How can I install without a cd drive or a network connection?
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Hello all as you can see by the threads title i am a TRUE linux nub!
I've been using windows since Dos stopped being released not knowing about linux until maybe 4 years ago when i was just having to much fun with windows. Now that windows has moved into more of an "entertainment" OS which is very pretty but anyhow i miss playing with batch files and making boot disks to put funky messages during boot... anyhow.. this brings me to my desire to run linux.
I have just purchased a panasonic toughbook CF-M34 for $200 (all i could aford or i'd get a nice fuji/toshiba) anyhow, I found a few install tips on how to get linux onto this system yet my idea that i was planning, i couldn't find anyone who has done it. Now first off, i found a Diebian install (sp?) and a Slack 9.1 install. I was hoping to install Slack 9.0 just because more than 1 person recomending it.
Now my dilema is I have this laptop with no cd rom drive and no floppy dirve but i do have an extra 2.5" HD. My plan was to use this extra HD in a USB enclosure and install the distro to the USB HD through a desktop windows pc. Now thinking this over, is there a install boot disk that will suppord the USB drive? If not, i'm sure you could add the drivers (sorry dos is all i know) to the startup configuration of the boot disk correct?
Anyhow, I hope this makes sense as it is 2:30am and my shift at work is just ending, so if anyone can understand my exhausted blabber, some feedback would be much appreciated.
thank you for your replies, however the laptop will not boot from a usb device. However I guess it could be possible to install from windows 95 from an external Cd rom drive is that correct? I never thought about that but it sounds doable..... no ?
Distribution: Red Hat 9.0, FreeBSD, Lindows, WinLinux and my great Trustik Merdeka ^_^
BTW what about if you change it at BIOS, is it possible to boot from USB device ?? I think that possible...
Or.. If you just want to try to use linux I think not debian or slack (just 2 try linux) use External cd rom and install WinLinux, I think it`s possible but for expert user (Debian, slank, RH, Madrake, and so on) you should install it well.. Sorry I think external CD ROm or External Floppy can be a choice
Well I want the "full" linux experience, i need to learn this. In the Bios the only option is to boot form A: or C:, now A: doesn't exist so i'm not even sure why its there, i have contacted panasonic inquiring about a bios version that supports a boot usb device however the information I recieved from them was no help as the version of the laptop i have (CF-M34) wasn't one of the options at the URL they gave me. I am going to try tommorow, installing to the USB hard disk from a windows desktop and then put that usb hard disk back into the Toughbook, hope that goes ok, i found instructions at the slack website on how to install to a sieral drive, but then i'm going to have to grab a serial to usb connector, i'm sure i'm making this alot more difficult than it has to be. I'm sure i could use an IDE CDROm in a usb enclosure and install directly to the toughbook through that, but then i'm left with an enclosure that i don't need, not sure if i want to was $69 on it.
couldn't you just purchase, use, and then return? I would just go with getting a external cd-rom drive, besides using to install Linux it would probably be useful to have easy cd-rom capability with your laptop.
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