no cd drive

Compaq contura 400cx / Series 2860 fccid-cnt75mb...
March 19, 2009 at 13:42:49
Specs: windows 95
I was given a OLD compaq contura 400cx laptop. It doesn't have a cd drive just a floppy. It also has only the main aspects of windows 95. I need microsoft works spreadsheet for the project I am working on. I have to portable cd burners (players) that hook to my home computer but they are USB and my notebook is not. I am at whits end. How do I get a 95' program that will come in floppy. I can't hook my laptop up to my internet connection at home because I am not on a phone line with it. I also also have to cd drives that are for internal use but can they be used to connect to this laptop just to put the program on by disk? And the drives I have are an AFREEY Model cd-1845 E/A and a LITE-ON IT CORP. model # S04C=523K they are old and I am not sure whether they are USB or other. Please help

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March 19, 2009 at 19:30:43
There were external cdroms that attached to the parallel port. Or maybe a PCMCIA card to which you could attach a cdrom. But for whatever it would cost to find those antiques you could probably get an old P-I laptop on ebay.

I think you can get Works 4.0 on floppy disk but I don't know if that version would be able to do what you need done.

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March 21, 2009 at 02:28:20
>>>"There were external cdroms that attached to the parallel port."<<<

Still are (though this one is a little DIY by adding an IDE CD):

Very handy though when working on old machines w/o a working CD Drive...

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