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    boot with cdrom support (?)

    I have a laptop which I need to install xp onto. My laptop can only hold either a floppydiscdrive og a cdrom drive at one time. So when I boot up on my dos disks, I have the option to do it with cdrom support, but if I select that - it won't find a physical drive, as the floppy is in at the moment.

    And my xp pro install cd rom isn't bootable... so what do I do?

    Any thoughts?

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    Re: boot with cdrom support (?)

    Can you copy the contents of the CD to the hard drive?

    You may also want to check for revisions to the BIOS that will allow booting from the CD. All XP CD-ROM discs are bootable, as was Windows 2000. If you've slipstreamed Service Pack 1 into the installation and burned your own CD, that could be why it won't boot. There are a few extra steps that need to be taken when creating a slipstreamed installation.
    -Mark

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    Re: boot with cdrom support (?)

    If your CD-ROM is not bootable (another words, if you have an older laptop) you have only two choices: to use a docking station that has additional bay (unfortunately, it will cost $$$$$$$ depending of your laptop's make and model), or using DOS bootable diskette, create a new bootable partition, install CD-ROM driver on it, boot from this partition, copy entire installation CD to the hard drive and run Setup from the hard drive (a lot of work).

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