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    Installing win 98 or higher OS w/o any media drives

    I just recently got this laptop from a friend who used to work for a hospital and they ended up installing the windows 95 OS for some reason or another. The laptop does not have a floppy or cd drive... Instead they put two batteries on it. It is a Toshiba Tecra and it has a usb port, but the drive doesn't work because windows 95 does not recognize the port, Hence i'd like try and put win 98 Se or a higher OS. Since there are no drives and the usb port doesn't work, I thought I could try and somehow install a higher Os through the printer parrallel drive using an old school external zip drive? Any suggestions/links on how to do this? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

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    I wouldnt think you could do that..through the parralel port that is, as that isnt a boot device like a HDD or CD Rom drive is. Best bet would be to get a cd drive for it and install it via that way - a internal cd drive that is. Also, you could get a 2.5" IDE to 3.5" IDE converter and then attach it to a IDE channel of a desktop computer then install something like 98 or 2000.

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    Hi,

    It is impossible to do it using a parralel port but do what Jamie said and get a cd drive and install the operating server you want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyhayes
    operating server
    Whats that?
    do you mean Operating SYSTEM?

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    [QUOTE=weazel]I wouldnt think you could do that..through the parralel port that is, as that isnt a boot device like a HDD or CD Rom drive is. Best bet would be to get a cd drive for it and install it via that way - a internal cd drive that is. Also, you could get a 2.5" IDE to 3.5" IDE converter and then attach it to a IDE channel of a desktop computer then install something like 98 or 2000.

    So a zip drive(parallel port) isn't considered a boot device? Then is there a way to install a usb driver through the zip drive(parallel port)? I could then plug in a usb cd-rom drive and install a higher OS right?


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