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resinstalling XP without a CD/DVD drive

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by buscuit, Sep 23, 2007.

  1. buscuit

    buscuit Regular member

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    I have a DELL Latitude X1 laptop. It has no internal CD/DVD drive in it. How would I reinstall XP on this machine? I thought maybe an external CD/DVD drive, but during the start up, I can access the boot menu (F12) and it only gives the following options to boot from:

    • Internal Hard drive
    • NIC

    There is no option to boot from a CD/DVD drive. This DELL doesn't have the special partition with the "restore" option either (CTRL + F11). Any suggestions on how a fresh install of XP can be applied to this laptop?
     
  2. ianski7

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    Hey, there is no option for cd boot because the bios cant see one. If you plug one in you will most likely see the boot option. There may be a bios setting to enable boot from usb.

    If that doesn't work you can remove the hard drive and install in a system with similar motherboard specs. Install standard XP and standard drivers only. Go to device manager>ide/ata/atapi controllers> update all to standard drivers. Install in the dell and you will have a 50%-75% chance it will boot......install proper drivers.
     
  3. Auslander

    Auslander Senior member

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    or fire up XP on the computer and select to do a full install. when the laptop reboots, it will go straight to the disc.
     
  4. buscuit

    buscuit Regular member

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    Actually, an external USB CD-Rom drive seemed to be able to do the trick.

    I had an external IDE/USB conversion kit. I had used it with hard drives, but never with a CD-Rom. I tried it here and when I connected it, it showed up in the boot menu (F12) as stated. I tried it out with an XP disc and it went through the whole initialization process of loading XP so I guess I will be able to do it this way.

    I suspect since this laptop didn't come with a CD-Rom drive initially installed internally, it was designed to accept external ones.
     

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