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Old 06-26-2010, 07:44 PM   #1
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Unhappy trying to find a way to load an OS on a older laptop


i recently recieved a fujitsu lifebook b2630 from a friend and was trying to find a way to load an OS on it. but the computer has no cd-rom drive or floppy drive, and when i tried to use a thumb drive it didn't reconize it as being there. went into the bios and saw it had startup for harddrive(which is blank) and floppy drive. any idea on how if it is possible to get a distro on this computer?
 
Old 06-26-2010, 07:51 PM   #2
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Perhaps a USB floppy drive?
 
Old 06-26-2010, 08:49 PM   #3
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pxe?
 
Old 06-27-2010, 06:30 AM   #4
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i recently recieved a fujitsu lifebook b2630 from a friend and was trying to find a way to load an OS on it. but the computer has no cd-rom drive or floppy drive, and when i tried to use a thumb drive it didn't reconize it as being there. went into the bios and saw it had startup for harddrive(which is blank) and floppy drive. any idea on how if it is possible to get a distro on this computer?
Could you somehow partition and format your hard drive on another
computer?
Then you could try to install plop boot manager on it and install
a linux live system on a usb stick.
plop boot manager allows you to boot from anything (cd-rom, usb drive, etc.)
even if your BIOS doesn't have an entry for it.

http://www.plop.at/en/bootmanager.html

linux live: there are plenty of good ones around:

these are based on slackware
http://www.slax.org/
http://www.tux.org/pub/people/kent-r...looplinux/rip/

grml is based on debian
http://grml.org/

There's also
http://partedmagic.com/
 
Old 06-27-2010, 09:35 AM   #5
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Hi,

Welcome to LQ!

I suggest that you look at 'How to Ask Questions the Smart Way' which would be one link you should look at to help us to help you in the future. You do need to provide more information about the laptop.

If you have another system on the network then you could use a floppy boot to allow an install across the network. That is why we need specs for the laptop.

 
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