Boot from USB external drive, from laptop without USB boot support.
I would need to install linux (preferably Debian) in a partition of my external USB disk. But my laptop doesn't support USB boot. I have been reading through several forums and it seems that my system could start in a two-phases boot.
In order to do that, I would have to build a ramdisk and a kernel with USB support, burn it in a CD, boot from the CD and wait until the USB is recognised. After, the boot can continue in the external drive.
However, as I am a newbie this is really difficult to me. Moreover, to build the ramdisk I need exactly the same distro that I need to install which seems to me like a never-ending problem...
I was wondering if a better manual on this is available or if I can download a CD image of something similar so minor changes are only needed.