Reformatting problem "to boot from cd, press any key"

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  1. AstroHud

    AstroHud New Member

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    Ok so I got this cd with windows home edition from a torrent. I retrieved my old key and I'm ready to reformat.



    So when I restart my comp. I go to the BIOS and switch it so it boots from CD. I restart it again. It loads, then I get the message: "to boot from cd, press any key" so I push space bar or enter. I wait 2mins. Nothing happens. I still see the same message. Do I need a new hard drive? :eek4:
     
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  2. CodeX

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    wireless/usb keyboard? Try an old school PS/2
     
  3. AstroHud

    AstroHud New Member

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    Hmm. It's a nice $10 logitech usb I just bought. It works fine. :dunno:
     
  4. eideteker

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    Yes, but your motherboard may not support all USB devices like keyboards. A PS/2 keyboard will work 100% of the time - do you have one lying around to try?
     
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    I don't think it's the keyboard. If the keyboard wasn't responding, it would simply move onto the next boot device.
     
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    I second PS/2 Keyboard.
     
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    I disagree. I think it is something else. Exactly what, I can't put my finger on yet.

    There is more then one way to skin a cat.

    Have you considered installing Windows from a USB device?

    Here is an application I have used to install Vista and 7 (but not XP, you have been warned)

    http://wintoflash.com/home/en/

    I have seen the problem you are having. It is not my belief it is a keyboard problem.
    It might be a problem with the way your hard drives and CD/DVD drives are cabled to the mainboard.
    How many hard drives do you have?
    How many CD/DVD drives?
    EIDE or SATA?
     
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    Not only that, but he wouldn't be able to get into the bios to tell it to boot from CD.
    Like I said, this is NOT a keyboard problem.
     
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    Mr. Kitty Litter OT Supporter

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    On some machines (mostly Dells), I have to go into BIOS and set the HDD mode/settings from SATA to AHCI or some shit like that... try doing that.
     
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    Thanks for the posts. I swapped the keyboards to an older style plug, and it still doesn't work.

    When it says "press any key to boot from cd" it starts counting down with dots ". . . ." then it will boot my old windows. I know it read my keyboard key because it stopped dotting. I think your right, it might be the cd. Tomorrow I'll be re-burning it, I've noticed a couple scratches on the disk.
     
  11. Swerve

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    You mean the BIOS, right?
     
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    Does your computer have a floppy drive? Is there a disk in the drive?
     
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    Is this a USB Hard drive? USB DVD-ROM or a USB memory stick?

    Different answers for each device.

    But, at some point you do need to go into the bios and tell it to boot from the device.

    When you answer give us the model number of your motherboard.

    I will google it and tell you wether you need to update the bios (or even if this plan will work).
     
  16. eideteker

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    You have to make the USB drive bootable, you can't just throw files on it.
     
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    There is a winrar looking file that has a .iso at the end. I belive it's an image file, can I just put that one file in the usb stick? :dunno:
     
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    I've never heard of a Windows XP install CD that waits more than 5 seconds for you to hit a key before it just boots up off the hard drive like normal. Are you sure it's working right?

    I think your motherboard has to support booting from a USB flash drive, or else it won't work. At least that's been my experience. It's really a pain in the ass how motherboard manufacturers totally let shit slide after floppy drives went out of style; sure, you can boot from a CD on pretty much any computer, but there's no single checkbox you can check to make the CD bootable when you burn it, like there was with floppy disks, and there isn't a single checkbox to make a USB flash drive bootable either. It's a clusterfuck alright.
     
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    Have you considered installing Windows from a USB device?

    Here is an application I have used to install Vista and 7 (but not XP, you have been warned)

    http://wintoflash.com/home/en/

    This application DOES allow you to do it for XP, but I have never done so.
     
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    Absolutely not.

    You need to mount that .ISO file, copy the files off the drive and then use a program to load up the USB stick.

    Most software products that let you burn CD's come with programs to let you mount ISO files. I know Nero has one.
     
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    Sorry I'm might sound like an idoit but let me get this straight.
    I put the .iso on a daemon drive. I open Nero, and there should be a option that will allow me to drag the .iso to the usb drive?

    I downloaded WinToFlash the latest version is 0.5.0020 beta. So I unziped it to a folder on my desktop first, I opened it and clicked the .exe to install it. I'm stuck on "Specify locations of files and drive" I get this error "Incorrect source of Windows files". The ones that are
    selected before when I hit next is "Windows files path: D:\" and also "USB drive: E:\".
     
  23. OniMinion

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    Wow, all of this hassle for a torrent version of XP? Wow. I would definetly look for BIOS updates for your motherboard. I'm also willing to bet that your version (ISO) is bad off of pirate bay.
     
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    I found a place that has A8N-VM drivers, but I don't see any that say anything USB related:

    http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?SLanguage=en-us

    I'm still stuck on this:
     

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