MOMBASA 05:43 16 Mar 2004

How can I reformat and re-install windows on my laptop - the internal cd rom is broken? I have a USB external cd drive but the start up disk does not find it and install the drivers.

Any help appreciated

  Valvegrid 06:31 16 Mar 2004

I managed to do that once by partitioning the laptop drive into two, then installing DOS 6.2 onto the laptop, then using INTERLNK.EXE transferring the contents of the Windows CD Rom to one of the partitions on the laptop. It will take some time because it is a serial connection, but leave it running overnight and it will be ready for you in the morning to install windows.

Both computers must be capable of running DOS.

This tells you how: click here

  temp003 08:06 16 Mar 2004

It's going to be a bit of a pain.

Has the laptop got a floppy drive? If so, an alternative is to download some DOS usb drivers, create a DOS boot floppy, make changes to the config.sys and/or autoexec.bat files to get DOS to load the usb drivers, and then install from the CD, or copy contents from CD to hard disk, and start installation from hard disk.

There are different DOS usb drivers floating around, and there's no sure driver which will work with your particular model.

You can try click here

The DUSE files are free for download and include instructions.

For the USBdrivers, you need to make a small donation.

Some of the USB drivers are available elsewhere for free download. You can try those first. click here read the article and the links to download are at the bottom of the page.

  temp003 08:59 16 Mar 2004

The drivers can also be downloaded from click here at the bottom of the page - local copies.

  nerawan 11:19 16 Mar 2004

Why don't buy a new internal hard drive...It costs only £50.

  nerawan 11:21 16 Mar 2004

Sorry...An internal c.d. player...I got mine at the comp. fair near Tothenham Court Road on saturdays and sundays.

  JJCUK 11:43 16 Mar 2004

click here


save yourself the hassle

  JerryJay 12:00 16 Mar 2004


How can you fit this to a laptop?

  Sciron 12:07 16 Mar 2004

dont think you can...............or i should say, you can not...

  JerryJay 12:09 16 Mar 2004

Some bios support boot up from external usb device? If this is the case, you could try to get a big (say 256MB) usb stick, make it bootable, boot up, transfer win cd content use usb stick, you may need to use file spliter to split some big files.

Valvegrid's solution is also possible, but only problem's dos program does not support long file names.

If you have access to a Lan (Local Area network), you may also the IT support guy to copy CD content to your laptop for you.

  JJCUK 12:36 16 Mar 2004

Sorry not reading whole post again

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