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Section - 3.1.2.3 Install a Softpaq without using the floppy drive?

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- Philip's note: I have never done either of the following, and I am not
sure which is the best method. The second method is certainly more
intensive. The first method may only work on an Aero that boots to MS-DOS.
(August 2001).

[C] Date: Sun, 15 Sep 1996
From: N V Fitton

Use some other machine, let's say a desktop, that does have a floppy drive.
Copy or download file SP????.exe to the desktop machine and run it there,
  using its floppy drive as directed.
Copy the files created on the floppy disk to a new directory on the Aero.
Cold-boot the Aero, holding the F5 key to prevent config.sys and 
  autoexec.bat from being loaded and run.
Change to the new directory on the Aero and run the program rompaq.exe. 

[C] From: "Ulrich Hansen" 
Newsgroups: aisb.lists.aero
Subject: Re: BIOS update w/o floppy disk
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2001 18:14:57 +0200

1. rename your autoexec.bat to autoexec.old
2. rename your config.sys to config.old
3. copy the softpack files into root c:
with the sp files comes another config.sys:
buffers = 20
files   = 15
shell   = a:\rompaq.exe /l:us /!
dos=high
device=\himem.exe
(the shell command is very important)

4. shut down the aero and restart it
5. Follow the instructions

Afterwards:
- Start the aero and hit f8 when you see the message "windows95 is
started".
- Choose Option No. 5. (Confirm Startcommands) Choose 'no' for every
command
except the doublespace driver if you use a doublespace/drivespace drive).
You now start with a clean msdos-screen
- Delete the config.sys
del config.sys
- Rename the autoexec/config.old to bat/sys.
ren autoexec.old autoexec.bat
ren config.old config.sys
- Delete the softpack files in the root directory

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