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how to install windows with no cd drive

Discussion in 'Windows - General discussion' started by timeblade, Aug 3, 2007.

  1. timeblade

    timeblade Member

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    I got a laptop from a thrift store. It had a corrupt windows 98 on it. I formatted the hard drive and now I want to install windows on it. Problem is that the cd drive does not work. It only has usb ports and a dial up jack. I can get a usb floppy drive to work, but not a usb cd drive. I have DOS on floppy. Also, flashdrives do not work.

    I have:
    Windows 98 SE
    Win 2000 Pro
    Win XP Pro
    USB Floppy Drive with DOS
    USB Male to Male Cable
    USB Ethernet Adapter

    Is there a way I can install 98, 2000, or xp by floppy, usb direct connect, or usb ethernet? I have another computer that could install by network if that is possible.
     
  2. ddp

    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    what is the matter with the rom drive? what is the specs of the laptop to see what windows can be installed on it including hd capacity. can get a boot disk for usb rom drives from this link.
    http://www.bootdisk.com/usb.htm
     
  3. timeblade

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    It has a dvd rom drive. It still gets power, but the laptop does not recognize it. I took it out and looked at it. The pins seem fine and nothing looks damaged. Mayby It doesn't have the right driver.

    It is a Fujitsu Lifebook I series laptop. It has 2 expansion slots, 2 usb slots, a dvd rom drive, and a dialup slot.

    About 500mhz
    64mb ram
    6gb hdd

    I think it should be able to run windows 2000. I have a desktop of similer stats that can run 2000 with no problem.

    I tried to install dos from a floppy. It installed fine, but the computer restarted and never booted. I formatted the hdd so it has nothing on it now.

    How would I use the usb boot disk to boot to a usb cd drive with windows? Is it possible to install windows not from boot? Mayby boot to the usb drivers and install windows from there?
     
  4. drphilly

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    I don't think that you can put an XP upgrade on a floppy because it is too large. Maybe look to luinx?
     
  5. faqman98

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    try (if possible) to install selected OS on a compatible HD (of the laptop in question) on another laptop then just swap the HD into your laptop
     
  6. timeblade

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    I found another way that I will try. Hook up the hdd by usb. Copy the i386 folder from windows 2000 pro cd. Boot to dos and install windows from the hdd.

    I will post if it works.
     
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    see if can get more ram because with 64meg, it will be slow.
     

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