[SOLVED] Install Linux dual boot without cd drive or bootable USB on XP system?
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Install Linux dual boot without cd drive or bootable USB on XP system?
My Toshiba Satellite 5205-S705 laptop with Win XP Home sp3 has a non-working cd drive, is riddled with viruses, and isn't capable of booting to a USB drive. (please no comments about paperweights etc., it's all I have!) I want to install a Linux dual-boot version that is heavy on antivirus scanning support. Since I can't boot to an .iso disk, is there any other way to do this? I can transfer files to it via USB thumbdrive or download via Internet. Thanks!
Last edited by katmandieux; 04-16-2011 at 12:10 AM.
Your options are pretty limited at this point. I suppose there is no chance that the machine supports PXE booting from the network?
Realistically, your best bet will probably be to pull the drive from the laptop and put it into another machine (most likely through a USB adapter). From there you can repartition the drive and install Linux, then it is just a matter of putting it back into the laptop.
It seems rather unlikely that any local store is going to carry a replacement optical drive for a Toshiba Satellite 5205-S705, and since the machine doesn't support USB boot, an external one won't do him any good either.
Using a boot manager from floppy is a good idea, but this model laptop doesn't have a floppy drive.
Distribution: Linux Mint 9, Linux Mint 17.2(xfce), LMDE2(Mate), Debian Jessie minimal (with standalone OBox)
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Thank you all for your replies. I have actually found a solution...sort of: WUBI Ubuntu. I did the download/install from their website on my working desktop as a test and it worked fine. No boot to CD required, unless you happen to want to. That being said, when I tried the same thing on my laptop, it did a 2 hour download and then popped up the error message "An error occured. Could not retrieve the required files. For more information, please see the log file: c:\docume~1\toshiba\locals~1\temp\wubi-10.04.1-rev190.log". I looked at the log and it is gibberish to my feeble mind. I suspect that this is off-topic for this thread so I will start another. BTW, I made the soup with the bats eyes and chicken teeth etc., but when I poured it into the back of my computer all the 1's and 0's washed out onto the floor. Do I have to put them all back in, or just the 1's?