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    Boot disk's... don't boot :/

    Trying to help a friend out atm.

    he has a dual-boot setup with XP and 98SE.
    he likes to delete random files....

    XP now boots as far as scandisk, then reboots
    98SE will load fine


    I was going to try a repair or re-installation of XP as he has over 100gig of files that are very important to him.... you can guess what.....

    When using a bootable CD,and making sure the BIOS bootlist is set to look at CDROM 1st, his computer ignores it and continues to load from IDE-0

    When booting from XP boot disk's (made on my working machine and within his 98SE with the tool from microsoft.com) the boot works until the end of all 6 (yes six!!) disk's have loaded then we are shown a BSOD :/

    Has anyone heard or come across this before??
    Any suggestions?


    C:\ (98SE)
    D:\ (XP & 100gig of "files")
    E:\ (Other storage)

    F:\ LiteOn CDRW
    G:\ DVD-ROM

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    Copy the contents of the XP CD to a FAT(32) partition and boot from a floppy. Run winnt.exe (/i386 folder?) from there to setup and repair.

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    Have you tried totaly taking out all references to any boot device but the CDROM, and also enable "enable other boot devices".
    Also, if its not a legit CD, the chances are it wont boot because of the boot sector not being there.
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    Hey acidrainy

    Agent is right, particularly if it's an oldish mobo, the chances are it will be overly choosy and not boot from a cd.

    depending on the bios, make sure you only have boot from cd selected and try the cd in both drives.

    May be a silly question, but the liteon and dvd drive can both read the cd from win98 ? I know liteon will read just about anything, as do most dvd drives, so sorry for the silly suggestion

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    Alternatively you could find a floppy boot disk to load the CD from...

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    Use knoppix Live CD burn everything he wants to keep then start again.

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