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?