August 3, 2011 7:35 PM Subscribe
I'm trying to install an OS on a machine whose DVD drive won't work. I have an external (USB) DVD drive but no way to convince the machine to use it as a boot device (that I know of).
posted by Obscure Reference to computers & internet (28 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
The machine is a Toshiba Satellite A105 laptop. It's BIOS is ACPI 1.30.
Its 4 boot options are HDD FFD CD and LAN. HDD has no (working) OS.
CD drive (or more accurately, the controler on the motherboard) is broken. How can I get an OS on this machine?
Choices seem to be--get a different BIOS in there, (I've never done such a thing so this may not even be useful), do something with a USB memory stick or external drive, or somehow boot via ethernet (something else I've never done.)