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dell inspiron 1200 no CD drive


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#1 shashman

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 03:15 PM

My previous hard disk went out so I bought a new hard disk, and then discovered that there is no cd drive on my laptop. So how can I load the operating system onto this hard disk. I have a retail CD for it, but i dont know what to do. Please help

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#2 Ken-in-West-Seattle

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 04:06 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx..._-27135208-L07D

There are other ways, none easy, but a good usb drive usable on any computer and OS can always be handy or sold to a friend.

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 05:26 PM

As Ken says, a USB external optical drive is your best bet.

You will also need the drivers from Dell
They are available here
Install chipset then video, audio, network and modem in that order
In the beginning there was the command line.

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 07:20 PM

so youre saying all I need is an external USB CD drive and I can put the disk in that and through the usb attachment i can load the OS onto my laptop?

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 07:22 PM

Yes you can. Just make sure to put your USB CD/DVD RoM on top of your Boot Device List.

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 08:27 PM

i got it to work finally. The bios does have a way to enable a usb device as one of the boot devices but that didnt work. so on a whim i enabled booting from a cd/dvd drive when i next went into bios, and this time it picked up the external cd drive as the boot device.

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 01:08 PM

Good!

Make sure you install the drivers from the link that I provided above.
Chipset first
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Posted 07 July 2010 - 02:08 PM

isee,

yes i will install the drivers like you said, thanks for the heads up on the chipset being first. Now theres a new problem and Im not sure how to resolve it. I installed one of the wireless drivers from the website and the wireless connection works. And it picks up all the wireless signals in the area. However, it connects to the other wireless connections that are unencrypted, and to the ones that are it gives me the box to enter the key. But when I click on my wireless connection it says cannot connect




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