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\015 Wizard wont allow writing to CD/DVD. One machine has no ethernet port drivers. Suggested use serial cable but can't buy anywhere. Can USB cables be used? Other alternatives?\015

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1) Are you referring to the IBM ThinkCentre S50?
(S may look like an 8)

Also need the Type. On the back of your ThinkCentre is this information.
Example: TYPE 8125-E1U

(The S/N after it stands for Serial Number. Do not give this number out, except to authorized personnel)

(I can give you the direct link to Lenovo Support for the Ethernet drivers, with this information.
IF, upon installing the Ethernet drivers does not cure the problem,
look to see if there is an open, {Available}, PCI slot for an Ethernet card.

With the 'Pizza Box' style of computer case there may not be, nor may there be room inside.
However they do make low profile Ethernet cards. {Ethernet Adapter Card)

Or you can find it here,


It will go in an available PCI slot, or PCI-Express x1 slot.

2) The Model Name, and Model Number is on the bottom of a laptop. Usually in a white Service Tag of some sort, but older models may just have it etched into the plastic.

Usually close to the Windows Product Key, (Holographic sticker)

3) Use a USB to USB Crossover Cable.


A USB to USB Crossover cable, isn't simply two USB A male connectors on the ends of a cable.
There is a bridge in the middle of the cable.

It crosses over the wires.
(Easy explanation. In essence it crosses over the wires. In actuality, it crosses over terminals in the USB connector end.

This shows the pinout of a USB cable connector,


The style used for your desktop, or laptop will be a USB A style.
There are four pins in the connector.

Pin 1 is 5 Volt DC
Pin 4 is a Ground, or Negative connection)

If you have a cable with the ends in the same direction, you will BURN out the USB ports.

The crossover cable reverses these connections. (Pins)

I await the exact Model Number of your IBM ThinkCentre, and the Type.
You probable need yo replace the BIOS on the machine , you can find it online and download this to your machine and then reboot.
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