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Old 01-04-2011, 10:48 AM   #1
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my buddy gave me a old laptop its a compaq presario 1247

it has windows 98 the CD drive will not read any DVDs with the OS system i want to install and wipe the windows 98 i also have a usb flash stick how do i install a new OS on this thing?
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Look in the BIOS and see if you have the ability to boot from USB.
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how do i do that?
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When you first turn on the computer, it will say something to the effect of "Press DEL to enter Setup", whatever button it tells you to push, press that button. This will take you to the BIOS. Go to the Boot order tab and see if USB is listed.
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ok no option for usb

so what do i do
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You have the option of purchasing an external CD/DVD drive to boot from that, but may need a BIOS flash in order to use it. Let me do a little bit of research first...
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So I found the BIOS upgrade but it doesn't list any type of USB Support updates so I'm going to assume that it's already supported to boot from an external CD/DVD device.

BIOS Info: Presario 1200 Specific Models System ROM Update Compaq Presario 1247 Notebook PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

You can purchase an external CD/DVD drive here. You can use that to boot from with the Windows CD and reinstall your OS.
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That system is going to be worthless to upgrade to anything but XP. You might get a decent XP box to tinker with, but it'll be pretty much useless for anything but internet browsing. The K6-2's weren't slouches back then, but today, XP is where the buck stops.
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