Force laptop to boot from CD?

By lfruchter ·
I work at a large school without much money. We have some old Dell Latitude c600 laptops with 128 megs of RAM and Win98. I want to use a few of these old laptops as print stations, but I would love to leave Win98 behind.

I have a Dell XP CD but I'm locked out of making BIOS changes to the c600s (the NYC DoE has no clue about the BIOS passwords and Dell's password resets consistently fail)and I can't get them to boot from the CD. Pressing F12 doesn't work. I've tried removing the HD on startup to bump the machine to the CD for booting (3rd option) and then jamming the HD back in, hoping the XP CD will recognize it, but that's not working either. I even tried breaking the win98 and succeeded in preventing one machine from launching the OS, but it shuts down instead of jumping to the CD.

Does anyone know a trick for this?

Thanks much,
Lev in Brooklyn

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Boot from a floppy

by jimmy-jam In reply to Force laptop to boot from ...

And enovke the CD startup command from the command line.

Without access to the bios, I don't see any other way.

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1 Drive at a Time?

by lfruchter In reply to Boot from a floppy

These machines have a single bay which holds either a floppy or CD drive. Can your technique work this way? The machines do have a single USB port...

Thanks for the suggestion!

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Lev, you're posting the wrong question here

by nepenthe0 In reply to Force laptop to boot from ...

I empathize with your frustration, but the experts at TR who volunteer their time cannot be sure that your intentions are honest.

Basically, you are locked out of a machine, and you want information on how to break the lock. We can't help you do that.

Rick/Portland, OR

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Correction Rick

by jdclyde In reply to Lev, you're posting the w ...

We WON'T help him/her/it do that.

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Yes, I agree

by nepenthe0 In reply to Lev, you're posting the w ...

I like reading your posts, and usually learn something new and useful.

These characters are entertaining in their inventiveness, and once in a while, I'm taken in (but never twice).

Rick/Portland, OR

P.S. - you are now officially on my Contacts list

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Freebie for creating thumbnails...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Yes, I agree

recalling comments from another post of yours...

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Thanks, Boxfiddler

by nepenthe0 In reply to Freebie for creating thum ...

I can't seem to shrink my mug. Must be an oversized ego. I'll see if Irfanview can shrink it...

Rick/Portland, OR

P.S. - I think I finally shrunk myself into a thumbnail with Abobe Photoshop Elements v.2, posting 32kB .jpg image to PhotoBucket.

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google search

by eltonpiko In reply to Force laptop to boot from ...

try google search you'll surely find some great advice on how to break does locks.

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Two reasons why you are wasting your time ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Force laptop to boot from ...

#1 From what I can tell, a C600 laptop has a 750MHz - 850MHz PIII. That speed is insufficient to warrant any attempt to install and run Windows XP.

There is little doubt that it WILL install, however there is also little doubt that it will move like a tortoise wading through treacle. It would end up running slower than it does at present.

I've seen 2.4GHz Celerons running XP with 128MB of memory and it was rather sad to witness their laboriously slow performance.

#2 The difficulty you are presently having attempting to 'force' the laptop to boot from CD will not be helped by this idea of disconnecting the hard drive then 'jamming it back in'. I seriously doubt if hot-swappable hard drives had even been considered when this particular laptop was being manufactured.

You'll be lucky if the hard drive hasn't been destroyed while you embarked on this gung-ho approach.

The trick for running Windows XP on a laptop is to first have a laptop capable of running Windows XP.

Whichever way you look at it, - You don't.

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If he got more Ram

by jdclyde In reply to Two reasons why you are w ...

then it would be a good system to run win2k on.

Just to turn on an XP system with av and firewall running is about 190 to 220 megs of ram in use, before you launch your first application.

If he hadn't stolen the system AND was able to bumped it up to at least 512, (1024 would be better), it is a nice system for school work.

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