I have just bought a laptop as above in excellent condition with new 40GB HDD fitted - only one problem - I didn't realise that a CD drive is not standard!! Is there a clever way that I can load an operating system without using a CD drive? There is a genuine Windows 2000 sticker and I have a 2000 CD, I have a network, an external Hard Drive, a large capacity USB pen. There's got to be a way of doing this, hasn't there???
Thanks for all responses, an external DVD drive seemed the most straightforward solution - have been fortunate enough to buy a new one with warranty (including p and p) for £25 on eBay - will post with my progress. Thanks again
I have just returned to this problem having been away for a couple of weeks, but I've immediateLy hit one of those chicken and egg problems! The laptop can't see the external CD/DVD drive because the driver for it is not installed and I cannot install the driver because no operating system is installed! Could someone please advise me how best to proceed so that I can load an operating system on the laptop's HDD?