I've just acquired a Dell laptop with swappable floppy/CD-ROM drives, and no operating system. The question is, how on earth do I install one? I've tried booting directly from the CD (won't work). I've booted from a floppy disc, but when I try to load CD-ROM drivers or start setup, this won't work because a CD drive is not detected. Does anyone know how to get around this?
I've come across this before - most of our corporates were mirrored an, I suspect, this was how yours was used previously. I have a thought. Boot from a Windows 98 bootable floppy then (so that you also copy the CD drivers), at the a: prompt type
sys c: Now copy all the remainder of the floppy to the root of the C:\drive.
You should now be able to replace your floppy with the CD and reboot to install Windows (but first reformat C:\ so that WIndows can install a clean system.
If this does not work, I suspect you will need to install either and external floppy or an external CD before you can proceed.
Thanks all - yes I did change the BIOS settings - it's the Windows disc which won't allow the system to boot. I took Xania's advice and copied the system files to the C drive, and I now have access to a C prompt and have copied the CD drivers but I'm still having difficulty in loading the drivers correctly to get the system to recognise the drive.
Xania's solution did the trick! The first time I tried I didn't copy all the files required to the C drive, but after 'sys'ing drive C, then copying all the other files from my boot disk I managed to bring up the options that the boot disc normally gives without needing the floppy drive in place. Attached the CD-ROM drive and now we're up and running!
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