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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 12:56 pm 
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I have a laptop that has a bad CD-ROM. How could I get the laptop to boot from a firewire CD-ROM?

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 1:01 pm 
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Oops, I should mention that this is a windows laptop with a 1.25Ghz Cely and 128 MB Ram.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 1:18 pm 
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i could be wrong on this but, you should be able to get to the BIOS and change your boot order to include a external device. Just make sure that it is before your HDD.


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 Post subject: Re: Laptop Problems
PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 1:39 pm 
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John wrote:
I have a laptop that has a bad CD-ROM. How could I get the laptop to boot from a firewire CD-ROM?

Thanks,
John Thero


check your BIOS for boot sequence options.


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Yes, I have looked there but the BIOS does not list an external device. It just lists IDE-0, CD-ROM, and USB FD. Is there any way that I could make a startup disk that would load a firewire driver?


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John wrote:
Yes, I have looked there but the BIOS does not list an external device. It just lists IDE-0, CD-ROM, and USB FD. Is there any way that I could make a startup disk that would load a firewire driver?

To be honest this is uncharted territory for me but i am sure you can make a bootable CD or floopy with the driver you need either by formatting a floppy and adding it or by using nero or easy CD creator or the like to make a bootable CD then adding your firewire device drivers to it


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John wrote:
Oops, I should mention that this is a windows laptop with a 1.25Ghz Cely and 128 MB Ram.


Is it PC100 RAM? I have 2 stick of 128 RAM that I am about to Ebay.


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John wrote:
Yes, I have looked there but the BIOS does not list an external device. It just lists IDE-0, CD-ROM, and USB FD. Is there any way that I could make a startup disk that would load a firewire driver?


I hate to be the one to tell ya, but you're SOL.

Without BIOs support for an external boot device, it's simply not going to work. I had this happen to a friend's laptop about a year and a half ago, it was a major pain in the ass.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 2:26 pm 
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Do you think if I used a USB CD-ROM instead of Firewire it would work?


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John wrote:
Do you think if I used a USB CD-ROM instead of Firewire it would work?


I would try everything possible, if this is an urgent matter of data recovery.


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John wrote:
Do you think if I used a USB CD-ROM instead of Firewire it would work?


not likely if you do not have a USB-CD option in your BIOS.

replaced the CDROM, or the whole laptop...


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John wrote:
Do you think if I used a USB CD-ROM instead of Firewire it would work?


Try seeing if there is a BIOS update. An update might have support for firewire devices. It is worth a shot, but make sure to backup all your data first. I have seen people post on here with problems after downloading and update but using the wrong file or some problem with the updated BIOS version.


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