Been awhile since I last posted.

I am working on a Dell Inspiron Mini 1012 that won't boot and has a corrupted recovery partition. Dell has sent me both the Windows 7 Starter CD and the Drivers/Application CD.

There is no internal DVD reader in this computer. Consequently, I have plugged in an External USB DVD player (actually tried 2 different readers) used the F12 key to select boot device and when that didn't work used F2 to go into setup to rearrange the boot devices. Neither method will recognize the external DVD as a boot device or at least will not read the Dell OS disk.

I then tried this same disk in a different laptop just to see it was recognized and would ask to start the boot process and it did. This verified a good DVD.

Any ideas on how to make this work???