Feb 27, 2007 - 07:06 PM
I don't know what operatiing system we are talking about but I assume some windows. You will need a device from which you can start your laptop. This can either be a CD rom or a Diskette Drive. I would assume a USB drive doesn't work. USB needs drivers installed, which happens after you start the operating system!
And please allow me one question: How do you want to install the operating system onto your laptop? It comes as CDs or DVDs!
If you'd ask me, a laptop without a CD drive is pretty much useless! If you say "Now i thought it would be fun to have one "then let me tell you, having a laptop without CD rom Drive isn't much fun at all!
You could try and fix the problem you have. Just tell us (or any other expert) what Laptop, what operating system and what the problem is. Error messages? Doesn't boot at all? etc.
Hope this helps a bit!
Feb 27, 2007 - 08:03 PM
when i first got the laptop it had windows installed on it already. Also the CD drive worked, but for some weird reason it stopped working.
when i start it it goes to the loading windo xp screen then it finishes and a dark blue screen pops up and the computer restarts. i dont know if that helps.
i have tried starting it in safe mode etc. but nothing works.
Feb 27, 2007 - 08:30 PM
If the CD-drive stops working this is something that should be repaired, otherwise as Peter said, it's going to be a lot less fun having the laptop.
Repairing it might be covered by the vendor if you do it within the two first years.
You still didn't mention which laptop is it? That would also be helpful for us to give you more specific advice...
Feb 28, 2007 - 01:05 AM
i got the laptop off ebay so it has no insurance.
the laptop is an Acer travelmate 345te.
i think it might just be best to get the cd drive fixed and just fully restore it.
Feb 28, 2007 - 10:02 PM
Mar 01, 2007 - 04:12 AM
Once in the BIOS there should be a number of different "tabs" to check, but look for something that would indicate the "boot order" of the system. It should give you options like CD-ROM, Hard Drive, Floppy Disk and, as jgivoni alluded to, there may be an option there for USB device.
If you have the USB option you have to ways to pursue this:
1) Buy/borrow an external USB CD-ROM drive, set the boot priority to USB device, and bring up the system from your OS installation disk.
2) Create a bootable USB flash drive. It's a pain in the a$$, but it can be done...and there's plenty of articles on google if you look for booting from a USB stick.
Here's a couple:
If you can't boot from USB due to motherboard limitations, you've still got a couple of options...
The best bet is going to be to try and buy a damaged 345te off of eBay and scavenge the CD drive out of it.
Second option would be to pull the drive out of the laptop, attach it to another computer either directly in the case or in an attached external enclosure, and then reinstall the OS onto that drive through the new "host" computer.
I hope this helps...
Oct 02, 2007 - 07:58 AM