|... you could buy one of those cheapo usb sticks a copy the cdrom drivers to it.|
... right click My Computer click> properties> hardware> device manager> +dvd/cdrom drive r/click> properties> driver> driver details.
... but what about all your other drivers? There are some third party apps that collate all your drivers but I ca'nt recall any free ones.
... if you're going to format and "fdisk" I assume that your drive is NTFS?
... maybe best to fdisk+ format as fat32 [alter back to NTFS after xp has installed itself]... as your 3rd party boot disk may not be able to recognise ntfs?
... I must admit many a time installed XP from command prompt via i386 folder typing "winnt" to spark it off
... using "smartdrv" first:
... but I have only done this from off a XP CD or from the i386 folder copied from the CD to the hard drive and NOT an already installed XP.
... I know that it will go through the motions of installation after running "winnt32" .... never had to do it [honest]
"...pentathol makes you sing like a canary"
... got brain freeze