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Thread: How do I install my OS?

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    How do I install my OS?

    Well I ordered the computer without a CD ROM drive of any kind, is there a way to temporarily hook up a desktop CD ROM drive? Or do I need to find an external drive from someone? Is the USB Controller going to be installed prior to the OS being installed?
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    What kind of system? The best (easiest) way to install Windows would be from an internal cd or dvd drive. I'm sure you could do it through USB, but you would need to get the USB drive recognized in the BIOS. Give us some info on what kind of connectors are on the system, then we can give you better advice. You may also want to check Microsoft's knowledgebase for info on installing Windows from USB or network...
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    Most boards since 2002 have a boot option of USB-HD, USB-floppy, and USB-CDROM. I installed on a via board with an external USB DVD burner, works fine. Only thing is IDE is 33Mb/s where the BIOS's USB speed is very very slow. I think less than 11Mb/s.
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    The mobo ought to have two IDE headers. Connect an IDE CDROM to the secondary IDE header and set the BIOS to boot from it. There's no easier way to install.
    Or temporarily connect the drive to another PC, format the drive so it's bootable, and copy the install directory onto that drive. Boot to DOS on the new 'puter and run the install from the hard drive.

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    Sorry, it's the prebuilt Ampie they sell here. With the m10000 motheroard and all the regular stuff.
    So I need a drive? I'll see if I can buy one, use it, and return it the next day.
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    256 MB DDR2 PC5400
    Xenarc 700TSV - VGA Monitor
    Intel D945GCLF Motherboard
    M2-ATX-HV

    2005 Honda Civic

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    The m10000 has 2 IDE headers, so you could just get a cheapo internal CD drive for like $25-$30 at a store. Always good to have a spare drive.

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    Has to be a laptop drive right?
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    256 MB DDR2 PC5400
    Xenarc 700TSV - VGA Monitor
    Intel D945GCLF Motherboard
    M2-ATX-HV

    2005 Honda Civic

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    No. The M10000 has regular 50pin IDE connectors. The Ampie case must have a 44pin converter.

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    Would the 90 watt PSU support a regular CD ROM drive for OS install?
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    256 MB DDR2 PC5400
    Xenarc 700TSV - VGA Monitor
    Intel D945GCLF Motherboard
    M2-ATX-HV

    2005 Honda Civic

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    Yup. A M10000 uses minimal power, and then the screen and that's about it. USB and stuff are not too power hungry. You will have ample room.

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