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Thinkpad x24 - no floppy - no cd-rom

By alidabiri
Feb 18, 2008
  1. hi,
    i have a thinkpad x24 with no floppy or cd-rom drive. it has a 20GB hard drive and a couple of usb ports. i'm trying to boot this laptop and install windows on it. any ideas how to boot this thing?
    thanks.
     
  2. tuant

    tuant TS Booster Posts: 201

    Purchase a external USB CD-Rom, they can range anywhere from $20-$100.
     
  3. alidabiri

    alidabiri TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 441

    would it boot from this usb cd-rom device?
     
  4. alidabiri

    alidabiri TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 441

    dude,
    in order for a usb device to be recognized by the machine, it has to have an operating system, since usb is not native to bios like floppy. so, without an os, i doubted you can get a machine to boot from a usb device. i may be wrong.
     
  5. alidabiri

    alidabiri TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 441

    tuant,
    thanks for the suggestions. i did have a usb cd-rom drive with double mode (int-ext) i hooked it up. at first try, it didn't boot, but when i tried ext mode, it booted right up. thanks for your help. i guess i was wrong. somehow, the bios recognized it on this machine.
    thanks again.
    cheers.
     
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