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Agent_24
24-11-2008, 09:13 PM
I have a PC which has no BIOS option to boot from CD

I need some kind of floppy that will allow CDs to be booted (other than smart boot manager) which just hangs when I tell it to load the CD

beama
25-11-2008, 05:50 AM
try this

http://paulski.com/zpages.php?id=1612

opps just checked might bee the one you dont want

maybe one of these

http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=links#floppy

Speedy Gonzales
25-11-2008, 07:22 AM
Have you checked to see if there's a later BIOS update?

Or just get a bootable flash drive, (does it have an option for this)? Then get one of the files off bootdisk.com

Extract one of them to it

CYaBro
25-11-2008, 08:26 AM
Have you checked to see if there's a later BIOS update?

Or just get a bootable flash drive, (does it have an option for this)? Then get one of the files off bootdisk.com

Extract one of them to it

If the BIOS doesn't have an option to boot from CD then it will not have the option to boot from a flash drive.

Agent_24
25-11-2008, 10:00 AM
try this

http://paulski.com/zpages.php?id=1612

opps just checked might bee the one you dont want

maybe one of these

http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=links#floppy

Smart boot manager is the one that doesn't work

the 2nd link looks interesting but do any allow booting from CD?


Have you checked to see if there's a later BIOS update?

Or just get a bootable flash drive, (does it have an option for this)? Then get one of the files off bootdisk.com

Extract one of them to it

it has the latest update (which is from 1996) :D

No way it's booting from flash, it doesn't even have USB...

Speedy Gonzales
25-11-2008, 11:24 AM
If its XP, get this for Home (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=E8FE6868-6E4F-471C-B455-BD5AFEE126D8)

Or Pro (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=55820EDB-5039-4955-BCB7-4FED408EA73F)

Info here about it (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310994/en-us)

Agent_24
25-11-2008, 01:13 PM
I know about those but they're useless, I need something that will boot *any* cd which is in the drive, no matter what it is, as long as it's bootable.

Smart boot manager seemed like the sensible choice but it tries to boot the CD, all that happens is the drive spins up, doesn't read the disk, and the PC locks up.

bevy121
25-11-2008, 01:49 PM
*edit*
disregard that - not what I thought it was you were needing

beama
25-11-2008, 03:19 PM
not sure if those linux distro reconise cd rom.

how about swapping the drive into a going pc copy the install files and boot with floppy then go to the H/D and run the installer

gary67
25-11-2008, 05:14 PM
Would a Win 98 boot disk be what you are after? I picked one up from my local recycling centre last week along with a PCI network card fro $3