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    Possible to flash BIOS/Install XP from Flash drive?

    My carputer is been acting funny lately, crashing sometimes after resume from standby, and sometimes not POSTing upon resume/boot. (all I get is the blue/white VIA splash screen as it locks up). I think I am going to re-flash the BIOS to the latest version, and reformat the HD, then reinstall XP. I looked in the system log, and there are no entries in there that I think would cause the problems.
    my system info is below:
    Win XP Pro
    VIA SP-1300 (bought it just as it hit the market)
    Road Runner
    250Gb HD
    No CD drive (two external USB ports)

    Question is, can I flash the BIOS using a USB flash drive?
    Can I re-install XP using my flash drive (XP .iso on 1Gb flash drive)

    I don't have a CD drive available, but I do have a laptop, External 300Gb drive (USB). Can I se either of these to help re-install? Thanks.
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    42 views, and no one knows? I know u can boot from a flash drive, but can u install?
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    Haven't done this myself, but I imagine if you create a bootable dos image on the USB flash drive and then load your bios image and bios flashing program on the flash drive you should be set. Try searching "usb stick dos boot" you'll get a bunch of hits.
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    Thanks! I'll Try That.
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    I love blasting the past!

    did anyone ever find a way of doing this, would be handy to know for the community in case we ever have to do this from the car!

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