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Help.i want to format this laptop compaq armada m300 but seems that cannot boot from external dvd drive.. boot selection available is floppy (which the laptop doesnt have)/hard drive/ethernet/multibay..which should i choose from?

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    Ghost Tech Mar 24, 2011

    oh no...thr is only one usb port..its just made with only one usb port..whts SB drive?

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Try to update bios or go to a SB drive to do what you need

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Try plugging your external drive into a different USB port.

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