Small iso file I could put on a DVD to test if my DVD drive is booting

thebigdintx

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anyone suggest a small ISO file I could download and burn onto a DVD to try and boot to the DVD to see if my computer is booting from my DVD drive or not. for some reason, i can not seem to boot to my vista dvd even though I did when i first installed vista from this same DVD onto a new hard drive when i first got vista. i restart my computer, enter bios, and select the drive as the first boot device and i see the light come on on the drive but then it boots right into windows normally and doesn't boot to the dvd.
 

ssc456

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umm not really as most iso's that are small you burn to c.d not DVD could try getting a hardrive diagnostics tool and burning the data to a DVD
 

thebigdintx

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umm not really as most iso's that are small you burn to c.d not DVD could try getting a hardrive diagnostics tool and burning the data to a DVD
does it matter though? couldn't i just use a small ISO file you would normally burn to CD, only burn it to DVD instead so that I can see if I can boot from my DVD burner?
 

DJ-CHRIS1

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anyone suggest a small ISO file I could download and burn onto a DVD to try and boot to the DVD to see if my computer is booting from my DVD drive or not. for some reason, i can not seem to boot to my vista dvd even though I did when i first installed vista from this same DVD onto a new hard drive when i first got vista. i restart my computer, enter bios, and select the drive as the first boot device and i see the light come on on the drive but then it boots right into windows normally and doesn't boot to the dvd.
Memtest86+
 

thebigdintx

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Memtest86+

there seems to be 2 different downloadable ISO's for memtest 86+, one is (.zg) and one is (.zip). which one should i use? and do I download that file to my desktop, then burn it onto a DVD correct? then try and boot to the DVD i put it on?

edit: nevermind...i see .gz is for linux users, and .zip for windows users.
 

thebigdintx

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i downloaded and used the memtest86+ ISO file, and my computer booted to the DVD i put it on just fine....so, i guess my vista DVD is messed up? it should still let me boot to it even if i have Vista SP1 now and the DVD is not SP1 right? i would think it wouldn't matter.
 

thebigdintx

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it's like my DVD drive doesn't see that anything is in it when the Vista DVD is in it, so don't know if that would be possible.

any other ideas why i can not boot to my Vista DVD? or why my computer doesn't seem to recognize that there is anything in the DVD burner when I have the Vista DVD in there?
 
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