A Colleague has been given a fairly old Computer, no CD-ROM drive and no access to external CD-ROM. She wishes to connect to the internet but we can only identify ISP's that put software online (which we can't access)or on CD-ROM (which we can't utilise) any ideas how to proceed?
Hi Octoz. I recently boaght an old pc with no operating system, and the only way to get the software onto it was via a cd-rom. I solved the problem by buying a LG drive from E-Buyer for £12 click here. The drive doesn't have to be a permanent installation, it could be borrowed from another computer and returned after the software installation. In my case, the drive really needed proprietary guide rails to fit it, but I used a combination of strips of mdf, double-sided adhesive tape and hotmelt glue to do the job!
johnnyrocker's advice gives me another idea. You don't necessarily have to use an ISP's software to set up an account. If you go to the ISP's web site on another computer, you may be able to get all the settings you need to manually enter the data to set up an account. However, these days a computer without a cd-drive is little more use than the proverbial chocolate fireguard, and a cd-drive is one of the easiest computer upgrades to fit.