Re: can't get laptop to boot from cd

In alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt "Lily" <l3456@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I need to reformat a Sony VAIO laptop. I have the OS cd, but
even though I can get it to see it, I can't get it to boot from it. I
went into setup and made cd first boot (of course) and have tried
disabling boot from anything else. It lists hard drive, floppy, cd
and network. It seems that the cd reader is slow to read,.. too
slow before it tries to boot from hard drive. If I disable hard drive,
it immediately says no os.

I have tried copying the os cd to a different brand medium thinking
that maybe it just wasn't reading that cd. Nope, no luck. I don't
know how to make it boot from network. Not sure how to do that.
I figure I would need a server (which I don't have).

any other ideas??????????

The CD is probably slightly damaged.
Five suggestions:
1. Get somebody with a desktop computer and CD-Writer
to copy your CD onto a fresh one.
(It's legal to make *backup* copies of a damaged one.)
2. Get one of these CD-Repair cleaners and polishers.
3. Call the supplier of the OS; and see if you can get
a replacement CD. Even Micro$haft will often do so.
You just keep using your original validation numbers.
4. Get a CD-drive cleaner.
5. Get a replacement CD drive.
Often CD drives deteriorate in their ability to read over time.

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