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I have no DVD-ROMS, a bunch of CD-R's, and I need to reinstall Vista on a laptop that can't boot from USB. I have an XP DVD, but it bluescreens after the drivers are loaded and the install begins, and with my Ubuntu CD, it doesn't even give me a prompt to load.

So, can I burn a (legal) Vista .iso to multiple 700mb CD-R's, or is there a way to let my laptop install XP or boot from USB?

UPDATE: See post 5 for my new question.
Edited by Ysbl - 8/7/11 at 3:06pm
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http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090706000402AAXQR6G

found this for windows 7, but I would assume its the same thing :/
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bad dvd or cd cause crash when you try to install , and you cannot burn multiples vista or w7 cd to make this kinda installation
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Nope. You can use an external dvd rom, which can be had for $25.
    
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Okay, I'm trying to slipstream the SATA Driver for XP, I'll tell you guys if that works.

But does anyone know why I can't install Linux? I've tried two different CD's (Ubuntu 9.10 that I've used successfully before on the sig rig, and a new burn of Ubuntu Server 11.04) and multiple distros on USB. With the USB, the computer won't boot past the HP splash screen, until I remove the USB drive. With Linux, it will give no boot from CD prompts, and boot directly into Windows. (Install is corrupted and I can't activate it, hence the re-install.) Any help here?
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are you trying to format the hdd with a os?
Use dban if you want to do that.
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Originally Posted by jach11;14499623 
are you trying to format the hdd with a os?
Use dban if you want to do that.

The thing is, I can't get the laptop to boot from USB or CD so I haven't been able to use DBAN.
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