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dani4925
post Jun 5 2007, 09:28 AM
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Hello,

I'm new here and I need some help.
I have an PC winth WIN XP Pro, and an laptop (Gericom). My PC funcion ok but my laptop it only see my hdd (where is nothing). I want to install on my laptop Win XP but I don't know how... I read on this forum a lot of pages about pxe boot but I don't understand nothing... please help me... or indicate an tutorial or "step by step"
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post Jun 5 2007, 10:39 AM
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Possible ways to install XP in order of INCREASING difficulty

1) If the laptop has a CD drive, install from CD.
2) If the laptop has a USB port, install from an attached USB CD drive
3) Take the drive out of the laptop, use an adapter and copy install files on it
4) If the laptop has a USB port install from USB Flash Drive or HD
5) If the laptop has PXE boot capabilities, PXE boot DOS and copy install files to HD
6) If the laptop has PXE boot capabilities, PXE boot a PE of some kind and copy install files to HD
7) If the laptop has PXE boot capabilities, PXE boot a RIS installation

PXE boot means that the onboard nework card has a ROM where a very minimal set of instructions are stored, just enough to be able to connect to a server and download "on the fly" a bootdisk image.

Not all network cards have this ROM memory, ad setting up a PXE and RIS (Remote Installation Service) is not the most straightforward chore in the world.

Please do post some more details on your laptop and it's features, we may come up with a simpler approach.

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dani4925
post Jun 5 2007, 11:13 AM
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the laptop have usb port, and I have un usb stick, but in bios is not present the usb boot option...
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post Jun 5 2007, 04:15 PM
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Hmmm, usually if there is no provision to boot from USB there is not even a provision to PXE boot (sometimes called "Network Boot" or "Lan boot", so I guess we are back to square one.

Usually these kind of latops have a floppy nonetheless, does yours?

If not, and if you cannot find a suitable CD drive to attach to the machine (some laptops have a "proorietary" IDE port to attach an external device), I guess only solution will be #3) in previous list, otherwise, with a floppy drive, one can try making a USB enabled DOS floppy to be able to copy files from USB stick or drive to internal HD.

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dani4925
post Jun 6 2007, 12:06 PM
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my laptop dose not have flopy...
about the usb, in the boot menu from bios it is not apear, only, CD, HDD, Flopy & LAN (pxe)... I well try tu boot with usb stick coneccted to see if something heapend...
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post Jun 6 2007, 01:09 PM
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OK, so PXE appears to be the only way.

You need to setup a PXE server, prepare on it the install files, than boot through PXE to it.

I had some success in the past following this method:
http://winner.windowsdream.com/

Go to the howto:
http://winner.windowsdream.com/winner/howto.html

Read it thoroughfully, see if everything makes sense, if not post here your perplexities, we'll see if we can answer to them.

As said, this is a little more complex that just setting a PXE server, refer to second part of this page:
http://winner.windowsdream.com/winner/doc/pxe.html
and to this page:
http://home.allegiance.tv/~joem298/
and "serve" through memdisk a "network enabled" DOS bootdisk image, such as the very good one here:
http://www.netbootdisk.com/

Then copy to the laptop HD (on a partition formatted as FAT16 or FAT32) the contents of the \I386 directory of a (SP2 slipstreamed) XP install CD.

Then you run WINNT.EXE and you have a "normal" DOS based install.

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post Jun 7 2007, 06:13 AM
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thank you vety much... I begen to read and it seams to be very explicit... I well try and I well come back with the result... thank you again
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post Jun 7 2007, 03:20 PM
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take a look here
http://oss.netfarm.it/guides/
it's a windows RIS replacement using OSS software
boot server can be linux windows and other os-es
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post Jun 8 2007, 06:18 AM
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thank you jaclaz... the "how to" is excellent and I finally successfully deploy win xp on my laptop from LAN
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post Jun 8 2007, 06:59 AM
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Happy that everything went well.(IMG:http://www.boot-land.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)

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