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Windows 7: Can't get refurb win 7 dell latitude to boot from dvd drive

23 Nov 2016   #1
guitarfiend

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Can't get refurb win 7 dell latitude to boot from dvd drive

No matter what I seem to do I cannot seem to get my pc to boot from the DVD drive ! This pc is a refurbished) Dell laptop model "Latitude D630" REALLY PISSING ME OFF...because this is SO MUCH WORSE than that complete POS Presario that I had before it (that took a COMPLETE dump with no warning) !!! WHY won't this thing boot to a Xubuntu (Ver 14) dvd ?????


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23 Nov 2016   #2
HAVOC

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Have you tried pressing F2 right as the computer is booting? Maybe the DVD drive is dead. Does it work within Windows?
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23 Nov 2016   #3
AddRAM

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23 Nov 2016   #4
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by guitarfiend View Post
No matter what I seem to do
Tell us what all of those things are.

In considerable detail.
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23 Nov 2016   #5
guitarfiend

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HAVOC View Post
Have you tried pressing F2 right as the computer is booting? Maybe the DVD drive is dead. Does it work within Windows?
Havoc...first,thanks for your reply.As this is a new optical drive,I;m not absolutely certain that the DVD part of the drive does actually work.I can hear it running when I put a DVD (Xubuntu) in it.But,I have no actual video discs to try in it.I do know the CD part of it works,though.I think the problem is that this is a refurbished pc .And,that somehow whoever refurbished it (Microsoft authorized refurbisher) has made it so that you cannot boot from anything other than the hard drive.I have changed the boot order but,it seems to make no difference.And,I know this Xubuntu DVD I;m trying to boot from is good because I've used it on an old desktop. Although,it is Xubuntu ver 14.I wonder if that makes a difference.I wonder if it could be too out of date ? I don't see why that would make a difference,though.
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24 Nov 2016   #6
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit
 
 

The dvd function might be bad. Have you tried playing a dvd from within Windows? I doubt that they would disable booting from dvd.
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24 Nov 2016   #7
paul1149

Linux Lite 3.2 x64; Windows 7, 8.1
 
 

Put a blank DVD disk in and burn some data to it and see if it's readable. Even burn a small boot disk, such as puppy linux.

Then pull the hard drive and try booting from the DVD.
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11 Dec 2016   #8
guitarfiend

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Rufus,thank you for this advice.I will consider this.But,I am unfamiliar with this.So,It may be awhile
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11 Dec 2016   #9
guitarfiend

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paul1149 View Post
Put a blank DVD disk in and burn some data to it and see if it's readable. Even burn a small boot disk, such as puppy linux.

Then pull the hard drive and try booting from the DVD.
Thanks ,Paul.I will consider this.It's just a matter of timing
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11 Dec 2016   #10
guitarfiend

windows 7 home premium 64 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HAVOC View Post
Have you tried pressing F2 right as the computer is booting? Maybe the DVD drive is dead. Does it work within Windows?
Havoc,yes...I have been able to get into the boot menu at startup.But,it still refuses to boot from my Xubuntu dvd.And,I KNOW the Xubuntu dvd is good.I can listen to music cd's & burn them.But,I don';t know about the dvd funcionality (I have no dvd's) I'm trying to borrow one (Old school)
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