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    Thumbs down Why won't my computer reboot to CD?

    I have a Compaq Presario desktop pc

    AMD Sempiron 3400+ CPU
    2GB RAM
    2 SATA HDD
    CD/DVD combo drive
    Pheonix AwardBios v. 3.13

    This machine arrived with Windows XP on it. Works fine. I installed FC4 Linux, default partitioning. No problems, except that the computer won't boot unless the power is cycled.

    If I try to soft boot by typing /sbin/reboot, init 6, or halting the processor and then pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL, The CD-ROM light goes on for a few seconds, the HDD light either doesn't go on at all, or flashes so briefly I can't see it, then the monitor light goes yellow.

    For a long time I thought I was having grub bootloader issues, but I tried a soft boot with the FC4 installation CD in the drive and got the same results. My BIOS boot order is set 1) CD-ROM; 2) HDD.

    I have repeated these results on 2 other identically configured machines, so defective parts are unlikely to be the culprit.

    In summary:
    I can hard boot Windows or Linux, from CD-ROM or HDD.
    I can soft boot from Windows to CD-ROM (incl. a Linux install CD) or HDD.
    I can NOT soft boot from Linux to either CD-ROM or HDD.

    What is going on? How can the contents of the HDD affect a reboot to CD-ROM? I am seriously flummoxed.

    Larry Barnett

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    Linux User zeeone's Avatar
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    Oct 2003
    Third Stone From The Sun


    If you are running in terminal only, remember to unmount all of the drives, before doing the soft restart. Have you done a restart from the desk top log out yet, just to make sure everything is working right?
    Research, research, research before you walk the plank.
    Registered Linux User #398829

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    Linux Engineer spencerf's Avatar
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    Jan 2005
    Syracuse, NY
    what happens if you type reboot as root or with the sudo command?
    All right, brain. You don't like me and I don't like you, but let's just do this and I can get back to killing you with beer. All New Users Read This!!! If you have a grub problem please look at GRUB MANUAL

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