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    windows help

    hey all

    i have tried searching but have not found what i am looking for

    ( I have found most everything else by searching, hence only 7 posts to date)


    i am trying to re format my hard drive on my car P.C

    i have an external usb cd rom drive and no matter what setting i put the bios at i cannot get it to boot from the cd.

    when i initally installed it i was using a cd drive connected via the ribbon cable.( internal)

    what i am trying to find out is how can i get the pc to boot off the external drive without having to take it inside and hook up the internal drive again.

    I am using a legit copy of windows xp pro and have tried it on my desktop and the disk is fine.

    I am using an MB VIA EPIA-M10000 1000Mhz Mini ITX mainboard

    any help or direction would be greatly appreciated.

    thanks in advance

    Emil

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    Looks like all you should need to do is select USB-CDROM as your first boot device in "Advanced BIOS Features". I take it you either have a supplied power for the CD-ROM?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tazmaniandevil View Post
    Looks like all you should need to do is select USB-CDROM as your first boot device in "Advanced BIOS Features". I take it you either have a supplied power for the CD-ROM?

    i tried looking for it but i don't think i have this feature on my mainboard.

    as for my cd rom it is powered off a separate usb port.

    ( i am using two ports for it . One for the data and the other for power)

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    Every motherboard has an option to change the boot order. It may not be int he place where Taz specified, as every BIOS is laid out differently.

    Also, I believe that you'd have to select USB as the primary boot option in your case. There is a possibility that your motherboard does not have the ability to boot from USB, in which case you're going to need to hook up an IDE CD drive and do it that way.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Are you sure that your CD rom doesn't require a dedicated power line and not just power off of the USB?

    That motherboard should have the option under the advanced bios features.

    It will be in the list with other USB options...like USB HDD

    Do you have a link to your CD-rom?
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    Download your MOBO (M10000) manual here.



    Page 3-9 of YOUR motherboard's owners manual.

    First/Second/Third Boot Device
    Set the boot device sequence as BIOS attempts to load the disk operating
    system. The settings are:
    Boot Other Device
    Enable the system to boot from other devices if the system fails to boot from
    the First/Second/Third boot device. Settings: Enabled and Disabled
    Swap Floppy Drive
    If the system has two floppy drives, choose Enabled to assign physical drive
    B to logical drive A and vice versa. Settings: Enabled and Disabled
    Boot Up Floppy Seek
    Set floppy seek during POST, BIOS will determine whether the floppy is 40
    or 80 tracks. Settings: Enabled and Disabled
    Floppy The system will boot from floppy drive.
    LS120 The system will boot from LS-120 drive.
    HDD-0 The system will boot from first HDD.
    SCSI The system will boot from SCSI.
    CD-ROM The system will boot from CD-ROM.
    HDD-1 The system will boot from second HDD.
    HDD-2 The system will boot from third HDD.
    HDD-3 The system will boot from fourth HDD.
    ZIP100 The system will boot from ATAPI ZIP drive.
    USB-FDD The system will boot from USB floppy drive.
    USB-ZIP The system will boot from USB ZIP drive.
    USB-CDROM The system will boot from USB CDROM.
    USB-HDD The system will boot from USB HDD.
    LAN The system will boot from network drive.
    Disabled Disable this sequence.

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    D'oh ( slams head on desk)

    i bought it as a rtr assembly and never even thought of looking online for the manual.


    thanks to everyone who posted up i really appreciate your help.

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