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WinXP wont boot from CD: Gateway 1450 Solo

Discussion in 'Computers' started by chevboy_0, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. chevboy_0

    chevboy_0 Newbie
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    I recently picked up a Gateway 1450 Solo for a smoking deal with no OS on it. I loaded Linux Mint 9 Fluxbox on it and it works great except for the battery wont hold a charge. Anyways, i have a copy of WinXP on a disc that I want to load on to it but when I put the disc in the drive and boot it up I hear the drive spinning but then it wont boot to the installer, it just goes straight to Mint. I have verified the disc in my desktop and when I boot that up it comes up to the WinXP installer. Does anyone have any ideas on what I should do?Im thinking I may just format the HDD and start from scratch but I'd like some advice.:thinking:

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  2. Gnomad

    Gnomad Well-Known Member

    With the battery not holding a charge, the BIOS is probably reverting back to a boot order that has the HDD as the first boot device. You should boot to the BIOS and ensure that the first boot device is the CD drive.
  3. chevboy_0

    chevboy_0 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Sorry I forgot to mention that, but yes the CD drive is placed first in the order above the HDD
  4. ABRMess006

    ABRMess006 Well-Known Member

    Are you sure it is a good copy of XP, if you burned it, it may be bad. It is either that or the reader is not good on the drive. Those are the only thing I can think of besides the BIOS not being set correctly. Try taking out your HDD and booting from cd and see if that works.
  5. SoulTerror

    SoulTerror Android Enthusiast

    Might have to rewrite the MBR since you installed a Linux OS and it probably installed GRUB.
  6. sr2550

    sr2550 Lurker

    My luck with booting to CD's on my Gateway Solo 1450 is strange.... CD's only boot when I am pushing the CD drive in (NOT the button, next to the button for instance). :thinking: Do this until the CD boots, from the second the computer turns on. Otherwise it will just boot to the HD. You should see the CD LED flash a few times, then stays on, then boots to the CD. Good luck!
  7. sr2550

    sr2550 Lurker

    That shouldn't be a problem, I have booted to an XP CD with GRUB installed.
  8. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Flash memory can retain data without the need for a power source nowerdays. just look at SD cards and USB sticks (or android phones ;) ) Been a long time since you could pull a CMOS battery out and reset a BIOS.

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