Installing linux minus CD-ROM or a floppy
My laptop is currently on the way out, technically speaking. Rather than fixing the damn thing, I'd like to get a working Linux distro on to it. The problem is that the cdrom drive refuses to work at all, and the floppy stopped working a while ago. Is there any way to partition and format the internal hard drive from windows, and place an installation of either ubuntu or debian on the disk that could be upgraded over the internet?
My set up is:
Windows XP Home Edition (OEM)
Toshiba Satellite 1100
20GB Hard Disk
I also have a power mac 266MHz which is running Debian, and is working as a music server.