This page has been archived.

The content on this page may be out-of-date or have been superseded by newer information, and links on this page to other sites may not work. This page has been archived for future reference.

See our Discussion Forums for more current content.


Posts: 2

Acer Aspire 5742 cant boot from CD

Acer Aspire 5742 cant boot from CD (It is bootable, tried elsewhere)


I have tried following options


a. Change in BIOS to bring CD ROM on top.

b. Enabled F12 in BIOS to bring up Boot menu, but Boot menu does only shows, 2 IDEs and 1 Network, no CD.

c. In Windows explorer, I can see DVD.

d. I have refreshed my BIOS with latest copy from Acer website


I have Windows 7 Home premium which is working all fine.


I have tried Windows Vista and XP professional CDs / DVDs which I am able to use installing in other Laptops.


I need this switch to test few software which dont work in Windows 7 (64 Bit)


Thanks for zour help.

Contributing Member
Posts: 18

Re: Acer Aspire 5742 cant boot from CD

You say 2 IDEs. Are you running two HDDs? If you are you could try removing the secondary and see if that clears up a conflict. Otherwise there's not much you can do. If you have a flash drive around you can make a usb copy of the disc.

Service and Support Videos

Welcome, Guest

Not A Member? Register
Member Highlight

The Acer Community team would like to congratulate JordanB for his recent promotion to ACE.   Thank you JordanB for your help in the forums.   You have certainly earned this promotion!

ACE Pioneer

Did you know?

Acer Community is also available in the following languages:

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click below on the continue button, you agree to our use of cookies. Please click here if you would like to find more information about these cookies or change your cookie settings.