Laptop With No Floppy/CD - can I ne

Sony / Vaio z505ls pcg-531a
March 20, 2009 at 08:48:02
Specs: Windows XP Pro, 256 MB
Is it possible to PXE netboot windows XP
Setup? I have a laptop with no drives other
than the HDD and therefore I can't do an in-
place reinstall of windows xp.

This laptop has a BIOS entry password. I tried booting through a usb to ide
cable connected to an ide dvd drive, but it
appears the bios did not recognize it. Next I'm
going to get a real usb floppy drive to boot
from, which should allow me to boot up and
read files over the network with this or this.

Does anyone know how these computers are supposed to boot other than the hard drives?

In the meantime any suggestions on what to
do will be highly appreciated.


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#1
March 20, 2009 at 09:18:46
PXE boot should work: http://blog.ryantadams.com/2008/02/...

I don't know what your one comment about the BIOS password means. Can you not get into the BIOS setup?

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#2
March 20, 2009 at 10:23:32
... another method:

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

Grrrr
"...pentathol makes you sing like a canary"
... got brain freeze


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#3
March 20, 2009 at 19:01:44
I can't enter the BIOS. I guess I'll only be able to decode it once I get windows running.

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#4
March 20, 2009 at 23:35:40
... bios: either tap F1 or F2 @ boot-up

Grrrr
"...pentathol makes you sing like a canary"
... got brain freeze


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#5
March 21, 2009 at 08:25:25
"I can't enter the BIOS. I guess I'll only be able to decode it once I get windows running."

If the BIOS has a password enabled, having Windows installed won't make any difference. You need to reset the BIOS password. I don't know about your particular model, but if you search google for "pcg-531a bios password" you'll probably find some help.

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