How to Install Software CD into a Netbook

Gemma Quibilan from Makati City emailed us this question just this morning:
"Hi TechPinas! Would you be so kind to help me? I've been trying to install the software (driver) of my new printer to my netbook to no avail. The software is in an installation CD and since my netbook doesn't have a CD or Optical drive, I'm now thinking of ditching this CD altogether; It's not helping me at all. Help me please!"

Hi Gemma! Needless to say, your netbook isn't the new Asus EEE PC 1004DN which comes with a DVD burner - because if so, you won't have this problem.

Anyway, going back to your inquiry. I'm gonna show you three options on how to get around it:

1. Invest in a separate Optical Drive that attaches to the netbook's USB port or comes with a netbook cooling stand. Like this:

These things don't require driver installation - so no, buying one won't double your problem.

2. Copy your installation CD (all of the files in it) to a USB / Flash disk. Then, use the flash disk to install the software.

3. THE EASIEST WAY - Check the website of your printer manufacturer. Because most likely, the installation software or driver is also downloadable from there. Download the driver that is compatible with your netbook's operating system then proceed with the installation process.

There you go. I hope you find this helpful

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  1. Nice looking device. Can you tell us what that device is that you're showing? Is it available here in the Philippines and how much is it?

  2. Hi a9!

    Thanks for checking out TechPinas!

    I'll try to check if it's available in CDR-King.

    Off hand, I think they have the USB Optical Drive without the cooler.

  3. Hi, tks for the great tips!

    I've recently bought a netbook, and your tips for software installation are very useful to me!!


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