Computer rebooting endlessly XL420 Dell

  bndubs 08:54 05 Jul 2009

my computer an old XL 420 can not read any discs in the optrical drive. Once I put in a disc the machine shutdown and reboots continuously. he machinecan recognise the cd rom drive but I it can not read anything from the drive. This is an old machine with Windows 98 that I want to upgrade

  lotvic 11:40 05 Jul 2009

Sounds like the cd rom drive is kaput. Check the cables and if still won't read cd's, take drive out and try with a different one in that you know does work, then you will know for sure if it is kaput.

  bndubs 05:50 07 Jul 2009

I did try using a different cd rom drive which works but the machine keeps rebooting if I put any disk inide the cdrom. I even tried putting a different hard drive with windows 2000 on it but the computer did not finish booting and displayed message about BIOS needs to be checked.

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