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problem: got to upgrade 100 NT 4 stations  ( 4 rooms of identical hardware ) to XP pro......... however most of the stations have broken cd drives and/or floppy drives and non pxe network cards. Have ghost and drive centre deploy.

ANY IDEAS ON HOW TO APPROACH THIS?
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Hi ptrainor1,

i would create a ghost image and sysprep an image - assuming you have licences tp upgrade....

then boot off a floppy   or external floppy for those that are broken   and send the image through your ghost server  

Cheers!
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Yeah, use a boot disc like Jay_Jay has already mentioned. But you're also going to need to replace all of that broken hardware anyway.

http://www.newegg.com always has fairly decent prices. Depending on how soon you have to start, I'd order a ton of hardware and get as much working as possible BEFORE the deployment.
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also - as far as floppy drives go    ebay ebay ebay! be very cheap....
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I won't knock on ebay too much, since I know of a lot of people who have indeed gotten good deals from the site... but I'll also be honest and admit I'm not one to trust it either. Besides, a nice inexpensive retailer will give you something called a guarantee.. plus you'll know it's a trusted source. :-)
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a fair call    i have been screwed over once on ebay but have made many transactions - but for the sake of a few floppy drives you can choose whatever path you like   they are worth like 5 bux each these days from an EXPENSIVE retailer!!

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THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR REPLIES

These are DELL OPTIPLex 150 stations purchased in 2001. No money to replace broken parts or buy additional software.  I will use the advice given to work out a plan to do this.

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This is a long shot but the option in bios for some DELL pc's is well hidden.

Under the menu for PXE boot in bios there are sometimes three options-

on, off and on (w/pxe)

So it is easy to miss.

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^ or it could be in the option to enable onboard LAN in the BIOS
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Just out of curiosity,what is the HW spec on the Opti's?
Anything less than 256mb  RAM ,don't even bother to upgrade PLUS all the BIOS's need to be flashed and up to date to run XP.
You are opening up a can of worms if you don't have the HW up to spec.

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memory will be 382mb and processor is ok
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Maybe you can get your company to pay for the hardware in phases? Unless you have machines to dump with hardware you can take out.

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hi, there

Why not purchase a USB floppy then you would not need to worry about the floppy.

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as NT does not recognise USb will it be useful to use usb floppy drive?

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what kinda of desktops is it. ?????

Dell Optiplex Model ?

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hi
dell optiplex 150, some are optiplex 240

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hi, there

thought your gonna install Win XP on the system and be using Ghost.
then it would also be ok to boot from a USB floppy disk,

you will need BIOS verison A04 (Dell Optiplex 150) or higher for the USB ports during boot.
Then it is also possible to boot through the USB floppy.

the same goes for the 240 model.

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Thank you all for your help. Problem has now been resolved.
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what was the solution?

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time consuming but......... use an external usb drive to image pc by pc
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PAQed with points refunded (250)

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