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Re: vista RTM DVD will not boot on one of three laptops - advice p

Postby ampsZW9uYXJk » Wed, 29 Nov 2006 08:28:02 GMT

Thanks for your response, Carey, but as I mentioned in my post, my laptop can 
boot off an XP CD and a Fedora Core 4 DVD.

The BIOS is set to boot off the DVD Drive first, and yes, the laptop has a 
DVD drive in it... I did think to check the fundamentals before posting a 
question in this forum!

So, to reiterate - 
Can boot from a 'commercial' DVD (Fedora Core 4)
Can boot from a burnt image of XP (slipstreamed SP2 version)
Cannot boot from a burnt DVD (Vista)

Just to avoid obvious questions - I am an MCSE with 8 years experience with 
Microsoft OSes, and whilst I understand that doesn't necessarily mean I won't 
make dopey mistakes, I do have enough technical experience to check the 
obvious points before posting. Can you help diagnose the problem further?

Thanks
John.






Re: vista RTM DVD will not boot on one of three laptops - advice p

Postby » Wed, 29 Nov 2006 08:36:34 GMT

WOW am MCSE with 8 years exp and Carey, kinda feel out of my depth,

As a way of further diagnosing the fault I'd try see if you can install you 
ISO by virtual DVD, such as Daemon tools, Magic iso etc (It does mean having 
to find a PC with an OS on it), but it would rule out a bad burn, you could 
also check the checksum for your download.

Colin T








Re: vista RTM DVD will not boot on one of three laptops - advice p

Postby ampsZW9uYXJk » Wed, 29 Nov 2006 09:58:01 GMT


Thanks for your help, Colin, I'll learn to just accept the help in future!

I've tried it with Daemon tools v3.47 - and it loads fine. I've burnt the 
image to multiple DVDs and they all boot OK on the two other laptops I have 
access to - the iso will also boot in Microsoft Virtual PC and VMWare 
workstation.

All I can think of is that either my laptop, for some reason, will not boot 
from a newly burnt DVD - and yes, I am burning a DVD from the image, not 
copying the ISO file onto a DVD - as the fedora install DVD boots fine.

Any other ideas? Thanks in advance for your help.

cheers

John

Re: vista RTM DVD will not boot on one of three laptops - advice p

Postby » Wed, 29 Nov 2006 11:06:08 GMT

To me that only leaves the Laptop DVD drive and the media. I take it the 
firmware of the DVD drive is up to date and it has read from a different DVD 
of that media type both bootable/non bootable.

I have heard of problems where one drive can handle a burn but another can't 
and it took it to be burned at 2x speed.

If you have another type of media perhaps you could try that.

Colin T






Re: vista RTM DVD will not boot on one of three laptops - advice p

Postby ampsZW9uYXJk » Thu, 30 Nov 2006 00:07:02 GMT

Thanks Colin - I hadn't considered the burn speed.
I've been using DVD-R and +R media, and the choice of that doesn't seem to 
make any difference. The laptop is a Philips (rebadged Twinhead), and as yet 
no updated firmware has been released for the drive - i'll dig a little bit 
more and see if I can find an update.

I'll also have to locate an alternate DVD ISO that I can burn and test to 
see if it's just the vista images it won't boot from.

So - some more work for me to do, anyway! Thanks for your help.

Cheers

John.






Re: vista RTM DVD will not boot on one of three laptops - advice p

Postby JW » Thu, 30 Nov 2006 01:05:24 GMT









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