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OS installation I receive today a donation of a HP NC4010 LapTop computer, but it has been erased its hard disk. This comp. did not has any recovery disks. This particular model did not comes with any CD rom drive or DVD rom drive or disk drive. It only has two USB ports. Can I boot the comp. from a USB pen drive containing XP files?

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  • ddouthitt Aug 23, 2008

    Trying to install Linux via USB port on nc4010.

    Created Fedora 9 KDE Live USB (using the Fedora Live USB Creator under Windows XP) and was created successfully. Tested on (HP) Compaq 6910p, and worked fine. Booting on nc4010 resulted in "No bootable disk found" (generic error).

    Created Kubuntu 8.04 Live USB (using UNetBootIn under Fedora Linux 7) and was created successfully. Tested on (HP) Compaq 6910p, and worked fine. Booting on nc4010 resulted in "No bootable disk found" (generic error).

    Legacy USB is enabled in boot options (recommended elsewhere).


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You can boot from USB with a Win98 boot disk image then copy the I386 folder to the USB. Then via DOS run C:\I386\winnt.exe to start the installation, only problem is it konks out when you have to reboot.

Best bet is to install onto the hard drive using another laptop, make sure you install the correct chipset and video card drivers before swapping the drive back to your nc4010 or it'll boot loop to a blue screen.

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Nope..

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