My elderly Packard Bell easynote laptop has a broken CD drive. I want to use it as an XMBCbuntu server, as it is still working. Repairing the drive was quoted at R4000 which is a bit ridiculous.
I can set the laptop to boot from LAN, cd or hard drive. I wish I could use my external cd drive but I can't boot from usb.
Therefore my only option is over a LAN. I have a cross-over cable and a XP desktop machine leant to me by a friend.
On boot, my laptop tries the LAN but cannot connect to a DHCP server. What do I run on the desktop machine to do this?
(I would just connect to my home network... as my router should assign an IP, but I have only 1 LAN cable after my lovely girlfriend did some 'tidying up' and tossed out 'that mess of cables')