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Old 11-02-2003, 07:21 AM   #1
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Question Installing Linux on a Laptop without a CD drive

Hi all

I have a IBM Thinkpad X20, which because of weight issues doesn't have a cd-rom drive built in it. It has USB slots and a Ethernet Card. It also doesn't have a floppy disk drive.

I can't install linux because I don't ave a bootable CD drive (duh), and/or floppy drive. I have acces to CD thru the network. I've heard there are some progs, that let you install linux using DOS, but I haven't found any of these.

Do you have any idea how to install linux in this case??

Thx for all the help!
Old 11-02-2003, 07:46 AM   #2
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One option is to use loadlin to startup. It requires some boot images from the distribution you are using, and...ah ok im too lazy so here:
Look for installation without a floppy and the howto install from an iso file without a cd.

I use that option on my portege 3440CT, but its a lot of trouble and took me a whole day =(

Another much more nice solution would be the one writen here:

The page is down right now, but google may have it cached (Try "portege 3440CT linux" as a search). It just requires your laptop to be able to boot from the network device and ofcourse a linux server.


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