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  1. #1
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    Jun 2012

    Compaq Presario won't boot from CD/DVD drive and other funny stories

    Brass Tacks:

    My old Compaq Presario F700, running Windows Vista, was getting slow two years ago, so I bought a new computer. Just went to login to the old Compaq wanting to get some photos off it, but the windows login password isn't working. "That's ok." I said to myself as I proceeded to download .iso boot discs from http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolso...ssrecovery.htm, but then to my surprise, the compaq isn't booting from said CD/DVDs.

    Problem 1: I've changed BIOS boot order, still no go. How now, am I to get it to boot. I miss the "Press any key to boot..." days.

    Problem 2: I still have no idea which one of these password 'recovery' programs will work. Any experience in that?

    Thanks a lot.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Sheboygan, WI
    I remove the drive and use a USB PCI/SATA adapter or external case in which I install the drive.

    After I plug the USB in I take ownership/possestion of the drive and browse it.

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