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iqbal 06-30-2008 04:28 PM

xubuntu installation without CD
Hi, I am trying to install Xubuntu in my old PC(P3 256ram, 500mhz)as a dual boot which has XP installed. Unfortunately CD drive has become defective, allthough sometime it does boot but then stops at some point later on. However, I do have external usb CDROM. I have noticed that I can't boot any CD from this external cdrom. While on windows, I can run xubuntu CD from external Cdrom but stops as it says min ram required is 256mb. I have been searching for a solution from net but has not found one yet. I can boot from floppy using SMB. Is there any way you copy the whole CD to your local drive and after booting from SMB, you point to copied files. Please help me. Alternatively, can I not activate usb cdrom to boot. I have couple of other computers networked. Thanks for helping.

0xMarvel 06-30-2008 04:34 PM

You can use Wubi Installer for that, so you can Install every Ubuntu through the XP.

iqbal 07-01-2008 05:23 AM

I tried wubi installer and it says "You need at least 256mb of memory to run installer". I did mention about this in my original post. The PC has only 256mb ram and I believe some are being used when XP is ON. Thanks.

Jessica_Lily 07-01-2008 08:46 AM

download a copy of hardy and mount it on a vertual drive (i only think you need to mount it i havnt used windows for a while), then you can use the exe on windows. I deffanatly know the gnome version of just normal "ubunu" have the exe install so you can do it under windows. If it is only the gnome one install it and when you in ubuntu just install xfce via

apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

and if you dont want gnome and its apps do

apt-get remove ubuntu-desktop

should work, message back if you still get problems.

iqbal 07-01-2008 08:57 AM

Thanks for the reply. I do have hardy iso file but how do you mount it in virtual drive. The PC has windows xp running. Thanks.

Jessica_Lily 07-01-2008 09:04 AM

i think poweriso will do it, i think you can get a trial period on it.

hope it helps

iqbal 07-02-2008 09:16 AM

Not sure if poweriso will work in my scenario. Do you think that the PC will boot from poweriso !! Anyway, I have managed to install xubuntu or Ubuntu from mini iso CD. I am not sure whether it is Xubuntu or Ubuntu. I am after Xubuntu as it is suitable for low spec PC. How do I know which system I have ? I do remember I did install Xubuntu desktop. However, I do see 'ubuntu' when I go to terminal. Or suggest me what is the quickest way to reinstall xubuntu as I have grub loader. I may have mixed up ubuntu, xubuntu components. Thanks once again.

Jessica_Lily 07-02-2008 11:01 AM

i never said boot from power iso, i said mount the iso in WINDOWS !!! then use the exe install under WINDOWS, install it whilst still in WINDOWS once installed you reboot in to you LINUX system.

IndyGunFreak 07-02-2008 01:41 PM


iqbal 07-02-2008 04:46 PM

In my original post, I did mention that I have external usb cdrom. When I run the CD in windows, it says "You need at least 256mb of memory to run installer". (This external cdrom does not work for booting.)I have a feeling you will have the same message when you mount in poweriso. Thanks for your help. I still need to know whether I have correctly installed xubuntu.

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