Can i connect my dell inspirion using ethernet to another computer

my inspirion mini wont boot, dosent have disc drive, can i connect to the disc drive on my other lap top to reinstall software? and how can i do this?
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  1. yes and no, you would need to boot from network, which is probably not supported and an image on the server with a peer to peer network cable, cheaper and easier alternative is take the cd, put in other laptop/pc, use software called wintoflash and copy cd to a USB key (larger then 2Gb), then change boot sequence in HP Mini to Legacy USB, put key in HP Mini, start up and you should have the install options, continue on your way.
  2. Thanks matie I will give that a go and let you know how i get on.

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