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Alienware X51 R1 unable to boot from CD

I noticed lately that my x-51 R1 running Windows 7, is unable to boot from the CD/DVD drive in UEFI mode. I tried it with a Linux CD for class, and I am currently trying to reset my fathers old HP MediaSmart Server via a recovery disc and in both attempts the Computer will boot straight from the HDD.

Boot setup is CD/DVD, USB CD/DVD, HDD.


Computer runs Intel i3-2120 3.3 GHz, Windows 7 Home Premium, bought in December 2012.

Any help would be appreciated, I will try to answer all questions asked as well. 

Calling Customer Service would be nice, but they try to make me pay...

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RE: Alienware X51 R1 unable to boot from CD

Are you trying to boot from the CD by pressing F12 at the start up?  

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RE: Alienware X51 R1 unable to boot from CD

The UEFI Boot sequence doesn't take too kindly to optical drives. It is better to make a bootable USB using Rufus:

See here for an example:

If making recovery media using the latest version of Alienware Respawn ensure that you use USB media (USB flash drive or USB external hard drive) and not a DVD:

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