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Satellite A20---is it possible to boot from external burner

I have a satellite A20 and the dvd-cd internal burner has cease to work so I canot use the recovery discs.Is it possible to boot from an external burner that is connected to the usb port?? all other inquiries that I have made are negitive.The only boots that show in the BIO are-FDD>CD-ROM>LAN>HDD HDD>CD-ROM>LAN>FDD FDD>HDD>CD-ROM>LAN HDD>FDD-CD-ROM>LAN CD-ROM>LAN>FDD>HDD
CD-ROM>LAN>HDD>FDD. I hope that I can be helped BILL

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You can try to install throu USB Drive. Search google there are many tricks how to bootup with your Pen Drive.

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