Thin client xp install

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I recently was given two old dell (HSTNC-003-TC)
they will take anything from an 8w single core 1ghz to a 35w dual core at 2.4 with a decent amount of IO and ram.

the problem is that i have software that requires windows (no it won't run under wine and a virtualbox might pull a bit more power than i have to spare.)
so i have to install windows. namely: XP. the clients have a laptop IDE header and a 1gb drive in them. not enough and i don't have any laptop ide drives at the moment.

so i would like to install to a USB drive (yes i know they won't be fast but i just need it to boot) but the XP install cd doesn't detect them as a hard drive. "setup did not find any hard drives installed in your computer."

I have also tried a spare sata drive (usb-sata adapter) But the install fails after "copying files" with an error that it cannot access the drive and then an error that it cannot access the install CD (usb dvd drive.)

does anyone have any ideas as to how to proceed?

can i install xp directly to the USB i plan on using to boot it or do i have to install it using the final system (so it loads drivers ect correctly?) if not how do i do so?

extra notes:
Bios supports booting from USB (tested with ubuntu on another usb)

soldered up a 44 pin to 40 pin IDE adapter but with the desktop drive connected i cannot enter bios (but it will try to boot from it.) and speaker emits a "Chirp" when i try to enter bios with it connected.

motherboard has a pci-e x16 header on it but i read that it is really a pci and a pci-e x1 and you need a (semi) rare board to break them out. anyone happen to know the pinout to break it out? an old 512mb pci video card would be nice compared to the x1250(?)
 

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is there any way to trick the computer into thinking it isn't external media? what would you suggest?

also ubuntu has trouble installing to external media.
 

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You don't need to install Linux to an external drive, many will run in "Live" mode. Do a search for "Linux Live" and you'll see some things.

That's the best way to get a portable OS running, even though it will be slow.

You can get some larger hard drives and replace the small one inside now. Those things are really meant to run XP embedded and then run a VDI session for the main functions.
 

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