IPB

Welcome Guest ( Log In | Register )

Recommended
BootDisk.com

Active Users

 
Reply to this topicStart new topic
Fix Laptop with No floppy & Busted optical drive (EBook), The example illustrates XP
ispy
post Sep 6 2008, 06:06 PM
Post #1


Advanced Member
***

Group: Tutorial Writer
Posts: 565
Thank(s): 56
Joined: 12-August 07
From: PILGRIM
Member No.: 10,068



Hi folks (IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif) ,

This tutorial is compiled as a special request & to protect the identity of the requester (You know who you are & as they say ENJOY!)

Scenario:

You've got an "oldish" laptop which has no floppy drive & your optical drive is broken/knackered!
How would you go about fixing it on a shoe string budjet?

That, I suppose it could be answered like this, how long is a piece of string? (many variables/ways I suppose)

Well here is one way! (By the way I'm not claiming it is the best way either but it is low cost!)

I have compiled this as an "EBook" in a zipped attachment, that way it will be primarily for Boot-Land members only!

Keep it tucked away under your pillow just in case that rainy day comes or when disaster strikes!

ENJOY!

Regards & Best Wishes,

ispy (IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/cheers.gif)

p.s [New EBook updated]
Attached File(s)
Attached File  Scenario2.zip ( 872.36K ) Number of downloads: 33
 
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
AeroXP
post Sep 6 2008, 10:21 PM
Post #2


Advanced Member
***

Group: Advanced user
Posts: 136
Thank(s): 4
Joined: 20-July 07
From: 0000:7c00
Member No.: 9,694


United States


The same principles also apply to Windows 2000 and Windows NT 3.xx/4.xx.

Windows NT requires the Winnt /b switch if you don't want to make the 3 Setup Floppies.
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
MedEvil
post Sep 6 2008, 11:11 PM
Post #3


Advanced Member
***

Group: .script developer
Posts: 2,545
Thank(s): 27
Joined: 29-December 06
Member No.: 2,192



ispy two points to add:
- a usb 2.5 enclosure is in most cases faster to get in the next electronics market and costs equal or less to a 2.5 to 3.5 adapter, though 'your' offer is about the cheapest i've ever seen.

- XP install - forget about DOS at all
- Set the partition of the 2.5" HDD to be the active one, or simply make sure the Notebook HDD is the only one connected in the desktop computer.
- Run the install of XP, when it wants to reboot, quickly turn off the computer.
- Plug the HDD back into the Notebook and let the install finish.
- oh and if you changed the active partition on the other computer, don't forget to set it back! (IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/wink.gif)

(IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/cheers.gif)
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
The Following 1 Users Say Thank You to MedEvil For This Useful Post:
ispy
ispy
post Sep 6 2008, 11:17 PM
Post #4


Advanced Member
***

Group: Tutorial Writer
Posts: 565
Thank(s): 56
Joined: 12-August 07
From: PILGRIM
Member No.: 10,068



Hi MedEvil (IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif) ,

Indeed yes a another great way, I will add it to the EBook if you don't mind!

Indeed yes a another great way, I will add it to the EBook if you don't mind!

LOL! So good they posted it twice!

Regards,

ispy (IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/cheers.gif)

Just found this kinda kewl statement:

IN THE MATTERS OF STYLE,
swim with the current;
in matters of principle,
STAND LIKE A ROCK
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
MedEvil
post Sep 7 2008, 01:12 AM
Post #5


Advanced Member
***

Group: .script developer
Posts: 2,545
Thank(s): 27
Joined: 29-December 06
Member No.: 2,192



Wise words my friend! Though i doubt that swimming with the current these days, will get one style. (IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif)

Sure use it , it's in the Public Domain. (IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/wink.gif)

(IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/cheers.gif)
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
The Following 1 Users Say Thank You to MedEvil For This Useful Post:
ispy
JonF
post Sep 7 2008, 01:36 AM
Post #6


Advanced Member
***

Group: Advanced user
Posts: 389
Thank(s): 46
Joined: 7-January 07
From: Boston, MA
Member No.: 2,319


United States


Personally, I've had great experience with a USB to 2,5/3.5/5.25 IDE/SATA adapter with power supply; the one I have is Deckcell USB 2.0 to SATA + IDE (2.5", 3.5", 5.25") Cable with Power Adapter. Covers the laptop-with-SATA scenario that's increasingly common, doesn't require opening up the host computer, and handles desktop hard drives too.
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
The Following 1 Users Say Thank You to JonF For This Useful Post:
ispy
ispy
post Sep 7 2008, 11:27 AM
Post #7


Advanced Member
***

Group: Tutorial Writer
Posts: 565
Thank(s): 56
Joined: 12-August 07
From: PILGRIM
Member No.: 10,068



Hi MedEvil/JonF (IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/biggrin.gif) ,

QUOTE
Sure use it , it's in the Public Domain.
@ MedEvil (IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/cheers.gif)
@JonF,
Yes Nice One, a more contemporary approach covering both angles, presumably in the case of XP you would need to slipstream the SATA drivers using, say nLite, if the laptop required them. The advantage is as you say there is no intrusion into the secondary PC, kewl!

This raises a question in respect of these new mini notebooks that are on offer & all the rage currently. The ones I have seen have neither a floppy or a CD/DVD optical drive (No Room for one). Most seem to come pre-installed with XP (but they do have USB2 Ports).

What about system recovery in this case, say a MBR virus nukes the system? Even if they have a recovery Image installed its not going to help with a boot sector virus, that would need attention first? I suppose the best thing to do is to whilst the system is good copy across your XP files into a folder ready for an occurrence as described?

Hey ho! seem to have opened a can of worms LOL!

However many thanks for the input it is appreciated & will diversify & open options to the EBook which is always a good thing!

Regards,

ispy (IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif)
Reason for edit: See Post#1 EBook updated with added comments
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
MedEvil
post Sep 7 2008, 01:44 PM
Post #8


Advanced Member
***

Group: .script developer
Posts: 2,545
Thank(s): 27
Joined: 29-December 06
Member No.: 2,192



Those little notebook can boot from USB. So all you need is eighter a USB cdrom drive or a bootable usb-stick with xp setup or maybe even just an image.

(IMG:../forums/style_emoticons/default/cheers.gif)
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
« Next Oldest · Tutorials · Next Newest »
 

Fast ReplyReply to this topicStart new topic
2 User(s) are reading this topic (2 Guests and 0 Anonymous Users)
0 Members:

 

Display Mode: Standard · Switch to: Linear+ · Switch to: Outline

Track this topic · Email this topic · Print this topic · Subscribe to this forum

RSS Lo-Fi Version Time is now: 12th October 2008 - 08:56 AM

W3C XHTML • © 2008 Boot Land • All rights reserved • W3C CSS