clean install xp from USB CD-ROM

December 23, 2004 at 15:22:43
Specs: XP Pro, Pentium 3 850/256MB

Hi guys,

I have a sony vaio PCG-SRX87 and I've been having a problem trying to do a clean install windows xp from USB CDRW drive. I did try going into the bios to disable the hard drive and boot from the CDROM but it seems that the system can not locate the USB device. I do have all the recovery disk but I want to install windows from my other windows xp disc w/o installing all the useless software from sony. Is there any idea how to do this? How do I install a clean install windows XP from an external device?

Thanks,
~evans~

MSI K8T-Neo FIS2R
A64 3400+ @2.3Ghz
1GB SimpleTech PC3500 Nitro
ATi X800 XTPE
Maxtor 250GB SATA HDD


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#1
December 23, 2004 at 15:33:55

Not sure, but I don't think you can. XpUser tried something similar and couldn't get it to work.

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#2
December 23, 2004 at 15:36:51

You need to select an option to boot from a USB harddrive. If you don't have such an option then you can't do it. My nForce2 BIOS has about 15 boot options.

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#3
December 23, 2004 at 15:54:58

OtheHill you can't install windows onto an external hard drive ...

Evans .. why did you disable your hard drive ?? How do you expect to install windows if your hard drive is disable ??? Just set up your bios to boot from the cd rom ... Also don't you have an internal cd rom optical drive ??? Or are you just using usb cd rom only optical drive ?? And this is so , Does your usb cd rom devise require 2.0 speed ??


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#4
December 23, 2004 at 15:59:49

Roadrunner

The poster is trying to use an external USB drive to run the install disk.


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#5
December 23, 2004 at 16:00:33

Roadrunner- He is trying to install FROM a usb cdrom. Won't work unless the cdrom is a boot device in the bios.

Please post back within 24 hours or I will delete the post from my follow up list. Thanks. It would be a courtesy if you would post back and let us know if the fix worked or not.


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#6
December 23, 2004 at 16:05:45

My lappy does not have an internal optical drive as it only 10". Bios is phonenix bios and under the advanced tab it only has 2 boot options (Network and i.LINK boots). Does that mean that I need an external drive that supports i.LINK capability? Anything else that I can try on?

Thanks,
~evans~

MSI K8T-Neo FIS2R
A64 3400+ @2.3Ghz
1GB SimpleTech PC3500 Nitro
ATi X800 XTPE
Maxtor 250GB SATA HDD


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#7
December 23, 2004 at 16:16:36

Not familiar with laptops but can you open it up and run an ide ribbon from IDE 1 to an external cdrom as a slave drive?

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#8
December 23, 2004 at 16:28:41

I have known nothing about laptop components :D lol...yeah i guess im just gonna need an external that has i.LINK or firewire support. Thanks for the help guys...:)

MSI K8T-Neo FIS2R
A64 3400+ @2.3Ghz
1GB SimpleTech PC3500 Nitro
ATi X800 XTPE
Maxtor 250GB SATA HDD


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#9
December 23, 2004 at 16:47:39

Evans Hi ... By chance did you enabled usb controller in the bios setting ??

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#10
December 23, 2004 at 17:01:19

Does your laptop have a floppy drive? I am not sure if such utilities exist but if so then you may be able to boot into the floppy and have the floppy point to the cd rom drive. It would require the proper USB drivers.

You may also find these sites helpful:
http://www.addonics.com/support/faqs/windows_OS_installation.asp
http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?act=ST&f=70&t=34235


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#11
December 23, 2004 at 17:09:47

Some more searching also turned up the following:

http://support.microsoft.com/search/default.aspx?qu=Q310994

It tells you how to create WindowsXP setup floppies, which can be used to install Windows. However, I'm not positive they come with the proper drivers (though its very likely) - give it a shot!


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#12
December 23, 2004 at 18:18:07

I just checked the specs on the model number you gave. It's supposed to have a dvd-rom drive as part of the basic package. Are you sure that's the right part number? The numbers on the bottom of a sony laptop can be misleading. I need the global name that model goes by. I have an idea but unless I can pull the true specs for that model I'd rather remain silent. Please post back.


I may be crazy, but I'm not stupid...


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#13
December 23, 2004 at 20:46:59

first of all...yes you can install xp on an external HD, I installed xp on a 3 gig pen drive once. It was very convineent because i could boot xp in any computer....enable the usb boot and install the usless sony software. Plug in ur hd and install win xp as norm...then uninstall the usless sony spftware if u want...the software mostliky includesdrivers to make the thing work.




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#14
December 23, 2004 at 22:59:57

Very interesting statement.

"I installed xp on a 3 gig pen drive once. It was very convineent because i could boot xp in any computer...."

Sure many here, not least of all me, would be fascinated to know how you achieved this and specifically how you got your pen drive XP to cope with the totally different hardware to be found in "any computer" without an instant BSOD !


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#15
December 24, 2004 at 01:38:50

too deep for me


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#16
January 16, 2005 at 09:32:40

All you need to do is download the 6 floppy disk big floppy start of windows xp installation.

Windows XP Home = http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/release.asp?releaseid=33290

Windows XP PRO = http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/release.asp?releaseid=33291

You need 6 diskettes for this. But on those diskettes are drivers for detecting usb cd-rom drives. So keep your windows xp cd in the usb-cd-drive and GO GO GO GO


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