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Old 02-02-2011, 04:33 AM   #1
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Installing a Linux based OS on a unformatted netbook

If I had an unformatted Acer Aspire One netbook, could I install Linux linux from a flash drive or something along those lines? Keep in mind, I don't actually have the computer yet, so I haven't tried. I also do not have that much experience with Linux, or unformatted computers...
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Yes you can! Have a look at Unetbootin. You can use that on another computer to download and unpack a distro (or use a local ISO/CD) onto an USB stick. Then you can boot the netbook from that USB stick and install it onto its harddrive.

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This netbook comes with Win7 as default, AFAIK. So, it is not truly "unformatted".
You can use Win7 to download your distro, and load it into USB stick. I would advise to run Live version of your distro from USB before installation to ensure everything works (WiFi, sound etc).
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One can borrow a cd/dvd drive.

One can use a tools called wubi to install dual boot ubuntu from windows.

One can make a usb flash in most cases from windows using a number of ways. The disto may or may not be fully supported in each app. See for some how-to's.

One could boot to a network locally or over the internet. See or For lan a simple knoppix disk booted on some local machine may allow pxe or gpxe boot to knoppix or some other distro.

One could simply keep the Windows and use a virtual machine if the processor and ram are good enough. Simple to test and try too.


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