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Loading Windows 2000 on a formated hard drive

I have two units, both with formated hard drives, both units have been tested and are known to be fully functional.

I have following hardware on hand, in working order:
mini doc
floppy drive
USB keyboard

Generic USB CD rom drive, proved useless in DOS despite some promising tries to find and configure driver.
I should have PCMCIA CD ROM drive in few days and am hoping to be able to initiate Windows setup by first booting to DOS from floppy drive and loading CD ROM support driver.
Am I on the right track, what's missing and what should I be doing to get this done?
Any help deeply appreciated,

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  • WingRider Feb 18, 2008

    Bios does not supports boot from floppy,.......... "drivers on floppy during installation ......" this may be helpful once I get the PCMCIA interface CD drive and system can detect it.
    Waiting for drive now, will post status on this problem as I go.

  • WingRider Feb 18, 2008

    Correction to my second post:

    Bios does support boot from floppy (via docking station),...... it does not support boot from CD, finding a way to initiate external CD drive has been a problem I am trying to overcome.
    Now waiting for that used PCMCIA external drive, I've been told by an "expert" that I stand better chance with it then one using parallel post interface.

  • Robert Jenkins Oct 15, 2008

    Formatted drive in external desktop and installed dos sys files. Unit doesn't even display a C: Prompt. Just says invalid system disk.
    Have tried all way get this thing working to no avail


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Try detecting cd rom in bios and boot from Cd rom. and then istall windows.

If not you should have drivers in floppy during installation it will ask for drivers F6 [function key]
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