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Old 09-11-2005, 08:16 AM   #1
sooty69
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Booting linux from a locked BIOS windows laptop


Please help.

I have a company provided Windows 2000 Dell Inspiron laptop that is 'locked' by an administrator to boot to cd first before the hard drive. I cannot access the bios.

What I want to do is install a standard linux distrubution to an external usb hard drive, so I can use linux at home. However, because I occasionally work from home, I need to use internet explorer on Wine so that I can access Citrix at work (using a conmpany provided windows security certificate). The system will be using a broadband router.

A live linux cd, such as Knoppix works well on standalone, but I am unsure how it can work with Citrix and the installation and execution of programs from the external hard drive.

What I am looking for is a distro recommendation and a mini 'how-to' to install a distro to the external drive and a 'boot loader' that can run on a CD.

Thanks to all.
 
Old 09-11-2005, 08:28 AM   #2
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why am I pretty much sure it's a stolen computer?
 
Old 09-11-2005, 03:27 PM   #3
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Bios

if that laptop is stollen, you better return it, or get rid of it. Anyhow, i consider you're telling the truth about it, so one way to access the BIOS is to reset the password, the Bios password. Now there are quite a few ways to do that, but the most effective one is to remove the CMOS battery of the laptop, then put it back in 10 minutes or so, restart the computer. The Bios will reset itself, and this way the password will be gone also. But considering that you have Windows 2000 on that laptop, you will have a password locking the operating system, and that you cannot reset, that's of course id it isn't a stollen laptop, and you know the password for it. Then you'll have no worries.
I hope i helped, good luck with it.
 
Old 09-12-2005, 03:30 AM   #4
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It's not a stolen laptop, it's a work laptop.

My employer does not wish it's employees to download and install software, hence it restricts permissions and stops employees to access and change the bios settings.

All I want to know is how I can use the laptop for personal use using a usb hard drive with linux on it.

Constructive comments / suggestions please.
 
Old 09-12-2005, 04:23 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally posted by sooty69
It's not a stolen laptop, it's a work laptop.

My employer does not wish it's employees to download and install software, hence it restricts permissions and stops employees to access and change the bios settings.

All I want to know is how I can use the laptop for personal use using a usb hard drive with linux on it.

Constructive comments / suggestions please.
Ask your system admin. I'm sure he will tell you.
 
Old 09-12-2005, 06:00 AM   #6
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problem solved:

Pivot Root Install on external HD through Knoppix:

www.knoppix.net/wiki/Pivot_Root_Install
 
  


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