Hi there, my mother got a Compaq Armada M300 free from a friend but there was no CD Rom with it (external). We don't have a docking station either, just an external floppy drive.
We were going to buy a USB external CD/RW for it, but Windows NT was on it and we were told this doesn't support USB. Someone then formatted drive so now no OS..just wondering if anyone has any bright ideas about how to install an operating system on it? Once we get something on it we can then get a USB CD/RW.
The options I can think of offhand are:
1)Find an external CD/RW or CD rom which works via parallel port or PCMIA, providing these are a) available, and b) don't need an OS to recognise the external CD drive
2) Find a secondhand external drive intended for use with the Compaq Armada M300..this should fit the intended port.
3) Find another way to get an OS onto the machine, after which we can buy the USB CD/RW.
There may be other options..I just can't think of them offhand! The computer is a bit dated now but given that my mother got it for nothing, it would be good to get it working. She prob won't use it a huge amount so it doesn't really justify spending a few hundred on another laptop.
Hi there, thanks for all your suggestions..I think I might try to take out the HDD as I think this might be more straightforward. Can I just confirm that the last suggestion (installing it as the C drive) will work ok? If not, I can try the Ghost suggestion..just wanted to get feedback as to which might be best...
Hi Have use the cable/adaptor as suggested by switcher and it work well,only problem i came across was when i put hard drive back in laptop it wanted some drivers and asked for the win 98 disk to be loaded,but cancelling through those should get you there. I managed to get an internet connection after that and downloaded the drivers i needed