How to install a clean os to my comptuer?

Question

I just purchased a Dell Latitude LS 400. However, it came with no operating system. There is an external floppy and external CD connecting via the parallel port. The floppy disk is recognized upon booting up the machine, however, to install an operating system I need to get the CD recognized. I also have a USB external CD that could be used as well if I could get the correct drivers loaded.

I hope this is enough information to help. How should I proceed.

Thanks for your help.

Tom Featherston

Answer

This question was answered on March 24, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

You seem to have the necessary equipment required to install an operating system to your computer Now chances are you want a windows OS, unless you're into linux.

What you would need is simply a Bootable windows 98, 2000, or xp cd If you buy the retail versions of windows 2000 and XP the cd should automatically be bootable However if you decide to purchase windows 98 your chances are about 50/50 If you buy a windows 98 cd that’s not bootable Microsoft will provide you have a bootable floppy Just make sure you boot from the floppy and have the cd in your cd rom drive and you should be good

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Posted by bin of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 24, 2003