But here's how it's done. I will not offer any step by step beyond this method since it's an expert install which implies you can work at near expert levels.
1. Prepare the hard disk to boot to DOS and support your DVD drive.
2. Copy the XP CD to the intenal hard disk.
-> Hint: If you can't do this, remove the hard disk and do item 2 on some desktop with a 2.5 inch drive adapter.
3. Boot to DOS, CD to the i386 directory and find the XP setup.exe and run it.
Best of luck, but remember this system will fail and since you can't boot the CD many repairs will be impossible which will result in yet another expect reload.
Just asking. Since the replacement drive is under 99 bucks, why not fix the laptop?
Is it possible to reinstall Windows XP with an external DVD-rom? I have a laptop and the internal dvd rom is broken and I want to reinstall XP with the Recovery CD by using an external USB dvd-rom so whats the best way to do this? So Im in windows, pop in the CD, start the reinstallation, computer restarts itself (for reinstallation), and it went back to Windows again. I dont think its recognizing the USB drive when it restarted.. I have tried to use both Removeable Drive and CD-Rom drive at the first boot priority but it didnt help.
Please advise. Thanks!