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Toshiba Protege 3110CT cannot boot from floppy drive

I have the Port Expander w/Ethernet and and an USB external drive.  I can use it while in Windows, but cannot choose it in BIOS to boot from.  I have a these choices "FD--LAN—HDD", I have no CD-ROM external or internal drive. Tried them all still won't boot from floppy A:, what can I do?  I upgraded to Windows 2000 Pro using crossover a cable to another laptop sharing its CD-ROM drive.  I have a 2 gig HD and want to do a clean install of XP, but can't because the copied install files do not leave space.  I want to fdisk and go from there.
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rindiCommented:
If those choices are the only ones you have, you won't be able to boot from a device on the port expander. You would need a floppy connected directly to the PC, or you'll need to get a larger HD so you can install like you did 2k. How much ram do you have? XP needs 256MB to run relatively smoothly, it'll just run with 128MB, and on an old slow PC that "just work" will be really slow....
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NetworkedAuthor Commented:
I have 130MB, don't care how slow (not important).  Just for testing some settings.  Do you think a serial floppy drive will let me boot from it? Or can I install some drivers for my USB port from MS-DOS, that will let me boot from the USB floppy drive?
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rindiCommented:
No, you can't boot from a serial floppy drive (you can only boot from those devices your BIOS says you can boot from). You may be able to access a USB drive via drivers you start from your HD with a DOS based OS, but the problem there is that you need to load too many drivers for that, which eat up your 640 K Ram of DOS. this would make it impossible to start the installation software!
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NetworkedAuthor Commented:
I have a portable HD (used for storage) that I can connect via USB.
Do you think there is a way to do the following steps:
1) Connect the portable HD to the Toshiba.
2) Connect via crossover cable to other laptop (to use its CD-ROM).
3) Then tell the OS (Toshiba's) to place the install files onto the portable HD and use them from there.
4) Then let it do a clean install.

What do you think or any suggestion.
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rindiCommented:
You wouldn't need the crossover cable if you first connect the ext HD to the other PC and just copy the i386 folder to it. But no I don't think you'll be able to run the winnt.exe installation routine on your laptop because that routine needs about 550 kb memory to load, and in order to get access to the USB HD you need to load the DOS USB driverswhich probably take more than 100 kb memory too. The total you have under DOS is 640kb, less a couple of drivers and the USB driver and you end up with less than 500 kb most probably which is too small for winnt.exe...

Have you tried copying the i386 folder to the notebook HD and just run a very basic install, it might just work?
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NetworkedAuthor Commented:
I will copy the i386 and see what happens.

Thanks, rindi
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NetworkedAuthor Commented:
Still did not work, not enough space.  I need to format the HD and get rid of everything, but then how would I get anything back on it?
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rindiCommented:
You'll either have to get a larger HD, or then something external you can boot from, like a PCCard based CD Drive. Not all these will work, so it is best to get one from toshiba for your PC.
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NetworkedAuthor Commented:
I ended up using Remote Installation Service (RIS) in Windows Server 2003.
I set BIOS to boot to LAN and went from there.

Here’s a good site:
http://computerperformance.co.uk/w2k3/W2K3_RIS.htm

Thanks, rindi
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rindiCommented:
your welcome
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