No CD Drive on my laptop

  matta 17:31 30 Oct 2003
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I have got a laptop from a company sell off and it does not come with the ATAPI CDROM drive. As the hard drive has been wiped and has no operating system on, I am a little stuck on loading one due to the lack of a CDROM drive.
Does any one have any ideas, BTW it does have a working 3.5 inch floppy.

  spikeychris 17:37 30 Oct 2003

External through USB?

  graham√ 17:39 30 Oct 2003

You will have to obtain a CD-ROM, a licensed copy of Windows system of choice and a startup floppy disc.

  matta 17:45 30 Oct 2003

Thanks Guys,

Spikey Chris i wondered at your suggestion if a win98se startup disk would allow USB connection but thinking it through it seems unlikely.

Graham,

I have tried to get a CD drive for this laptop but can't get one anywhere nobody is stocking them any more (laptop 2 years old).

I was just hopting there was some awy i could get WIN 98SE on the laptop just to ID an external CDROM drive

  graham√ 19:08 30 Oct 2003

There are 3 Atapi CD-ROMs on Ebay. Don't know if they will fit in a laptop.

If you open up the laptop, could any old CD-ROM be hooked up temporarily?

  jonnytub 19:16 30 Oct 2003

sorry graham the connectors on a laptop vary grately from those of a desktop and it could get very sticky with wire and soldering (certainly not worth the risk). give me the make, model and spec of the sytem and i will keep my eyes open

  matta 19:19 30 Oct 2003

Thanks everyone, i have just tracked a ROM drive down at Novatech, with a little help fronm the digital spy forum.

Placed the order waiting for delivery, well pleased

thanks all

  spikeychris 19:32 30 Oct 2003

matta, "Spikey Chris i wondered at your suggestion if a win98se startup disk would allow USB connection but thinking it through it seems unlikely."............good point.

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