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Installing software via a connected computer

By ralphchas ·
My wife bought a mini computer Dell - using XP home. But it does not have a CD Rom drive. Can I install software from CD Rom by connecting this computer to another desktop machine and use the CD Rom drive in the desktop machine to install SW on to the laptop? I would like to avoid having to buy an external drive just for the use by this Dell mini computer. Apprec any help. If cable is required, pls advise type of cable I will need and how to connect. Or can I install across local LAN which we have. Tks. Reply to ralphchas@verizon.net.

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YES ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Installing software via a ...

If you have the mini laptop already included on the LAN, you can SHARE an optical drive located on one of the other computers. Once you can access the other computer, place the required CD/DVD in the tray then access it from the mini laptop.

If you want to connect to another computer without using the LAN, you would need to connect with a crossover cable (a null modem cable) then create the same workgroup on each computer at either end. Just make sure the optical drive is marked as SHAREABLE. The install process would then be the same as with the LAN method.

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How to set up a small network with Windows XP Home Edition

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installing sw via a connected computer

by KANNDE In reply to Installing software via a ...

hi RALPHCHAS it's easy to do it if your mini computer Dell has a RJ45 connector.

1.to make easy 4 u just log to
http://www.littlewhitedog.com/content-8.html
then u will b able to make your own crossover cable. if u make it the rest is simple n fellow step2.

2. use the crossover cable u made to interconnect the 2 computers via the RJ45.

3. then u have to install the TCP/IP protocol n after u need to configure manually their IP addresses like this:
COMPUTER A:
IP Address: 192.168.1.1
Gateway : 192.168.1.2
DNS1(primary): 213.254.13.64
DNS2 (secondary):213.254.96.125

COMPUTER B:
IP address: 192.168.1.2
Gateway : 192.168.1.1
DNS1(primary): 213.254.13.64
DNS2 (secondary):213.254.96.125

WHEN FINISH THIS CLOSE THE WINDOW N RESTART THE COMPUTERS.

AND AFTER RESTARTING SHARE THE CD DRIVE BY RIGHT CLIC -> PROPERTIES->ADVANCED->CLIC ON SHARE THIS DEVICE JUST YES no matter the warning OK then wait n when sharing ok u will c a HAND under the CD DRIVE.

AND U GET THE JOB DONE!

U COULD HAVE ACCESS TO THE CD DRIVE FROM THE OTHER COMPUTER IF U GO TO THE MY(SHARED) NETWORK.

NB: do know that am not good at explainings but if u want here is my skype account for online assistance/help: kandezia

will be more usefull 4 sure. fell free to contact/ask me any question.

good luck

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Well Firstly this is a Net Book not a Mini

by OH Smeg In reply to Installing software via a ...

It has limited processing power, memory and Storage capacity so they come loaded with either the substandard XP Home or Linux. They are incapable of running XP Pro in any meaningful manner and even XP Home is a bit of a heavy load on them.

You can Network them thought he RJ45 Port to another computer or copy the Install Optical Disc or at least what you need to a USB Thumb Drive or any USB Device that you have and install from there too if you like.

As this is the Home Version of XP you'll need to use the Network Setup Wizard to establish a Workgroup and when you are running the network Setup Wizard found in the Start, All Programs, Accessories, Communications Window you'll need to enable the Sharing Files & Printers Option and have either a Hub and CAT 5 Cables or a Crossover Cable and connect the NetBook Directly to the Desktop before you start.

After you have the Workgroup running by running the Network Setup Wizard on both computers you will need to share the Optical Drive to install the Software. To do this open My Computer/Explorer and right click on the Optical Drive and left click on Sharing in the drop down Menu. When the next window opens left click on All Users to enable anyone to access the Optical Drive from the Workgroup.

Just remember because these have very limited capacity any software that you install shouldn't require lots of Processing Power, RAM or HDD Space.

I have a client who uses one of these for a Specific Dial Up Banking Program which fits on a floppy Disc and that takes quite a long time to open and it requires very little resources to run.

XP Home really overtaxes these units and they run much better with some form of Linux from my experience.

Also if the other computer is part of a Domain you should check with the Domain Administrator before you run the Network Setup Wizard as you will disconnect the computer from the domain and it's not easy to get it back on unless you actually work in the IT Section. The same applies if you are going to use the WiFi Network Option but as you didn't mention a WiFi LAN I didn't give any directions on how to configure the LAN. If you have an established WiFi LAN you'll need to run the Wireless Setup Wizard in the same section of the Start Menu.

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Installing via another computer - reply to all who helped

by ralphchas In reply to Well Firstly this is a Ne ...

Well, before I could act, my wife bought an external DVD/CDROM drive to accomplish installation of programs into her new
computer. Thanks to all who took their time to reply. I am sure this machine will be adequate for her needs.
ralphchas

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Why do it over a network?

by kevaburg In reply to Installing software via a ...

Simply copy the software you want to install to a USB stick and install from there.

No cross-over cable, no WLAN ad-hoc connections and no fuss!

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