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06-10-2011, 10:31 PM #1
Dell 1525 doesn't boot w/o OS install disk inserted into optical drive
I'm working on this Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop for a client of mine and I've already gotten Windows Vista installed on it and everything. I get both service packs installed and most of the drivers installed as well. So far only the chipset, display, LAN, WiFi, audio, and built-in modem drivers are installed. I still need to install drivers for other misc. Dell related stuff.
So basically what is happening is what I described in the title of the thread. The system will only boot if the Vista install disk is inserted into the optical drive. If I remove it, it will give me an error saying "No boot disk found. Please insert boot disk and try again".
I am thinking that the SATA driver must not have taken when I did the install for whatever reason. The weird part about it though is that the install process NEVER asked for a SATA driver to be installed. This is what has me confused about this whole thing right now.
Is there anything that can be done about this that will allow the system to boot up no problem? I don't mind reinstalling Vista if I have to. There's nothing really of importance on this machine that will keep me from performing another installation.
"P180" Desktop | Built on, 2012-12-25
3.4Ghz i5-3570k | Scythe SCSMZ-2100 92mm Samurai ZZ Rev.B | ASUS P8 Z77-V LK |Kingston HyperX 16GB CL9 RAM | PowerColor 7870 Myst Edition | 240GB Kingston HyperX SSD (OS) | 750GB 16MB SeaGate HDD (Storage) | 3x 320GB 16MB HDD in RAID-0 (Games) | Samsung 24x DVD-RW
Laptop | Dell Latitude e6400 *Upgraded*
p9500 | 4GB DDR2 PC6400 | NVIDIA Quadro 160M | 1440x900 Display | Kingston 128GB SSD | 250GB USB External HDD | 9-Cell Battery
"Scottie" Desktop | Retired, 2012-12-20
3.2Ghz p4 | ThermalRight sp-94 | 92mm Vantec Tornado | ABIT IC7-G | ThermalRight NB-1C | 2GB OCZ Platinum Ex 400Mhz 2-3-2-5 | PowerColor 4670 1GB AGP | 250GB 8Mb WD HDD (OS) | 320GB 16Mb WD HDD | 500GB 16MB SeaGate HDD | 16x LiteOn DVD-RW | LiteOn DVD/CD-RW combo drive
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