[rescue] Oh yeah ...

Phil Stracchino alaric at metrocast.net
Thu Feb 19 21:48:15 CST 2009

Mark Brown wrote:
> Phil Stracchino wrote:
>> ...while I'm at it, anyone have an extra optical drive that'll work in
>> an Inspiron 4100?  The 4100 we were just given came with dual batteries,
>> but no removable-media drives at all.  I don't know whether it'll boot
>> from a USB flash drive or not.  (Hopefully I'll get a chance to try it
>> tomorrow.
> I can confirm that the Inspiron 4000's and 4100's do -not- USB flash 
> boot or USB CD boot.  (Even with the latest firmware).


Well, knowing I don't have to paddle up that creek saves me a bunch of
time.  Thanks.

Plan A was to use Partition Magic to create a second partition, copy a
2KProSP4 CD to the second partition, and see if I could boot from that.
 But Partition Magic 8 won't touch the partition table because
"Partition's drive letter cannot be identified".

(It has XPSP3 now, which is painful with only 256MB RAM.  The goal is to
dual-boot 2KPro and either Slackware or Gentoo.  Tough to set up without
an optical drive.)

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