View Full Version : [xubuntu] How do I do a LAN install of Xubuntu via PXE.

September 27th, 2009, 01:07 AM
The laptop I am trying to install Xubuntu 8.04 on is an old HP Omnibook with no CD ROM drive and the BIOS does not see USB devices.

There is no working OS on the laptop.

It does give the ability to be booted over the network via PXE 2.1.

I have downloaded the ISO and need to know how to get the network set up to install to the laptop.

Can anyone help me out?


September 27th, 2009, 01:13 AM
no CD huh? Do you have a USB port?

September 27th, 2009, 01:20 AM
BIOS doesn't see them.

September 27th, 2009, 01:22 AM
did you attempt a USB boot?

September 27th, 2009, 01:26 AM
did you attempt a USB boot?

I have tried with a unetbootin loaded thumb drive and external CD ROM. BIOS does not see USB devices.

September 27th, 2009, 01:43 AM
how about a floppy drive?:
you could install a small distro.
partition the HD.
then download a mini.iso
mount the iso
install from the HD using a network install.

September 27th, 2009, 01:47 AM
That sounds good. My only problem is getting a Floppy. None of my working systems have a floppy drive.

September 27th, 2009, 02:40 AM
If at all possible, I would like to do this with a crossover cable.

September 27th, 2009, 02:54 AM
then go to Google and start reading up on making a PXE server. so you can connect to it...I have never used PXE Network installation...
Although I had installed a system through tftp years ago...I don't think that will work here, sorry

September 27th, 2009, 05:41 AM
Alright. I think I have found the best tutorial that goes in depth and is as close as I think I'll find to being usable for installing Xubuntu. Does anyone know how to add Ubuntu repositories instead of Debians in the last few commands on this link (http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/478)?

Again, thanks.

September 27th, 2009, 06:57 AM
Hey Rabbit, take a look at this site, I just happened to stumble upon ;)


this one seems much better and uses Ubuntu 8.04LTS server.

Let us all know how this is coming along..and take notes...it will be easier to fix or to do again...maybe you could write a tutorial and we could attach it to our sigs.

Have fun:popcorn:

September 28th, 2009, 06:00 AM
I am working on using the link you provided. The Debian one is having install issues.

October 2nd, 2009, 04:46 AM
I installed the DHCP3, but it will not start. Does anyone know what commands I have to give it?