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Old 06-04-2005, 04:05 PM   #1
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Linux GODS.... help me please!!


OK this is my situation:

I know very little about Linux, thats why I am posting in this section. I am a pretty experienced Windows user. I have 2 computers, one PC running XP and a laptop with no O/S. However i bought the laptop without the standard removable CD drive. I have a USB dvd drive instead. It does have a floppy drive. I have a home network with both computers connected.

Now i want to install an O/S on the laptop, preferably Linux because i want to see what it's like. Can anyone suggest a way of installing Linux on the laptop with this setup? I have looked into network booting, and 2-floppy linux installs, but i can't really get any of them to work.

Can anyone give me a simple walkthrough or something?

PLEASE HELP!!!
 
Old 06-04-2005, 04:27 PM   #2
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Have you tried booting off a CD pluged in through USB? That is how I install Linux on my mini-laptop, which only has an external USB drive.
 
Old 06-04-2005, 04:35 PM   #3
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I cant because the Laptop doesnt recognize the usb dvd drive. I assume it needs drivers
 
Old 06-04-2005, 05:43 PM   #4
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is usb support turned on in the bios?
 
Old 06-05-2005, 03:31 AM   #5
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I have searched my bios setup thoroughly and can find no referance to USB. I tink i should point out that is a an old-ish laptop. A Pentium 3 700mhz, 128mb RAM, 10 gig HDD, single USB port
 
Old 06-05-2005, 12:33 PM   #6
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Hmm... it should be in there.

You don't have one of the removable cd-rom bay drives? What about the network install floppy, what were the issues there?
 
Old 06-05-2005, 12:46 PM   #7
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Originally posted by xbox_iso
I have searched my bios setup thoroughly and can find no referance to USB. I tink i should point out that is a an old-ish laptop. A Pentium 3 700mhz, 128mb RAM, 10 gig HDD, single USB port
Being an older laptop, I kind of doubt you'll find the ability to boot from a USB drive. Don't get me wrong, it did and does exist, but it's a bit more common now than it was even 3 years ago. Same with PXE/network booting.

IMHO, you will probably end up going with a floppy boot, and finishing the install after it's all booted up. Something like Slackware will have this option for you more easily/readily available than other "easier to use" distros. All you really need though is the ability to boot with a linux boot floppy (such as toms rtb, or any of the thousands of choices, check out www.distrowatch.com ) and then you can throw linux into a partition you create with that. My personal suggestion would be to go with something like Gentoo at that that point, where the install is all done from another running environment (meaning it doesn't require a "boot install" ).

Several other distros will include the option to boot up "another" (windows) OS and then place the CD in the drive. Once it's up, a splash screen will appear and give you the choice to create a boot floppy for install. This is a great option for someone not ready for Gentoo or Slackware, but are ready for Linux. I believe Mandriva (Mandrake/Connectiva) used to do this and may still today.

Good Luck!

Cool

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Old 06-05-2005, 12:58 PM   #8
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Knoppix, Kanotix and other LIVECDS can be ran from your working windows box, you can then create a boot floppy.

You could also Booting from floppy disks and installing using the network with Debian.
 
  


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