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My IBM ThinkPad X20 still not boot from external CD-ROM Drive

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Hi Experts,

i think my question will be more appropriate in this topic... that's why i changed it (ref.: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Q_20952426.html )

I want to install winXP pro. The laptop have no Floppy drive and no internal CD-Rom Drive.
I found an IBM external CD-Rom drive (USB) and i changed the boot device (to ATAPI CD-ROM Drive) into the Bios, but it still not work.
Note: the Bios USB config is set to "Enabled".
I tried to boot from "Removable Devices" and it not work to.

At this moment, win2000 is installed... the HD must be formated to receive winXP pro.
this is always urgent....

bigs thks

Mart.
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by:VaioMan
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There is no way to boot from USB external CDROM
I would try to use IBM PC Card ATAPI external CDROM(DVDROM) - never done it myself, because work mostly with T series.
This drive is bootable with Thinkpads.
Another way to install Windows XP is from a network share.
Create a share on the network, copy a whole CD to this share.
You can also share CDROM on your network.
If you want to upgrade from Win2K to Win XP pro you do not need a bootable drive-
USB CDROM is fine.
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by:m_renaud
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Hi VaioMan,

i found an answer.... http://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=psg1MIGR-39970
but i need an external floppy drive...
I will confirm tomorrow if it work!

Thks

Mart.
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Finaly it does'nt work,

the installation of winXP freeze at the begining (during "copying files")...
I spoke with the support center of IBM (L1 & L2) and they have'nt be able to find a solution...
i updated the bios... nothing! usb port problem? i don't know!
then :
1) i format the second partition in Fat32...
2) copy the winXP CD Installation on the second partition (d:\winxp)
3) boot the laptop with the USB floppy drive (win98 bootdisk)
4) change NTFS to fat32 of the fist partition (with fdisk...)
5) copy d:\winxp into c:\winxp and start the installation.

Waaaah! i know it was probably a long-long way to make a simple installation, but i was limited with the apps (licenses)...
the most important is: it's working now!

-- The End --

Mart.
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