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Old 11-02-2006, 10:31 PM   #1
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Question Booting from USB flash drive is my only option?

Ok, here's the deal. I just recently purchased a Fujitsu P1110 off of eBay two weeks ago and I love this notebook. Weighs only 2lbs, has a 9" widescreen, and has a battery life of 5 hours. I bought it with the intention of just installing Linux (most likely Slackware) and running a daily linux notebook. The problem is, there is no optical drives in these notebooks because they are too small. I figured hey I can just boot from a USB flash drive, no problem... Well I suppose I should have done a little research before I bought it because I'm noticing a lot of people having trouble booting from a Flash drive.

With doing a little searching it seems the only way this is possible is by first booting to a floppy, then using Fdisk to set partitions within the flash drive then copying over the bootable files. Well I don't have any other device other then this flash drive and I really don't want to buy an external floppy or cdrom.

Please tell me there is anything, anything at all I can do just to boot to linux and do a network install. I don't even need a full install.

Thanks for reading.
Old 11-03-2006, 05:25 AM   #2
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What knid of device your laptop can boot from?
If it can directly boot from USB, then no problem
Another solution is a network boot...




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