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Old 06-08-2012, 11:13 AM
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my laptop has no dvd - install help

as it says ... my ultrabook does not have a dvd drive - how do i install the sw?

i have the disk, controller and my own password

tried copying to a usb drive but it asks for disks
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Old 06-08-2012, 11:17 AM
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Does an Ultrabook have the hardware required to run RF? Think graphic card.
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Old 06-08-2012, 11:23 AM
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i suspect so... it runs the Intel i5 processor with on board graphics... quite a capable GPU..

time will tell though and i will report back after having installed it.... can anyone help?
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Old 06-08-2012, 11:29 AM
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I'm sure you'll get smokin' performance with RF when you get it installed.

Does it have a USB port?
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Old 06-08-2012, 11:34 AM
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yes... has a usb port... but copying to a usb drive and trying to run the installation from there failed.

could not find disk!

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Old 06-08-2012, 12:43 PM
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First...

"On board graphics" AKA "Integrated graphics" are abysmally POOR GPU's.

Your laptop likely has an Intel Graphics chip, which is noted for being bad for 3D.

You may be mistaking GPU for CPU in your remarks....


Fortunately Realflight tries to work around the graphic chip limitations so it SHOULD run on your machine.

You CAN indeed install Realflight from a USB key/drive.

You have to make sure that you retain the exact folder structure, and that you rename the USB KEY itself to the same name as the installation DVD.

It is likely that you have not done one of these things.

BTW: I copied my DVD to an external backup drive and I only install RF6 from there.
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Old 06-08-2012, 12:55 PM
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I'm sure you'll get smokin' performance with RF when you get it installed.
For the uninitiated, that's Jeff's form of sarcasm.
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Old 06-08-2012, 12:58 PM
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I was trying to be subtle!!
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Old 06-08-2012, 02:58 PM
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Ask around, you or one of your friends likely has a DVD drive that connects to the USB port. I don't have any friends, but I do have a couple of those drives.
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Old 06-08-2012, 03:19 PM
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Ultra books, like their Netbook cousins, need an External USB DVD Drive to install new software distributed on Disc media. They are not that expensive to have around for such an occasion.
In the future most software could just be downloaded from the "cloud".
Distributors are not ready for that yet, except for the Android/iDevices.
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Old 06-08-2012, 03:54 PM
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If you have access to another computer with a DVD drive, I'd try the following:

1) Install ImgBurn (http://www.imgburn.com/) on the computer with the DVD drive.
2) Insert the RF6 DVD and use ImgBurn to create a disc image (ISO file) of the DVD.
3) Copy the resulting ISO file to a portable USB drive (must to be big enough to hold a ~5GB file).
4) Install Virtual CloneDrive (http://www.slysoft.com/en/virtual-clonedrive.html) on your ultrabook.
5) Connect your USB drive to the ultrabook and copy the .ISO to its hard drive.
6) Mount the .ISO file using Virtual CloneDrive and install normally.
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Old 06-08-2012, 05:15 PM
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If you have access to another computer with a DVD drive, I'd try the following:

1) Install ImgBurn (http://www.imgburn.com/) on the computer with the DVD drive.
2) Insert the RF6 DVD and use ImgBurn to create a disc image (ISO file) of the DVD.
3) Copy the resulting ISO file to a portable USB drive (must to be big enough to hold a ~5GB file).
4) Install Virtual CloneDrive (http://www.slysoft.com/en/virtual-clonedrive.html) on your ultrabook.
5) Connect your USB drive to the ultrabook and copy the .ISO to its hard drive.
6) Mount the .ISO file using Virtual CloneDrive and install normally.
I'm a Muppet.... i already have virtual clonedrive installed....

still.... going to try renaming the volume label first...

thanks for a useful post....
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Old 06-08-2012, 05:24 PM
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You CAN indeed install Realflight from a USB key/drive.

You have to make sure that you retain the exact folder structure, and that you rename the USB KEY itself to the same name as the installation DVD.

It is likely that you have not done one of these things.

BTW: I copied my DVD to an external backup drive and I only install RF6 from there.
thanks for a useful post....
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If you are on a network that has a computer with a DVD drive, you can share that and connect from the laptop to use the drive. I've done that in a pinch a few times when the local drive quit working.

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Thanks for the question and discussion here. I really did not want to buy an external DVD for my ultrabook. Nobody requires install media anymore right? Oops.
If you have copied the install folder to something you can access (likely you tried this before discovering this discussion), you can also

NET USE Y: \\laptopname\c$\rf_install_files

And install from Y: You must also name your volume to RFV7_1 to match the DVD.
As discussed, the trick is installing from a root folder on a device that has a label RFV7_1. I temporarily change my C: label (if there is a way to label Y: it escapes me)

Ultrabooks are fine to run RF. Think required performance.

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