Re: Solved: Trying to install Fedora 14 on a Stubborn Sony Vaio

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On 02/23/2011 11:43 AM, fred smith wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 10:02:52AM -0500, Jim wrote:
>> On 02/22/2011 11:00 AM, les wrote:
>>> On Mon, 2011-02-21 at 14:52 -0500, Jim wrote:
>>>> On 02/21/2011 02:33 PM, Patrick Bartek wrote:
>>>>> --- On Mon, 2/21/11, Jim<[email protected]>    wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> A Sony Vaio will not let me boot on
>>>>>> cdrom with a Crashed Windows OS,
>>>>>> trying  to install Fedora only on laptop. Even if I
>>>>>> have BIOS set to
>>>>>> boot off Cdrom.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> I even hooked a external cdrom to usb and enabled in Bios
>>>>>> to be first
>>>>>> boot device, won't work,  in all cases it  will
>>>>>> only Attempt to Load
>>>>>> Windows.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> It won't even let you disable hard drive in Boot process.
>>>>> This may be a stupid question, but have you checked the ORDER of the chosen boot devices in BIOS?  If the hard drive is first in the boot chain, even if the CDROM drive is set as bootable, BIOS will stll go to the hard drive first to boot the system regardless of a bootable CD being in the CDROM drive.
>>>>>
>>>>> B
>>>> Done that, cdrom is first boot device, and hard drive is second boot device.
>>>>
>>>> I think this is a Vista install and Sony has the laptop bootup setup to
>>>> bootup  on a path to Windows on hard drive. and ignores the cdrom.
>>> Most laptops today prompt you to push a function key to get access to
>>> the boot menu.
>>>
>>> If there is no message on the screen, try pressing F12 repeatedly during
>>> the boot process.
>>>
>>> Regards,
>>> Les H
>>>
>> Problem Fixed. Sony Laptop PCG-7142L
>>
>> What I did was remove SATA hard drive from laptop and put on my Fedora
>> 14 PC and used gparted and removed crashed Vista partitions and put
>> Fedora 14 on it.
>>
>> Put back into Laptop and now it will let me Boot off of Cdrom.  I was
>> also told that Sony does not support USB booting.
>>
>> The way Vista was installed on hard drive wouldn't let cdrom boot, only
>> boot from hard drive.
>>
>> Also found 7 dead keys on keyboard, will have to buy new keyboard, for
>> around $60-70. someone must have beat hard on keys. Sure is a Cheap
>> keyboard.
>>
>> Connected external USB keyboard and now the computer works great.
> You may have tried this, but I didn't catch it in your postings.
> Some/many computers have a "boot menu" in the bios/setup utility that
> is a separate screen (accessed by a different hotkey during boot) than
> the "setup menu". My (admittedly limited) experience with these PCs is
> that if you want to boot off an external drive, you need to enter that
> boot menu AT EVERY BOOT and select the external device. Those systems
> where I've used an external device generally refuse to boot from it if
> I simply change around the boot priority in the normal setup menus.
I checked the boot priority before booting each time.
What is weird I tried to enable boot on devices;

1. cdrom
2. external USB
3. network

To block out Hard Drive from booting , and it still wouldn't boot off 
Cdrom.   Since I have installed Fedora on hard drive from my PC, I  now 
can boot from cdrom drive. The Vista setup on the hard drive was causing 
the boot problems from anything but the hard drive.
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