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How do I install through LAN?

Postby iCheese on Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:50 am

I've got an old (pre 2004) laptop. It's an NEC Versa M400 (http://www.nec-computers-ap.com/NECPDF/ ... 20m400.pdf). The CD/DVD drive is dead, the Windows XP installation is dead and there is no boot from USB option. Can anyone help at all to get Linux Mint installed?
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Re: How do I install through LAN?

Postby Boo on Wed Jul 29, 2009 7:25 am

looks bad.
can your network port PXE boot (or bootp)?
do you have a floppy drive?

I think the best option would be to boot off a linux boot floppy that could give you boot access off a USB storage device.
the usb storage device (thumb drive) should have a copy of linux mint on it, and will hopefully boot.
this is like the old days when you used a boot floppy to access the cdrom because it could not be booted off.
well not all that long ago.

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Re: How do I install through LAN?

Postby iCheese on Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:49 pm

Boo wrote:can your network port PXE boot (or bootp)?


I have no idea. How do I check?

Boo wrote:do you have a floppy drive?

Nope. It's not that old.
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Re: How do I install through LAN?

Postby DrHu on Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:44 am

iCheese wrote:The CD/DVD drive is dead, the Windows XP installation is dead and there is no boot from USB option.

http://www.computermechanic.com.au/prod ... _m400.html
http://www.pchub.com/uph/model/0--2416- ... parts.html
http://www.pchub.com/uph/laptop/25-3122 ... Bare-.html
Replace the cd/dvd drive
--even with a USB external cd/dvd drive]

Repair depots..
http://www.helpturk.org/nec/nec-versa-M400-repair.htm
There must be some, in Asia-Pacific region, even factory authorized ones..

Without doing it this way (replace bad parts), it is going to be awkward, since that computer no longer works for you, or can you actually start the windows OS
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Re: How do I install through LAN?

Postby iCheese on Thu Jul 30, 2009 5:36 am

DrHu wrote:
iCheese wrote:The CD/DVD drive is dead, the Windows XP installation is dead and there is no boot from USB option.

http://www.computermechanic.com.au/prod ... _m400.html
http://www.pchub.com/uph/model/0--2416- ... parts.html
http://www.pchub.com/uph/laptop/25-3122 ... Bare-.html
Replace the cd/dvd drive
--even with a USB external cd/dvd drive]

Repair depots..
http://www.helpturk.org/nec/nec-versa-M400-repair.htm
There must be some, in Asia-Pacific region, even factory authorized ones..

Without doing it this way (replace bad parts), it is going to be awkward, since that computer no longer works for you, or can you actually start the windows OS


Paying $75 to get this piece of crap running? It's not worth that much.

I'll tell you the exact order of things it does:

1. Show the company (NEC) brand
2. Give me the option to boot with safe mode, and that screen (when Windows didn't load properly last time)
3. Windows begins to boot
4. Blue screen with this error:

"Stop: c0000218 {Registry File Failure} The registry cannot load the hive (file): \SystemRoot\System32\Config\SOFTWARE or its log or alternate:"
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Re: How do I install through LAN?

Postby DrHu on Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:49 am

iCheese wrote:Paying $75 to get this piece of crap running? It's not worth that much.
I'll tell you the exact order of things it does:.

I'll tell you the exact order of things it does
Then give it away to someone, who will probably be able to get/borrow, find, share a cdrom or other device (USB) in order to get past the boot error

In that way, for the person you give it to, it will be a repair process
--or if you think it is not worth 75.00 to repair the machine, then simply sell it off for that price..
Ebay, if you are looking for bids, but I would be honest and identify the problem

Now apart from the sequence you have given, the registry error, why do you think the CD is dead or the USB doesn't work
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Re: How do I install through LAN?

Postby iCheese on Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:15 pm

DrHu wrote:Now apart from the sequence you have given, the registry error, why do you think the CD is dead or the USB doesn't work


I know the CD drive doesn't work because whatever I put in there hasn't worked for the last year. And there is no option from the booting order for USB.
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Re: How do I install through LAN?

Postby DataMan on Sat Aug 01, 2009 7:51 am

Time to consider sending it to PC-Heaven (or the nearest re-cycling center).

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