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#1 Calvinder

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 01:31 PM

Hello I hope I posted on the correct forum and some one can help me.

I have a program that needs to be installed from a floppy drive but my pc dose not have one. It is simply a setup exe that needs to run from a floppy. I renamed a usb stick A: and it did not work. Is there a way to do this?

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Edited by hamluis, 09 June 2012 - 09:38 AM.
Moved from All Other Applications to External Hardware - Hamluis.


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#2 cryptodan

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 01:44 PM

What is the application, and will it work on modern computers?

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 02:02 PM

Renaming a usb flash drive to A: does not make sense (maybe it does to someone else?). Could you either:

*Transfer the information or files from the floppy disc to a usb flash drive using another computer, and then install from the usb flash drive,
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*Use an external floppy disc drive and run your installer file?

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 02:27 PM

The application is Mitchel on demand. A automotive repair manual program from my business. It was running on my old xp pro machine and now I have updated to win 7 ultimate 64bit. it will not run the older setup exe even if I change the compatibility. I am trying to install it on my lap top running win xp pro but do not have a floppy. I did try to copy it to a usb drive but it says it will only run from an A: I changed the usb drivedrive letter path name to a but still no luck.


When trying to install it says `setup disk is an invalid drive. Run set up from A: B: or E:. And also if I run it from my cd E: drive same thing.
Hope this helps
Calvin

Edited by Calvinder, 06 June 2012 - 02:31 PM.


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Posted 06 June 2012 - 04:24 PM

Have you considered maybe repurchasing it?

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 05:06 PM

Yes but it is quite costly and I am now retired and living in Mexico. I only use it now and then for repairs on travelers rigs. I was wondering if I installed my old floppy drive in my new desk top pc and when networked I could access it and install on the lap top.

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 05:40 PM

It is worth a shot, and have you thought about buying a USB Floppy Drive?

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 06:12 PM

Some one else here had a similar problem a couple of years ago, in this Floppy Drive problem thread. Think the final solution was a combination of using an external usb floppy drive and assigning the drive letter A: to it via the "dos" "subst" command.

I've had to deal with the Mitchel crash book, had it installed for a while but I don't remember that it required a floppy drive.

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 01:58 PM

My suggestion would be to get a USB External Floppy Drive for anywhere from $10.00 to $20.00 USD. Plug it in and assign it the A letter. No fuss no muss. That way it can be used with any USB compatible computer in the future as well.

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