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nLite XP DVD will not start - SOLVED!


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I just recently completed a DVD that includes WinXP Pro and a silent install of Office 2003. The ISO tested positively in Virtual Box. However, when I used Image Burn to burn to DVD and to use the disc, my Desktop PC would not begin the install.

I inserted the DVD and restarted the PC, entered BIOS and booted from cd/dvd. The light on the drive just blinked and never began the install. When I insert the DVD on my Desktop PC, it does not show as an installable volume. It only showed as the letter for the disk drive. However, when I insert the disc in my laptop it shows as an installable volume. I really don't want to use this for my laptop, but rather for my desktop PC.

Any ideas why the DVD will not install?? I have not tried using nLite to burn the ISO. Not sure why that would matter??

Thanks,

Mobes

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You may have a marginally functional DVD; some drives may have issues with it while others do not. You could try burning at a slower speed or using different media. There could also be a problem with the drive; maybe it's getting old or dirty.

As a matter of practice, I verify all written discs with ImgBurn after writing just to be sure. And I use rewritable discs whenever possible.

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Thanks 5eraph.

I did burn at the lowest speed possible, I believe 1x. I'm using Memorex RW for media. I also verified the disc with ImgBurn. Would there be a specific media I could try?

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Backing off one or two steps from maximum write speed usually works. Verbatim is a good choice for most drives and media types. All I can really suggest is swapping the drive that has difficulty reading the disc.

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Related to jaclaz's post, I can confirm I always use mkisofs as ISO builder and it has never failed me. For an updated version of mkisofs.exe, please refer to this topic I started about a year ago, where jaclaz (again) saved the day. Just replace mkisofs.exe in C:\Program files\nLite. It really isn't that difficult to build a bootable DVD; in fact, I've ONLY used DVDs for my installs.

http://www.msfn.org/...__1#entry918606

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To point out, you indicated a DVD-RW.

Depending on the other DVD Reader's capabilities, it may or may not read any one of DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-DL. (Double-)Check the specs on the other DVD Reader (I have a couple of "problematic" drives).

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k. So, I used the mkisofs noted below. This was the most recent from SpoiledBrats link. Can you confirm? I've tried burning at 2.4x, still on a Memorex DVD. I also confirmed the DVD/CD Rom is compatible. However with all this, still the same result. I could read the contents of the disc on my Laptop (where I burned image). However, my PC does not read the disc.

Would it help to burn the image from my PC DVD burner instead of my Laptop? I will wait to hear back before trying Verbatim.

mkisofs.exe 03-Jul-2006 16:38 336K

Thanks!

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May I ask what you use to burn the DVDs? For best reliability, I always use ImgBurn, which is free, has the option to burn ISO to CD/DVD and the resulting CD/DVD is always bootable (this is not an advertisement, many members here sincerely recommend it as well, I just took their advice).

As to your question, as far as I know, that is the last version of MINGW mkisofs.exe, but on the other hand, I never bothered to search anymore. I did what jaclaz suggests in post #8 and got the identical result on the mkisofs.exe version.

Cheers

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I also have been using ImgBurn. However, my last attempt was with Nero. I am attempting again with new mkisofs.exe using ImgBurn. I will review the link you provided. Seems strange that my PC doesn't even see the files. I figured that I wouldn't even try to boot from the CD/DVD since I cannot even Explore the DVD files. However, I can with my laptop.

Mobes

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Can any DVD, of the same media you are using, be read from your desktop's drive ? Or maybe the disc needs to be closed or something (long time I haven't burned DVD RW). Is it burned on the laptop ? Can it be read on any other PC ?

Clearly this is not an nLite issue.

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Clearly this is not an nLite issue.

That's what I've been saying... mkisofs doesn't enter into it.

I still suggest swapping the drive in the desktop PC. The other drive reads the disc just fine.

We need someone who better knows where his/her towel (and mkisofs ;)) is. :whistle:

:lol:

Believe it or not, I always bring my towel now. I keep one in the car. It's surprisingly handy for just about everything. :D

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