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Kaeis Kaeis is offline
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Default Ubuntu to XP - External CD Drive Not Recognized - 04-20-2009, 11:35 PM

First time poster.

Brand new Ubuntu Mini9. Love it.

My wife can't stand Ubuntu, so I'm trying to install XP.

I've spent the last three hours trying to figure out how to get my USB CD Drive to play my XP Pro (w/SP2) CD on boot.
My CD works, I've tested it on another machine.
My USB CD Drive works, I've tested it on another machine.
MY USB CD Drive works on the mini9 after Ubuntu boots up, and spins right before Ubuntu loads (during the load screen with the orange bar).
I have the A04 version of the Bios. I've tried booting from "Removable Devices" and "USB Storage" with no luck.

My advanced BIOS settings are:
Bootime Screen: Enabled
Quickboot Mode: Enabled
Speedstep: E
No-Execute Memory Protection: Disabled
Everything else is enabled.

My boot order list is: USB Storage, then Removable Devices, then CD/DVD, then Hard Drive, then Network Boot

Right before Ubuntu loads I see three letters: MBR

I'm used to Windows detecting a CD and giving me the "Press any key to boot from CD..." language.

I have: A USB CD-ROM Drive, 1 Dell Mini 9, 1 Desktop, 1 additional Laptop, a 1 gig USB flash drive, 1 valid WinXP Pro Disc, and less hair than when I started this ordeal.

I've researched on Google, but I haven't found any solutions that work with the materials I have.

Any links you can provide, or advice you can offer will be much appreciated.

I've heard on ... ws-xp-or-/ the following:

However, it doesn't solve my problem.

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For anyone who is still struggling with getting XP onto the Mini 9 or how to re-install Ubuntu, I've written a 'How to'. Hopefully be of use to some people who are struggling with this. It should be exactly the same for installing from a USB stick except you need to figure out how to get the mini9 to see your USB stick. I used an internal DVD drive fitted with a IDE-USB convertor cable and it was powered from a spare connector on my desktop machine.

Install Windows XP on a Dell Mini9

Connect up your external cd/dvd drive to one of the USB ports.
Switch on the Mini 9.
Press '0' to select boot options.
Insert your Genuine Windows XP disk into your cd/dvd drive.
Select cd/dvd drive from the boot option list and press enter.
Press enter when asked to confirm "boot from CD"
When a list of partitions is shown (there should be 2 partitions), select
C:Partition2 (Unknown) and press 'd' to delete the partition.
Press 'enter' to confirm the deletion and press 'l' to confirm that you confirm
it has to be deleted!
Select the 'Unpartitioned space' and press 'c' to create the new partition.
Press 'enter' to confirm creastion of the partition.
Select partition 'C:' and press 'enter' to install to this partition.
Select 'format the partition using teh NTFS file system' and press 'enter'.
The drive will now be formatted and windows XP installed as per normal.

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Thank you in advance.
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Default Re: Ubuntu to XP - External CD Drive Not Recognized - 04-20-2009, 11:37 PM


I just made some spaghetti, and tried booting again. It works now.

... ... ...killself
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Default Re: Ubuntu to XP - External CD Drive Not Recognized - 04-21-2009, 01:31 AM

I also had intermittent success with an external cd/dvd drive. I also had mixed success trying to boot from a Ubuntu "Live CD" on a USB flash drive. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

I'm trying to arrange things so I won't need a CD/DVD drive.
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Default Re: Ubuntu to XP - External CD Drive Not Recognized - 04-22-2009, 09:18 PM

Hi there

I too was having similar problems and found that disabling Quickboot Mode solved the problem.


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