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ex0r 11-02-2006 09:31 PM

Booting from USB flash drive is my only option?
Ok, here's the deal. I just recently purchased a Fujitsu P1110 off of eBay two weeks ago and I love this notebook. Weighs only 2lbs, has a 9" widescreen, and has a battery life of 5 hours. I bought it with the intention of just installing Linux (most likely Slackware) and running a daily linux notebook. The problem is, there is no optical drives in these notebooks because they are too small. I figured hey I can just boot from a USB flash drive, no problem... Well I suppose I should have done a little research before I bought it because I'm noticing a lot of people having trouble booting from a Flash drive.

With doing a little searching it seems the only way this is possible is by first booting to a floppy, then using Fdisk to set partitions within the flash drive then copying over the bootable files. Well I don't have any other device other then this flash drive and I really don't want to buy an external floppy or cdrom.

Please tell me there is anything, anything at all I can do just to boot to linux and do a network install. I don't even need a full install.

Thanks for reading.

Oliv' 11-03-2006 04:25 AM


What knid of device your laptop can boot from?
If it can directly boot from USB, then no problem ;)
Another solution is a network boot...



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