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Extreme Laptop Rebuild


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#1 grtbluyonder

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 10:28 AM

I have a laptop with a failed DVD drive, an old bios that won't boot from USB, and of course no floppy drive either.

The laptop HD is on its last legs.

I purchased an IDE to laptop DH cable and have a desktop running XP pro.

What I want to do is the following:

Put a new laptop drive into desktop using the custom adapter cable. Partition and format the Laptop drive (as primary /with slave jumpers), then copy slipstreamed i386/SP3 onto laptop drive. While still in desktop, install XP Recovery console.

Then remove laptop HDD from Desktop, set HD jumpers to "master" and install in laptop.

When in laptop, I "hope" HD will boot to recovery console. If it does then I believe I should be able to install winXP using the winnt32.exe.

If it does not boot, the question is, why not? and secondly am I doomed?

I can't be alone in having a laptop with failed DVD, no FD, and no USB boot.

Has anyone out there done a rebuild as described and if mine won't work, what did you do?

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#2 garmanma

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Posted 10 February 2010 - 01:17 PM

Why not upgrade/flash the BIOS chip?
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