Originally Posted by Tyree
Are you certain the optical drive is good/working properly?
Does the drive show in the Bios/Device manager?
Have you tried booting from a different disc?
Yes, it's working properly to read data, and record to. Either CD or DVD, I tested both media. The drive does show in the BIOS/Device manager, but it does not have the '+' sign next to it when selected, only an exclamation mark. The device manager under Windows control panel displays it too and says it is working properly. All of the troubleshooting diags bundled with the system show it working fine too.
I tried other disks too. I have the windows repair disk that came with the system. It was pristine since I unsealed it on Sunday. The Ubuntu Live CD (which I burned) does boot on another system. Plus I have some "Oh Sh**" applications on bootable disks. None will boot this Dell XPS.
I think the symbols used by Phoenix BIOS v A15 for boot order are '+' for there is a bootable medium installed and ready and exclamation mark '!' if the drive is working but no bootable media recognized. I check the BIOS boot order with a bootable CD installed and ejected and in both conditions only the '!' is displayed.
Also, if I remove the internal HDD the status of the CD/DVD unit stays the same.
I've reformatted the hard drive since my first post and that didn't fix anything. I've tried to repair the MBR (with BCD) but that didn't do anything either. The USB only became bootable, again, after I reinstalled Ubuntu and Grub. I think that when I improperly uninstalled Ubuntu the first time is the cause of my problems. However, knowing that still doesn't help me fix anything. I did think that when I could finally boot to USB again that the CD/DVD would be fixed too, but it wasn't.
Thank you, I hope you or someone has some clearer idea now. I'm at a complete loss.
I just ran across this thread: here
, explaining how to repair the MBR and using "MbrFix" and I was wondering if this is something I may need to try to get the CD/DVD bootable? I have no problems booting to Win7 or to Ubuntu through USB anymore so I'm not sure if the MBR is the problem here....