Solved assign drive letter to usb drive in bios

April 28, 2012 at 17:10:12
Specs: Windows XP
Trying to re-install XP onto a 'dead' PC but Windows Setup is asking for hard drive drivers to go into Floppy A . . . there ain't no floppy A drive . . . thus, it won't load. Can this instruction be changed to USB G, for example?

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April 29, 2012 at 14:55:07
So the way this works is that nlite will slipstream your windows OS install files. So that means that it will take your original files that are on your install disc and add the things that you want to it, like your SATA drivers, Service Pack 3, and other stuff, then you make a ISO file with it. And imgburn is to burn the ISO to a disc, you can use nero or what every you like to do this, but imgburn is small, easy to use and free.

Here is the nlite tutorial, just follow the directions and you will have XP running in no time.

http://www.nliteos.com/guide/part1....



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April 28, 2012 at 19:41:31
I would skip the whole f6 floppy thing all together, it's not worth the effort trying to get USB to emulate as a floppy.

Get nlite www.nliteos.com/

Download your SATA drivers

Download SP3

And create a custom windows install disc for your computer.

Done


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April 29, 2012 at 07:32:19

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#3
April 29, 2012 at 10:24:13
I agree that a slip streamed cd with service packs and drivers is a good way to go.

Also a usb floppy is pretty cheap.

Text, talk, drive...CRASH.

Hang up and drive @#$%^^


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#4
April 29, 2012 at 10:32:34
Thanks for coming back to me on this; it sounds so simple, Gretti . . . but you are unaware that I am a complete dipstick when it comes to this so please bear with me!

I've downloaded nlite and had a look at it. Is this any better/worse/different to something like Nero or ImgBurn? I'll happily use it anyway if you recommend it so that's really just for information.

I have the driver on a USB stick, sent to me by HP, and I have an original OEM Windows XP disc. Do I just add the OS disc and the driver into the Path details of nLite and make a data DVD or is there something else I need to do to ensure that it is a 'custom windows install disc'?

Once that's done, I just put the disc into the DVD drive on the machine and start it up . . following any on-screen prompts?

It all looks far too easy, given the horse-sh*t that I've been taking from both HP and Microsoft and, frankly, I really am that naive about all this.

Sorry - I'm sure that if I had a 12 year old son, he'd be able to do it in a moment but, unfortunately, mine are all way older than that!


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#5
April 29, 2012 at 10:35:55
Thanks for that input, Jefro, unfortunately I thought of that but, of course, a USB Floppy still works from the USB Drive and is, consequently, Drive D, E, F or G. The Windows setup specifies that it must be from Floppy Drive A - hence my original question with regard to changing it in the BIOS.
Mind you, given that I don't have a clue about this sort of thing, that may not have been too clever an idea anyway!
Cheers

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#6
April 29, 2012 at 10:53:28
Sorry Riider, I hadn't seen your reply.

I've read through it . . . and now I'll go back and read it again to see if I can understand what on earth they're telling me to do.

But this seems to tell me that I need both nlite and ImgBurn - but don't they do the same thing?

I'm copying out XP into a folder on my desktop and, when that's done, I'll set up what I think I should be doing next . . .

Thanks again all, so far


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April 29, 2012 at 14:55:07
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So the way this works is that nlite will slipstream your windows OS install files. So that means that it will take your original files that are on your install disc and add the things that you want to it, like your SATA drivers, Service Pack 3, and other stuff, then you make a ISO file with it. And imgburn is to burn the ISO to a disc, you can use nero or what every you like to do this, but imgburn is small, easy to use and free.

Here is the nlite tutorial, just follow the directions and you will have XP running in no time.

http://www.nliteos.com/guide/part1....


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#8
April 29, 2012 at 14:57:50
"I thought of that but, of course, a USB Floppy still works from the USB Drive and is, consequently, Drive D, E, F or G."

When you have a floppy hooked up by USB it will always be drive A: no matter how it is hooked up. Windows looks for the device not the connection.


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#9
April 29, 2012 at 15:18:51
Thanks Gretti,
I've had a brief look at that link and it may even be idiot proof enough for me. As it's 23.19 here now, in London, I'll have a proper look in the morning. Obviously, my initial idea of just downloading the XP disc is a little more complicated than I had imagined . . . ! lol
Thanks so much and I'll let you know what happens . . . but if it starts off . . Aaaargh! you'll know it wasn't quite successful.
Cheers

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#10
April 30, 2012 at 17:21:42
Thanks so much, everyone, I now have my machine back up and running with a 'new' version of XP loaded onto it. Perversely, once I'd got all this info from you lot, a new chap from HP contacted me and told me to do . . . . exactly the same thing!

Had a bit of a nightmare when I initially tried to burn the disc from nLite and it, of course, tried to unpack everything to the CD . . . around 3Gb . . . oops! Then realised that I should burn the iso with ImgBurn, got a Bootable CD and, hey presto!

I can't begin to thank you guys enough. A week and a half after it started and two days after speaking with you. I know where I'll be coming in future.

Thanks again

Phil Stringer


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#11
April 30, 2012 at 19:47:43
Good to hear that we got it solved for you.

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