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Old 12-30-2012, 10:37 PM   #1
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OS Not Found


Hello All,

I have an old laptop Compaq Presario in which CDROM does not work and BIOS do not support boot from USB. But USB port is working. The laptop has got 256MB of RAM and 120 GB of HDD. It has got WIN XP.
Now I wanted to install some small linux distro into it. So I downloaded Puppy linux and Netbootin software and installed to Hard disk.
After installation, it says "No Operating System Found". I am clueless how to recover my laptop.
Please help.

Thanks!!!
 
Old 12-30-2012, 11:46 PM   #2
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It will support booting from USB, but if a bootable USB isn't connected to your system, it will not show it any USB booting option in booting devices. So create a bootable USB, connect it to your system, and restart. Then check in boot option (i.e. available boot devices), it will show you the bootable USB option.
 
Old 12-31-2012, 12:05 AM   #3
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I have created bootable USB. I can install Linux with that in my other laptops. The bios does not support USB booting. That is why I used Netbootin software to install it into HDD.
 
Old 12-31-2012, 12:42 AM   #4
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Netbooting I thought is a tool to create bootable USBs. Never heard of installing OS in HD with it. What you can do is place that hard drive in another laptop install your OS there then place the hard drive back in the computer from which you intended to install it a first. from there run all the updates availables and that should work.

Good luck to you.
 
Old 12-31-2012, 01:08 AM   #5
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With Netbootin software one can do frugal installation to HDD too. Anyways, is there any other way to do this instead of removing the HDD from laptop and connecting to other laptop? I am not very confident about that.
 
Old 12-31-2012, 03:15 AM   #6
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Does the laptop support PXE booting? I'd expect not if it doesn't support USB booting, b ut you might always check. If not, you could always use a boot floppy that supports PXE (if it has a floppy drive) or one that would have the correct drivers to deal with a USB CD-ROM. It's likely bound to be a pain whichever method you use, though :-(.
 
Old 12-31-2012, 03:31 AM   #7
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What is the make & model of the laptop
The reason why I ask is because when I started using linux I thought mine didn't support usb booting, but it did. If the usb device is bootable & laptop supports it, while usb is connected there would be a "+" sign next to hdd in bios, just scroll down to hdd press enter & it will expand showing usb device. Use the hotkey(F6, F5, + or -) to move up. I hope that helps.
 
Old 12-31-2012, 05:40 AM   #8
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...The bios does not support USB booting.
As I said, if a bootable USB is not connected to the system, the system's boot menu will not show any USB booting option. Once prepare a bootable USB, connect it to your system, restart it and go under boot preferences menu. Check boot devices, and you will definately see USB boot option there.
 
Old 12-31-2012, 06:11 AM   #9
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I Just did that. I made one USB with Linux Mint. I tested that in my other laptop and it booted fine. But when I tried in my this laptop (Compaq Presario 2100)
I connected the USB
pushed power button
pressed F2
entered into the Bios option
changed boot order to Removable device at top using F5 and F6 (BTW, there was no + sign with it)
and saved and exit

it says - Initializing MBA, PXE environment setup, Error PX - E61, Media Test Failure, Operating system Not Found.
 
Old 12-31-2012, 06:18 AM   #10
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Hi

Have a look at plop
http://www.plop.at/en/bootmanager/full.html
as an option
 
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I went through the doc and downloaded the Boot Manager zip file. But how do I install that to my USB? Could you please help me on how to use it on USB?

Thanks.
 
Old 01-01-2013, 04:41 AM   #12
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Hi

I have never used plop before but here is a link
http://www.plop.at/en/ploplinux/usb.html

You also mention that laptop dosn't support usb booting ? plop wont help on a usb then!!

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Old 01-01-2013, 07:56 AM   #13
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I Just did that. I made one USB with Linux Mint. I tested that in my other laptop and it booted fine. But when I tried in my this laptop (Compaq Presario 2100)
I connected the USB
pushed power button
pressed F2
entered into the Bios option
changed boot order to Removable device at top using F5 and F6 (BTW, there was no + sign with it)
and saved and exit

it says - Initializing MBA, PXE environment setup, Error PX - E61, Media Test Failure, Operating system Not Found.
That sounds like it supports PXE booting, but either it is disabled (PXE environment setup would have it disabled), or it can't find a boot server.

The media test failure should be because it can't find either the boot block, or the extended boot software on disk.

From a configuration standpoint, taking the disk to another system is usually easier and faster than setting up a PXE boot server (unless you already have one setup for other systems).
 
  


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