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Old 02-26-2015, 04:48 PM   #1
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Installing Linux on a Windows PC that won't boot a removable device


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Installing Linux on a Windows PC that won't boot a removable device

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Many PCs are sold without floppy drives, and those which are a few years old may be unable to boot from a USB device. Some laptops also lack working CD drives. To make matters worse, the preinstalled set-up usually makes it impossible to create or free up a hard disc partition while running the default operating system.

There are various utilities, e.g. WUBI, which allow Linux to be installed in a loopback device on a Windows partition, but this method has one or two drawbacks.

Fortunately, there is another way, using the closed-source but free-to-use Plop boot manager.
 
Old 02-26-2015, 08:05 PM   #2
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Plop boot manager.
tried that on really museum pc but it didn't allow me to boot off usb flash. However it allowed to boot off floppy where Plop was installed but that got me back into Plop menu, funny.
 
Old 02-26-2015, 09:08 PM   #3
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Don't forget pxe, gpxe/ipxe.

Using a netinstall cd to boot to usb and network locations.

Removing drive to working systems.
 
Old 02-26-2015, 09:12 PM   #4
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You could try an external CD/DVD drive. I've had a couple of computers boot to them successfully.
 
Old 02-27-2015, 08:06 AM   #5
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@frankbell can you post a link to cheap external dvd that works with linux and will be able to boot from bios, aliexpress please
 
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I have a Memorex and a Pioneer that both worked flawlessly out of the box with Linux. I've had both of them for several years, but I would expect that any reputable brand would work.

A search for "external dvd drive compatible linux" will turn up much more information about recent models than I can offer.

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