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I'm trying to install windows XP on a old laptop which has a problematic CD-ROM drive unit. Sometime it reads the cds, but most of the times it didn't read the CD at all. Do you have any advices for me to follow?

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I suggest getting an external USB drive. You'll want that anyway if the drive is already going out on your current laptop.

An alternative if you have a major brand like Dell or HP is to check eBay for a replacement. Often if you have a model that sold several million units you can get good new replacements on eBay for reasonable prices. I replaced the keyboard on my wife's Dell 3 times now, never paid more than $15, and a quick check shows I could replace the CD drive for $25 (normal combo drive) or $50 (dvd burner).

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This may sound obvious but have you tried cleaning the lens on the cd drive ?

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It involves using some free utilities to make your USB drive bootable and then copy the XP install files from a XP install CD. As long as your laptop BIOS lets you boot from USB you can then install XP without the CD drive.

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You can also install Windows XP by a pen-drve, i have an Eee PC 904HD and every time that i need to install Windows XP or Windows Vista i install by my USB Stick.


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