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Laptop issue...
laptop issue
iahim




msg:1568049
 5:30 pm on Oct 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

I want to buy a second hand Laptop. BUT... it doesn't have floppy or cd-rom drive. only USB & LAN port. How can I install WinXP on it? HDD=10GB(only one partition) processor 700MHz 256Ram VGA 4M

Please help me if you can.

Thanks all of you

 

moishe




msg:1568050
 12:55 am on Oct 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

I have done this a number of times. Shop online or your local computer store for a 2.5" to 3.5" hard drive converter, should be less that $10.

Remove laptop hard drive and slave into your desktop box.

Copy the Install directory from your XP CD onto the laptop drive.

Now comes the fun part, you must make the drive bootable. If your desktop is a win 98 box this is easy, just right click on the drive letter for the laptop drive and select format, then check the "copy system files only box", when that is complete go to a command prompt, run fdisk, select the laptop drive and set the partition as active---shut down system, remove dive, place in laptop and at C prompt change directories to win XP directory and run setup.exe

If you desktop box is an XP box, you will need to find a 98 box and make a boot floppy. Be sure to copy sys.com and fdisk from the windows\command directory on the 98 box to the floppy. Boot your box up on the floppy identify which drive is the laptop drive letter, then from the a: prompt run sys x:---where x is the drive letter of your laptop drive.
Then run fdisk from the floppy, select the laptop drive and set the partition as active.

Hope this helps, good luck and feel free to sticky me if you need any clarification.

drbrain




msg:1568051
 7:58 pm on Oct 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

Note that the drive must be formatted FAT32.

I'm not sure if you can boot off of a USB CDROM drive. The laptop may have an external CDROM drive you can plug into it.

bcolflesh




msg:1568052
 8:13 pm on Oct 8, 2004 (gmt 0)

I'm not sure if you can boot off of a USB CDROM drive.

Check the BIOS "boot from" settings, if it has USB as a option, choose it and hookup a USB CDROM - this would be the simplest solution if it's available.

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