Windows XP machine has no DVD drive. How to boot? Only CD-Rom and hard drive boot choices

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(Julian Borrowdale) #1


  • _OpenMandriva Lx version:_3.03

  • Desktop environment (KDE, LXQT…): Windows 7 on an XP machine.

I would like to keep my Windows 7 O/S, as I still have an XP computer that is not currently working. Is there a guide for Windows XP? The machine had XP originally but was updated to Windows 7. Thanks for your help. I have the 32-bit iso file on a USB stick and I have a DVD external burner I can use.

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If I understand well, you have an old computer originally shipped with XP then upgraded to W7 (32 bit?).

You wish to install OMLx 3 while keeping W7 on the computer or at least boot Omlx in live mode from the USB stick or the external DVD (USB?). Is that ok?

Did you copy the iso file as any regular file on the stick? If so, you should first make a bootable USB key with the iso file. If you have only Windows available, you might try with a helper software like Rosa ImageWriter.

Then try to boot from the key which should be recognized as an external bootable drive. You also might have to open the bios setup to select the right drive.

If the preceding steps are successful, you may consider installing the distro on your computer. That’s another story, though :slight_smile:

(Ben Bullard) #3

Hello @gxulien and Welcome to OpenMandriva and the OpenMandriva forum.

The advice above from @jclvanier is excellent.

It would be very smart thing to read the Release Notes and Errata for Lx 3.03 before attempting to install. Pay special attention to the ’ Recommended Hardware’ section.

First thing I would try is simply to try to boot that USB stick. As @jclvanier stated you will have to enter the computer BIOS to select that boot option. Here’s how to do that:

Before your computer boots your current operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux) you should see your BIOS loading screen. Check the screen or your computer’s documentation to know which key to press and instruct your computer to boot on USB (or DVD).

Note: Most BIOS have a special key you can press to select the boot device and all of them have a special key to enter the BIOS configuration screen (from which you can define the boot order). Depending on the BIOS, these special keys can be Escape, F1, F2, F8, F10, F11, F12, or Delete. That information is usually briefly written on the screen during the boot sequence.

Please let us know if you have any difficulties or there is anything you don’t understand and someone here will walk you through this. And don’t worry we’ve all been in your shoes at one time or other. Also remember once you do this one time successfully you will realize that this is way easier to do than it to write “How to do it”.

The quotes above are from this.

(Ben Bullard) #4

@gxulien there is this Official OM documentation also:

Also there is this. The quality and veracity of videos on YouTube varies as we all should know by now. Caveat Emptor.

(Ben Bullard) #5

OK, lack of response from OP (Original Poster). Closing topic. Also unless I’m mistaken the original question has been answered.

If you believe closing this topic to be in error please PM me and I will reopen it.

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(Ben Bullard) #8

Topic reopened at OP request. Apologies if I was impatient, I do struggle with that from time to time.

(Julian Borrowdale) #9

Thanks everyone for the help. My original problem was that the USB stick wasn’t detected, so I thought it was the old OS not being able to boot from a flash drive. I went back into setup and changed the boot device order, but Windows still boots:

  1. disabled (left alone)
  2. hard disk (changed from CD-ROM and made no difference).
  3. CD-ROM
  4. Disabled

Boot hard disk priority:

  1. USB
  2. Installed hard drive
    I’m thinking there’s something wrong with the USB stick, formatting or file. I’ll reread everything and redo that next and report back. I’ve been all through the quick start and such, but I’ll have to learn about disk partitioning from YouTube if that’s something I need to do.

The file system on the USB is FAT32 and the file is OpenMandrivaLs3.03-PLASMA.I586, 2.23 GB Disc Image File. I tried the Windows utility to check the disk for errors.

(Ben Bullard) #10

I think you don’t want burn the ISO to Flash Drive with a Windows tool. It is better to uses ROSA Image Writer which is available for Windows. (As previously suggested by @jclvanier.)

(Julian Borrowdale) #11

I used PowerISO, which I saw suggested somewhere or other. I’m going to redo it regardless, so I’ll try Rosa this time. I didn’t even know there was a Windows tool to burn the ISO.