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Installing OS

by psions5 / May 24, 2005 10:55 PM PDT

Is there anyway at all to Install an OS on a machine if it does not have a CD Rom or Floppy Drive. I got a Little Compaq Ipaq 1.X Mini PC For the Breakfast bar. I just cant figure out how to install an O/S On it. Can anyone help or do I need to order it a multibay CD-Rom Drive?

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My method.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 24, 2005 11:24 PM PDT
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I will not hold hands on this procedure. If this much information doesn't cut it, then you need to get the right hardware.

-> Pull the drive out and prepare it with a Windows 98 boot diskette on a donor desktop with the drive on the primary IDE channel. Use one of those 4 buck laptop to disk drive adapters if need be. Prepare it to boot to dos.

-> Now copy the OS CD to the hard disk. Windows 98 has all its contents in Win98, NT/2000/xp in another directory. This is an EXPERTS ONLY install so I will not give the exact details so newbies don't attempt it.

-> Put the dos booting drive back into the host machine. Boot up, cd to the directory with the OS and run that OS's installer.

-> Did you forget all the drivers? You'll want to place those on the hard disk too.

---> This is never a good idea for a machine you'll give to someone else. Here's why. There is no CD to boot from to repair a busted/corrupt OS. For Windows 98 and XP you can't use tools like SFC.

But you asked and the answer is in the above with adequate caveats.


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Part 2. What is that machine? Most iPAQs are Windows Ce or
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 24, 2005 11:28 PM PDT
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Windows Mobile 2003 based PDAs. These have the OS in the flash memory and run that plus some additional programs you can find "out there."

You will NEVER be able to load "Windows" on such a device.

You can however check with the site to see if an updated firmware is available. DO NOT DO THIS UNLESS YOU NEED SOME NEW FEATURE IN SAID FIRMWARE.


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Different machine
by psions5 / May 24, 2005 11:47 PM PDT

Im Well aware of The Ipaq PDA Range. Compaq/HP Did an Ipaq Desktop range as well, they are like mini itx units for businesses and schools, Internet Cafes that sort of thing. It came pre loaded with 98SE but I would like 2000 Pro, The Reply to my message was a little bit complicated, are there any easier ways?

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That is the easy way.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 24, 2005 11:55 PM PDT
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As to the model, I know of the models but you didn't supply exact models so I had to post 2 replies.

I don't want to supply any more info about the method since it is truly an expert only device. It does work and demands only entry level command line skills.


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