Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > General Discussions > Tech Talk
Reload this Page >

Stupid computer question re: booting from CD

Tech Talk Discuss PC Hardware, Software, Internet and Other Technology

Stupid computer question re: booting from CD

Old 02-02-11, 02:24 PM
  #1  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: The Last Frontier
Posts: 4,763
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Stupid computer question re: booting from CD

I have an older Windows XP machine I'm trying to reformat the HD on so I can give it to a new owner, but I'm having a real hard time trying to get the computer to boot from the CD drive. I was able to get into the BIOS (what key, I have no idea, I just pressed a bunch as I booted up) to set it so it would try to boot from the CD-ROM drive first. So now on bootup, it says "Press any key to boot from CD" - or something like that. Yet it doesn't seem to recognize any of my keypresses on the keyboard, and then decides I'm not going to press any key, and boots to Windows. Once it boots, the keyboard and mouse work fine. And when I'm in the BIOS setup, they keyboard works fine. I must be missing something stupid, but I'm not sure what it is. Could it be that it's a USB keyboard?

Is there another way to format the HD and then install windows?
Old 02-02-11, 03:16 PM
  #2  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Raul3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Picture a cup in the middle of the sea
Posts: 10,706
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Re: Stupid computer question re: booting from CD

Yes, you need an old keyboard. PS/2 Keyboard. It sucks I know, but they cost like $5 if you can find one in a local store. When Compusa and Circuit City still existed it was easier. Of course if you have a local Fry's that shouldn't be an issue.

Short answer: you need a PS/2 keyboard.
Old 02-02-11, 03:25 PM
  #3  
DVD Talk Godfather
 
fumanstan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Irvine, CA
Posts: 55,349
Received 20 Likes on 8 Posts
Re: Stupid computer question re: booting from CD

Not necessarily, some BIOS options have an option to enable the USB Controller specifically for DOS, which should allow it to recognize the key press.
Old 02-02-11, 04:01 PM
  #4  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Raul3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Picture a cup in the middle of the sea
Posts: 10,706
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Re: Stupid computer question re: booting from CD

I thought it was already enabled, since he can boot to BIOS, pressing a key in his USB keyboard.

It's when trying to boot from CD when it doesn't work.
Old 02-02-11, 06:33 PM
  #5  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Sunny Hawaii
Posts: 7,050
Received 80 Likes on 59 Posts
Re: Stupid computer question re: booting from CD

You might want to check your BIOS for something like "USB Legacy Support" and try enabling that.
Old 02-02-11, 06:34 PM
  #6  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 18,923
Received 278 Likes on 207 Posts
Re: Stupid computer question re: booting from CD

Originally Posted by Raul3 View Post
I thought it was already enabled, since he can boot to BIOS, pressing a key in his USB keyboard.

It's when trying to boot from CD when it doesn't work.
The BIOS recognizes it because it's designed to recognize USB input devices. So pressing a key to get into BIOS works.

The problem is the XP install CD, which was created so long ago that it doesn't look for USB input devices. So the "press any key to continue" line is looking for a PS/2 or earlier keyboard input device.

As a result some PC BIOS have a "USB Device legacy mode", in which the BIOS exposes the USB keyboard as a PS/2 keyboard for DOS or other boot discs that need one.
http://support.whitecanyon.com/index...kbarticleid=83
Old 02-03-11, 08:21 PM
  #7  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: The Last Frontier
Posts: 4,763
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: Stupid computer question re: booting from CD

Ok, thanks for confirming what I thought - if I can dig up a USB - PS2 adapter will that work?
Old 02-04-11, 01:37 AM
  #8  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 18,923
Received 278 Likes on 207 Posts
Re: Stupid computer question re: booting from CD

Originally Posted by bdshort View Post
Ok, thanks for confirming what I thought - if I can dig up a USB - PS2 adapter will that work?
An adapter to plug a USB keyboard into a PS/2 port? Maybe.

However, like a few of us have pointed out, you may just need to change a setting in your BIOS to use your keyboard as-is.
Old 02-05-11, 06:52 PM
  #9  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: The Last Frontier
Posts: 4,763
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: Stupid computer question re: booting from CD

Ok - I haven't checked that out yet but I'll take a look.
Old 02-08-11, 01:02 AM
  #10  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: The Last Frontier
Posts: 4,763
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Re: Stupid computer question re: booting from CD

Found a setting in the BIOS that worked. Thanks! Now to find out why my wireless network USB thing isn't working. Maybe there was a CD that came with it that I threw out long ago...
Old 02-08-11, 03:03 AM
  #11  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Sunny Hawaii
Posts: 7,050
Received 80 Likes on 59 Posts
Re: Stupid computer question re: booting from CD

Make sure you update to Service Pack 3, plus apply all patches. SP2, in particular, had a lot of improvements to the wireless support. You may still need USB drivers for your wireless after all that, but you should definitely get all those system updates.

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.