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Laptop as external ROM drive for another w/o internal drive

by GlobeOneInc / April 2, 2009 5:40 AM PDT

First time question on the web! I searched this query exhaustively. Nodda!
My sis has one of those Wally-Mart Acer mini laptops; NO CD-ROM drive in it (PS: way-bad idea! Never buy a computer w/o a dvd/cd drive in it!). She managed to delete the graphics card driver and so when that occurred and rebooted, nothing on-screen! Its there, you just cannot see anything in windows! And, because there is no drive, the CD with all the original programs cannot be run in start-up mode without an external CD-ROM drive (which she cannot afford to buy, and why she bought this under-$300 toy to begin with)!
I want to use my (HP Pavilion zv6000 w/XP) laptop as that external drive to re-load her original CD, which (of course) has all the drives on it! At start-up, the Acer (also w/XP) has an option to start-up from an ext. drive, so it has that capability (obviously, w/o a drive of its own), but how to make my HP "look" like an external drive (via USB-to-USB hookup) is the problem!

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I own one of those. EXCELLANT IDEA to drop the DVD drive.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 2, 2009 6:36 AM PDT

I solved this in many ways. One is the ADHOC networking (not an offer to duplicate the web about this) and a network share. I didn't even use a cable!

Zero bucks! Done.

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As to reloading.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 2, 2009 6:37 AM PDT

Any good friend could loan out an external CD/DVDRW drive.

Did they alienate everyone?

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