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18-Oct-2004, 03:39 PM #1
Installing OS without CD-ROM drive
Greetings - I have a very annoying problem. We have a tiny little Fujitsu laptop (P1120) which comes without a CD/ROM. There is a USB plug-in floppy drive. It came with WinXP installed, but without install CDs - they had the Windows install image stored in a hidden partition on the HD, and a repair utility which could access that partition and restore the OS.

Recently the HD failed and the computer had to be repaired - apparently more died than just he HD. In any case, we have the laptop back with a new HD in it, and it works just fine - in DOS. However, this HD does not have the Windows image file, so the simple repair OS proceedure won't work. We need a way to connect a CDROM to this thing.

Now here IS a Fujitsu external CDROM for this computer, which connects via a PCMCIA card. We could buy one - it might come in handy in the future - but I can't find out if the laptop can BOOT from the external CDROM drive.

Does anyone out there know if this is possible?

Another possibility is to create a DOS boot disk with network drivers on it, so the laptop shows up on our LAN. Then we could theoretically map to the install CD in one of the network computers' CD drive. But frankly, I don't remember how to create that disk - I haven't done it in many years. I've been spoiled, I guess, by the nice Windows installers.

Anyone know where I could find a step-by-step for creating such a DOS network boot disk?

Finally, there is the issue of WinXP itself. When we bought the computer we got an installed copy of WinXP and the restore image in the hidden partition on the HD. Both of these are now gone, so we have nothing to install the OS from, even if we do resolve the HOW issue. Has anyone had experience like this with Microsoft, and how was it handled?

Thanks to anyone who takes the time to reply,
Roy J. Gromlich
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18-Oct-2004, 05:01 PM #2
maybe fujitsu will be nice and hook you up?
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