HELP!!Installin xp on a laptop with no floppy or cd drive???

By verbal_thret
Feb 19, 2004
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  1. I got a sony vaio R505EL SuperSlim laptop. I don't have the docking station which has the floppy and cd drive on it. How do I install xp from my a cd?? I have a usb cd drive and a memory stick slot on the laptop. Plaeas help I have been trying for days now....thankx
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    do you have an OS on the laptop? You just stick in the XP CD and run setup.
  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff Newcomer, in training Posts: 8,165

    Try connecting to another PC via a network. Then on that PC set the CD-rom to "shared". Install the new OS using this shared CD-rom.
  4. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

    You should just have to setup your bios to boot from CD or USB to get it to work properly. Give that a try and post back.

    BTW :wave:Welcome to TechSpot :wave:
  5. verbal_thret

    verbal_thret Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I dont have an os on it ...whan it boots up it says no os found and thats it. there is no palce in the bios to boot form usb...there is boot from cd but whan i select it nothng happens, just no os found.
  6. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff Newcomer, in training Posts: 8,165

    Looks like you need to find that docking-station or fork out money to buy one.
  7. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    Another and cheaper option is to buy an adapter to use laptop hdds with a normal IDE cable (ie. 2.5" to 3.5" hdd adapter as they're sometimes sold), and install the OS (or just the textmode setup phase) with a desktop computer.
  8. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff Newcomer, in training Posts: 8,165

    Mic, what about all his hardware-differences? The desktop is quite different from his laptop. That would hardly (if ever) work!
  9. verbal_thret

    verbal_thret Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    what about a pcmcia cd drive? could I boot from that??
  10. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    Most likely, no. And you'd be better off just buying the docking station instead.
  11. verbal_thret

    verbal_thret Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    in the bios there is an option for i.link boot, when I enable it and hook up a i.link cd drive iid does nothing. Like its not there. I just keep getting no os found??????:(
  12. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    That's why I said only the textmode setup. The hardware detection takes place after the 1st reboot.
  13. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff Newcomer, in training Posts: 8,165

    Like I (and Rick) said before, you will need to get the docking station.
    Makes me wonder how you got that laptop without it.....
     
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