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How to boot up a laptop through a USB CD-rom


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cortazar

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Hello,

The CD-ROM of my laptop is damaged. IŽd like to install linux-mandriva(CD-ROM disks) in my hard drive through a external USB CD-ROM. Unfortunately, the BIOS of this laptop cannot check any USB device.

How could I boot up and install mandriva in my laptop through this external USB CD-ROM?

Thanks
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Fenor

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Unfortunately, if the bios of the laptop has no setting to enable usb support, then the laptop will not be able to recognize any USB CD-ROM drives. :tazz:

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I am no expert, but I don't think that you will be able to boot like that. You may probably have to change the CD drive.
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If you have a floppy disk you may be able to load the USB drivers with it, depending greatly upon your skill, and whether the drivers and other necessary files can be added to the boot floppies. I don't know whether you could make the machine see the USB ports as network devices, but if you could you might be able to do a network boot.

Edited by Tyger, 09 October 2005 - 08:55 PM.

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I am not too good with computers, but I had done this once for a similar problem. Try copying your installation via floppys onto a partition of your hard drive and then take it from there. I don't know if this will work with complex installations, I had done it with a simple program.
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