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Old 01-17-2011, 09:59 PM   #1
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Vaio PCG-Z505LE w/o OS, can I load LINUX without media drive?


Totally new to LINUX, be gentle!

I bought a little old used PCG Z505LE just for email and very basic internet while traveling. The C drive OS was wiped due to licensing issues. The machine will only show the welcome flash, then shows "Operating System Not Found"; it will not recognize the external drives.
How will I be able to load LINUX without a resident operating system?m (No, it does not have the OS backup division on the hard drive as later models did).

Means to load: It came with an external floppydisc drive and I have a ZIP drive plus it's adapter card, and an external USB MadDog CD ROM drive. I have ethernet internet and USB flash drives. As I Said, it does not recognize the external drives.
 
Old 01-17-2011, 11:30 PM   #2
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The only solution I can see for that :

A ::

1 - take out the C drive
2 - plug it on a working computer
3 - do the installation

or..

B ::

The Bios Should recognize the USB port, unless it's broken. So first, check this.

> "Esc" key at the boot to access the Bios

If the Bios recognize your flashdrive usb key :

> download the USB bootable image of the OS you want to install
> and install by selecting the USB flashdrive as Boot option in the Bios

If not :

Check the USB plug (the one on the computer..)
If it works.. I guess..

Back on A ::
 
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Old 01-18-2011, 04:18 AM   #3
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Thumbs up Thanks Chaying.

Pressing the ESC key at any point during boot elicits "Operating System Not Found". Guess I'll get try the USB next; then, if needed, pay the local hacker to try to load the hard drive while Frankensteined into another machine. Much obliged!
 
Old 01-18-2011, 05:36 AM   #4
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Sorry my fault : try the 'del' or 'suppr' key instead

Last edited by chaying; 01-18-2011 at 05:40 AM.
 
Old 01-18-2011, 05:44 AM   #5
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Thanks again Chaying but "no joy"

Same result.
 
Old 01-18-2011, 10:22 AM   #6
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since the pc has a floppy drive my guess it is too old to boot from usb. (but it is still worth knowing how to access the bios -- does it display something like 'hit f2 to enter setup' when you start up ?).

i think all that is left is a frankenstein install.
 
Old 01-18-2011, 02:42 PM   #7
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thanks schneidz and chaying

No other messages no matter what. Wonder if the hard drive is in? Oh well, a $40 electronic jigsaw puzzle.
 
Old 01-19-2011, 05:08 AM   #8
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You should try any key you can come up with..

I am not sure but I think every computer has a Bios : so you should be able to access it by a way or another...

If not, well I just see the A solution..
 
  


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