I'm new about all of this, wanna install LINUX , no floppy, no CD drive, just external CD rom unit, or flash drive, but how can I change de boot order, may be need a BIOS update (phoenix V2-10L13B)... then I need help to do that... The CF-27 has W98SE, no disk... Could anybody help me? Thanks for your Time
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First you need to have media ready to install once format is compelte.
You can not format a drive you are currently using an operating system unless you run the operating system setup disc in which case you would be booting and running from cd once you start reloading you main drive.
So if you are loading windows . Review steps below if when you boot you do not have option to select boot device
Boot you laptop / pc and get into the BIOS <normally f2 or f8 , f12 depending on system.>
Change the BOOT order to cdrom as primary \ you may see the device as USB CD/DVD rom with the actual name of brand there.
Save and exit
Have operating system in cd/dvd rom attached to device
Once it starts to load you will see BRIEFLY in the upper left corner PRESS ANY KEY TO LOAD FROM CD ROM or something similar... stop reading this and press a key ........
From there it should prompt you for setting up a new os, I prefer linux myself but in windows or linux in the setup process you have the option of just loading the operating systems or DELETING THE PARTITIONS and FORMATTING the drive, therefore wiping i .
NOTE: THIS IS NOT WIPING YOUR DATA, if you are trying to hide something, wipe from your drive past **** you never wanna share with anyone again..... repost under how do i wipe my hard drive clean .. its a completely different story .. not hard but different.
Hello, you relly need to reformat it you can use an os installer suach as linux or windows using a usb flash drive, but you have to transfer the installer cd to the usb drive by using the wintoflash application. Once you've done that now you can reformat and install os in your notebook using your usb flash drive.
You can't just put the windows cd in your cd rom drive. If your going to change your boot order (to cd), then you HAVE TO use a BOOTABLE cd. That means a bootup disk with all the correct bootable files for WINXP. Same with a floppy. Change your boot order to a floppy....and in order to bootup windows, you MUST HAVE the bootable files ON THE floppy. In your case...the cd. The windows xp does not have the bootable files since it is only used for install and reinstall.
Create a bootable CD or floppy (((from someone elses WINXP pc or laptop))). There is a feature that allows you to do that. Then when you boot to cd it will start windows and give you options.
The floppy version of Oak CD Rom Driver it is trying to install, will only work on certain types of CD drives (usually IDE or IDE-compliant SCSI internals). It is rare that it will work on an "external" CD Rom. Very unlikely.
However, if this is a good brand-name external CD drive like a "Backpack", you can make a floppy boot disk with their own proprietary driver (look on their website or old version sites). Usually the external CD drive manufacturer will provide either a driver to add to a MS boot floppy, or they will provide a specialized floppy image that you can use instead of the MS boot floppy.
You can install through the USB port, either with a regular USB flash drive with the proper software on it (if you are installing something like Linux), or by plugging in an external hard drive (Firewire would also work for this, if your computer supports it) to read the installation CD-ROM.