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New Hard Drive and DVD-ROM Doesn't work

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May 7, 2013 9:02:25 AM

I have a dilemma. A friend had his HD Die (Yes the infamous IBM TravelStar - go figure). So I ordered a replacement...fine... BUT his DVD-ROM does not seem to work either, so I have no way to load the operating system (XP). I've been thinking of tricks, but nothing seems feasible at this point. I MAY have an Old OS Floppy somewhere to at least get DOS going.... but ???? It is a Dell Inspiron 8000 / LG DRN-8080B DVD-ROM. And NO Modular DVD. Only a floppy drive. ... uggh! Tricks ??? Thanks !!!

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May 7, 2013 10:12:35 AM

Does his computer support booting from USB?
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May 7, 2013 11:33:23 AM

andrew_berge said:
Does his computer support booting from USB?


Yeah, you could install it from a USB if it supports booting to USB. Or, if you can connect it to a network, you could install the OS from that.
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May 9, 2013 2:54:52 AM

andrew_berge said:
Does his computer support booting from USB?


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May 9, 2013 3:01:33 AM

Nope. I believe that I have an old Floppy (in storage) that is DOS Bootable. The laptop has a IEEE-1394 and mini-PCI slots but the BIOS does not look at the 2 USB ports. :( 
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May 9, 2013 3:29:18 PM

Dnole58 said:
Nope. I believe that I have an old Floppy (in storage) that is DOS Bootable. The laptop has a IEEE-1394 and mini-PCI slots but the BIOS does not look at the 2 USB ports. :( 


Ouch! I'm not entirely adept at DOS command line either. Other than installing the OS from a network, the only other options I can think of will require you to purchase additional hardware to circumvent the brick wall.
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