External DVD??

  edennorman 15:16 27 Jul 2005


I am in the process of upgrading my daughters PC.

After installing the new hard drives I want to install Win 2000 but the CD Rom is dead...so booting from CD will be inefectual.

I have an external cd/dvd writer/reader....would the machine look on the dvd for boot instructions automaticaly if I just connected it up and disconnected/uninstalled the dead CD rom?

Thank you.


  mattyc_92 15:27 27 Jul 2005

I don't think it will, as BIOS doesn't "power-up" USB devices until an operating system is loading.

  edennorman 15:39 27 Jul 2005

In which case I will have to install a new CD rom drive...yes?

But doesnt an operating system have to be installed in order to get such things recognised by the machine.

A case of chicken and egg.

Any suggestions as to how I should proceed?

Many thanks


  mattyc_92 19:20 27 Jul 2005

You will need to install a new cd-rom drive. The BIOS recognises it, so not having a Operating System installed doesn't make any difference.

  edennorman 06:46 28 Jul 2005

Oh goody

Thank you all for your help.


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