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Discussion in 'Do It Yourself (Not Computer-Related)' started by Priestess1981, May 5, 2010.

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  1. Priestess1981

    Priestess1981 Thread Starter

    May 5, 2010
    kids want to know if you ca use a USB cable to connet a netbook to the desktop PC to use the desktop CD drive to install games on the netbook, which does not have a CD drive.
  2. Mumbodog


    Oct 3, 2007
    No. USB cannot be used to network PCs.

    Copy the contents of the CD to a flash drive, use that to install the software on the netbook. This may not work for copy protected CDs.

    Another method would be to use an ethernet crossover cable to connect the 2 PCs as a network.

    An external USB cd/dvd drive is the best solution.

  3. IsolatedSnail


    Nov 7, 2009
    If you have a network setup such as a wireless router at your house and you want to be able to access your CD drive on your netbook that is also on the same wireless router you can actually share the drive. I do this from my newer desktop to my older when I need to install software that is on a DVD since my older computer doesn't have a DVD drive on it. If you can tell me what operating system you have, me or someone else here will gladly walk you through networking the drive.

    Are you running XP, Vista or 7?

    *Quick note, you might want to list the games they are trying to install as well as the specs of your netbook. Netbooks aren't meant to be gaming machines. High end games such as Call of Duty and World of Warcraft are most likely NOT going to run on your netbook.
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