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Old 06-18-2008, 06:48 PM   #11
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alright, here is the thing, without a HD in the computer will there even be a chance to access the BIOS? I have a laptop with no hard drive, and no battery, only a power supply and CD/DVD.

I don't see why not, just keep pressing either F2 or Delete while it is POSTing
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Old 06-18-2008, 06:51 PM   #12
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the BIOS is on the motherboard - no HD does not impact it. Now, if it's not a BIOS to support USB, that will limit you.

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Old 06-18-2008, 07:01 PM   #13
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the BIOS is on the motherboard - no HD does not impact it. Now, if it's not a BIOS to support USB, that will limit you.
well I'm hoping it will boot from the CD since I have the LiveCD, thanks for all the input guys... I'm hoping whoever had this laptop before just removed the HD and battery and nothing else...

if so there's about 10 more of these in the back...
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Old 06-18-2008, 07:19 PM   #14
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If you really want to have some fun - old printer mother boards had HD's on them that fit into a laptop sometimes. Not sure what kind of hardware graveyard you are sitting in, but an old HD might be just lying around with the right kind of looking....

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Old 06-18-2008, 07:31 PM   #15
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An older Dell might not be able to boot from USB, but I'd look for good cheap used HD and use that. If you can boot to USB you can maybe run an OS from there. If not, you are screwed (unless you boot live CD from CD ROM). Frankly, I think running like that is merely an exercise in possibility, with no real practical purpose other than to test the computer to see if it's worth putting a HDD in.

Check Ebay for cheap 2.5" drives. They are practically free.

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Old 06-18-2008, 09:34 PM   #16
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If it'll boot from the cd it'll run a live distro regardless of if theres a hard drive in there or not. I made SWMBO use one for a couple months once since she wouldn't fess up to dropping her laptop and frying the drive (third time). (she later admitted to it falling off the bed)

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yeah, just run it from a live cd. Won't be the fastest thing on earth, but it doesn't sound like that is going to matter.

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Old 06-18-2008, 11:22 PM   #18
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Yeah shouldn't be a problem booting from CDROM (change settings in BIOS) and that should load up your USB drivers so you can access the external HDD.

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Old 06-19-2008, 11:33 AM   #19
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If you want a HD I have all kinds of used laptop HD,s just collecting dust You pay for the shipping and its free!!!!! Some out of dells ,MCP ( Micron) Gateway.

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Old 06-19-2008, 12:13 PM   #20
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Keiths, check your PMs

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