Trying to install Windows XP on a new HDD in a Compaq Presario 6500 notebook (model no 6501XX, originally shipped with Windows Vista 32bit).

However despite my efforts the computer refuses to boot from CD. I have tried:

  • Booting from several (bootable installer) CD/DVD's (even a HP Windows 7 restore DVD)
  • Checking that CD is bootable in BIOS
  • Using an external (USB connected) CD/DVD drive
  • Updated the BIOS to latest version (Phoenix BIOS V34)

When Windows is booted from HDD there seem to be nothing wrong with the internal DVD drive, it can read and burn CD/DVD's. Also I can confirm that the external CD reader is fine.

On startup, pressing F9 brings the boot device menu. It only shows the internal hard disk as an option, whatever disc I put in. I have searched the web and HP troubleshooting without luck. Any suggestions?

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    The BIOS may be corrupt. Try flashing it with the latest BIOS. – CharlieRB May 2 '13 at 12:25
  • I assume you have changed the boot order in the BIOS to boot from the CD first? – terdon May 2 '13 at 12:49
  • @terdon Sure, boot order is not the issue. Also the F9 boot menu doesn't even show the CD as an option even though I can confirm that BIOS option Boot from CD is enabled. – jtheman May 2 '13 at 12:53
  • @CharlieRB Tried this. Updated the old V7 Phoenix BIOS to latest for the model, V34. But still the same issue, no boot from CD. – jtheman May 2 '13 at 13:18
  • So I'm assuming WinToFlash didn't help for a USB-based install to C:? Can you post camera snaps of the boot order menu in your BIOS? – Karan May 3 '13 at 15:56

Might be on your SATA setting as AHCI. You can try that one, or try the IDE mode

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