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Difficult XP boot problem

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#1 porty


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Posted 10 August 2011 - 05:45 AM

I've got an HP laptop on which I'm trying to install XP. The laptop has no optical drive, just a device called a 'multibay'. This gadget is a kinda hardware platform that can come with several different inbuilt devices - DVD, CD and floppy. Unfortunately, this one is a floppy. It can't be adapted for an optical drive as far as I know. I guess you select the device type when you buy it.

I thought I'd try to build a bootable USB stick but that didn't work. Tried three different programs but no good.

My plan now is to slave the laptop 60G drive into another PC, format the drive then copy XP into a folder. From there, if I can access the drive through DOS, I figure I should be able to run setup.exe.

But how to make a floppy bot disk that'll let me get into the hard drive. Would a Linux boot disk do it? Anyone able to help?
Thanks :-)

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 11:51 AM

How to obtain Windows XP Setup disks for a floppy boot installation
See if that helps.
It takes 6 diskettes.
In the beginning there was the command line.

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