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im a newbie to linux and would like to use it for the first time on my laptop.
My laptop already runs windows xp and i would like to try to use linux without partitioning my hard drive, at least until i get some experience with linux.
I would like to know whether it is possible to run linux from sdhc card, and whether my sony vaio will boot from the sd card.
Any help would be much appreciated.
I rebooted the computer and pressed Esc to be able to select from bootable devices, but, well, it didn't work. Not good. I tried again with the Delete key held down. No luck. Some random Google searches later and I found that "F2" was the secret "get to the BIOS" key. I tried it and it worked!
Within the BIOS you need to go to "Boot" then choose "Boot Device Priority" and find out that, well, there's nothing you can change. The order is Removable Dev., then HDD:PM-ST9160827AS (the hard drive), then ATAPI CD-ROM (which is a bit odd as the device doesn't have a CD drive.
I think you are going to need to use a USB flash instead of a SD.
This suggests it is possible to boot from an SD card.
I will also want to boot a Sony Vaio P (which Vaio are you trying to use?) from SD, but I haven't got as far as that yet.
Thanks for the info. i am using a vaio vgn-ar21. i havent tried to boot from sd card yet. wanted to get some info first because it is the first time i try to install os beyond basic windows installation.
i am wandering whether the link you suggested is applicable as it is with regards to Eee.