I have a Dell Inspiron 1300 that I bought used a few months ago, and after an unsuccessfull attempt to rid of the viruses and trojans, I decided to do a clean install of Windows XP or 2000. Problem is, the CD/DVD drive does not work, and I have not isolated that problem to being either the drive or the motherboard. As a workaround I bought a cheap external USB CD drive that I thought would work so I could install an OS from that. I changed the BIOS settings to have USB boot first, but the external CD drive is not recognized until Windows boots up. What can I do about this? I should also mention that when pressing the F12 post BIOS for the boot menu, I have 3 options to boot from, and neither is the USB option that I enabled in BIOS.
Last edited by sahlomonic; May 17th, 2009 at 10:17 PM.
Well, successfully prepped the USB drive, but ran into the BSOD. So rather than find another workaround, I just want to find a way to format the C:, then install via USB drive. How do I go about formatting without the use of a CD drive?
I certainly hope that you're not trying to make the bootable USB drive from the laptop in question.
With that said,
The technique used at the provided link provides option to format/create partitions.
*Noticed an error in his instructions.
9. Type in the following: ( bootsect /nt52 :R ) Replace R with the drive letter of your USB drive
I got it to work by a minor change.
9. Type in the following: ( bootsect /nt52 R: ) Replace R with the drive letter of your USB drive
Why would it matter what source I am using to create the bootable USB drive?
Also, I noticed the error, too, and was able to successfully create and initially load the USB drive upon bootup, but would crach after the text saying "starting windows" during the blue install screen
Might be an old thread, but it's also an old problem that persists to this day. I have a Thinkpad X31 laptop that has no optical drive. I've booted it from an external usb dvd drive to run the no-1802 wireless card fix, but it won't boot from a usb flash drive containing a linux live OS. The same usb flash drive has booted a similar vintage T41 laptop.
I've had this same problem on various desktop motherboards that would boot to the OS on a hard drive rather than the cd drive containing a bootable disc despite the bios being set to boot to cd first.