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Old 06-19-2008, 01:24 PM   #21
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Old 06-20-2008, 08:15 PM   #22
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well, good news to report, the other night I found a semi-charged battery for the laptop (new in it's package, just getting tossed) so I went home and sure enough the Laptop powers up and I can run the LiveCD from hitting F12 and selecting the CD/DVD drive.

now I have to get a suitable power cord for this thing and I am golden!

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Old 06-20-2008, 10:35 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by slim chillingsworth View Post
You can't boot from an external hard drive because your computer doesn't recognize a usb or firewire connection unless it has drivers installed on its own internal hard drive.
As already said - wrong. Depending on the manufacturer I think Dell lets you hit F2 (something mentioned that too I think). Select the USB ports as bootable option before IDE and all the other crap and you are good. Leave your bios menu, hit F12 for dell, select CD/DVD-Rom and boot from cd, install OS on external hdd and you are good to go.

Have to deal with similar crap at work every day....

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