How do I Boot a Dell Inspiron 910 From an External CD?

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How do I Boot a Dell Inspiron 910 From an External CD?
Dell's Inspiron 910 netbook does not include a CD-ROM, but users may boot from an external drive. (cd drive image by Paul Moore from

Booting a computer from a CD or DVD is sometimes necessary to restore an operating system, reformat a computer or run diagnostic services. Despite the fact that Dell's Inspiron 910 computer does not contain a built-in CD drive, users may still connect an external CD drive to enjoy the same benefits. Inspiron 910 users who can boot from an external CD can perform all the repair work their computer requires.

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Things you need

  • Inspiron 910
  • External CD or DVD drive
  • USB cable

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  1. 1

    Connect your external CD drive to your Inspiron 910. To do this, gently push one end of a USB cable into the CD drive. The USB port is typically located on the back of the CD drive. The other end of the USB cable should be inserted into one of the Inspiron's USB ports, which are located on both sides of the computer.

  2. 2

    Insert your boot CD into the external CD drive. Press the open/close button on the front of the CD drive, place the CD in the drive with the label facing up and press the open/close button again to close the drive.

  3. 3

    Restart your operating system. For Inspiron users running Windows XP, select "Start," then "Shut Down" and then "Restart." For users running Windows Vista or Windows 7, select "Start," then click the arrow next to the "Shut Down" option and click "Restart."

  4. 4

    Press the F12 button when your Inspiron's BIOS screen appears. The BIOS screen is the screen that first appears when you power on or restart the computer. It can be identified by the Dell logo.

  5. 5

    Select "External CD or DVD-drive" under "Boot Options." Use the arrow keys to select the proper option and press "Enter."

  6. 6

    Press any key to start the boot process when prompted and then follow any prompts to continue the process.

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