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How to boot from a USB CD/DVD ROM MY System is Dell Optiplex 170L Thanking in advance

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If you want to boot from a external cd/dvd rom here's what to do.

  1. Connect your USB CD/DVD ROM to your computer.
  2. After connecting, you must start from boot up. so Reboot your computer.
  3. You must go to your bios settings, so during boot, press DELETE or if it doesn't work reboot again and try F2.
  4. Now once on the bios settings, search for the boot device, or boot priority.
  5. You must make your USB CD/DVD ROM as First boot, or just place it at the top of the list.
  6. You can adjust the position by pressing (-)minus and (+)plus signs in your keyboard.
  7. Now once the USB CD/DVD ROM is at the top. press F10 to save the changes and click Yes.
  8. And that's it. Your PC will now boot from the USB CD/DVD ROM.
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Posted on Jul 12, 2011

  • ranabdrang Jul 23, 2011

    in the BIOS setting it doesn't show the USB CD/DVD ROM in the boot sequence. so how can i add this??

  • WES2859 Jul 11, 2012

    First of all... ALWAYS START WITH A KNOWN GOOD when troubleshooting and work from there!. I CAN'T EMPHASIZE THAT ENOUGH!

    What this means is make sure your USB device is bootable on another machine. Typically I have found anomalies in system bios (personalities) configs that prevent USB booting from a KNOWN GOOD USB BOOTABLE device i.e. USB memstick / thumbdrive or External USB CDROM drive.

    Now regarding the DELL OPTIPLEX 170L BIOS Ver. A07 I've had to fiddle a bit.

    Current installed hardware:
    No FLOPPY drive installed
    QTY. 1 - 320 GB SATA on the "SATA Primary" channel (there's only 1 channel)
    QTY. 1- 40 GB IDE as Master on the Primary IDE channel
    QTY. 1 - IDE CDROM as Master on the Secondary IDE channel
    Note: These channels I'm referencing are actual hardware interfaces on the MB and they're labeled. Might need glasses & good flash light ;-)

    SO, 2 hard drives (1 SATA, 1 IDE) and a CDROM installed. And no Floppy.

    Here are the settings in my A07 bios that worked under "Drive Configuration"
    Diskette Drive A: "NOT INSTALLED"
    SATA PRIMARY: "HARDDRIVE" (the bios sees the SATA drive under it's "auto" config)
    PRIMARY MASTER DRIVE: "HARDDRIVE" (again, the bios sees the Primary IDE under "auto" config)
    PRIMARY SLAVE DRIVE: "OFF"
    SECONDARY MASTER DRIVE: "CDROM Device"
    SECONDARY SLAVE: "OFF"
    IDE UDMA DRIVE: "ON"

    Under "HARD DRIVE SEQUENCE"
    1= "USB DEVICE"
    2= "SYSTEM BIOS BOOT DEVICES"

    Under "BOOT SEQUENCE"
    1= IDE-CDROM DEVICE (HAS CHECK MARK FOR ENABLED)
    2= HARD-DISK DRIVE C: (HAS CHECK MARK FOR ENABLED)
    USE THE SPACE BAR TO ENABLE/DISABLE TOGGLE.

    THE REST OF THE CONFIG IS DEFAULT

    I am able to boot & see both hard drives (on 2 different interfaces SATA & IDE) and the CDROM drive.

    Hope this helps.

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