I am attempting to restore my tc1000. I am away from home and my docking station. I dont have my restore CD's with me. I did a complete backup of my data HD Thursday cause the drive sounded funny. Now, it has crashed (no sound). I went and bought a new 60GB HD and had it installed. I also bought am external MAGICSPIN (generic) CD/RW drive. I have the full edition of XP Tablet Edition 2005 on 2 CD's. Since I don't have a USB port on the unit without the Docking station, I bought a DLINK PCMCIA to USB adapter. When I boot into BIOS without the external CD/RW connected, there is no option in the BIOS for CD-ROM, when I do have it connected, there is an option for CD-ROM. However, when I boot the system it does not recognize the Bootable CD. I can take the same CD and put it in my girlfriends laptop and set it to boot from the CD and the boot sequence starts. Can someone please help me understand what I need to do to get this system back up. I am having my brother go by my house at home and ship me my dock, but until then, I need my system. Any tips or links as to how to get this done would be greatly appreciated. I can say I have searched this site quite extensively and seen all the post about how to restore without the CD and how to book from modified images and the like, but I gather the all of those scenarios are talking about either having an external CD-ROM drive connected to the docking station OR using the restore CD's to restore without a CD at all (but you still need the Restore CD's to do that) bummer. All I want to do is install a fresh copy of XP Tablet 2005 on my system. Once I get the wireless driver installed (after the OS install), I can do almost anything then. Any help is appreciated. Sorry to be so long winded guys. I can talk tech, but not as techy when it comes to hands on :-).
Thanks in advance guys,