Dell Dimension boot device problem

  bovthedog 18:30 04 May 2018

I have a Dell Dimension 5100 which normally boots from SATA drive. When I set the CD drive to boot first I get 'No boot device available'. Anyone know why?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:22 04 May 2018

That's an old machine - my guess is the DVD drive is an old EIDE (not sata) so BIOS only looks at EIDE devices if set to DVD.

I had same problem when trying to fit an old EIDE HDD along side a SATA HDD in an old (2005) machine, it just wouldn't boot from the SATA drive.

  bovthedog 17:31 05 May 2018

Both CD and DVD drives are PATA but that doesn't help. My plan was to make Windows 7 my O/S (as I have other machines with this O/S) by booting from a DVD onto a clean HDD, so this is out. How else can I load Windows 7 or anything else come to that.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:16 05 May 2018

OK that's fine boot from the win 7 DVD and it should still find your sata HDD and install to that.

You'll will need to remove the DVD when windows reboots during its setup.

  bovthedog 20:39 05 May 2018

OK, thanks for that

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