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Upgrade to XP

Can anyone tell me how to install WinXP on my PCV-LX800. I was told to upgrade BIOS before install XP. But when I try to install the BIOS (got from SONY website), it keeps asking for drive A:. While there is a Drive A: icon in "MY Computer", there is no physical floppy drive on the computer. The USB floppy I use is other brand and is always recognized as drive E:. Thanks for the help.

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  • phidela Nov 19, 2007

    Thanks INSUB, the current OS is WinME. Sony's website says BIOS is necessary (I'am not sure how absolutely it is). Among the solutions you suggested, changing the drive letter sounds the easyest. But what is Disk Manager? Is it in WinME, or a program I need to buy? If so, please recommend a source.



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You can get an internal floppy drive for like $10, shipping and all, from NewEgg. Or you can try to change the letter designation of your USB floppy using the Disk Manager. I'm not sure if that'll do the trick, but it's worth a try.

What OS do you currently have?
Are you sure that a BIOS update is absolutely necessary?
I mean was Sony the ones who told you to do it?

Sometimes, these can be done from a CD, but usually have to be burned from an *.ISO image to work. If Sony has that, they should have explicit instructions for installation.

Posted on Nov 18, 2007

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    InSub Beckley Nov 19, 2007

    I'm not sure if changing the drive letter will work, but it's worth a try. Disk Manager is a tool built into windows. I can't remember if it is available in ME, but here is how you can get to it in XP. Tell me if this doesn't work.

    Right click on "My Computer".
    Select "Manage".
    Expand "Storage", and select "Disk Management".
    On the right-hand side, if you can see your USB floppy, right click it and select "Change Drive Letters and Paths..."
    Choose "Change" and in the pop-up window, use the drop-down menu to select "A". Hit "OK".
    Exit Disk Manager and restart.

    You may not be able to select A. It may be reserved by the system, only for internal floppys. A is not a choice in my Drop-Down, but I already have an internal floppy installed (list only shows available drive letters).

    Like I said before, you can have an internal floppy drive delivered to your doorstep for $10 ( or Tiger The price of the drive is less than the shipping. $4 drive, $5 shipping. You'll receive it in 3 or 4 business days.



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