NIC Card Boot Issue

Having major issues getting a Dell X1 laptop to boot to an external CD drive or a USB drive. BIOS Boot order has been set several times first for the CD drive as first then the USB drive. Windows boots to the desktop in either case. I would now like to consider the onboard NIC card but have never booted to one.

If the NIC card is the first device can I connect via ethernet cable to my router then to my desktop which has a CD drive? Looking for guidance on how to reinstall XP Pro via this route. Also looking for an authoritative artilce on NIC card boot. Guidance sought.
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  1. mnewsome said:
    Having major issues getting a Dell X1 laptop to boot to an external CD drive or a USB drive. BIOS Boot order has been set several times first for the CD drive as first then the USB drive. Windows boots to the desktop in either case. I would now like to consider the onboard NIC card but have never booted to one.

    If the NIC card is the first device can I connect via ethernet cable to my router then to my desktop which has a CD drive? Looking for guidance on how to reinstall XP Pro via this route. Also looking for an authoritative artilce on NIC card boot. Guidance sought.



    ok you wanna use something like barts netwrok floppy
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