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after downloading the program, I tried to install the BIOS utility and it requires me to have a floppy drive for some reason, and I don't have one on my laptop.

This is the website that has the instructions on how to install it too.
http://esupport.sony...l...082&os_id=7

I might have to go buy an external floppy drive, because this bios utility might do it, as you said. You think it's worth to go buy an external floppy drive for like 20 bucks?
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I dont think it will work...I built a computer and did not put a floppy drive in it...then got a pair of WD 10 K raptors that needed a floppy to install the SATA drivers for them to work..so I bought a external USB floppy and tried to get the drivers on that way with no success...had to put a internal floppy in after all...all my builds now get a floppy...let me research and see if I can't find a way to get it onto a cd ...there has to be a way as I don't think a laptop has a floppy
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look in your bios and check the boot order...is there a option to boot from USB drive..if there is then the external usb floppy will work for you
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no there is not an option for USB drive in the boot order...

I appreciate you looking into this for researching into this for me.

let me know when you get any information...

Edited by arabcamel, 11 July 2006 - 05:53 PM.

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what are your boot options
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I will restart my computer and check in like 5 minutes when I finish downloading a program
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there were 4 options:

optical
hard disk
floppy disk
network

Edited by arabcamel, 11 July 2006 - 06:28 PM.

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there were 4 options:

optical
hard disk
floppy disk
network


It looks as though you can boot from a floppy...the external floppys are about $25.00 in my area
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would the external floppy drive work through USB, even though I'm having trouble with my USB port?
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I just ordered an external floppy drive for $20.49 including shipping and handling. It will get here in 2 to 3 days. So when I get it I"ll try that bios utility and let you know. In the meantime, if you have any other ideas before I try that, let me know. If the bios utility is the next step and it's better to wait until I try it, that is okay too.
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yes..the floppy will work..just at a slower speed....If you can't find a way to enable usb hi speed in the bios without the update then we will have to wait for the floppy drive
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well I have to wait until the floppy drive gets here to install the bios utility because it needs a floppy disc for backup. So I'll try that when it gets here..
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just to keep you updated. I got the USB floppy drive, it finally got here after a week. Supposetly the drivers don't work for windows xp. I'm going to call the company I bought it from tomorrow and complain, because on the website where I bought it, it said it did. I even tried to get the drivers online. So i think tomorrow i'm gonna just go buy one from the store, or borrow one from a friend. don't forget about me...i'll be back replying and letting you know if that bios utility program worked soon!
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if i remember right...its been a couple years ago when I got and tried the usb floppy drive ..it was plug and play...XP drivers worked just fine....might want to try this...start...run...type in services.msc...then click on OK...scroll down to ...plug and play...if its not set to automatic set it by right clicking on it and then click on properties...in the start up type window..use the scroll button to get to the drop down list and click on automatic...then OK your way out....reboot and see if the floppy is detected...be sure to have the usb floppy pluged in when you reboot....
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I did what you said. The plug in play was already set on automatic, but I rebooted with the USB floppy drive plugged in and it still wouldn't detect it. I just sent a technical support request from the sabrent company's website. So I should get a response within 24-48 hours (that's what the website told me). Hopefully They will help me get this installed so I can try the Bios Utility program.
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