How can I install Windows 2000 on my Toshiba Portege 3110 laptop?

A. Because the Toshiba Portege 3110 includes an external CD-ROM drive that connects to the laptop through a PC Card, you can't configure the system BIOS to boot from a CD-ROM. Also, the standard Win2K installation disks don't recognize the CD-ROM drive, which causes the OS installation to fail.

If you can connect the laptop to a network, you can set up a Microsoft Remote Installation Services (RIS) server and install Win2K from the network. If working from the network isn't an option, you can perform the following steps (some of these steps are specific to the Portege 3110, but you can modify this process for any CD-ROM driver):

  1. Create an MS-DOS boot disk (you can download the necessary files from http://www.bootdisk.com ).
  2. Copy the CD-ROM driver file to the boot disk; for the Toshiba laptop, this file is arccd.sys, which you can download from the Toshiba Web site.
  3. Edit the config.sys file on the boot disk and add the line
    DEVICE=A:\ARCCD.SYS
  4. Edit the autoexec.bat file on the boot disk and add the line
    MSCDEX /D:ARCCD01 /L:E *gt; NUL
  5. Insert the boot disk into your laptop and reboot--the CD-ROM drive should be accessible as drive E.
  6. If no partition exists on the laptop's hard disk, you must use Fdisk to create a partition, then format the partition using the FAT file system.
  7. Insert the Win2K installation CD-ROM, then type
    cd i386
    to navigate to the I386 folder.
  8. Start the 16-bit version of the installation procedure by typing
    winnt
  9. The Win2K installation will start and copy all files to the local hard disk. You might want to convert the partition to the NTFS file system during installation.

After the installation is complete, you can use third-party software such as PowerQuest's PartitionMagic to extend the NTFS partition to use more of the hard disk.

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