TI Home 2009 - Bootable CD Not Readable by XP

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  1. rmirro

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    Hello all!

    I d/l TI Home 2009 to evaluate it because I'm tired of running my old version of Ghost. I'm running XP SP2 on an older Dell Inspiron 8200 notebook.

    I used the Media Builder to create a bootable CD-R. My first attempt was to create the bootable disk directly from Media Builder. I rebooted my machine after burning the disk but nothing... I heard the CD attempting to spin up but then XP booted. Once XP started I used Windows Explorer to look at the contents of the CD-R only to find it can't read the disk. I get the "please insert disk" mesage when I select that drive.

    Next I used Media Builder to create an ISO then I used Easy CD to burn a CD from it. Same results... The disk can't be read in Explorer.

    I'm sure the drive is still capable of burning CD-R's because I use it each week to create CD-R's with Easy CD to backup my data. I have several bootable CD-R's I created myself (Ghost, SpinRite, etc) that work fine and will boot my machine (I just tested them).

    I'm using the same CD-R media I use for everything else (the bootable disks I just mentioned, my weekly data backups, etc). That media is TDK 52x 700MB CD-R.

    Does anyone have a clue why Media Creator might not be be able to burn the CD-R and/or create an ISO that is burnable?

    Thanks!
     
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    Interesting... The problem is that this is a notebook computer. The tray pops out a little when I press the eject button then I must pull it out the rest of the way to insert a CD. I have to manually close it.

    I have 2 HD's with 3 partitions each. I'm also working at a client that requires me to map 5 network drives. I wonder if this might be a drive letter issue...

    Any thoughts?
     
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    You might try creating the iso file and then copy it to another computer and burn the iso file from another computer.

    If you use a thumb drive, change to boot order to boot from the thumb drive.
     
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    I took one of the bootable disks I burnt last night and tried it in someone's machine here at work. He fired up windows explorer and could easily view the contents of the CD. His laptop is newer than mine by a couple years.

    I put the CD back in my drive and I still get the "please insert disk" message when I try to view its contents. When I insert the disk I can hear the drive trying to spin up to read it but it sounds very choppy as though it can't read it.

    I have some thumb drives so I'll try that next. I don't remember seeing an option to boot from a USB device in my bios but hopefully I just overlooked it.

    Maybe it's time to retire this beast even though it's still very capable of getting most jobs done... UGH! :)
     
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    It sounds like your CD drive may be having problems reading. You could try a different brand of CD or a CD-RW disc. You could also try blowing any dust out of the drive.
     
  7. rmirro

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    Thanks, I was thinking that too. I put other CDs in the drive today (both bootable and regular data backup CDs I burnt last weekend using this same drive) and they all read fine in Windows Explorer. I tested the bootable CDs to ensure the machine still boots when using them. It does.

    I blew out the drive today before leaving work but that didn't seem to fix it.

    I ran a Dell Diagnostics CD on the drive and it's not reporting any errors if that means anything.

    I created a bootable USB thumb drive. When I rebooted and pulled up the boot menu, I was disappointed to find that there is no option to boot from USB. I might get a USB 2.0 pcmcia card then see if I can boot from that using the thumb drive.

    Any other suggestions besides "punt this laptop out into the parking lot"? lol
     
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    As for other suggestions--

    1. You might try creating the iso file and then copy it to another computer and burn the iso file from another computer--as previously posted. Use the slowest burn speed possible.
    2. Use a blank DVD rather Than CDR if yours is a combo burner.
    3. Buy a CD cleaner at the local electronics store. This is CD with a brush attached which rotates and cleans the lens inside the burner. About $5.00
     
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    I'll try burning the ISO from another computer tomorrow when I get to work (I've been working away from home and don't have access to my other home machines or external burner).

    For the record, the optical device I have in this laptop is a DVD-ROM, CD+-RW burner. I do have an external DVD burner at home that I can try over the weekend.

    I also have a CD/DVD cleaner at home. I forgot I had that, thanks for the reminder. :)
     
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