Portege M200 - bought on Ebay and frustration comes


I m new here and I want to ask for a warm welcome. I purchased a M200 on Ebay and he received two days before. The M200 hasn t had a DVD player and I have no recovery CD or software for my Toshiba. I have a Toshiba external slimline PCMIA CD-ROM, but more of him later.

I found a lot of information based on this topic, but really nothing has worked for me, that article why I ask my questions here. So far, I'll tell you what I tried...

I bought VISTA Home Premium and want to install on my M200.

On my M200 FreeDOS short.

I tried:

1. use my USB drive as a floppy using a HP tool that simulates a USB drive as a disc of floppy (FDD). I ve a copy all the contents of the Vista DVD for my USB. Then I ran the BIOS on the M200, select FDD as first boot option, but nothing happens, it still start FreeDOS.

What I'm doing wrong, Boot USB (diskette) works on the M200?

2. as there is an external Toshiba CD Player included in my M200, I thought the first installation of a Windows XP disk. In the first period the player seems to not work, but after some time, it worked and I put my Windows XP on it. He loaded the disc, and the typical blue screen for the start-up of the plant came. But after a few seconds he stopped and said "could not read the data xxxxxx.xx, error 7. I tried two more times and same error appeared, only that it was another file that could not be read, and another error number.

I read and I don't know if it's true:

I have red somewhere that I can only install Windows XP which was used on the recovery CD from Toshiba (that the CD was not included in my M200). So I can't use for OS install the recovery CD and any other normal XP CD?

Or is there an error with my external CD drive? Currently, it doesn't work again...


I have red the following link to install Vista on M200 by a PXE server:


and this one


The first link says I can go point 13 of the second link:

Umbrella and that's what bothers me. They tell me. Turn on your Toshiba M200 and press F2 to select the network. I press F2, but nothing happens, I see the Toshiba logo but nothing happens... If I press on enter, then come back to FreeDOS...

Also on the second link, I tried to start from the point 1. But in point 5, the word:

Unzip the contents of "BFD package full v1.0.7.zip" in a temporary directory. Open a command prompt and navigate to the temporary folder. Run the command "bfd msnet" in order to create the startup disk.

I don't have a floppy drive. They tell me to run bfd.msnet from the command. Cmd.exe command is? If Yes, what should I type in to get bfd.msnet run?

I knew that installation would be very difficult and I kindly ask for personal assistance. If you can speak German, it would be nice to answer in German.

Up to now




As you can see in this thread, you can install Vista on the Portege m200 and it works fine:

The point is you need a PCMCIA compatible CD/DVD drive to boot from the Vista DVD.

This thread will show you how to install OS without using the external CD/DVD drive:

It describes the procedure for Portege R100, but it should also works on an M200

Good luck

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