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Old 12-21-2009, 06:48 AM   #1
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Running alternate ubuntu installer on bsd, old laptop with restrictions


I have a Sony Vaio PCG-C1VE laptop, it doesn't have a cd drive, only a USB floppy drive and can only boot from that, the bios does not support booting from usb. Network access is through the PCMCIA slot

I have been trying to install a linux distro in order to breathe some life into it the problem is that my options for installing are rather limited, as seen above.

I managed to install OpenBSD 4.6 by running the bsd boot floppy that managed to recognize a USB CDROM I had available.

Being a complete newbie it took me some time to mount the usb cd rom in bsd but finally i managed to access the Ubuntu 9.10 alternative installation... but now what? I am not sure how to proceed...

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get this laptop running? I have been trying for days to get bootable floppies to have usb support, i have tried plop boot manager (always hangs when selecting usb) and so on...

Any help would be greatly appreciated, Thanks!
Old 12-21-2009, 10:06 AM   #2
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Do you have access to any other computer with linux?
You could create a grub boot disk like that:


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