I was given 2000-year X21 laptop with completely forgotten usernames and passwords and asked to recover them, WIN2k.
Laptop doesn't have neither inbuilt floppy-drive nor CD-ROM drive. But I've got usb-external both of them. CD-ROM is USB 2.0.
1. I tried http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/
with floppies. I manage to boot linux from the first floppy but then it cannot read the floppies with drivers to access hdd: writes fd0 I/O error. Tried to mount fd0 from bash promt - the same error is given.
2. Tried to boot with bootable CD from external usb CD-ROM. (power to it was provided from a USB 2.0 port of another computer). But it doesn't work out as well: just boots as if there was no CD-ROM at all. Possibly BIOS firmware doesn't support it. (set different settings in BIOS like diagnostic boot, boot devices order: removables, then usb and vice versa etc)
3. it's not bootable from USB flash stick at all.
Would appreciate any help answering any of the following questions:
1. how to load drivers when booting via floppy?
2. how to make X21 see external USB CD-ROM without having possibility to log in Windows?
3. any other advice to solve my problems
Thanks in advance!