\windows\command

09-11-02, 09:05 PM
can i get the smartdrv from a win2000 OS?

09-11-02, 09:17 PM
I searched my 2k install, and found no smartdrv.exe file.

You can download the win98se bootdisk Here (http://dos.li5.org/#disks) and and make a bootdisk (smartdrv.exe is on that disk)

09-11-02, 09:28 PM
I had to use the W2K boot disks with an XP disc. Really frosted my buns too....I thought the disc would auto boot. I need to make a cd that has the needed files, yet I am so lazy.