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URGENT:Toshiba Laptop w/DOS on HD

By FrenchFries290 ·
I have a Toshiba Laptop (1805-S274) with DOS 6.22 installed on the hard drive. I need to load Windows XP, but the CD-ROM drive does not work. The CD-ROM is integrated into the motherboard and cannot be removed or replaced. I have an external CD-ROM drive w/USB 2.0, but the system will not recognize it. How can I solve the problem: ie: Installing Windows XP on the hard drive?

Thank you,
Frenchfries

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by dRb63 In reply to URGENT:Toshiba Laptop w/D ...

Unless you're loading DOS drivers for the USB device, it won't recognize the drive. Find out whether it's possible via DOS. As for a quick solution: purchase an external CD-ROM drive that supports LPT.

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by JamesRL In reply to URGENT:Toshiba Laptop w/D ...

First try to load USB for DOS drivers.

http://newdos.yginfo.net/usbdos.htm

The only other way I can think of - if you can find an old SCSI/Parrallel converter(and drivers) you could try that as well. NEC and Adaptec used to make them years ago.

James

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I attempted to use a dos driver(duse49.exe), but it wouldn't work. Error message said it would not work in the dos mode. I don't want to go with a SCSI solution. I'm waiting on a cd-rom backpack w/parallel interface.

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by CG IT In reply to URGENT:Toshiba Laptop w/D ...

Another option is if you've got a floppy drive as well as a CD Rom get a W99/ME emergency boot disk which will have generic CD Rom drivers on it. Choose the option to load CD Rom support then once your booted to the A: prompt change drives to your CD then command prompt run the XP .exe setup file.

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I missed the CD Rom won't work meaning it's broken and can't be repaired. I took the CD Rom won't work portion of the program meaning there's no MSCDEX CD Rom Drivers loaded in the DOS 6.22 config.sys file SO the drive is not accessable. Didn't get it that it's broke. If its just a matter of drivers and adding CD Rom support in the config.sys file for DOS, I've got an old copy of CD ROM support drivers which will automatically change the Autoexec.bat and Config.sys files for CD Rom Support. 1.1 mb file.

I can send it if you want.

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by CG IT In reply to

just for info sake here's a link to a web page on how to install Windows XP from the DOS prompt

http://www.bootstrike.com/WinXP/dosinstalling.html#step3

It's step 3b How to Install XP from the DOS prompt

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by CG IT In reply to

remove any spaces in the link above or visit http://www.bootstrike.com Windows XP Guides

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by sgt_shultz In reply to URGENT:Toshiba Laptop w/D ...

well, you are asking for it installing xp on old laptop with bad cdrom. but you knew that...
depending on how you are setup in your workshop, one idea might be:
take out laptop hd, get ide cable adapter for it and put in desktop. copy over install xp install files, move back into laptop.
theChas has mentioned here that he keeps a removable drive tray setup in his desktop for hooking up laptop drives. which i think is extremely nifty. not all laptop-to-desktop ide adapters will work. you will have to check it out...
flash that laptop to latest greatest and search for known issues...if xp won't work try win2k

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