I dug an old Dimension 2400 (celeron 2.4, 256 ram currently) out of the closet. Just wanna get it running to have a computer for the kids to use for their flash kid websites (disney, etc). Tired of them messing with my machine...
Anyway, the HD in it is blank. Trying to install Win7 since I have some spare legit licenses. However, I'm having trouble booting anything... the Dimension is IDE only. I don't HAVE an IDE optical drive any more. So I first used a utility to put the win7 iunstaller on a bootable usb stick. The dell recognized it as a bootable option, but then hangs when you try to actually boot.
Next installed a card reader (from the internal USB headers) and put win7 on a CF card. Same thing.
I'm currently putting it on a SATA HDD and gonna try booting off that with a USB-SATA adapter.
Unfortunately, that's all I can come up with right now..
Oh, wait.. I think the computers at work have IDE optical drives. I can probably "borrow" one for the weekend... that should solve my problems.
But if you have any other ideas (in case I"m wrong and the drives at work are all SATA) let me know!