I can boot from any Linux CD but not a Windows CD...?

I can boot from any Linux CD but not a Windows CD...?

Post by Hug » Fri, 23 Nov 2001 13:11:17

I have an older Winbook FX that has no floppy drive, which at first
didn't seem to be a problem since it supports bootable CDs.  Strange
thing, though, I can throw any Linux CD into it and it will boot from
it just fine.  Put in a Windows CD (98, ME, 2000, and XP all tried and
failed) and it will NOT boot from it (I know they are bootable CDs
because I tested them on another machine).

I know, I know, some of you will say to just install Linux on it and
be done with it.  Well, I did.  However, I have two hard drives for
this thing and I wanted Linux on one and Windows on the other.  The
hard drives are both empty and non-bootable and with no floppy drive I
can only install Windows by booting from the CD.

Anybody ever hear of a problem like this?  Any help would be much



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