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Old 11-02-2005, 10:16 PM   #1
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Installing without CD Drive

Hi there,

I just got a Windows XP laptop as a hand-me-down from my dad. I want to resize the NTFS partition and dualboot it to try out Slackware. However, there's a small problem - the laptop has no floppy drive, and its CDRW drive doesn't work. I do however have a 256MB USB drive, the ability to network my laptop with my main box (which has the .iso's for slackware), and a desire to learn how to do this. Any suggestions?

I was thinking of getting some sort of live cd distro on my usb drive, then, using ftpfs, mount my main box's drive, and then, using a loopback mount, mount the iso's and install them from there. Any other ways of doing this?

Old 11-03-2005, 12:47 AM   #2
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You might want to look at:
Cooperative Linux:
Puppy Linux:

You will probably want to make sure you have USB (or USBZIP) as
a boot option in your BIOS.
I suspect most of these systems will require using another linux system
for installation (ie. one that _will_ boot from CD)
Old 11-03-2005, 10:59 AM   #3
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You might also want to check out Amigo Linux
Old 11-03-2005, 11:09 AM   #4
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Did you consider PXE installation. It should not be a problem if your BIOS supports it.


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