Here's my situation: I just got this laptop secondhand from my uncles company and we don't know the password to log in to windows so I am going to put a new operating system on it. I have a windows XP professional CD, but I just realized that the drive isn't reading cds (It read about 2 out of 15 when I tried). I checked it out and it seems that it reads all dvds though. I don't really want to buy a new drive because I don't really need it beyond loading the operating system and it was priced at $70 minimum. The laptop is a dell inspiron 5100.
My first question is whether or not anyone has any suggestions as to how I could attempt to fix the drive.
Second question is if anyone knows a way to solve the problem without fixing the drive...
-Is there any way to connect an external drive that could be recognized by BIOS and would be able to use to load theoperating system?
-Is it possible to copy a windowsXP cd to a DVD and retain the functionality of the disc?
- Any suggestions?
Any suggestions, comments, etc. would be great. Thanks!
Edited by snyguy, 09 October 2007 - 08:47 AM.